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July 25, 2016

Once your student understands how a college admissions officer reviews their transcript, her or she can make educated decisions about course selection during high school. Officers look for both challenge and continuity.

Admissions officers see how a student is challenging him/herself by reading the student's school profile to determine what levels of cours...

July 19, 2016

Just about everyone applying to college has been told to apply to a few "reach" schools, a few "target" schools, and a few "safety" schools. Why safety schools? The most obvious reason is if the student gets denied (aka rejected) from every reach and target school, they will still have a college to attend in the Fall. However, safety schools are good for...

July 12, 2016

Sorry, rising seniors, but you have a lot to do this summer! What, you ask (groan)?

1. Trim your college list. Think hard about which schools on your list you would actually apply to. If your list is more than 12 schools, make the tough decisions and pare the list down to the top 10 or 12.

2. Finish up your college essay. You probably started the essay in 1...

July 5, 2016

A student is considered a "legacy" to a college or university when one or both of their parents also graduated from that same school. There is a lot of debate about how much being a legacy helps your admissions chances, but most agree that they do help your chances. If a student's parents graduated from that university as a graduate student, it usually do...

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