Category Archives: College Advice

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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Parents: Worrying productively

“Our children may not control where they go to college, but they control how. That is their true power.” This article offers strategies for how parents can best help their children during the college search process.

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So you want to be an engineer?

This article has great advice for high schoolers: What can you do now to find out if engineering is the right path for you?

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A parent offers advice

“The individual personalities and styles of the admissions official (presenting the information session) and student tour guide greatly affected our impression of the school. Find a way to counteract a bad impression due just to the presentation – and good … Continue reading

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Extracurricular Involvement

A few words of advice on extracurricular involvement: Keep in mind that “college admission officers are interested in meaningful engagement, not perfunctory participation, and are smart enough and experienced enough to distinguish between the two.” More sound advice is found … Continue reading

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Choosing a Practical Major

Are you feeling like you have to major in something “practical” in college? Don’t. “Any definition of the practical that fails to take into account an individual’s interests, demonstrable aptitude, or current state of personal development will tend to undermine … Continue reading

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Advice for Juniors

Clearly, high school juniors have a lot on their plates and anxiety is highly contagious. Here are some sage words to put the college admissions process in perspective.

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