Numbers don’t lie

It's nice when someone does a study to lend statistical evidence that happens to support my little blog posts.  The Center for Public Education just released a report called “Chasing the College Acceptance Letter: Is it harder to get into college?” From the report: "It may come as a shock, but the data shows that […]

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10 class questions…

What's your favorite class? Who's your favorite teacher?  In which class are you raising your hand and asking questions? In which class do you contribute to class discussions? Which class's material do you find most interesting? What's a class you've heard about that you want to take? Which class do you look forward to attending […]

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The one applicant

Here's my college admissions version of this blog entry I read about competition.  Imagine you're a college admissions officer reading stacks of files every day.  Lots of applicants look the same.  But every now and then, one of them stands out.  Here are some examples. Lots of the applicants volunteer at hospitals.  One of them […]

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The problem with pleasing everyone

I’ve met countless high school kids with impressive resumes who couldn’t answer a simple question about which activity meant the most to them. Those kids haven’t spent any time considering what would make them happy.  They just spread themselves through a variety of activities and achievements based on what they thought would please other people (and colleges).  I think those […]

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A good source for SAT Subject Test requirements

So if you need information about SAT Subject Test requirements, here is the best place I've found to start.  The folks over at Compass Education Group have researched which schools require the SAT Subject Tests (formerly called the SAT-IIs) and shared everything they've found here.  Of course, you should always check with the individual colleges […]

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College admissions simplified

My friend Paul Kanarek at The Princeton Review speaks weekly at local high schools on the college admissions and testing process.  Lately, he's been pointing out that admissions officers really just want to know three things about applicants.  1. Are you smart enough to succeed here? 2. Do we like you? 3. Do other people […]

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