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  • Todd Johnson

    Title: Founder

    Company: College Admissions Partners

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    Years of Experience
    12

    Colleges I Attended
    Northwestern University St. Olaf College Washington University in St. Louis
    Degrees
    Bachelor's Degree, Doctoral Degree
    Professional Affiliations
    IECA; HECA; NACAC; MNACA
    About Me
    For the past 12 years I have provided college admissions counseling to students throughout the United States. Although I have helped students gain admissions to Ivy League colleges, top 10 liberal arts colleges and many of the BS/MD programs in the country, my focus is on finding the right college for you, not on how a college ranks. I work with a wide range of students although my focus is helping students applying to BS/MD programs. My blog, College Admissions Counseling, reaches thousands.
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  • Admissions Expertise

    • We don't have time or money to visit some schools I’m really interested in. What can I do?

       

      Visiting colleges online is the next best thing to an actual visit. Most colleges provide tours of their campuses online. But, dig deeper. Use social media to find current students at the college. Ask some of these students what the college is really like. Try emailing a few questions to professors from a department in which you might want to major. Their answers will tell you something about the kind of contact you might with the faculty. Read the student newspaper online to find out what issues are important on that campus. Your virtual visit can provide all sorts of helpful information.

    • What are the most significant, avoidable mistakes students make in the admissions process?

       

      1) Your personal essay needs to tell the admissions office something about you they don’t otherwise find in the application. Give them some insight into why you are the person you are. 2) Don’t recycle “why do you want to attend college X” essays. Writing a generic essay for this prompt is very obvious to even first time readers. Do your homework and tell them why their college is really a good choice for you. 3) Submit the application at least 2 weeks before the deadline. Computer systems often crash when you wait to the last minute. Trust me on this.

    • What are the best ways to prepare for the SAT and which study methods are worth paying for?

       

      I recommend that students buy the official test guide from the College Board which has 10 actual old tests. Take those practice tests and when you grade your test, pay particular attention to those questions you get wrong. Try to understand the concept behind the question. While the questions are different on each test, the concepts stay the same. If you can understand the concepts you are getting wrong, when you take the actual test, you will hopefully get those concepts right.

    • What if students can’t afford any of the schools they were accepted to?

       

      You have options if you weren’t accepted anywhere.

      You have several options if you were not accepted to any of the colleges you applied to. One option is to consider attending a local community college. These colleges accept everyone who applies. A second option is to look for colleges that still have openings for this fall. The National Association for College Admission Counseling publishes a list of colleges that still have openings in early May. Finally, you may want to consider taking a gap year and applying to a new group of colleges for fall 2013. Whatever your choice, you do have options.

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