Safety on College Campuses

A few months ago a family approached me and asked for help in their college search for their daughter. They came prepared for the meeting and had a list of schools that satisfied both the academic and social needs of their daughter. What they wanted from me was to gather information for them about the safety of the campuses they had chosen. And with that charge, I began my search and discovered  an actual piece of legislation called The Clery Act which requires schools that receive federal aid to publish and disseminate an annual security report (ASR) to its faculty, students, and the public . This report must contain statistics of campus crime (for the preceding three years) and include information about criminal activity on [...]

Safety on College Campuses2021-12-09T18:38:16+00:00

What’s New On the Common Application?

As one admission cycle comes to an end, a new one cannot be far behind. The Common Application, one of the more popular methods of applying to college, is slowly releasing what’s new, and, in some cases, what is improved with the 2021-2022 application. The Common Application announced the first big change a few weeks ago with the prompts for the personal essay for the 2021-2022 cycle which include the following:  Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, [...]

What’s New On the Common Application?2021-03-02T18:04:20+00:00

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

On January 19th, 2021, the College Board shook the college admission community with news that it will no longer offer Subject Tests or the writing component of the SAT. Already the current class of 2022 is feeling the pressure of not knowing what the admission landscape will look like amidst an ongoing raging pandemic. But to add salt to some already fresh wounds, they hear this news. High school counselors are applauding the announcement--less administrative responsibilities on their part and one less worry for their high school students. But we should all understand, this is far from an altruistic move on the part of the College Board. We can surmise that they ran the numbers and saw that the subject  tests were losing popularity to [...]

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow2021-01-20T20:03:39+00:00

Campus Visits in the Era of Covid-19

With college campuses shut down across the country, it is impossible for prospective students to visit campuses and attend information sessions. They will be unable to observe the school’s culture, get a sense of the academic rigor, and talk to current students. All of these would have ultimately determine if a school would be a good fit. It is disappointing for the student. Plans have to be changed, and their spring break is not at all what it was supposed to be. All common feelings that most of the world is feeling right about now.   But, while the students are home, and they have the time, there are so many resources that they can turn to to help them understand what makes each university unique. [...]

Campus Visits in the Era of Covid-192020-03-24T19:07:32+00:00

Common Application Prompts 2020!

After sending a survey to thousands of  college counselors and other stakeholders, the Common Application has announced that, for the fourth year in a row, it has decided to keep the same six prompts (see prompts below). For counselors, this news is a relief as no additional preparation will be necessary to help their students tackle their essays. The release of the questions is also a signal to rising seniors that there is no time but the present to start thinking about their story and what they want to share with admission officers.  As students begin to think about their writing, here are some tips that they may want to keep in mind: Avoid overused phrase like my educational journey, the best version of myself, [...]

Common Application Prompts 2020!2020-02-22T18:51:41+00:00

The Ever Changing Timeline

It seems to me that the college application season is growing shorter and shorter. When I first began working with high school students, I made sure to limit my travels to after December in case more time was needed to submit applications. But this timeline is changing and it is changing fast.   University of Virginia recently announced that after a ten year hiatus from offering an Early Decision, it has been reinstated as an option for the 2019-2020 admission cycle. But the announcement did not end there, the deadline for this applications will be October 15, 2019-two weeks earlier than almost any university that offers an Early Decision option. This will leave  teachers, counselors, registrars, and most importantly our students as little as six [...]

The Ever Changing Timeline2019-06-01T15:56:31+00:00

Words of Wisdom When A College Decision Does Not Go Your Way

I love how Lawrence Momo captures the disappointment of the potential denial of deferral from a college, especially as colleges are beginning to release  Early Decisions. I remember making many trips with my daughter to the local ice cream store after she began hearing from her schools; I bought her anything she wanted and gave her a day to mourn the college that did not accept her. It is so hard watching young people experience rejection, and for many it is their first time around. Do not make her rejection your own. Be honest with friends and family so she sees that there is no shame in a rejection. After all we all know not getting what we want when we want is part of [...]

Words of Wisdom When A College Decision Does Not Go Your Way2018-12-12T17:09:16+00:00

What is Demonstrated Interest?

  Demonstrated Interest is all the buzz when talking about the college admission process. But what does it mean? And how can you be sure to make sure I show demonstrated interest? There are many different ways an applicant can show interest and it does not only involved buying costly plane tickets and spending a weekend out of town. Here are some helpful pointers that can let admissions offices see your interest. Do you know all those emails that you colleges send you daily? Some schools actually collect data and see who is opening their emails. So open the email, actually read it, maybe you will learn a thing or two about the school, and in the process you have begun to demonstrate interest. When [...]

What is Demonstrated Interest?2018-10-03T20:22:38+00:00

Early Decision (ED) or Regular Decision? Which Process Best Suits You?

In order to decide which is best for you, it is first important to understand what each college admission process means.   An Early Decision application is when students make a commitment to a first choice institution where, if admitted they will definitely enroll. The decision is binding.  The application deadline and and decision deadline occur early. A Regular Decision application is when students submit an application by a specified date and receive a decision in a clearly stated period of time. The decision is non binding.     Early Decision has become a more popular route that students are choosing, especially those who know exactly where they want to attend school. The advantages of Early Decision admission is that students who choose to apply [...]

Early Decision (ED) or Regular Decision? Which Process Best Suits You?2018-08-30T18:34:14+00:00

Self Reporting Scores? What Does That Mean?

A New Trend in the Right Direction As seniors across the country open their Common Application, they will notice on the Testing section of the Common Application, there may be an opportunity for them to self-report their standardized test scores.  This is something new. In the past, students were required to go through the College Board or the ACT to have their scores sent to the various schools that they were applying to. The rising costs of the college application process has pushed some schools to allow their applicants to self-report their scores via the Common Application at no charge. However, once a student is admitted and decides to enroll, official scores must then be sent to the school. This is under no uncertain terms [...]

Self Reporting Scores? What Does That Mean?2018-08-22T15:03:10+00:00
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