Category Archives: College Advice

‘Curate’ your college list

As this helpful article explains, a “well-curated college list should come down to about eight schools with several different characteristics. Any more than that tells me students haven’t really done their job, which includes considering what they want out of … Continue reading

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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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To get to Harvard, go to Haiti?

Essays about expensive “service trips” to exotic countries seldom impress colleges. “In the case of drive-by charity work, the checked box can actually be counterproductive, because application readers see right through it. ‘The running joke in admissions is the mission … Continue reading

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Raising successful kids (without over-parenting)

This TED talk, just released, provides a healthy perspective on parenting and preparing kids for success in college and in life.

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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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A note for new college parents

As drop-off looms, a professor’s note for new college parents: “You can help them maintain balance in their lives: Invest in people, not just school work. Remember that success and happiness in life depend on relationships. College gives most young people … 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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How to measure a college’s value

“We know which colleges supposedly produce the highest earners, because there are lists and rankings devoted to that. But what do we know, in the end, about the relationship between a student’s college experience and his or her actual satisfaction … Continue reading

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Building a balanced college list

“Ideally, a likely college is a school that is a good academic, social, and financial fit for a student, where he or she is very likely to be accepted based on the admitted student profile. Students should be just as excited … Continue reading

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Biggest lies in college admissions

This excellent article debunks recurrent college admissions themes that mislead students and parents

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