Coalition App essays: The belief challenged prompt

May 26 3:32pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
Have you ever had a closely-held belief challenged? Mark gives you some ideas on how to write about it.
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My Favorite NYU Student Perks

May 26 12:18pm NYU Admissions Blog
Welcome Class of 2021!! Now that you’ve finally finished the exhausting college admissions process and have committed to NYU, it’s time to talk about the ~fun stuff~. I’m sure you’re all super excited to finally make it to campus, move … Continue reading →...
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Summer in the Big Apple

May 26 12:17pm NYU Admissions Blog
Spring is a great time to enjoy the warm weather of NYC. People are shedding their thick winter layers, everyone is laying out, friends are catching up and brunching on terraces – it’s basically just a great time to be an … Continue reading →...
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Education Leaders Push for Major College Admissions Changes

May 26 11:40am College: Admission Possible
Some high school leaders want the college admissions process to be transcript-free. Some college waitlists offer false hope. Make smart choices when using social media. A gap year might be just what you need. Here’s what’s happening on the college admissions landscape: Talk of transcript-free applications There’s a potential change in the works that would […] The post Education Leaders Push for Major College Admissions Changes appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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The Role of Parents in College Admissions

May 26 11:28am Ivy Coach Blog – Ivy Coach
The Role of Parents in College Admissions There was a piece recently in “The Atlantic” entitled “The Ethos of the Overinvolved Parent” by Laura McKenna that caught our attention. The piece focuses on how essentially helicopter parenting has become, well, parenting 2017. Whereas in past decades it may have struck people as odd for parents of college Read More Ivy Coach...
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How to Help Your Child with Their College Admission

May 26 10:32am Blog – JLV College Counseling
Guest Blogger Lucy Benton shares six ways parents can help their children with college admission.
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College Options with Cs in Math?

May 26 10:06am Ask The Dean
Question: I just finished my junior year in high school, and unfortunately received a C in my Advanced Algebra II class this semester, and I was wondering how this would affect my chances in the college admission process? I got a B in the same class first semester, and had A’s in all of my... READ MORE » The post College Options with C’s in Math? appeared first on Ask The Dean.
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[Video] What is the Most Important Factor in the College Application?

May 25 8:45pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
Grades, SATs, extracurriculars, essays, recommendations…. When you think about all you have to do in order to get into college, it can start to make your head spin. What, though, is the most important factor in the college application? Find out from former Reed College admissions officer, Ian Fisher, in the latest installment of the [...] The post [Video] What is the Most Important Factor in the College Application? appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Major Options for Future Fashion Magnate

May 25 7:00pm Ask The Dean
Question: Hi, I about to finish 10th grade, and I want to have a double major in college. I know for sure I want to major in biology ,but for my other major I thinking of fashion merchandising or business management and administration. I want to one day own a global fashion business, but I’m... READ MORE » The post Major Options for Future Fashion Magnate appeared first on Ask The Dean.
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GUEST BLOG: Summer Vacation is Upon Us!

May 25 5:39pm Undergraduate Admission Blog
From what I have been told, I am now a grownup, and with that, I no longer get the glorious 2 ½ month summer vacation I so much enjoyed when I was a teenager. Nevertheless, even for those of us who work in college admission, the summer months of June, July, and half of August provide some time to relax, reflect on the year that was, and start setting the table for what we hope is another fruitful admission cycle. And while we here at USC certainly admit that campus is a bit less exciting with all our students out and about for the summer, we would be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy the slightly shorter lines at the many eateries around campus, but that is beside the point.
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Coalition App essays: The being a teenager prompt

May 25 3:41pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
You know all about being a teenager, but how do you write about it? Mark gives some tips.
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Colleges Not Playing by the Rules

May 25 10:32am Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Colleges Not Playing by the Rules There are certain colleges that aren’t playing by the rules. Good thing “The New York Times” has a storied track record of investigative journalism that brings to light a certain someone’s tax forms, possible Russian connections, and — to less fanfare — colleges encouraging students to break their binding commitments to Read More Ivy Coach...
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Admissions at Holy Cross & Babson, Staying Busy in the Summer, and Spending Your College Savings

May 24 9:11pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
In last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Ian Fisher and his guests took a look behind the scenes of the admissions offices at College of the Holy Cross and Babson College, discussed what high school students can do in the summer months to bolster their college applications, and provided some [...] The post Admissions at Holy Cross & Babson, Staying Busy in the Summer, and Spending Your College Savings appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Coalition App essays: The topic of your choice prompt

May 24 3:49pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
How should you address the topic of your choice essay on the Coalition college application? Mark offers some tips.
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Why Community College?

May 24 3:06pm CollegeBasics.com Blog
Many students seem bound for Ivy League colleges, or at least private colleges. Others look to large public universities. One kind of post-secondary education that gets overlooked is the community college system. But, there are many good reasons why students should consider a community college. Community college can be a stop-gap – If you didn’t […]...
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10 Unique Graduation Gifts

May 24 2:40pm Parents Countdown to College Coach
Who doesn’t agonize over what to get a graduate? No high school graduate wants a bear with a diploma or a copy of “Oh The Places You Will Go”. We can certainly be more creative than that. Here’s a list of my fav graduation gifts. Share it with your friends and pin them on a […]...
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A Key to Achieving Happy Outcomes in College Planning: Make Good Choices 5.24.17

May 24 12:26pm The College Planning Blog
By Peter Van Buskirk If you are a rising high school senior, close your eyes and imagine a day in the future. No more applications. No more essays. No more SATs or ACTs. No more worrying and waiting. The final choice of a college will have been made! A year from now, it will all [...]...
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Make It A Summer again!

May 24 12:15pm Georgia Tech Admission Blog
Memorial Day is one of my favorite holiday weekends because it’s low key. Memorial Day is like that quiet, smart, and deceptively good-looking person we all know who just goes about their business doing their thing without looking for praise or the spotlight. Every now and then you take a look and they’ve just aced a test or scored a goal or are dating some amazing person. This is the infectious and admirable quality of contentment and self-awareness.  Memorial Day isn’t going to bring fireworks or presents or greeting cards (which is truly something in the world of holidays). It just goes about its business every year, gently and encouragingly shepherding us into summer. It confidently holds open the door where sunshine glints through and kindly warms the room. You can hear laughing and music and the smells of barbecues as you approach and enter the season. Summer is here, my friends. It’s a time to breathe. It’s a time to rest. It’s a time to slow down and enjoy people and books and being outside. I guess The Fresh Prince said it best– it’s a “time to lay back and unwind.” Memorial Day is an usher (no capitals, no link… the […]...
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16 Scholarship Myths Debunked

May 24 10:35am Blog – JLV College Counseling
Don't let these 16 scholarship myths stop you from applying.
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Overparenting Part 4: Allowing Your College Student to Fail

May 23 8:39pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
This is the final installment of our four-part series on the subject of overparenting, this post takes on how to let go of your college student and impart the skills they will need to make their own way in the world. Be sure to also check out our recently published posts on how to play [...] The post Overparenting Part 4: Allowing Your College Student to Fail appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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School Spotlight: Hendrix College

May 23 3:42pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each [...] The post School Spotlight: Hendrix College appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Setting Yourself Up for Academic Success in High School

May 23 12:52pm College: Admission Possible
High school is the perfect opportunity to gain an educational edge early on. Going the extra mile with your academics, extracurricular activities, and professional activities, will set you up for academic success in high school, college, and beyond. Academic success is within your control   When it comes to achieving any goal, it’s important to […] The post Setting Yourself Up for Academic Success in High School appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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A Salute to Brown University

May 23 12:18pm Ivy Coach Blog – Ivy Coach
A Salute to Brown University Ivy Coach salutes Brown University and its program director for student veterans and commissioning programs, Karen McNeil. Brown University, a school that just a few weeks ago cracked our top 10 list of most veteran-friendly colleges is not resting on its laurels. No, not under the leadership of Karen McNeil. Read More Ivy Coach...
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Studious Matron: 4 Reasons Why Mothers in College are Everyday Heroes

May 23 12:00pm Peterson's Blog
Many mothers these days are seeking a way out of their traditional roles in order to do something that fulfills their goals. For many, this includes going to college to get a degree. Mothers face many more challenges than the average 18-year-old faces at college, and for this reason, they are truly heroes. They Balance Parenting and School An 18 year old who has just left high school to go to college has plenty of time to work on getting good grades. However, mothers attending college have to delineate their time to make room for More…...
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Race and Princeton Admissions

May 23 11:42am Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Race and Princeton Admissions A piece up on “BuzzFeed” by Molly Hensley-Clancy entitled “Asians With ‘Very Familiar Profiles’: How Princeton’s Admissions Officers Talk About Race” highlights comments about Asian, Latino, and African American applicants discovered as part of a federal probe into Princeton University’s admissions practices over potential racial bias. Regular readers of our Read More Ivy Coach...
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Getting to Graduation: A College Survival Guide

May 23 10:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
Guest Blogger Kara Masterson shares four strategies for your time in college.
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Top Ten Percent Rule in Texas

May 22 12:07pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Top Ten Percent Rule in Texas For residents of The Lone Star State, admission to any public university in Texas is guaranteed for any student who graduates in the top 10\% of their high school class — with the exception of the University of Texas at Austin where the cutoff is the top 7\% to be Read More Ivy Coach...
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How Will Admission Officers Know the Limitations of My Random High School?

May 22 11:18am Ask The Dean
Question: I was wondering how college admissions weigh the school you went to, and whether they probably know anything about random public schools. For example, I go to my default public school in my area, and I am taking all the AP classes we offer (except for Art History, I’m a future science major). However,... READ MORE » The post How Will Admission Officers Know the Limitations of My Random High School? appeared first on Ask The Dean.
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10 Summer College Prep Ideas for Rising Seniors

May 22 11:04am Blog – JLV College Counseling
Summer is a great time to check off some of your college admissions tasks.
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Need College Advice? Learn the Best and Worst About Working with Mark

May 22 10:46am Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
What's the best and worst about working with educational consultant Mark Montgomery? A student shares his insights.
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5 Questions: Lazy Days, Networking Events, and Productive Group Work (Ep. 160)

May 22 7:00am Blog – College Info Geek
Today we’re once again practicing the art of spitting rapid-fire wisdom in the form of a 5 questions episode. Specifically, we’re answering these delightful questions: How can I make a habit of listening to audiobooks? How can I make the most of a networking event? Can I be productive while still having days to relax? […] RSS is cool and all, but you can also view the original post here: 5 Questions: Lazy Days, Networking Events, and Productive Group Work (Ep. 160)...
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Scholarship Spotlight: Eagle Scout Scholarship

May 21 8:21pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your [...] The post Scholarship Spotlight: Eagle Scout Scholarship appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Most Beautiful College By State

May 21 12:47pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Most Beautiful College By State “Travel + Leisure” has a piece out entitled “The Most Beautiful College in Every State” that we figured we’d share with the readers of our college admissions blog. So which university takes the cake in each of the fifty nifty United States from thirteen original colonies? Shout ’em, scout ’em, Read More Ivy Coach...
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Seriously, Who Gets Into Harvard? Part 4

May 20 9:01am The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
What Summer Activities Do Ivy League Colleges Look For? As summer approaches, many students with Ivy League aspirations are wondering what they can do with their summer vacation to make their college applications stand out from the crowd. What’s more impressive—volunteering at an orphanage in Africa or building up that neighborhood landscaping business? Find out [...] The post Seriously, Who Gets Into Harvard? Part 4 appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Scholarship Saturday May 20, 2017

May 20 8:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
This edition of Scholarship Saturday features 62 college scholarships and contests closing soon. There is a lot of scholarship money available – apply today!...
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Wait List Update #2

May 19 5:30pm NYU Admissions Blog
On Monday, May 22, we will admit another round of students from our wait list. By Monday evening, we will have admitted a total of 925 students from our wait list. Included in those offers of admission will be students … Continue reading →...
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A Salute to an American Vet

May 19 1:08pm Ivy Coach Blog – Ivy Coach
A Salute to an American Vet Ivy Coach is proud to be in the service of some of the brave men and women who serve our nation in uniform. Some years ago, we decided to reserve our pro bono college admissions services exclusively for veterans of the five branches of our American armed forces. While we can’t Read More Ivy Coach...
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How to Hone Your Photoshop Skills by Taking up Extracurricular Design Tasks

May 19 10:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
How to Hone Your Photoshop Skills with Extracurricular Tasks - Guest Blog by Isabella Foreman...
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What the Waitlist Really Meansand How You

May 19 10:28am College: Admission Possible
So you’re on the waitlist—admissions limbo land. Should you wait it out and keep hope alive or politely decline and start down a different path? Not every student that a college accepts will chose to attend that institution, so to ensure they have a complete entering class each year, colleges create a waitlist. The good […] The post What the Waitlist Really Means–and How You appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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Overparenting Part 3: Including Your Child in the College Finance Process

May 18 9:13pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
This is the third of a four-part series on the subject of overparenting, this post digging into how to pay for college. Be sure to also check out our recently published posts on how to play an appropriate role in your middle schooler’s life and in your child’s college admission process, and stay tuned for [...] The post Overparenting Part 3: Including Your Child in the College Finance Process appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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The Trojan Family: Parent Engagement with Maria Riley

May 18 5:00pm Undergraduate Admission Blog
It’s a conflicted feeling. The culmination of years of patience and support, a parent’s daughter or son has achieved the remarkable feat of being accepted to college. Pride radiates in heavy doses as they glow with the knowledge that their child is on track to follow their dreams and take the next steps toward adulthood! But, while the prospect of one’s child attaining self-sufficiency (along with the maturity to finally do their own darn laundry) is surely a nice one, the thought of losing touch with their world can be devastating. At USC, however, we understand that releasing the reins is no easy task – that’s where Maria Riley comes in.
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Alternative Path to Accelerated Medicine Programs, Plus Your Admissions & Finance Questions

May 18 3:53pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
In last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Beth Heaton was back in the host chair to talk about an alternative to the standard accelerated medical program and answer more of our listener questions. Alternative Path to Accelerated Medicine Programs: Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Lots of high school students aspire [...] The post Alternative Path to Accelerated Medicine Programs, Plus Your Admissions & Finance Questions appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Is It Really More Difficult To Get Into the Ivy League Now Than It Used to Be?

May 18 3:40pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
Oooh…I can’t resist. As a college admissions consultant, I am just going to have to disagree that somehow kids today are “better” than we were.  This is not true.  We were all pretty amazing in our own right.  Sure, back in the fall of 1980, we were all more amazed by the incredible people around […]...
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BCF Readers Forum 5.18.17

May 18 1:42pm The College Planning Blog
Periodically, I use this space to respond to questions I have received via email or during programs. My intent in sharing both questions and answers is to provide insight into the college-going process and stimulate conversation that leads to informed decision-making with regard to educational futures. As always, your comments are very much valued. To [...]...
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Temple or Penn State for Confused Future Doctor?

May 18 12:16pm Ask The Dean
Question: I’m currently stuck between a rock and hard place I feel like my life is falling apart. I made a decision to go to Penn state but my parents are totally against it and wanted me to go a much more adorable school like Temple. Penn state is a well know degree and I... READ MORE » The post Temple or Penn State for Confused Future Doctor? appeared first on Ask The Dean.
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A Recipe for College Success

May 18 12:10pm Parents Countdown to College Coach
  As a parent, knowing that you child has got into college is such a thrill. You are so happy for them that their hard work has paid off, and that they get to move on to the next stage of their life and better their career chances. But of course, there is a little […]...
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Columbia Re-Application for International Student?

May 18 12:09pm Ask The Dean
Question: I was wait listed this year and am planning to apply for ED in October. I’ll no longer be in high school then but I am planning to retake my A-level exams (considering i follow the Cambridge International Examination system) in October. I’ve also changed my mind about which field I want to apply... READ MORE » The post Columbia Re-Application for International Student? appeared first on Ask The Dean.
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Top Econ Grad Program with Bs?

May 18 11:58am Ask The Dean
Question: Dear Dean, I am a rising junior at UC Berkeley studying math and economics and I am interested in pursuing a master’s in economics after graduation. If I have had a bad semester (getting two Bs in math courses) but am able to compensate for this by doing very well throughout my junior year,... READ MORE » The post Top Econ Grad Program with B’s? appeared first on Ask The Dean.
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Singing the Email Bounce Back Blues

May 18 11:32am NYU Admissions Blog
Did you use your high school email address on the Common Application? Have you already lost access or are you about to lose access to that account? Every year applicants, admitted students, and wait listed students miss out on critical … Continue reading →...
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Average Princeton SAT Scores

May 17 10:00pm Veritas Prep Blog
High school students who dream of earning a degree from Princeton University have a lot of steps to take in Read more » The post Average Princeton SAT Scores appeared first on Veritas Prep Blog.
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Making College Affordable

May 17 6:59pm CollegeBasics.com Blog
When you are searching for colleges, it’s best to look with an eye to cost efficiency. After all, why get a degree to make money and end up owing money? The average annual tuition of a private college is $30,097. That cost can add up even with grants and scholarships. Public schools are, of course, […]...
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Asking Right Questions of Unsuspecting People

May 17 5:16pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
When visiting a college campus, it is often difficult to get a straight answer from people in the admissions office about student life. So if you really want to learn what students are like, you need to ask random people, like the people working the counters at the cafes and bookstores. Ask them about whether students are intellectually serious or more interested in partying. You'll often get a straight answer from people who really have no vested interest in giving you the party line. So if you want the straight scoop about a college campus, ask the right questions of unsuspecting people. You'll be surprised how much you can learn.
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4 Things to Consider When Applying to Universities

May 17 2:57pm Peterson's Blog
Choosing a college can be really easy. Or really hard. It all depends on a number of factors, some within your control and some beyond it. There are some components, however, that universally need to be considered when deciding on colleges that should be on your application list. Fit Perhaps the most important thing to consider is fit. This is why it’s important to actually visit any universities you are seriously considering attending. Meet people – staff, professors and students – to really get a feel of the place and see how you feel about More…...
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Book Ideas for High School Graduates Heading to College in the Fall

May 17 1:23pm Blog – JLV College Counseling
Book recommendations for high school graduates heading to college.
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Tough College Waitlists

May 17 12:40pm Ivy Coach Blog – Ivy Coach
Tough College Waitlists Waitlist data is difficult to ascertain but “US News & World Report” has come out with some 2015-2016 data on college waitlists for some universities where it was particularly hard to get out of limbo. Before our readers start writing in questioning these statistics (we know you well!), let’s reiterate Read More Ivy Coach...
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Quarter Wit, Quarter Wisdom: Ignore the Diagram in That GMAT Geometry Question!

May 16 9:53pm Veritas Prep Blog
If you follow the Veritas Prep blog, you have probably heard us talk about the importance of diagrams in many GMAT Read more » The post Quarter Wit, Quarter Wisdom: Ignore the Diagram in That GMAT Geometry Question! appeared first on Veritas Prep Blog.
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Overparenting Part 2: Enabling Your Child to Own Their College Admissions Process

May 16 9:01pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
This is the second of a four-part series on the subject of overparenting, this post focusing on your part as a parent in the college admissions process.  Make sure to also check out our recently published  post on how to play an appropriate role in your middle schooler’s life , and stay tuned for upcoming [...] The post Overparenting Part 2: Enabling Your Child to Own Their College Admissions Process appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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When College Sticker Prices Can Matter

May 16 3:49pm The College Solution
College sticker prices are often meaningless because most students at state and private universities don’t pay it. Published prices, however, can be a helpful starting point when exploring what kind of price break, in the form of scholarship and grants, your child might get at a particular institution. Here’s an example: Your teenager receives a […] The post When College Sticker Prices Can Matter appeared first on The College Solution.
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Surprise Commencement Performance

May 16 1:38pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Surprise Commencement Performance “We’re half way there Livin’ on a prayer Take my hand and we’ll make it I swear, livin’ on a prayer” – Bon Jovi Oh wait, we’re supposed to be writing about colleges and college admissions, not writing out Bon Jovi lyrics. But it’s commencement season and the sun has Read More Ivy Coach...
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