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Safeties, Matches, and Reaches: Building a College List

One of the most daunting aspects of applying to colleges is actually deciding where to apply to college. But where do you start looking, and how do you create a good list?<p><b>Why Creating a List is Important</b><p>Drafting a college list for the first time is an important tool to assess how your expectations …

College & University

3 Questions a Successful College Application Essay Answers

Tell us about yourself. Discuss an issue about which you are passionate. Explain why you want to attend our university. Talk about a time you overcame a challenge. Discuss your favorite academic subject.<p>If you have begun writing your college application essays, the above directives will look …

College & University

'Why This School?' Should Be The First Admissions Essay You Write

It is time to write your college admissions essays. You have spent some time thinking about your main essay, the one that will tell an admissions team your story and give them a sense of your character and interests. But then you realize there is more than just one essay. You find that most schools …

College & University

How to Choose the Right High School Extracurriculars

The college admissions process can sometimes seem as though it grows more competitive with each passing year. While a high school student might have once asked, "Should I participate in extracurriculars?" the question is now, "<i>Which</i> extracurriculars should I pursue?" This is especially important if …

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A college adviser explains the trick to nailing a particularly hard type of admissions essay

The White House issued a presidential proclamation on Friday deeming November National College Application Month.<p>As students work to finish their applications, many will struggle with how to approach their essay topics.<p>Enter Stacey Brook, the founder and CEO of College Essay Advisors, with 10 years …

Former Ivy League admissions officer reveals how schools pick students

While the decision process may appear shrouded in mystery for college hopefuls, admissions officers know the intricacies that take place on campus.<p>Reddit hosted an AMA, or Ask Me Anything, that featured former Cornell admissions officer Nelson Ureña answering questions about the admissions process …

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7 Proven Tips for Successful College Application Essays

Expert advice from a professional college consultant (and a mom who has been there).<p>Courtesy of St. John's University<p>Courtesy of California Institute …

What Really Goes on in a College Admissions Office?

A former admissions officer debunks some common misconceptions and explains what applicants need to do to get into their dream schools.<p>An early 1980s …

SAT or ACT?

As a college consultant, I get asked about the SAT and ACT a lot. I, therefore, asked specialist Cassie Kosarek of Varsity Tutors to answer the most …

New Local Company Helps in College Admissions Process

Have a high school senior? Are college applications causing stress? A new local company, AdmissionsCheckup.com, has launched just in time for early …

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Waitlisted? AdmissionsCheckup.com Offers Expert Application Review - AdmissionsCheckup

After spending months visiting colleges, taking standardized exams, filling out applications, and writing essays, you’ve been waitlisted!!! How could …

Is Your College Application Good Enough? Former College Admissions Officers Offer Advice

<i>Editor’s note: We’re proud to welcome AdmissionsCheckup to HamletHub as a sponsor. AdmissionsCheckup.com’s consultants hail from many coveted</i> …

College Tours Tracker for Note Taking

Why “Track” College Tours?<p>While it seems like it will never happen while you’re on a college tour – trust us – it will; colleges will begin to run …

Note-Taking

Summer college visits are still beneficial to prospective students

It is now the beginning of spring, when temperatures start to climb and many juniors will soon embark on the quest to find their dream schools. High …

College & University

Before My Gap Year & Leaving for College

In 2016, I graduated from high school, but rather than go directly to college, I decided to take a gap year. As senior year was winding down, I …

Costa Rica

The Case for Online Tutoring

Online Tutoring<p>These days, everything is being done online. From taxes to groceries, anything can be done over the internet – but are the online …

Education Technology

Tufts University Students Can Help

<b>From the Inside Looking Out</b><p>Having just finished my first year at Tufts University, it seems that the college application process in all of its …

College & University

Build Your College List Using the Right Tools and Strategies

Safe Bets vs. Reach Schools<p>As a college consultant, I’m frequently asked, “<i>How many schools should be on my college list?</i>” It seems like a simple …

The Gap After Mother's Day

For the first time though, I stuck my neck out …. this time further than I ever have before. I begged him to delay college, get off of the treadmill …

High School

Network of former admissions officers grows in fourth year of business

AdmissionsCheckup.com, a nationally recognized digital startup that offers students applying to college an admissions committee made up of former …

college consultants and the benefits of hiring them for help with college applications

The answer is a resounding “maybe.” As an independent college consultant, one would expect my answer to be “yes,” but the fact is that while many …

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Choosing a College: Questions to consider and resources to use

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), the United States is home to over 4,600 colleges and universities. Webometrics …

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Managing Social Media During the College Admissions Process

Can your social media presence hurt your chances while applying to college? As we saw in the news this weekend, the answer is YES! Harvard University …

Social Media

Student resume and when to use it and what to include

Most people think of resumes as a tool to use for job hunting. It’s the document you send to potential employers along with your letter explaining …

How USC, my second choice school, became my first choice school

I grew up in a town with only two stoplights – no streetlamps, no sidewalks, no commercial businesses. In a small rural community tucked in the …

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Common Application tips and why it is good to start the process early

Are you preparing to apply to colleges this fall? If so, then now is the time to begin studying. Not for your classes, of course. No, it is time to …

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Common Application Changes for 2017-2018 include new essay prompts

The Common Application platform for applying to colleges was utilized by more than 3 million students, parents, teachers, and counselors last year. …

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Early Action May Give Students an Edge in College Admissions Process

As a former admissions officer and founder of AdmissionsCheckup, an online admissions committee, I am often asked why a student should consider Early …

Applying to College Can Cause Competition Among Your Friends

The summer prior to my senior year of high school was when I, like many of my friends, was finalizing campus visits. It was an exciting time knowing …

SAT and ACT differences and how to determine which test is best for you

As a college consultant, I am frequently asked about the SAT and ACT so I asked Mark Greenstein of IvyBound Test Prep to explain the differences …

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