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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 ...

Tips and Tricks for Tackling the Common App

The Common App streamlines the college application process for students and is now accepted by more than 900 member colleges and universities. In addition to a main application, each college has the option to include a supplementary form, which provides the opportunity to add college-specific questions and essays. New Features ...

A Summer Timeline for Starting Your College Applications

You’re about to finish a hectic junior year of working hard at school and participating in extracurricular activities—not to mention going on college visits, taking standardized tests, and possibly learning to drive! As your summer stretches before you, here are some ways to consider getting a jump start on your ...

College Application Platforms

There are several different online platforms through which universities accept applications. While the Common Application is still the strong favorite, the Coalition Application seems to be gaining in popularity, and the Universal College Application has several interesting features. All of these platforms allow students to create a centralized college application ...

Regular Admissions Trends for the Class of 2021

It was another exciting year in regular decision college admissions! As a follow-up to our previous blog on Early Admissions Trends for the Class of 2021, here’s an in-depth review of this year’s regular decision trends. To assist applicants who will be applying this fall, our analysis will conclude with a ...

Waiting for Regular Decision Results

There are many challenging aspects of the admissions process—from agonizing over college lists to writing and revising countless essays to preparing for interviews. But in many ways, awaiting your regular decision results is the most difficult. Know that if you are among the thousands of seniors and parents in this ...

Common App Problems Cause Deadline Extensions

CA4, the “new and improved” Common App, launched August 1, 2013, after great fanfare and anticipation.  The goals of CA4 are to handle increased user capacity, to improve the content and design of the application, and to allow more customization of Supplements by the Member Colleges. Unfortunately, users and college ...

A Primer on College Admissions Plans

Need help sorting out the different ways you can apply to college? Admissions plans include early, rolling, and regular. Each plan has its own timetable regarding when students apply, when students receive decisions, and whether students are required to confirm attendance.  Each plan has its own requirements about whether students ...

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