Category Archives: College Essays

What Future College Students Should Know About The Current College Admission Environment

What Future College Students Should Know About The Current College Admission Environment

The current college admissions environment points to several important factors that future college students should know. As future college students prepare for the current college admission environment, it is vital to stay informed on recent admission trends Continue reading

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The New Common App Essay Prompts for ’17-’18 Released

The New Common App Essay Prompts for ’17-’18 Released

The Common Application released its essay prompts for 2017-2018. There are now seven essay prompts and the “Topic Of Your Choice” prompt has returned. Listed below, you can see which are new, revised or those that are unchanged. Students need to choose one and write an essay of up to 650 words. Any rising seniors who want to get a head start on their college essay are set to go! Continue reading

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Maximizing Space on College Applications

Maximizing Space on College Applications

It’s easy to form an analogy between college applications and a giant puzzle. Everything has to fit just right for success. Fact is just about everything on college applications has a maximum word or character count. Continue reading

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College Essays and Real Life

College Essays and Real Life

College Essays and Real Life As our students rummage through brainstorm lists of potential college essay topics, real life keeps happening and experiences mount. Just this morning, we heard from a student of ours whose entire house and all belongings … Continue reading

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New UC Essay Prompts & Requirements

New UC Essay Prompts & Requirements

The new UC essay prompts for freshmen and transfer students will become effective beginning fall 2017. the new UC essay prompts are listed here with any requirements. In the meanwhile, you can review the new essay prompts, begin thinking about possible topics. Continue reading

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The New Coalition Application

The New Coalition Application

On Saturday, October 3rd, three Board Members of the new Coalition Application, Barbara Gill, Associate Vice President for enrollment management at the University of Maryland, John Latting, Assistant Vice Provost for undergraduate enrollment and Dean of Admission at Emory University, and Audrey Smith, Vice President for enrollment at Smith College presented a summary of their “work in progress” to an audience of over 500 people at the National Association for College Admission Counselors (NACAC) Conference in San Diego. The announcement of this new application hosted by 83 colleges in collaboration with CollegeNet came just a few days prior to the conference, setting up a storm of conversation and questions. The Coalition Colleges want to increase college access for all students and add another way to apply in addition to the several online applications that currently exist. Continue reading

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Why Colleges Want Ambitious and Dynamic Students

Why Colleges Want Ambitious and Dynamic Students

The college admissions process can be overwhelming for many families considering the competitive nature of admissions as well as the many variables high school students must take into account: challenging curriculum, strong essays, excellent standardized test scores (in most cases) and remarkable recommendation letters to name a few. In addition to students presenting these factors, it is essential for students to distinguish themselves, stress their additional activities and present themselves as ambitious and dynamic students. Continue reading

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Writing The Common Application Essay

Writing The Common Application Essay

The Common Application launched online for the coming admissions season on August 1st. The Common Application essay prompts are now available so writing can begin. Students will need to choose one of the five prompts and write up to a 650 word essay. Continue reading

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What Goes Into A Great College Essay

What Goes Into A Great College Essay

What goes into a great college essay? I suspect it’s more than a good story.

Questions to consider:

– Which character attributes should shine through?
Ability to work with others? Adaptability? Independence? Maturity?

– What topics give the student something good to write about?
Work or volunteer experiences? Academic achievement? Overseas travel? Family life?

– What happens to those applicants who don’t seem to have the experiences to draw from?

– What else should I have included?

– Which character attributes should shine through?
Ability to work with others? Adaptability? Independence? Maturity?
All of these work – it’s okay also to be less than perfect as we all are just that

– What topics give the student something good to write about?
Work or volunteer experiences? Academic achievement? Overseas travel? Family life?
These are good but too general – isolate an event or one experience

– What happens to those applicants who don’t seem to have the experiences to draw from?
Writing about small daily occurrences can produce excellent essays
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Early College Preparation Is Important

Early College Preparation Is Important

Although many decisions are made during the senior year, it is best to begin the college process early as early college preparation is important. There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend. Continue reading

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