Get Your Bagpipe On

There's so much to love about College of Wooster, and I'm not just talking about the fact that their mascot is the Fighting Scot and that the marching band wears kilts (though that is admittedly a very good start). Today, I'll focus on just two things to love about Wooster. 1.  Wooster graduates fondly recount […]

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Open for business in the Pacific Northwest

It's official–Collegewise is now open for business in Bellevue, Washington.  For the uninitiated, Bellevue is across Lake Washington from Seattle and is known as a Seattle "boonburb" (a large, rapidly growing city that remains essentially suburban in character even as it reaches populations more typical of urban core cities). If you're a Bellevueite (or if […]

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Free Collegewise seminars in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest

Secrets of College AdmissionsA free seminar for students and parents Find out how selective colleges and universities really evaluate students.Learn Collegewise strategies students can use to improve their chances of admission.All attendees will receive a free copy of "Collegewise Admissions Secrets," a collection of ten articles by our college counselors on topics like, "Secrets of […]

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Leading by Example

Jessica (left) and Gabby, one of herStep Up students As you undoubtedly noticed, Collegewise was inexplicably omitted from the Oscars and Emmys this year.  But the pain of those losses was immediately overshadowed by our pride when we recently learned that Collegewise Counselor Jessica Schattgen was named the 2008 National Volunteer of the Year for […]

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5 Things Seniors Should Never Do When Applying to College

Our Collegewise counselors are in the heart of college application season with our seniors.  And while we'll certainly help to ensure that our applicants don't make spelling errors or mistakenly write, "I love Duke so much, my internal organs actually ache," in an essay being sent to NYU, there are other mistakes seniors should avoid […]

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The Economic Crisis and College Admissions

Tough Times Strain Colleges Preparing for and applying to college is never without at least a little anxiety.  But this year, our nation’s economic crisis is adding a new layer of college-related worry for parents, kids and counselors.  In addition to any possible personal financial fallout, many of you may have seen the steady stream […]

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Stay on Their Good Sides

All the admissions officers we've met are good people who would much rather admit than deny kids. But during the pressures of admissions season, some applicants' actions can drive the admissions folks crazy. Here are five tips to make sure you don't inadvertently hurt your case. 1. Follow directions. You can avoid most common mistakes […]

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Rank Them Yourself

"In the Pac-10 schools, where does USC stand, academically?" That’s the question my neighbor asked me today.  And he was surprised when I told him there was almost no way to answer it.  He told me he thought that Stanford had to be "on top," followed by Berkeley and then UCLA.   But he wasn’t naming […]

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The “Weakness” Question

Yahoo posted an article for job-seekers today about how to handle the "What is your biggest weakness?" question.  College-seekers need to know how to handle that question, too. College interviewers may ask you the same question.  College applications might have sections in which you are asked to tell them if you've ever been subject to […]

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