On colleges accepting YouTube videos with applications

Some colleges have begun inviting students to create optional videos they can post to YouTube so admissions officers can view them as part of the application.  Two of the most viral video creations from fall 2010 applicants were a flying elephant from a Tufts hopeful and a ukulele-playing student applying to George Mason.   I got […]

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Ask Collegewise

We get a lot of emails from people with questions about our take on admissions issues, how we run our business, or why we approach parts of admissions process the way we do.  We thought that instead of trying to answer those on a one-on-one basis, we'd answer some right here in case any of […]

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How to be lucky in college admissions

If you want to have more luck in your life (and in your college admissions process), it turns out you can create it. According to psychologist Richard Wiseman, author of The Luck Factor: Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life: The Four Essential Principles,” lucky people think and behave in ways that unlucky people don’t. Here are […]

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How pizza at Harvard led to a billion dollar company

We're always reminding families that many benefits of a college experience can't be predicted.  You can't read about them in a college guidebook or measure them with college rankings.  But you can find them at any college.  Here's a good example. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is a Harvard grad.  He's interviewed in the "Alumni Q […]

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