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December 17, 2015

Finding the right college “fit” is mystifying for parents and students. With almost 3,000 colleges in America, even college consultants struggle to know the best options for each student. First-generation families tend to rely upon the reputation of a c...

December 7, 2015

The college admissions process is intimidating, complex, and full of anxiety. Few parents understand the process well, and most students hear misinformation and myths around their high schools. The following 10 points are intended to give valuable guida...

November 10, 2015

High school seniors feverishly complete their college applications, hoping to be offered admission to their dream schools. In many applications, a very popular supplemental essay asks applicants to explain “why” they are a good fit for the college. This...

September 29, 2015

As an educational consultant who helps students and families with their college pursuits, I am often asked, “When is the best time to sign up for your services?” The easy response is “sometime during the Junior year of high school.” Yet perhaps the ques...

September 14, 2015

We sometimes hear that “it takes a village” to raise a child. That proverb is especially true in the pursuit of college admissions.

Parents are not usually well-equipped to guide their students through the ever-changing morass of the admissions process....

August 20, 2015

For years, I’ve been hearing about apparent prejudice in the admissions process by the Ivy League and other highly-selective colleges. Recently, we have seen an increase in these stories of unfairness towards Asians, including lawsuits and complaints to...

August 13, 2015

As summer ends, parents and students worry more and more about college and graduate school applications. The application season has begun!

The first things to identify are the filing deadlines. Although many schools offer rolling admissions, which allow...

July 4, 2015

Finding the right “college fit” is more complicated than simply scanning Top 10 rankings, visiting a campus, or picking a school based on reputation and prestige. Sending a child to college is like planting a tree: you need to select an appropriate plac...

June 19, 2015

For all students seeking to enter college or graduate school, admissions websites are required reading. However, one must learn to read between and behind the lines to understand what a college is really like.

The first thing to realize is that colleges...

June 10, 2015

The summer before the senior year of high school is the best time to write college admissions essays. There are a lot of myths, urban legends, and misinformation about these essays. Effective college applications start with understanding the true purpos...

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