How your free time can make you more interesting to colleges

How you answer this question says a lot about how interesting you'll be to colleges. Imagine that all of your obligations–school, homework, soccer practice, anything that fills your schedule–magically disappeared for the next month (and you were somehow guaranteed that their disappearance would in no way negatively affect you or your college future).  What would […]

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What love of learning looks like

There's often a difference between having a high GPA and being a real learner. After a workshop at a high school last spring, a student asked me if he should write an essay explaining why he hadn't taken harder classes.  His explanation was that his high school "wouldn't let him" for a variety of reasons.  […]

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An easier way to find what you’re looking for on our blog

We've just added "Categories" at the left below the "Search" box.  So whether you're looking for advice for parents, tips for counselors, test prep advice, essay guidance, Collegewise news or all of our entries about why famous colleges aren't necessarily "better" colleges, you won't have to search through hundreds of entries to find them. Thank […]

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A change that’s coming in college admissions?

I think a change is coming in college admissions.  As more colleges become outrageously expensive, more families will ask, "Is it actually worth it?"  Sure, smart families have always asked that question when it came to college.  But the colleges they thought were "the best" were immune to that examination.  Most families wouldn't question the […]

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