Category Archives: College Admissions

Plan ahead to be college eligible

Simply meeting colleges’ minimum admissions requirements may get you to the gate but not to the finish line. Planning a four-year high school course sequence is worth the time and effort.

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The college rankings game

Here’s a good read about why students and families should be skeptical about rankings due to the many ways colleges game the ranking system. Develop your own rankings based on your unique preferences and priorities! What might be the perfect … Continue reading

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Drumroll…Class of 2017!

  Congratulations to College Advisory’s Class of 2017 on their impressive acceptances! Students will be attending Bard College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Carleton College, Case Western Reserve University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Pitzer … Continue reading

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College admissions advice for parents

Parents – Whether it’s your first time or the latest of several, here are some suggestions that may help you avoid some of the most common college planning pitfalls.

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Why can’t college tours tell it like it is?

Spot-on insights from a high school senior after he toured numerous colleges this past summer.

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Why college rankings are a joke

College rankings “nourish the myth that the richest, most selective colleges have some corner on superior education; don’t adequately recognize public institutions that prioritize access and affordability; and do insufficient justice to the particular virtues of individual campuses.” Read on!

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Keep testing in perspective

Over-emphasizing the ACT and/or SAT at the expense of academic achievement and other meaningful aspects of students’ lives can interfere with what genuinely matters to colleges. This article stresses how it is far more valuable in the long run to have … Continue reading

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Forget the term ‘safety’ school

“Classifying the schools on a college application list as ‘first choice’ and ‘the rest’ sets students up for disappointment. Every school on a student’s list should be one he or she is eager to attend.” This article explains the importance of … Continue reading

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LOL: College admissions shocker!

A little humor during the season of elite college admissions decisions: “Brown may give next year’s aspirants the option of submitting, in lieu of several essays, one haiku and one original recipe using organic kale. ‘Compositions of 750 or even 500 … Continue reading

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A college-admissions edge

At schools that rely heavily on Early Decision, it can be extremely difficult to get in during the normal cycle. A Washington Post analysis found 37 elite schools where the Early Decision share of enrolled freshmen in 2015 was at least … Continue reading

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