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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Standing Room(s) Only

We’re in day #2 of our visit to the annual WACAC (Western Association for College Admissions Counseling) conference being held at the University of San Diego this year.  As of the penning of this blog, Arun and Kevin have finished their presentations ("College Admissions 101 for New High School Counselors" and "Solutions for the College […]

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June News for Friends and Family…

Our new little “Collegewise News for Friends and Family” section of our blog is for those readers who really want to know what we’ve been up to around our offices. Yes, the section could probably be more aptly named, “For our Mothers” as they’re likely the only ones who will read it regularly. But as we all want […]

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Five College Planning Mistakes Parents Must Avoid

It’s normal for parents to want to help. And kids need your support during what can be a stressful process. But make sure you don’t make these common mistakes (all of which are made with the best of intentions). 1. Don’t get involved with the college essays Parents think and write differently than kids do.  […]

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