We’re hiring our next college counselor

We're looking for our next college counselor to join us in our Irvine (Orange County), California office. About UsWe do college private college counseling a little differently here.  Our goal isn’t to get every kid who works with us into a name-brand school.  Instead, we want to show families just how many great colleges are […]

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Five tips for job seekers

Whenever we post an available job at Collegewise, it’s humbling how many smart, likeable people take the time to apply.  We never take it for granted how lucky we are in that way. But we also see a surprising number of applicants who make the same mistakes. Looking for a job is never easy or […]

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Don’t try to learn about admissions this month

This month, the majority of seniors will hear their admissions news. For freshmen, sophomores and juniors, this is when you'll hear people making bold declarations about how and why students did or didn't get in.  It will sound like this: "He got in because he wrote a great essay." "He got rejected because he didn't […]

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A physics professor’s take on his place of work

A lot of colleges sound the same.  Small classes.  Dedicated professors.  A library with 2 million volumes you can check out.  Not many of them can–or are willing to–come out and tell prospective students what makes their school unique and how that benefits their graduates.   But Scott Calvin, a physics professor at Sarah Lawrence […]

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The attitude of good SAT and ACT test-takers

Good test-taking on the SAT or ACT is part skill, part attitude.  Here's an example.  Aggressively eliminating wrong answers is a skill.  When good test-takers don't know which answer is right (it happens all the time, even to them), they look for wrong answers, eliminate those, guess and move on.  You can learn that skill, […]

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For senior parents: Just six more months…

Parents of seniors, just six months from now, you'll be moving your new college freshman into a dorm room, saying goodbye, and leaving him or her to start their college lives.  It will be sad, but it will also be one of the most exciting and rewarding days you'll ever have as a family. How […]

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What college rankings really tell us

From Malcolm Gladwell's (author of "Blink" and "The Tipping Point") most recent New Yorker piece, "What College Rankings Really Tell Us…" There’s no direct way to measure the quality of an institution—how well a college manages to inform, inspire, and challenge its students.  So the U.S. News algorithm relies instead on proxies for quality—and the […]

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Find out how they got there

Here's a good way to learn more about colleges, majors, and the many paths that can lead to being successful.  Pick five people who are doing something you find interesting–writing, video game design, sports management, whatever.  If you don't know or can't think of specific people, pick a company that does something interesting to you, […]

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Congratulations, Caltech

Allison just alerted us that Caltech's basketball team ended their 26-year conference losing streak last night night with a 46-45 victory over Occidental in the team's regular-season finale on senior night. In honor of Caltech, I've just added this to my Netflix list.  

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