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THE SAVVY APPLICANT

THE SAVVY APPLICANT

Find some tips and tricks to help you succeed when applying to your college or trying to get recruited by the school of your dreams.

An Insiders Guide: College Visit Checklist

Here's a college admission tidbit for you - college visits do more than you think. Sure, they help you get to know the college in person and guide decisions on which colleges to apply to, or which offer to accept. They can help you get a sense of what your life at that college will look like and whether you can see yourself being happy and successful in that environment. 

But the greater value in college visits lies in its power to 'demonstrate interest'. Colleges across the board are concerned about their yield rate and are more likely to extend admissions to applicants they are confident will attend. Taking the time to plan a college visit signals to the committee that you are in fact keen on being a part of their student body.  

So for yourself and your admissions chances, it’s almost always beneficial to visit a college before choosing to submit an application. Unfortunately, many student do not fully take advantage of their time on campus. 

Here is a checklist of things to do...

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College Admission Requirements: Summer 2018 FAQs

You don’t need to dive into college stats and research to know how competitive admissions have become. The college admissions landscape only grows more complex each year – and with that, more shrouded with misconceptions. Different sources sometimes point to different facts and conclusions about the application process. We understand the frustration all too well, and have put together an FAQ on college admission requirements to clear up the confusion.

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How to Dominate Your College Admissions Interview

While your college admissions interview may not be the deciding factor, that’s no reason to not take it seriously. This interview is your opportunity to showcase the side of you that the rest of your application cannot on paper.

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How to Stand Out When Applying to STEM Programs

 

If it feels as though everyone around you is looking to be a STEM student, your feelings may not be entirely inaccurate. The demand for STEM degrees has risen, and students have responded accordingly. While not literally everyone is vying to get into the STEM field, numbers in recent years have soared. Since the Great Recession, the number of STEM students in bachelor’s degrees and above has grown from 388,000 graduates in 2009-2010, to 550,000 in 2015-2016. That’s a 43% growth, and it’s projected to rise from there.

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What Do Top Colleges Look For In Extracurricular Activities

So, you’re the president of three clubs, captain of the swim team, did a semester abroad, intern at a tech startup and volunteer every other weekend.

Sorry to break it to you, but top colleges don’t care. 

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Foreign Language Requirements: Don’t Just Check The Box

Where foreign language requirements are concerned, students often ask how many years they need to take for college admissions. There isn’t really a clear-cut answer or an overall minimum cut off. In short, it varies from college to college, with some requiring two years and others recommending four. But the truth is, regardless of what those requirements look like, foreign language classes are not living up to their promises.

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College Waitlist: Why you’re on it and what to do next

You craved to hear the resounding “Yes!” from your dream school but instead got an uncertain “maybe…”. You’ve been waitlisted. It’s not a great feeling, but being waitlisted doesn’t mean you should wait. In fact, do the opposite. It’s important to understand why you might be on the waitlist, and understand what steps you can take to improve your chances of full acceptance. Don’t wait!

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4 Keys to Ivy League Letters of Recommendation

While many students believe their favorite teachers will write them an amazing letter of recommendation, the truth is great letters of recommendation don’t just happen. Achievement in a course and being well liked may be the foundation, but without providing your teacher with significant guidance, your letter may not good enough to help you stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of getting into college.

 

Most students are not aware that there are actually 16 (yes 16!) different aspects of you as a person that colleges ask recommenders to evaluate. Moreover, students do not realize just how much power they have to effect the quality of their letters. The most effective tool for hacking your letters of rec is what is commonly referred to as a “Brag Sheet”.

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How To Get Great Letters of Recommendation

Colleges often ask for two or three recommendation letters from people who know you well. These letters should be written by someone who can describe your skills, accomplishments, and personality.

From the beginning of freshman year, and as you move on to the next school year, teachers always remind you to keep in touch because you will be returning to ask for college recommendation letters. These letters are to be written by someone who can define your skills, qualifications, and character. Colleges value these recommendations as they reveal personality traits about you, underline who is willing to speak on your behalf, and showcase you in the best possible way.

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Why Your Freshman Should Practice Essay Writing

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