Nice Kids Finish First

Good things happen to nice kids.  During application season, the Collegewise counselors are a little bit like the legend of Santa Claus.  We know which kids have been naughty and which have been nice.  We notice the seniors who were on time for all of their appointments, who always returned our phone calls, and who […]

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November News for Friends and Family

The New-and-Improved Collegewise Los Angeles is Open for Business In spite of a lack of significant photographic evidence to substantiate this claim, we really do have a new office space in Los Angeles. It’s big and beautiful with windows and offices and we can’t wait to show it off on our blog and in person. […]

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Inside the Admissions Office

Arun Ponnusamy, director of our Los Angeles office, is riding high these days. His beloved Ohio State Buckeye football team is ranked #1—he hasn’t missed a game on his flat screen all season. When she’s not in the office next to Arun, Collegewise Counselor Jessica Schattgen is planning her wedding. This means she can recite […]

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College Essay Do’s and Don’ts

Even the most stellar applicant is comparatively boring when reduced to just grades and test scores. That's why admissions officers will use your college essay to get to know you better. Here are some Collegewise do's and dont's to make sure they like what they read. 1.  DON'T try to impress admissions officers. Don't inject […]

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How to Ruin Your College Application

Jay Mathews of the Washington Post does it again.  We love Jay's take on the college admissions process because he's a member of the press who takes every opportunity to inject a healthy perspective, not fear, into his writing on education.  In fact, we like his book Harvard Schmarvard so much that we give it […]

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October News for Friends and Family

Back from NACAC Kevin, Arun and Alex enjoyed our stay at the annual NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counseling Conference).  Some people get excited about seeing Angelina Jolie or Leonardo DiCaprio on the street, but NACAC lets us meet and learn from people like Parke Muth (at left), an admissions officer from University of […]

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Five Things Every College Wants You to Be

It’s that time of year when seniors begin sitting down to fill out college applications.  And when they do, a lot of those seniors will be wondering, “What do these colleges want to hear?” and “What are they looking for ?” and “Would winning the presidency of a small but quickly-developing country improve my chances???” […]

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September News for Friends and Family

Happy Birthday to Us Collegewise celebrated our 8th birthday on August 16, as it was exactly eight years ago that Kevin officially submitted the "Doing Business As" paperwork to County Clerk’s office in Orange County.  Since that day back in 1999, we’ve helped over 2,000 kids apply to college, and Collegewise students have attended over […]

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