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How demonstrated interest can help you get accepted

Demonstrated interest is becoming an increasingly important factor in college admissions decisions. Find out what it is and how it can help you get accepted.

How to impress college admissions while having an awesome summer

You want to have fun this summer, but you also want to do things that will impress colleges. So how do you do both?

Is a reach school your best choice?

Getting into a reach school can be very satisfying, but before sending in that deposit, consider these five things to help determine whether a reach school is truly the best choice for you.

6 college interview tips to get you through, no sweat!

College interview questions can seem intimidating, but not if you're prepared! Follow these six college interview tips to make the best impression.

Being waitlisted doesn't mean you have to wait

While many students are celebrating their acceptance into college, others are stuck on a waitlist in admissions limbo. If you've been waitlisted, there's a lot more you can do than wait.

How to handle a holding pattern: What happens if you’re waitlisted or deferred?

Every year, tens of thousands of applicants to colleges are not given a definitive answer and instead are waitlisted or deferred. Although these answers both amount to “maybe,” the subtleties are pretty different.

'I will survive': dealing with college rejection

It all happened so fast. You fell in love, made plans for the future, dreamt of the days when you’d be together forever, and just like that, it fell apart.

The wait list dilemma

Is it the wisest move to accept an admissions offer from a college that has waitlisted you? Not necessarily.

6 things colleges look for in an applicant

Do you ever wonder what colleges are really looking for in prospective students? Well, here are the answers.

Getting In with the Common App

You’ve been through the college fairs, walked through countless manicured quads, and put up with nightly lectures from your parents about making a wise decision. Now your list of three prospective colleges has suddenly tripled. So do you apply to every college individually or send the same application to all your schools and hope for the best?

Admissions officers are people, too

Admissions officers want to admit good students as much as you want them to admit you.  So what does that mean? Cue bold, italics, and underline: Contact admissions officers at the schools you want to attend. 

Highly selective colleges and the applicants they accept

What is it that the most prestigious colleges are looking for when they admit their applicants? For the most part, admissions counselors from highly selective colleges are looking to form well-rounded classes. In their quest to do this, they’re seeking students who have a level of uniqueness and who show a depth and breadth of academic as well as extracurricular accomplishments and talents.

5 myths about college admissions today

Frantic parents, stressed out students, overworked guidance counselors…welcome to the cutthroat world of college admission! Last year, 2.9 million students graduated from high school, and more than 60% of them chose to pursue a college degree. Admission rates to Ivy League and other highly selective schools have plummeted to new lows. Last year, for example, Yale admitted only 8.3% of its applicants, and Stanford only accepted 12% of the candidates who scored a perfect 800 on the SAT Math exam.

How to stand out to admissions professionals

This article is provided by Your Collegiate Advocate, LLC  Everyone knows that grades and test scores are what makes a student stand out, but what else does it take to impress an admissions officer? Here are two important concepts students need

College rejection letter? Just shake it off!

By tkrause OK, can we just be completely honest here? Nobody likes to be rejected — especially when you’ve put your heart and soul into something. Whether it’s getting turned down for prom or receiving a crappy grade on a test you spent days cramming for, rejection blows. But, nothing stings worse than those thin college letters and short emails that scream you’re not good enough to go there #youcantsitwithus. Somehow, we all get sucked into […]

Top tips for prospective NCAA athletes in the admissions process

By UnigoEach year, The Edge advises hundreds of students on the college application process to US universities. While the application process might seem straightforward for many students, there are “special” cases such as athletes, artists, and performers for which the process probably seems as easy as navigating an Alice in Wonderland-like labyrinth. Today’s post will focus on prospective athletes and will offer some tips for navigating the process.1. Put Yourself Out ThereUnless you’re an All-American athlete, […]

Early Action or Early Decision: Is it right for you?

By lwilliamsThere are some great advantages to getting an early start, and applying to college is no exception. Each year, approximately 450 colleges and universities offer students the opportunity to apply through either Early Action or Early Decision. By submitting your application early, you may receive your decision months before those who applied through the regular admissions process. As a high school senior, nothing is more stressful than waiting on that acceptance letter during the spring semester […]

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5 Major Benefits of Playing High School Sports

By Stewart BrownThis article is Many young athletes today are finding that club sports are having a greater impact in their college recruitment process than high school sports. Many major sports, from Baseball to Soccer, have significant club participation that including significant travel (and expense) for the “better” athletes to play against other “better” athletes, but do not give up the opportunity to play for your high school.Here are 5 major benefits of playing high school […]

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A Global Nomad’s Guide to College

Families whose children have spent their school-age years living abroad can often reach a state of frustration or panic when embarking on the college application process. It’s important to remember that the majority of the more than 4,000 universities in the U.S. and Canada have worked with international and expat students.

How Can Parents Help Students With the Application Process?

What can parents do to help their children get into their top-choice colleges?

July Newsletter for Parents of Seniors

Summer is in full swing and hopefully your family is soaking up some sun, cooling off in some form of water, and maybe even taking a family road trip. College admissions may seem like a distant worry, but it’ll be

How Can Grandparents Participate in the Process of Paying for College?

As a grandparent, is it better to participate in paying for a grandchild's education before they enter college - or after?

Early Decision: Is it right for your child?

Is Early Decision right for you? Find out how Early Decision can help or hurt you during the college admissions process.

The Role of Parents in the College Admission Process

By limiting your participation to the roles of Coach, Consultant, and Executive Secretary, you’ll allow students to maintain control of their own college search and applications. 

Parents: How to Manage the Stress of the College Application Process

For many parents, the stress associated with their child’s prospects of getting into and going to college begins at conception. In fact, pregnancy tests might do well to include the projected cost of a college education right on the little stick next to the response window.  Now, while children in utero are, hopefully, not experiencing this pressure, it is not long after they enter the world that stress begins to rear its ugly head. 

May Newsletter for Seniors

Congratulations Your hard work during the admissions process paid off and you're going to college. Breathe easy and give yourself a pat on the back, but don't coast through the rest of your senior year. Admissions officers at your new

March Newsletter for Seniors

Dear Seniors, March is here, which means it’s time for you to start checking your mailbox multiple times a day for envelopes and anxiously pondering the age old questions – does a thick envelope mean I got in? Is this

Hey Seniors: Time to give thanks

Many seniors are so relieved that “all of that” is behind them that they neglect to consider all those that gave support to them along the way.

Would You Like a Car to Go With That Bumper Sticker?: Eight questions to ask when deciding between colleges

In front of you are glossy brochures that represent X University and Y College, your top two choices, both of which have already told you they love you back. Congratulations! Here are some questions to ask yourself as you try to choose between them.

Ranking the Top 5 Components of the College Application

I tutored for several years before signing on with the great team here at Knewton. And during those salad days spent lugging the Big Blue Book around Gotham, parents always asked me to prioritize the components of the college application

Caution: College admissions officers peeking at Facebook profiles

If you are considering applying to college add a review of your Facebook or MySpace profile to your to-do list. While employers have been checking the online profiles of job applicants for a number of years, a 2008 Kaplan survey indicated that college admissions officers are beginning to visit the social networking websites of applicants. Kaplan surveyed 320 admissions officers and reported that 1 in 10 had looked at an applicant’s social networking site.

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