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What Colleges Look For in High School Students?

Questions About Admissions

For lots of families of high school juniors and sophomores, this whole college admissions process has just kicked into gear. So, it seems like a good time to talk about the typical mistakes students and parents make as they get started.

In my experience, students often tend to underestimate their ch...

How to be successful in AP classes and exams

  • A college degree can open the door to better job opportunities and even a higher salary. According to a 2020 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bachelor's degree-holders earned over $500 more per week than high school graduates. What's more, many jobs require candidates to have at least ...

The coronavirus pandemic disrupted countless facets of daily life, economic activity, and educational pursuits for most of 2020 and into 2021. Add the already complicated college admission process – including whether students are ultimately accepted, rejected, or placed on a college wait-l...

v  Write a generic admission essay Applying for college can take up as much time as a regular class during the senior year. By preparing a generic essay in advance that can be tailored to different applications, the student can spend more time on studies and extracurricular activities once scho...

If you’re passionate about your sport of choice, you may be interested in what it takes to get recruited as a college athlete. So it’s essential to learn all of the facts to determine your path forward. 

From deciding between Division l, II, and III to realistically assessing...

The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the ways many teachers deliver instruction and many students learn. Since widespread disruptions began in March of 2020, the AP and higher education communities have guided the creation of options for supporting teachers and students.

We’ve made deci...

The Common App essay prompts will remain the same for 2021-2022 with one exception. We will retire the seldom used option about solving a problem and replace it with the following:

Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has thi...

IN A NATION WHERE BLACK students integrating schools were met with riots in the 1960s, historically black colleges and universities have been instrumental in the education of African Americans. These schools, known as HBCUs, served a student population that other institutions overwhel...

What Is a Deferral?

Simply put, a deferral is a second chance at admission. Rather than rejecting good-fit students with strong profiles, applications are instead deferred to the regular round where they’ll be reviewed again within the context of the regular applicant pool, as if they hadn’t been rev...

Ah, deadlines: sworn enemy of students across the nation. When you’re busy with classes, extracurricular activities, and a social life, it’s easy to let due dates whoosh by. Exam, term paper, Spanish club meeting…We get it.

Nevertheless, we’re here to point out a few more critical commit...


This is the year you put all the puzzle together. Your grades constitute a large part of what college take into account when considering admission. Your junior transcript in the most important transcript, make it count.

❖ Academic difficulties: Seek assistance from your parents, teacher and resource ...


The CSS Profile is an application you fill out online to determine whether you qualify for non-federal aid. (To apply for federal aid fill out the FAFSA.

How is the CSS Profile Different From FAFSA?

  • Although CSS is often compared to FAFSA, here are the key differences between the two: ...
Several concerning enrollment trends are holding strong as the latest, and more comprehensive, 
data show. 
Experts and advocates are particularly worried about community colleges. 
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has bad news. Again.

Its latest fall 2020 enrollment re...

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