Author: Published by Jean Louis

Now Is the Time to Plan for Summer

Your academic record is the most important factor in admission to colleges, but non-academic factors such as extracurricular activities also play a significant role. We advise that you use your opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities in ways that increase your likelihood of admission. The Value of Summer Activities Among your activities, those you engage […]

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What’s the Right Number of College Applications?

While there is no “right” number of applications per se due to individual circumstances, we advise that, for the great majority of students, the best number is 10. Less than 10 doesn’t spread your risk sufficiently and more than 10 dissipates your focus and effort. Your Selection Criteria The first step in selecting the colleges […]

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How to Manage the Stress of College Admissions

No one can deny that there’s much hard work to be done by any high school student who aspires to attend a good college. It’s also true that high school should be a time of joy in a young person’s life, one without excessive stress. A fair question is: “Can a student satisfy both of […]

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A Public Honors College May Be Right for You

There are public honors colleges in every state, most of which were established in the last 60 years. Prior to that time, honors colleges were altruistic efforts to foster academic excellence at state funded and operated institutions. Since then, honors colleges have continued to be established for this reason but their purpose has been enlarged. Now […]

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Resources for Building Your College List

You work hard in high school to improve your chances of admission to the colleges of your choice. Most of the goals that you strive to achieve relate to your academic record, but there are also non-academic goals you set in extracurricular activities that are important for the same reason. Yet there’s a third key […]

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Don’t Rely on Magazine Rankings of Colleges

Each October for almost four decades, U.S. News & World Report has published a much-anticipated College Edition that ranks American colleges and universities. The issue is the most popular of the year for U.S. News & World Report, but its release always instigates a barrage of criticism that The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson refers to as “a […]

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Teacher’s Letters of Recommendation Have an Impact

Students who aspire to attend college should develop an admissions strategy. Among the key features of this strategy will be a “core message” that  conveys in few words your most distinctive characteristics —  the ones that will add value to a college’s freshman class. Letters of Recommendation (LOR’s) play a key role in this process. […]

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Visits — The Key to the Search for Best-Fit Colleges

There’s no substitute for being there. A well-planned visit to a college campus will reveal more useful information about that college than its website, course catalog, statistics, and rankings can provide.  College Visits Before and After There are two stages in your college admissions campaign during which you’ll have compelling reasons to visit college campuses. […]

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Social Media and College Admissions

Many students apply for admission to selective and highly selective colleges, but only a fraction of them can succeed. Even applicants with outstanding academic records are advised to seek additional ways to improve the likelihood of their admission to the colleges of their choice. Rise Above Your Peers You can excel beyond academics if you […]

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The Test Optional Movement Is Accelerating

More than 1,000 colleges and universities have discontinued the requirement that applicants submit SAT or ACT scores. The pace at which schools are adopting test optional policies is accelerating. Scott Jaschik, writing for Inside Higher Ed, notes that, “When the movement started, most of the competitive schools that went test optional were small liberal arts […]

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