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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Centre College

Danville, KY Colleges make lots of promises to prospective students.  But Centre College, a liberal arts college with 1,070 students in Danville, Kentucky actually gives you a guarantee.  All students who meet the college’s academic expectations are guaranteed an internship, study abroad, and graduation in four consecutive years. What happens if you don’t get those?  […]

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Some Good News About College Admissions

There’s a lot of bad news swirling around about how difficult it is to get into college today.  But the situation isn’t as bleak as you might think. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by the process, remember these five bits of good college admission news. 1. It’s actually not hard to get into college. […]

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Lewis and Clark College

Portland, OR If you want to be more than just a number once you get to college, you might want to check out Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where you won’t even be reduced to a number when you apply. Admissions officers at Lewis and Clark understand that numbers like test scores alone […]

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Scripps College

Claremont, CA Sorry guys—it’s women-only at Scripps College where 800 smart, artsy, confident women enjoy a rigorous liberal arts education with a strong sense of female community. Scripps is the women’s college of The Claremont Colleges, a cluster of five tiny schools on 317 acres in Claremont, CA that includes Claremont McKenna, Pomona, Harvey Mudd […]

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Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa Small liberal arts colleges like Grinnell are widely renowned for small classes, dedicated faculty, and academically rich environments where students enjoy learning. But the nation‘s highest-scoring basketball team? You‘d have a hard time finding a more entertaining basketball team to watch than the Grinnell Pioneers. They play a run-and-gun offense that shoots the […]

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Five Ways to Take the Pressure Off

The college admissions process is putting a lot of pressure on students these days. Here are five ways to take a lot of pressure off yourself and regain college admissions control. 1.  Take charge of the process yourself. The more you do for yourself, the more in control of the process you will feel. So […]

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University of Texas — Austin

Austin, Texas We’ve profiled a lot of small schools in our college spotlight, so many that it might seem we’re biased against the big schools. We admit it, we love the way that small classes and close contact with dedicated professors virtually guarantees an enriching college experience. But we also like to think big. In […]

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