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How Colleges Make Admissions Decisions

Shrouded in mystery, the college admissions process is one that seems unexplainable to many. What many students do not realize, though, is that colleges are actually fairly predictable in how they determine their admissions decisions. In fact, most colleges apply a holistic admissions process that looks at several key components and factors when evaluating a student’s application–not just their grades …

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Accepted, Waitlisted, or Rejected: What to do next

Since colleges and universities were required to send out their admissions decisions by April 1st, many students have found themselves accepted, rejected, or waitlisted. No matter what the decision, here is what students need to do next. Accepted The wait has paid off, and the student received the “fat” enveloped with good news: admittance! That being said, if the student …

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MOOCs: Bringing College Classes to the Masses

There has been a lot of hype and discussion recently around “MOOCs” or “Massive Open Online Courses” in higher education news, blogs and social networks. To shed some light on what MOOCs are and their benefits, here is a brief guide: What are they?  A MOOC is a free, online college course that is large in scale and available online. …

Stay Focused on APs

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are typical for a lot of seniors and some juniors and sophomores. Not only is it important to do well in the course, but preparing for and doing well on AP exams in May can have big implications on students’ college experience. AP tests can be used for college credit. Each institution decides how it wants …

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Spring Break Week: Time to Plan for College

Spring break may conjure images of pools, white sandy beaches, and tan lines, but for high school juniors and seniors, this week away from school could be better spent planning for college. Spring is a crucial time for high school students, so it’s important that they use their time wisely. Here are some ways high school students can make the …

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The College Visit: Part 2

It’s that time of year: college visit season. With spring break on the horizon, high school seniors and juniors are heading out to visit their top college choices in hopes to discovering a campus that suits their every need.  In our previous post on college visits, I talked about how it’s important to limit the number of colleges visited, diversify …

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“Stealth Applications” and “Junior Joiners”

Last week, I had the great opportunity to attend the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA) conference. This was an opportunity to meet high school counselors from across the state as well as professionals in college admissions, financial planning, and test preparation. Below are some highlights, particularly from a session in which directors of admissions were able to answer questions from …

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To take or not to take: SAT Subject Tests

While most students are required to take the ACT or SAT test for college admissions, little realize that the SAT Subject Tests are other tests that many selective schools require for admission, course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Here is everything students need to know about the SAT Subject Tests: What are they? The SAT Subject Tests …

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The College Scorecard

The State of the Union address on Feb. 12 put jobs and education front and center. No matter which side of the aisle you sit on, most people agree that the costs of college are rising to astronomical levels. Following the State of the Union, the President’s administration released the College Scorecard. The Scorecard, from the U.S. Department of Education’s …

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The Common Application Essays Are Out!

About a month ahead of schedule, the Common Application has released its new crop of essay options. As I mentioned previously, the Common Application has been working on an entire revamp of its site, including these new essays. Also included in the redesign plans are the further restriction of words/characters, the elimination of the “Additional Information” upload, and other areas that …