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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.

Free Ivy League Courses

As college admission consultants we advise students on how to get in to Ivy League and other selective universities. We mentor and coach students through all aspects of their application process, including their college admission essays and interviews, but the most important aspect of what we do, if we meet a student early enough in the process, is help them develop and pursue their intellectual interests. 

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The Best Deal in Education

Going to college is expensive. It is so expensive that many are beginning to question its worth through a cost/benefit analysis and are constantly on the search for the best deal in education.  Of course, there needs to be a distinction made between education, which few question as a universal good, and four or more years away at a college.   Many of you may remember the scene from the film, Good Will Hunting, where the autodidact Will (played by Matt Damon) outshines his Harvard educated interlocutor in a barroom debate of sorts.  In the scene, Will points out the fact that he can get the same education for the price of a library card, Free! 

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How To Choose The SAT or ACT

The choice between the SAT or ACT is a difficult one. I am not a huge fan of standardized testing, but the SAT and ACT are not going away any time soon. While there are an increasing number of colleges that are “test optional” (see fairtest.org), the SAT and ACT remain important for admission to selective colleges. Traditionally the SAT was taken by students on the coasts, since that is what colleges there required, while the ACT was taken by most students in the middle of the country for the same reason.  Today, however, since all colleges except either test, many students elect to take both and use conversion charts to see which “looks better.” There have always been differences in the two tests however, and therefore different strategies for success for getting into college.

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High Achievement vs. Intellectual Passion

For admission to Ivy league or other selective colleges and universities like Stanford, MIT, Northwestern or Duke students must show both high achievement and intellectual passion. So what is the difference and how do you demonstrate it?

High achievement is the more easily measurable of the two. It is defined by earning high grades in a rigorous curriculum and high scores on standardized tests like the ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests. There is no substitute for high achievement. To compete for college admissions at the most selective colleges students must be high achievers relative to their peers.

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