college admissions

Announcements from The College Board 2021

On January 19, 2021, the College Board released three important changes that will significantly impact the standardized testing landscape for college applicants. The pandemic has accelerated the process of decreasing the testing demands on students. Here is what we can expect from the College Board going forward. 1.) SAT Subject ...

Summer Academic Programs for High School Students

High school students and their parents often come to us requesting guidance on how best to spend the summer break. Our advice varies based on the student; it’s a personal decision that needs to be considered within the context of the child’s interests, preferences, and schedule, as well as family ...

Early Admissions Trends for the Class of 2025

During this unprecedented pandemic, applying early to colleges has had its challenges. From SAT and ACT test cancellations to the reduced ability to visit colleges in person, early admissions have been different this year. Nevertheless, students have pressed onward and submitted their early apps. Whatever your early admissions outcomes, it ...

Six Tips for Teens to Cope with the Covid Blues

The Covid-19 pandemic introduced new concepts for people around the globe: quarantine, stay-at-home orders, remote learning, virtual events, drive-by birthday celebrations, and the list goes on! With all of the effects of a global pandemic also comes an increased risk to people’s mental health, especially for teens. A recent New ...

The Role of Grades in College Admissions

Your grades throughout high school remain the most important factor in college admissions.  While colleges also look carefully at your standardized test scores, essays, recommendations, and other personal factors, they view your academic performance in high school as the strongest predictor of your academic success in college. Covid-19 has changed ...

Crafting Your College List: Balancing Your List from Reach to Realistic

As part three of our blog series, Crafting Your College List, now it’s time to narrow down the list of schools you will apply to, and ensure that your list is balanced in a way that is right for you. The ultimate goal is not only to be accepted, but ...

Crafting Your College List: College Visits

In part two of our step-by-step guide to Crafting Your College List, we will help you narrow down a list of schools that you would like to research further, either through an in-person visit or virtually. Currently, the majority of schools’ admissions offices are closed to in-person visitors, but the ...

Crafting Your College List: Best-Fit College Features

With over 3,500 colleges in the United States, it can be a daunting task to decide where to apply. Here is Part One of our step-by-step guide to making this process effective and even fun! We recommend that you explore colleges throughout junior year and finalize your list in the ...

Covid-19 and the SAT/ACT: What You Need to Know

Many aspects of college admissions have changed in response to Covid-19. Juniors and seniors in high school may need to create college lists and make decisions about where they want to spend the next four years without visiting campus. And – perhaps the most unsettling change felt by applicants and ...

Merit Scholarships from Colleges

As college admissions have become more competitive and the cost of a college education is high, schools are offering more and more merit scholarships to increase affordability in order to entice top-tier students to attend. Applicants now have access to a wider range of non-need-based scholarships, based instead on talent ...

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