College Admissions

By Bernadette Andrews of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio Our daughter completed her first semester at NYU. Hallelujah! After breathing a sigh of relief for the way things have worked out, I’m reminded of Oprah’s famous line, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” The preparation began very early on– we stressed her capabilities and […]

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As mentioned in the first post of this series, College Board develops the AP curriculum. Here are the 34 Advanced Placement courses available in high schools across the country:    Art History Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Chemistry Chinese Lang and Culture Comp Science A English Lang and Composition English Lit and Composition Envir Science […]

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Many college applications such as Emory University will include questions described as “optional.” Emory’s Optional Essay: Please write exactly five sentences that best describe you. Does this really mean that you can skip this question? Yes and No Yes. If you skip this optional question then it will save you that extra hour that you may […]

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As if the college admissions process couldn’t get any more complex, the early admissions decisions have been reported for several colleges around the country. Overall, the number of early applicants increased at many campuses. For example, Boston University saw a 40% increase in Early Decision applicants over last year; Case Western saw a 34% increase […]

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In the wake of damage that Hurricane Sandy is wreaking along the east coast, many colleges have delayed their November 1 early application deadlines. Here are several listed with new deadlines: Babson College – extended to November 5 Brown University – November 7 Case Western – November 5 Dartmouth – November 5 Duke – November […]

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If you’ve taken a standardized test earlier than 10th grade or perhaps been identified as “gifted and talented,” then you may have received a mailing from Bard at Simon’s Rock Early College. I learned on a recent visit that the majority of students typically found out about this special college through a direct mailing. (Before […]

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I love the Common Application for the convenience it offers to students. However, it can be a bit quirky at times. Beginning in August 2013, there will be some changes to the CommonApp that will make it more user-friendly for students: The essay length will remain the same—250 to 500 words—but for the first time […]

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Numerous college applications such as Elon University or College of William and Mary will include questions noted as “optional.” Elon’s application reads: You may also write an optional personal statement if there is more you would like to tell us about your background or any circumstances that might inform your academic information. College of William […]

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Remember the saying . . . “If you can’t beat them, join them.” I have a similar love-hate relationship with the annual college rankings. Several of my client families love to refer to college rankings despite my warnings that college rankings do not make a college list. There are so many colleges available and with […]

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