What if none of this mattered for college admissions?

What if all colleges were exactly the same, and everyone were guaranteed a spot in one as long as you graduated from high school?  Whatever your GPA, whatever activities you did or didn't do, you'd get into the same college everybody else gets into.  What would you change about your life if none of this […]

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Yet another way to stand out

One of the more popular essay topics colleges now require is some version of, "How will you contribute to our campus community?" The best responses to that question come from students who've already become contributors to their high school campus communities.  Here's one way to do that, and it's a different way to stand out […]

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Save the date for spring college fairs

Every spring, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling sponsors college fairs across the country.  Here's the Spring 2011 schedule.  As we get closer to the actual fairs, I'll write a post about how to actually get something out of them (hundreds of college representatives in one place is a great thing, but I've found […]

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More free financial aid advice

I posted last Friday about a series on The Choice blog where a financial aid expert was answering readers' questions.  He has since completed the series with four more installments, and this link will take you to a listing of all seven parts. Topics he addresses include the best ways to save for college, the […]

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Standardized testing plans for juniors

One of the most important college planning choices for juniors is deciding which standardized tests to take and when to take them.  Here are a few guidelines to help you. First, for those of you who just got your PSAT scores returned, please read this post I wrote a year ago about what PSAT scores […]

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What should you wear to your college interview?

We get the "What should I wear to my college interview?" question a lot from our Collegewise students.  Here's what we tell them. Imagine your parents were making you dress up for Thanksgiving dinner at your grandparents' house.  What would you wear?  A t-shirt and jeans is too casual.  A full suit or formal dress […]

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How I wish colleges would do tours

Touring colleges is an important part of any student’s college search.  It’s just too bad so many colleges’ tours are so ineffective. Here’s your typical college tour.  Parents and students are led around the campus by a polished, rehearsed student who tells them that the library has two million volumes, the average class size is […]

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