How high school seniors really pick the college they attend

(Washington Post) By Valerie Strauss, Mark Kantrowitz May 1 is otherwise known as Decision Day, when high school seniors around the country who are planning to attend college in the fall are expected to finally commit to one. A new report details exactly how students actually make the decision, as explained in this post by […]

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Is Prepping for the SAT Putting Your Children’s Personal Information in the Wrong Hands?

(Huffington Post) by Rob Sawicki   “We all have memories of high school. Most of them, like the time spent with our friends, are great memories that we will always cherish. However, other memories, like the stress of taking the SAT’s, are ones we try not to think about. In fact, just thinking about it now […]

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Essay Prompts 2016-2017 – The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

Essay Prompts The prompts for the 2016-17 application year are: Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making […]

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The most tragically banal ways to begin a college essay

(Quartz) By  Amy X. Wang|  | Take pity on college admissions officers. Of the thousands of gushing essays from eager students that wash across their desks each year, a great number are virtually the same. Per the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS), the UK organization that manages applications to British universities, far too many […]

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Greater Competition for College Places Means Higher Anxiety, Too

(New York Times) By Anemona Hartocollis. As the frenzied college application season draws to a close, and students across the country mull their choices, many colleges are trumpeting that it was the most selective year ever. But high school guidance counselors and admissions experts say the heightened competition has turned the process into a anxiety-ridden […]

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