college applications

Is the college admissions essay important to admissions committees?

[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”23825847″] For high school senior Brittany Stinson, her admissions essay gained her acceptance into five Ivy League schools and Stanford. In her essay (I urge you to read, here), Ms. Stinson contemplates her curious nature and evolving interests, with trips to Costco as the backdrop in which her musings and self-discovery take place. Although it is important to note that admissions essays do not lead to acceptance alone – there are many other criteria which are considered including…

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What to Do When Placed on the Dreaded College Waitlist

[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”23825847″] High School seniors hoping for a “yes” and bracing for a “no” from their top college choices are not likely to be prepared for a “maybe.” When such a decision hits their mailbox it can create a mix of emotions, high anxiety, and a lot of confusion. “I definitely do still feel like I’m in a limbo state,” said Apollo Young, 17, a senior at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. Young was placed on the waitlist…

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College Rejection Letters and Their Impact on Parents

[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”23825847″] Unfortunately, April and May don’t just bring news of the summer to come – they also bring college rejection letters to millions of students around the country. For students who wish to attend the most elite colleges in the country, this is a challenging time. Competition is at an all-time high, and the chances of rejection are high. But this pressure isn’t just felt by students – many parents whose children receive rejection letters feel that they’ve…

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Record Breaking Numbers of College Applications Being Submitted

[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”23825847″] By May 1st, the last college decisions will be made, and the college admissions process is will have come to a close. The college application process has always been daunting for students; however, according to high school guidance counselors and admissions experts, the newly competitive admissions environment has created significantly heightened anxiety for students. A spokeswoman for the Common Application, Aba Blankson, stated that the number of students using the Common Application increased to 920,000 applicants in…

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Waitlisted at your Dream College?

[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”23825847″] During the months of May to June thousands of college bound students are placed on waitlists for their favorite college, leaving them feeling like there may be no hope for gaining acceptance. There is hope though if you ask! Many schools allow students to send additional information like updated grades, achievement awards, recommendations and exam scores. According to Mary Tipton Woolley, a senior associate director of undergraduate admission at Georgia Tech “The key is to package all…

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