Unannounced Visitors

A lot of families tell us how hard it is for them to make time to travel and see colleges.  And we bet a lot of our blog readers read the entries about our own college visits and think to themselves, "Well, of course these Collegewise guys visits schools all the time.  It’s their job!” […]

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for High School Kids

It’s that time of year when we make our New Year’s resolutions, and we’ve got a few recommendations for high school kids to help them enjoy the ride to college a little more.  So, here are our Collegewise “Top Five New Year’s Resolutions” that might not be so obvious, but will definitely help you get […]

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Holiday Party

We recently celebrated the completion of our senior season with our annual holiday party.  Collegewise social gatherings aren’t usually of interest to the outside world, but I was struck by two things. 1.  We really are a handsome company when the men clean ourselves up. 2.  Lots of colleges (not just the brand name schools) […]

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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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