5 Things Seniors Should Never Do When Applying to College

Our Collegewise counselors are in the heart of college application season with our seniors.  And while we'll certainly help to ensure that our applicants don't make spelling errors or mistakenly write, "I love Duke so much, my internal organs actually ache," in an essay being sent to NYU, there are other mistakes seniors should avoid […]

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The Economic Crisis and College Admissions

Tough Times Strain Colleges Preparing for and applying to college is never without at least a little anxiety.  But this year, our nation’s economic crisis is adding a new layer of college-related worry for parents, kids and counselors.  In addition to any possible personal financial fallout, many of you may have seen the steady stream […]

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Stay on Their Good Sides

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 hurt your case. 1. Follow directions. You can avoid most common mistakes […]

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Rank Them Yourself

"In the Pac-10 schools, where does USC stand, academically?" That’s the question my neighbor asked me today.  And he was surprised when I told him there was almost no way to answer it.  He told me he thought that Stanford had to be "on top," followed by Berkeley and then UCLA.   But he wasn’t naming […]

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The “Weakness” Question

Yahoo posted an article for job-seekers today about how to handle the "What is your biggest weakness?" question.  College-seekers need to know how to handle that question, too. College interviewers may ask you the same question.  College applications might have sections in which you are asked to tell them if you've ever been subject to […]

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Why Parents and College Essays Don’t Mix

I received an email yesterday from the mother of a Collegewise kid.  She'd read her daughter's college essay and made "some changes," changes she said were "not drastic."  Her daughter, however, was not happy about Mom's involvement.  Now they were both upset and Mom wanted my advice about how to handle the situation. I told […]

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Not-so-complicated college admissions advice

So, what if you haven’t won prestigious awards, earned a perfect score on the SAT, or invented plutonium during your high school years?  Don’t worry.  Impressing colleges isn’t as hard as you might think it is.  Here are five college admissions tips, none of which require that you invent a radioactive chemical element. 1.  Raise […]

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August News for Friends and Family

 "Don’t get your heart set on one school when you’re applying.  You might think there’s only one school for you, but wherever you end up, that’s probably where you should be." "(Californian students) Stop worrying so much about the cold weather back east.  It’s just snow. People deal with it.  Geez!" "When you tour colleges, […]

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