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August 15, 2017

Recently, UC Irvine announced that it was cancelling around 400 spots in its freshman class due to overcrowding. Only a week later, they changed their mind.

Let's read between the lines.

Do you really think that a 25,000-student university would struggle...

July 12, 2017

“College Essay Season” has begun. The summer between junior and senior year of high school is the best time to write the main college essay – the 650-word (maximum) personal statement you can use for all colleges you apply to through the popular Common...

July 10, 2017

Most parents feel ill-prepared to guide their students through the ever-changing college admissions process. The process is much more competitive and complicated than it was when parents were applying. Even when parents have excellent, open communicatio...

June 29, 2017

The college admissions process is intimidating, complex, and anxiety-producing. The following 10 points can help guide families with students approaching college.

  1. The college application season starts when the senior year of high school starts. Appli...

June 27, 2017

Unlike public universities, which base their admissions decisions primarily on objective criteria, private universities typically base their decisions on a more holistic review. The three basic attributes graded by private universities in the holistic r...

May 8, 2017

A few weeks ago, America’s most selective colleges told their applicants who would be offered admission--and who would not. As some students bask in the afterglow of success, while others cope with disappointment, it is evident that the admissions proce...

April 26, 2017

As juniors get ready to take the SAT or ACT, and sophomores wonder what’s in store for next year, it’s worth taking a moment to dispel the most common rumors we hear about standardized tests. Don’t get caught doing what everybody else does – it could sp...

April 24, 2017

In April, students and families wonder how to choose among several colleges that offered admission. The “where do I go” question can be agonizing (in a good way). Try simplifying your decision-making process with two inquiries.

What is the structure of t...

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October 1, 2016

Many colleges use interviews as components of their admissions process. Yet with so much emphasis on the importance of “the essay,” the so-called experts and the internet seldom pay much attention to college interviews. Although there are countless book...

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