Regular Admissions Trends for the Class of 2026

Test optional admissions policies, surging applications, over-enrollment, and increasing selectivity have culminated in a wild admissions cycle for the Class of 2026. Read more to find out how future applicants should craft a college list and maximize admissions chances.

The Impact of Superscoring the SAT and ACT

What does "superscoring" the ACT and SAT mean? Which colleges allow superscoring and how are the scores reported to schools? Read on to find out our tips for how to evaluate your standardized test scores as part of the college admissions process.

Another Year of Record-Breaking College Applications!

After last year’s admissions cycle shattered application records at many selective schools, it is incredible that this year, many colleges saw steady or increasing applications again! We take an in-depth look at how rising applications affects college admissions and what this means for future applicants.

Crafting Your College List, Part I: Best-Fit College Features

When crafting your college list, consider your personality and preferences and how they relate to the features of each college you are considering. Use these "best-fit" features to help you determine at which colleges will you be most able to grow academically, socially, and personally.

Crafting Your College List, Part II: 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 for you to research further, and then visit, either in-person or virtually. You will start to see your preferences emerge more clearly with each visit, and your college list will come into focus!

Crafting Your College List, Part III: 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 to succeed and thrive at the college you choose to attend!

Meet the Collegiate Gateway Team! Q&A with Caroline Ferrucci, Associate College Counselor

Meet Caroline Ferrucci, Associate College Counselor, at Collegiate Gateway. Caroline joined the company in January 2012 as a Research Assistant. Find out how her role has grown and changed at Collegiate Gateway, and the advice she has for college applicants.

6 Qs with Sheng Bai

Get to know Sheng Bai, a sophomore at the University of Michigan, who is majoring in biomedical engineering. Talking to students who attend the colleges on your list can help you decide if a particular school offers all of the opportunities that you are looking for!

When Will You Hear Back From Colleges?

Congratulations on submitting your college applications! Now, when will you learn your admissions results? See our list of regular decision notification dates for many selective schools for the Class of 2026 application cycle.

College Applicant Portals

Why should students take the time to set up a college applicant portal? Read on to find out more about the functionality of these online platforms and why it’s important to follow through and set up your account.

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