College Admissions

The Effect of Standardized Testing on College Admissions

The Effect of Standardized Testing on College Admissions: An Expert’s Opinion

By John Birney / 07/09/2024

Faculty Frustration with High School Curricula Having spent the majority of my career in enrollment management positions, the question of standardized testing’s impact on college admissions arises more frequently than you might expect. Collegiate faculty often express frustration with high school curricula, particularly the lack of courses that encourage students to think critically or synthesize…

Five Reasons to Apply Early Action to College

Five Reasons to Apply Early Action to College

By Maura Connors / 06/21/2024

As a college admissions consultant, I often find myself advising students to consider whether to apply Early Action to their top-choice colleges. While many students are still weighing their options or trying to make a final decision, Early Action can provide numerous benefits that can help make the college application process a little less stressful. …

Junior Year Spring: Kick off The College Search!

Junior Year Spring: The College Search Kick-Off 

By Adrienne Gilbert / 06/07/2024

For high school juniors, the spring brings more than just a flurry of pollen invaders; introductory meetings with college advisors are scheduled, emails from colleges and universities start to consistently appear in inboxes, and a buzz starts to arise as students get into the tempo of the college search process. While there is often much…

Early Action vs Early Decision: Understanding the Difference

Early Action vs Early Decision: Understanding the Difference

By Shayla Lebeck / 05/31/2024

So, you’ve started researching colleges you’re interested in applying to. You’ve done the virtual tour, read about the amazing clubs, and dreamt about having group Spotify sessions with your dorm floor. You’re starting to make your spreadsheet with the college deadlines, and you’re coming across a few different types of deadlines, including Early Decision and…

How Selective Colleges Read Applications

How Selective Colleges Read Applications

By Jessica Sibbing / 05/24/2024

A peak behind the curtain of admissions There has long been a knowledge gap between admission offices and the students who desire to attend their highly selective universities—a guarded process on how students are analyzed and considered for these highly coveted spots. This post aims to demystify the unknowns surrounding how selective schools evaluate admission…

College Application Letters of Recommendation | Advice and an Example

Letters of Recommendation Advice and an Example

By Angela Dunnham / 03/08/2024

Most competitive schools require letters of recommendation (LOR). They do not do so lightly. The letters of recommendation that are submitted with your application are read with great care and are considered one of the most important parts of your application. A lukewarm letter can destroy an otherwise excellent candidate’s chances, and a glowing letter…

Liberal Arts vs. University Education

Liberal Arts Schools vs. Universities: Finding the Best Choice for You

By Maura Connors / 02/02/2024

Are you a prospective student unsure of whether to attend a liberal arts college or a university? Choosing the right educational institution is a crucial decision that will shape your academic and professional journey. You may be asking yourself, are liberal arts schools better than universities? Or even, what is the difference between liberal arts…

Are Colleges with a high acceptance rate bad?

Are Colleges with High Admissions Rates Bad?

By Jessica Rabalais / 01/19/2024

Students who are building their college lists tend to start at one place: the rankings. Some students prefer the school’s overall ranking while some prefer to check the ranking of their intended major. While that is a great place to locate your reach and dream schools, your list should be well-rounded and include both likely…

Rolling Admissions - All you need to know!

Rolling College Admissions

By Adriana Diaz-Granados / 12/29/2023

The early bird gets the worm- even in the college application cycle. Each school falls under a different category for application deadlines and decision dates. In this article, we will discuss the schools that offer rolling admission.  What is Rolling Admission in College Applications? Rolling admissions means that there is not a set date in…

Navigating the stressful world of College Admissions

How to Navigate the Stressful World of College Admissions

By Carla Crooker / 12/01/2023

The college application process can be a stressful and overwhelming experience for both high school students and their parents. However, with the right approach, the process can be made less frustrating and the results more successful with some thoughtful planning. A Quick Guide for Parents and Students Here are a few tips to make navigating…