Our most popular blog posts from the past year

Here are our ten most popular posts from the last year based on the number of pageviews.  Our tips for specific colleges dominate the list, as a lot of students find our blog by typing the actual essay prompt into their search engine.   1.  Tips for Stanford University applicants: you need a little panache […]

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College application advice for seniors

I gave a talk to the senior class at Palos Verdes High School's "College Day" on Wednesday.  Here were some of the tips I shared.  1. Don't let anybody else care about your college applications more than you do.  You're going to college, not your parents, not your counselors, and not your teachers.  Don't wait […]

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The folly of Ivy envy

I saw (and enjoyed) The Social Network, and Jay Mathews extracted a good blog post about what the Facebook founders remind us about an Ivy League education. (Facebook founder, Mark) Zuckerberg seems to have figured out that Harvard wasn’t going to do much for him. He dropped out, like his fellow billionaire Bill Gates, and […]

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Introducing the redesigned collegewise.com

This week we launched a redesign of our company website, collegewise.com.  It’s been about three years since we did a major overhaul, but we had some specific goals in mind this time around. 1.    Make it easier for visitors to find what they’re looking for. We didn’t want to assume what information people wanted from […]

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Celebrating one year of daily blog posts

Today’s a big day for me, as it was one year ago today that I set a goal to write at least one entry on this blog every day.  Here I am, 365 days—378 entries—later. Why did I do this?The first reason was personal—I just wanted to see if I could do it.  I wanted […]

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More advice on letters of recommendation

There's some good advice on The Choice blog today courtesy of Martha Merrill, Dean of Admissions at Connecticut College, concerning teacher recommendations and how they are used during the admissions process. Seniors (and their parents) should pay particular attention to this tip: Follow instructions.  Admission officers will likely read only the required number of recommendations. […]

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