What Do Those Essay Prompts Really Mean?

College essay prompts often reflect the personality of the school and its students.  That’s why, if a certain essay topic inspires you to write a 10-page thesis, well, you might have found your perfect match.  Below are five actual essay questions from this year’s applications, along with some insight into how these questions reflect the […]

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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX Two words: Horned Frogs. There are some colleges where the mascot is just the poor sap in a smelly suit. But for others, the mascot is a central part of the school’s identity. Take the TCU (Texas Christian University) "Horned Frog," for example. From the stadium chants of "Go Horned Frogs!" to […]

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Start Out on The Right Foot…

All the admissions officers we’ve met are good people who would much rather admit than deny kids. But during the pressures of admissions season, some applicants’ actions can drive the admissions folks crazy. Here are five tips to make sure you don’t inadvertently start out on the wrong foot. 1.  Follow directions. You can avoid […]

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Just Being Yourself Can Help You Get Into College

I’m not Arun Ponnusamy, the former Caltech and University of Chicago Assistant Director of Admissions and the usual contributor to this “Inside the Admissions Office” column. I’ve never even worked in an admissions office. But I think I can teach you a little something about college admissions by sharing some things Arun might not tell […]

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Don’t Fall For These Admissions Myths

When it comes to college admissions, knowledge is power. So make sure you don’t fall for these five popular myths. 1. Connections get you in That letter of recommendation from the alumnus who is also your father’s business partner isn’t likely to get you in. And neither is the fact that your neighbor knows someone […]

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Antioch College

Yellow Springs, OH Looks aren’t everything. Maybe you don’t fit the mold in high school. You don’t look like the other kids. You don’t dress like they dress. You don’t think like they think. You don’t know where the cool party is and you don’t care. You might even be more intelligent than your grades […]

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Blogworthy

We spend our days at NACAC assessing whether each experience is blogworthy and abiding by the guiding principle that not everything we do here makes for interesting reading.  Rather, we’ll try to share the conversations, sessions and experiences that are making our stay at NACAC so memorable.  With that guiding principle, here was NACAC, day […]

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Everybody Loves Arun

Day one at NACAC reminded us of two things–We come here as much for the people as we do for the workshops, and the vast majority of the people working in admissions are smart, honest, and interested in doing what’s right for kids. We have to start this entry by acknowledging that it seems as […]

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Back On Tour…

Day one of our full-fledged college tours got off to a rocky start when it took us nearly 30-minutes just to find the freeway near our hotel.  We were distracted by all the pedestrians who mistook us for a cab and  tried to hail us.  Who can blame them?  We’re driving this. No, this is […]

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That’s Wha’TIME Bloggin’ About…

What has long been somewhat of an underground college admissions sentiment is about to get a front page voice this week when Time Magazine hits the shelves with the cover story, Who Needs Harvard?  Forget the Ivy League—The new rules of the game say the best fit is what matters. Time didn’t exactly break this […]

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