Just Being Yourself Can Help You Get Into College

I’m not Arun Ponnusamy, the former Caltech and University of Chicago Assistant Director of Admissions and the usual contributor to this “Inside the Admissions Office” column. I’ve never even worked in an admissions office. But I think I can teach you a little something about college admissions by sharing some things Arun might not tell […]

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Don’t Fall For These Admissions Myths

When it comes to college admissions, knowledge is power. So make sure you don’t fall for these five popular myths. 1. Connections get you in That letter of recommendation from the alumnus who is also your father’s business partner isn’t likely to get you in. And neither is the fact that your neighbor knows someone […]

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Antioch College

Yellow Springs, OH Looks aren’t everything. Maybe you don’t fit the mold in high school. You don’t look like the other kids. You don’t dress like they dress. You don’t think like they think. You don’t know where the cool party is and you don’t care. You might even be more intelligent than your grades […]

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Blogworthy

We spend our days at NACAC assessing whether each experience is blogworthy and abiding by the guiding principle that not everything we do here makes for interesting reading.  Rather, we’ll try to share the conversations, sessions and experiences that are making our stay at NACAC so memorable.  With that guiding principle, here was NACAC, day […]

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Everybody Loves Arun

Day one at NACAC reminded us of two things–We come here as much for the people as we do for the workshops, and the vast majority of the people working in admissions are smart, honest, and interested in doing what’s right for kids. We have to start this entry by acknowledging that it seems as […]

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Back On Tour…

Day one of our full-fledged college tours got off to a rocky start when it took us nearly 30-minutes just to find the freeway near our hotel.  We were distracted by all the pedestrians who mistook us for a cab and  tried to hail us.  Who can blame them?  We’re driving this. No, this is […]

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That’s Wha’TIME Bloggin’ About…

What has long been somewhat of an underground college admissions sentiment is about to get a front page voice this week when Time Magazine hits the shelves with the cover story, Who Needs Harvard?  Forget the Ivy League—The new rules of the game say the best fit is what matters. Time didn’t exactly break this […]

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Centre College

Danville, KY Colleges make lots of promises to prospective students.  But Centre College, a liberal arts college with 1,070 students in Danville, Kentucky actually gives you a guarantee.  All students who meet the college’s academic expectations are guaranteed an internship, study abroad, and graduation in four consecutive years. What happens if you don’t get those?  […]

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Some Good News About College Admissions

There’s a lot of bad news swirling around about how difficult it is to get into college today.  But the situation isn’t as bleak as you might think. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by the process, remember these five bits of good college admission news. 1. It’s actually not hard to get into college. […]

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Lewis and Clark College

Portland, OR If you want to be more than just a number once you get to college, you might want to check out Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where you won’t even be reduced to a number when you apply. Admissions officers at Lewis and Clark understand that numbers like test scores alone […]

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