How good writing can get you dates…and get you into college

Writing a great college essay is a lot like writing a Match.com headline.  From a great article in Fast Company: As a dater on Match.com, you have two key ways to communicate something quickly about yourself: a picture and a headline… Given the stakes, these headlines should really zing. They don’t. We examined more than […]

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AP or IB?

Students and parents often ask us which program is better, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB).  It's one of those questions for which there is no right answer.  Neither program offers more inherent college admissions advantages than the other. Jay Mathews, a constant source of reason and just plain good sense on the subject […]

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The benefits of two-year community colleges

I'm doing a seminar for foster youth today to discuss the potential advantages of attending a two-year community college and then transferring to a four-year school.  Here are a few reasons that path can be a good option for the right student: 1.  Cost Community colleges are significantly cheaper than four-year colleges.  For example, in […]

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Before you submit your college essay, translate it

A lot of the college essays admissions officers read really need to be translated.  They're technically written in English, but it's a different kind of English than most seventeen year-olds (and most adults, too) would ever use when trying to communicate with someone other than a college admissions officer.    Here's a sample sentence, some […]

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