You, too, can be a crazy fan!

We all know that Duke has some wonderfully crazy basketball fans.  There just aren’t many places where students will camp out in tents (in the cold) to get tickets.  But as hard as it is for a Duke student to get a ticket to a Blue Devil basketball game, it’s even harder for a high […]

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New Year’s Resolution #1

I visited In-N-Out Burger not once, but twice during the recent Collegewise holiday.  And I was struck by two things.  First, their grilled cheese is just delicious.  Second, every single employee at every In-N-Out Burger that I have ever visited seems so happy to be working there.   I don’t know if it’s the type of […]

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December News for Friends and Family

College Tours The Irvine counseling quartet of Jennifer, Margot, Allison and Kyle recently returned from a tour of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Santa Barbara and UWT (the University of Wine Tasting, which was their favorite of the three, by the way). UCSB alumn Kyle proved to be an adept tour guide for her […]

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Nice Kids Finish First

Good things happen to nice kids.  During application season, the Collegewise counselors are a little bit like the legend of Santa Claus.  We know which kids have been naughty and which have been nice.  We notice the seniors who were on time for all of their appointments, who always returned our phone calls, and who […]

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November News for Friends and Family

The New-and-Improved Collegewise Los Angeles is Open for Business In spite of a lack of significant photographic evidence to substantiate this claim, we really do have a new office space in Los Angeles. It’s big and beautiful with windows and offices and we can’t wait to show it off on our blog and in person. […]

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Inside the Admissions Office

Arun Ponnusamy, director of our Los Angeles office, is riding high these days. His beloved Ohio State Buckeye football team is ranked #1—he hasn’t missed a game on his flat screen all season. When she’s not in the office next to Arun, Collegewise Counselor Jessica Schattgen is planning her wedding. This means she can recite […]

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College Essay Do’s and Don’ts

Even the most stellar applicant is comparatively boring when reduced to just grades and test scores. That's why admissions officers will use your college essay to get to know you better. Here are some Collegewise do's and dont's to make sure they like what they read. 1.  DON'T try to impress admissions officers. Don't inject […]

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How to Ruin Your College Application

Jay Mathews of the Washington Post does it again.  We love Jay's take on the college admissions process because he's a member of the press who takes every opportunity to inject a healthy perspective, not fear, into his writing on education.  In fact, we like his book Harvard Schmarvard so much that we give it […]

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