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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Not The Same Old Back-To-School Advice

Get good grades.  Get involved.  Get good test scores.  It’s all good advice.  But it’s advice you’ve probably heard before… a lot.  As students head back to school, here are five bits of Collegewise admissions advice to help you get in to college that might be new for you.  1.  Practice the art of participating […]

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For the Admissions Officers…

As Arun and I gear up for our annual trip to NACAC, I remembered a conversation I was lucky enough to have with Llloyd Thacker of the Education Conservancy at last year’s conference.  The subject was college fairs, and how so many admissions officers are under enormous pressure to generate student interest in their schools.  […]

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Five Tips for Parents of New College Freshmen

If you’re a parent preparing to send your son or daughter off to be a freshman in college, congratulations.  This is one of those things you’ve likely dreamed about doing since you first became a parent, and now it’s about to happen.  Every year about this time, we send our Collegewise parents a list of […]

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I am not a tuba player. And I’m OK with that.

When we go to college admissions conferences, we’ll always attend any session in which Bruce Poch, Dean of Admissions from Pomona College, is participating.  He’s outspoken, honest, and refreshingly forthright.  With so much mystery surrounding the admissions process, it’s nice to hear from a decision maker who’s comfortable discussing what admissions officers look for–and what […]

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News for Friends and Family…

New faces in the Collegewise crowdThere was a time not that long ago when we used to imagine what it would be like to have admissions officers leave their posts and come to work with us.  Then Arun joined us in 2004 from Caltech and Christina from the SUNY system in 2005.  And this week, […]

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Summer To-Do List for Soon-To-Be Seniors

It’s summer.  And you rising seniors deserve a little rest and relaxation.  But while you’re soaking up your summer, here a few college-related things you can do to make your upcoming application season much easier.  1. Aim to finalize your list of colleges by the end of the summer.A lot of students wait until the […]

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Easing the Stress

Boy, do we like Jay Mathews, Education Columnist for the Washington Post and author of one of our favorite admissions books, Harvard Schmarvard.   And his most recent column, "Ten Ways to Reduce College Application Stress" reminds us why. Some of the tips actually suggest ways the colleges could do more to ease the stress on […]

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August News for Friends and Family…

Happy GraduationCollegewise counselors Jessica Schattgen (Los Angeles) and Allison Cummings (Irvine) recently completed our five-week college counselor training that culminates in a two-day final exam, an exam on which they both earned the highest scores ever recorded since we began our training program in nearly five years ago.    To celebrate, the Irvine crew traveled […]

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Extra! Extra! “Regular Kids” Still Get In!

Whenever we preach that kids can be regular teenagers and get into college, we always like to say that they can play guitar and work at the grocery store rather than paddle down the Amazon and cure athletes’ foot.  Those latter hyperboles tend to change depending upon our mood, but the guitar and grocery store […]

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