College Essay Workshop at Palos Verdes High School

This summer and fall, we're offering our College Essay Workshop on the campus of Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates, CA.  Students will not only attend our essay seminar, but will also have the opportunity to submit their UC or Common Application essays to us for feedback.  We're pretty excited about it.  The […]

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50 Fantastic Summer Activities for High School Students

The New York Times ran an article today about the National Young Leaders Conference–one of many organizations that offer high-priced summer programs for students, but that misleadingly market the programs as auspicious honors for which only a few outstanding students are selected.  It's a good reminder to be suspicious of any "honor" for which you […]

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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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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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