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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Find us a great counselor, and we’ll pay you $1,000

Collegewise is looking for the next college counselor to join our team in Irvine, CA.  Here is the job description.  We wanted to give our blog readers and those in the Collegewise family a chance to chime in and refer people they think just might be the right fit for us.  So we’re offering a […]

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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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Why Parents and College Essays Don’t Mix

I received an email yesterday from the mother of a Collegewise kid.  She'd read her daughter's college essay and made "some changes," changes she said were "not drastic."  Her daughter, however, was not happy about Mom's involvement.  Now they were both upset and Mom wanted my advice about how to handle the situation. I told […]

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Not-so-complicated college admissions advice

So, what if you haven’t won prestigious awards, earned a perfect score on the SAT, or invented plutonium during your high school years?  Don’t worry.  Impressing colleges isn’t as hard as you might think it is.  Here are five college admissions tips, none of which require that you invent a radioactive chemical element. 1.  Raise […]

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August News for Friends and Family

 "Don’t get your heart set on one school when you’re applying.  You might think there’s only one school for you, but wherever you end up, that’s probably where you should be." "(Californian students) Stop worrying so much about the cold weather back east.  It’s just snow. People deal with it.  Geez!" "When you tour colleges, […]

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Unsolicited Life Advice for Teens

We're not in the life-coaching business here at Collegewise.  But every now and then, we find ourselves passing along some life lessons to the teenagers whose college applications we're reviewing.  And like so many adults, we're life-qualified only because we've had the luxury of just being on the planet a little longer with more time […]

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July News for Friends and Family

Never to be sold on EbayI always wonder if the celebrities actually visited the stores where I see their signed photos; I mean, did Jerry Seinfeld really bring his clothes to my dry cleaner in Irvine, CA?  But you don’t have to wonder if the signature on the front of this Collegewise brochure is legit.  […]

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