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Countdown to college: How to handle wait-list purgatory

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I’m sure you’re tired of hearing how “this was an incredibly tough year" for students applying to college. The truth is, it was, and that means a lot more students were put on wait lists, and there were also a lot more rejections.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WERE WAIT-LISTED

Your options:

1. Hopefully you received an acceptance from ...Read more

Countdown to college: How to handle wait-list purgatory

Home & Leisure / Education News /

I’m sure you’re tired of hearing how “this was an incredibly tough year" for students applying to college. The truth is, it was, and that means a lot more students were put on wait lists, and there were also a lot more rejections.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WERE WAIT-LISTED

Your options:

1. Hopefully you received an acceptance from ...Read more

Countdown to college: Wait-list fundamentals

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Within days, all admissions decisions will be complete, all notifications will have been made, and we’ll all be watching the fabulous tear-jerking videos of deserving students finding out they’ve been accepted into their dream schools.

But this year, more students than ever will find themselves on the wait list. The wait list, commonly ...Read more

Countdown to college: Last-minute tips for campus visits

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Typically, what I’m saying to families at this time of the year is: “Load up your minivans and head for the airports and highways for the annual spring break campus visit blitz, but make it your own: Go above and beyond the standard tour.”

But of course, this year is totally different. Some campuses are providing tours and information ...Read more

Countdown to college: The 'Varsity Blues' scandal two years later

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On March 17, Netflix released "Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal," a documentary about the bribery scandal from 2019.

It’s a powerful film that shows the ugly underbelly of what happened to the college admissions process. It features reporters, independent educational consultants and the sailing coach from ...Read more

Countdown to college: Honor colleges are states' best-kept secret

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The saying goes, “It's easier to make a big school smaller than it is to make a small school bigger.”

High school seniors often find themselves deciding between a small private college and a larger university. One way to make a big school smaller is an honors program.

Fans say that an honors program offers an Ivy League education at ...Read more

Countdown to college: How to start thinking about the Common App’s newest prompt

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The Common Application offers students seven essay prompts. They need to choose just one and write an essay of 250-650 words. Six of the seven are the same as last year, and the one new prompt is:

"Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected ...Read more

Countdown to college: Common Application releases this year’s prompts

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The big news is that Common Application removed one prompt question, about about a problem you’d like to solve, and replaced it with the following:

“Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you.”

Living through the pandemic...Read more

Countdown to college: How you spend your summer vacation is important

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Thankfully, once students reach high school, they are no longer required to write the often painfully boring “what I did over my summer vacation” essay. But that doesn’t mean what they choose to do over summer isn’t important.

One of the key components of strong college applications is how students have set themselves apart from ...Read more

Countdown to college: Athletic recruitment 101

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Hey, Hollywood, how about a new television show called “So You Think You Can Be a Professional Athlete?” The stats aren’t encouraging.

According to ncaa.org, there are a few million high school athletes and more than 460,000 NCAA student-athletes, and fewer than 2 percent of them will go pro in their sports. The probability of ...Read more

Countdown to college: February is the time to plan ahead

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When you’re looking at the college admissions timeline, February is all about planning ahead. There are two key items that need to be addressed in February:

1. Campus visits

February is when families need to get serious about which colleges they plan on visiting over spring break, if it’s possible. Surprisingly, some college tours fill...Read more

Countdown to college: The advantages of taking a gap year

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Taking a year off after high school, or a “gap year,” has become an increasingly popular and accepted decision here in the United States. In Europe, Australia and New Zealand, gap year experiences have long been considered one of many traditional options.

I was unsuccessful in my efforts to convince my own children of the benefits of a ...Read more

Countdown to college: Elimination of optional SAT tests is big news

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In the world of college admissions, last week's news that the College Board is dropping the SAT's optional essay and subject tests was nothing less than jaw-dropping.

A press release from College Board stated that the goal is to reduce pressure on students, but the cynics among us believe it's part of a plan to reduce costs and push more ...Read more

 

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