Essay advice for Villanova University applicants

I'll say this about Villanova University–their admissions office has guts.  The supplemental essay prompt for Villanova on the Common Application is one that virtually guarantees their admissions officers will have to spend hours reading cliche college essays.  But the truly thoughtful applicants who really take the time to consider the prompt and to write a […]

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Washington State University applicants should consider recycling

Before I give you my tips for Washington State applicants, I have to start with two disclaimers. Disclaimer #1:  Washington State University is not the same as Oregon State University.  (As you can tell, we're professionals.)  Disclaimer #2:  We don't usually recommend that students blatantly recycle their essay responses, unchanged, at multiple colleges.  But what […]

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Advice for applicants to Saint Mary’s College of California

The internet and tools like the Common Application have allowed many students to apply to colleges somewhat indiscriminately, firing off applications without being able to give a cogent reason for why they're applying to each particular school.  That actually gives you a huge opportunity at smaller colleges like Saint Mary's College of California who reward the […]

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Hokie Hopefuls: Advice for Virginia Tech applicants

Virginia Tech is a large public school (21,000 undergrads) that receives over 17,000 applications for admission.  And the admissions portion of the web site makes it clear what they focus on most. "Admissions directors use a holistic approach throughout the application review process. Many factors are considered, the most important being strength of schedule, high […]

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Essay advice for Bucknell applicants

A college doesn't necessarily need to require a novel's worth of essays to evaluate and better understand their applicants.  Take Bucknell University, for example.  Bucknell applicants will likely be pleasantly surprised to find that Bucknell’s Common Application supplement contains just one additional required essay and a second that's optional.  But if you make the most […]

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