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4 UC Essay Mistakes to Avoid

Learn how to avoid common mistakes in UC essays. Maintain the right tone, avoid mentioning specific campuses, address the prompt, and avoid...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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What is Demonstrated Need and How Do Colleges Use It?

Learn about demonstrated need, how to calculate it, and how it affects the amount of financial aid you receive.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Use the Carnegie Mellon Common Data Set

Learn about Carnegie Mellon University's admissions process. Find out what factors are most important, what majors are popular, and how to stand out.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Choosing Supplemental Essay Topics

Learn how to brainstorm supplemental essay topics. Develop a strong fit between yourself and the school to make a persuasive argument for your...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Not Stress About School (While Still Being Successful)

Learn strategies to reduce stress, prioritize tasks, and maintain a healthy balance. Enhance your college applications by emphasizing your engagement.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use a Net Price Calculator

Discover how you can input your financial information to Net Price Calculators (NPCs) and get an estimate of the cost of attending a college or...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Is Early Decision Binding?

Learn about the binding nature of Early Decision agreements. Understand what an Early Decision Agreement is and what circumstances allow it to be...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How Important Are College Essays?

Learn how college essays help students stand out and why they are especially crucial at selective schools.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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7 Questions to Ask Your School Counselor

Discover how to build strong rapport with your school counselor. Ask key questions about safety schools, admission trends, and more.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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What if I Have Low Grades on My Mid-Year Report?

If your mid-year grades drop, take action, be proactive with colleges, and demonstrate your commitment to academic success.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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What to Do After Being Accepted Early Decision

Discover what to do after being accepted Early Decision, including securing your seat, withdrawing other applications, and celebrating your...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write a Scholarship Essay

Learn how to write a scholarship essay by understanding prompts, researching scholarship providers, showing writing skills, and highlighting core...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Classes to Take in High School Based on Your College Major

Plan high school courses strategically for your college major. Understand prerequisites, take advanced classes, and align with your intended major.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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What is an Honors College?

Honors colleges offer small classes, research opportunities, close faculty interaction, and a lively social life.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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What is a CBO for College Admissions?

Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) guide you through the college admissions process & offer valuable resources and connections with admissions...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Art Portfolios in College Admissions

Understand the requirements and guidelines for submitting an art portfolio and learn how it can complement your application.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Talent Scholarship Tips

Talent scholarships can help fund your college education based on your unique abilities. Learn how to apply and increase your chances of receiving...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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What is Course Rigor?

Course rigor refers to the level of difficulty in your courses. It's important in college admissions, but you should be realistic about what you can...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Does Family Income Affect College Admissions?

Learn how income can affect college admissions and understand important financial aid terms.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Federal vs. Private Student Loans: What You Need to Know

What's the difference between federal and private student loans? Learn why federal ones are more flexible, while private loans can be less...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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19 Questions to Ask A College Interviewer

Learn how to make the most of your college interview by asking engaging questions that build a genuine connection with the interviewer.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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What Is a Partial Scholarship?

Learn about partial scholarships, also known as merit-based scholarships. Discover how to increase your chances of receiving one.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Coalition Application Prompts: Dos and Don’ts

Discover how to answer the Coalition Application prompts to share personal experiences that have shaped your character, values, interests, or...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Request Your Transcripts

Learn how to request your high school transcripts when applying to college. Understand the process for high school, transfer, and non-traditional...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Veteran Student College Admission & Funding

Learn about college admissions and funding options for veterans and their dependents, including the GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Should I take out loans for college?

Learn about the considerations for taking out student loans for college. Make informed choices based on interest rates and repayment terms.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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4+1 Programs: What You Need to Know

Discover how 4+1 degree programs streamline your education, saving time and money. You can earn a Bachelor's and a Master's in just five years.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How do homeschoolers get into college?

Learn how homeschoolers can navigate the college application process, including presenting coursework, creating transcripts, and seeking...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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3 Reasons Why You Should Take the PSAT

Discover the benefits of taking the PSAT - practice for the SAT, understand your strengths and weaknesses, and unlock merit scholarship opportunities.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Is a 3+2 program right for you?

Learn about the benefits of 3+2 degree programs, allowing you to earn two degrees in five years from two distinct institutions.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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Outside Scholarships: What They Are & How to Find Them

Learn how outside scholarships can help you pay for college. Find opportunities using your connections and online resources. Every dollar counts.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Appeal Financial Aid

You can appeal your financial aid award. Reach out to the admissions or financial aid office of each institution to learn what the process is.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Do colleges look at SAT scores?

Admissions officers use the middle 50% range to evaluate standardized test scores. Applicants should aim for scores within or above this range.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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What is a mid-year report (and why do colleges want one)?

Learn about how mid-year reports impact your college application. Admissions officers use them to see your academic rigor in your senior year.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Become Valedictorian (and is it worth it?)

Learn how to become valedictorian and discover if it's worth it. Boost your college admission chances with strong grades, extracurriculars, and...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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What is a college major (and why does it matter for admissions)?

Learn how your college major influences your degree type, career path, and application process. Get tips on standing out in competitive majors.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Grants vs Scholarships vs Loans

Learn about the differences between scholarships, grants, and loans to finance your college education.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Transfer Colleges

Learn how to transfer colleges, including the reasons to transfer, writing about transferring, and how to stand out as a transfer student.

by Alex McNeil

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What are the CSS Profile and FAFSA?

Learn about the FAFSA and CSS Profile, two important financial aid tools for college. The FAFSA is federal, and the CSS Profile is used by select...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

The Truth about Passion Projects (And 15 Ideas for Yours)

Do admissions offices want to see passion projects, or are they played out? We share our framework for passion projects and 15 passion project ideas.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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Full-Ride Scholarships to College

To increase your chances of getting a full ride, be realistic about your competitiveness, understand scholarship types, and be strategic about your...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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QuestBridge: Everything You Need to Know

QuestBridge is a non-profit that helps high-achieving, low-income students apply to and pay for college. Learn how it works and key dates.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the Occidental College Common Data Set

Learn how to use the Occidental College Common Data Set to your advantage when applying. Discover what admissions officers are looking for.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Rutgers Common Data Set

Learn how to create a stronger Rutgers application with insights from the Rutgers Common Data Set. Rutgers values academic performance above all else.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the American University Common Data Set

Learn how to use the American University Common Data Set. Find out what factors American University considers and how to boost your chances of...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Penn State Common Data Set

Learn how Penn State evaluates applicants and what you need to know to create a winning application. Explore the Common Data Set admissions data.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Use the UCSD Common Data Set

Learn about what UCSD admissions officers look for in your application, including GPA, class rank, essays, and extracurricular activities.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the Emory Common Data Set

Discover how to use Emory University's Common Data Set to craft a standout application.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the UC Berkeley Common Data Set

Learn how to use UC Berkeley's Common Data Set to strengthen your application strategy and increase your chances of acceptance.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Use the Northeastern Common Data Set

Understand how to use Northeastern's Common Data Set for a winning application strategy. GPA, test scores, and essays matter.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the UCLA Common Data Set

Learn how to gain a competitive edge in your UCLA application by understanding what admissions officers value mos—GPA, essays, and extracurriculars.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write a Why Us Supplemental Essay

Discover the keys to crafting a compelling Why Us college application essay, from research strategies to avoiding common pitfalls.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Get into Purdue

Learn how to increase your chances of admission to Purdue University by strategically aligning your application, grades, and extracurriculars.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the Notre Dame Common Data Set

Discover what Notre Dame looks for in applicants, understand its acceptance rate, and learn about its popular majors.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Georgia Tech Common Data Set

Understand Georgia Tech’s admissions process, what factors are prioritized, and how to align your application for success.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write the Purdue Supplemental Essays

Ace Purdue University's two supplemental essays. Learn to articulate your interests, choose your major, and connect with Purdue's unique offerings.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Three Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a College Essay About Goals

Avoid three common mistakes to write a winning college essay about goals. Understand your motivations, link goals to the university, and consider the...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write the Wake Forest Supplemental Essays

Explore strategies for answering Wake Forest's optional application questions. Boost your application by revealing your personality, intellectual...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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College Essay About Hair: Dos and Don’ts

Discover how to craft compelling college essays about hair that reveal your identity, revolve around something meaningful, and avoid common pitfalls.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the Caltech Supplemental Essays

We talk about how to approach Caltech's supplementals, with tips on choosing an academic interest, detailing STEM experiences, and expressing...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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Writing a College Essay About Nature? 5 Questions to Ask First

Learn how to effectively write your college essay about nature. Focus on the outcomes, learning, and relevance to your intended field of study.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Make the Perfect College List

Build a college list that balances your dreams with your chances of admission. Research and proactive planning will ensure all your options are good...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write the Johns Hopkins Supplemental Essay

Gain insight into the Johns Hopkins University application process. Learn how to answer their supplemental essay prompt effectively to stand out.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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The Best Extracurricular Activities for Ivy League Admissions

Discover the importance of extracurriculars in Ivy League admissions, learn common mistakes to avoid, and understand the best strategies to create a...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write an Email to a College Admissions Office (with a sample!)

Learn when and how to appropriately email a college admissions officer. Enhance your application, demonstrate interest, and make a positive...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the Georgia Tech Supplemental Essay

Learn how to write a strong Georgia Tech supplemental essay that showcases your fit for your chosen major and highlights your intellectual...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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What College Essays About Gymnastics Should and Shouldn’t Do

Learn effective strategies for writing a standout college essay about gymnastics. Avoid cliches and delve into personal stories that go beyond the...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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The Best Way to Write College Essays About Moving

Discover effective approaches for writing a college essay about moving, including personal insights, family context, and lessons learned.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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What to Do Summer Junior Year of High School: A Guide

Learn how to make the most of the summer after your junior year of high school. Explore options like pre-college programs, internships, and research.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the Emory Supplemental Essays

Learn how to tackle Emory's short supplemental essays, focusing on academic interests and personal experiences. Make every word count with our guide.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write a Great College Essay About Music (with examples)

Learn how to write a college essay about music that stands out to admissions officers by avoiding cliches and focusing on your strengths.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Get into Tufts

Discover strategic approaches to increase your chances of admission to Tufts University. Craft a compelling application narrative and make an impact.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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“Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities”: Tips and Tricks

Learn how to showcase your impact, personal significance, alignment with school values, and extracurricular accomplishments.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write the UNC Supplemental Essays

Learn how to tackle the UNC supplemental essays and create concise fill-in-the-blank responses that showcase your personality and narrative.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Pick a College

Learn how to make the right college decision by considering financial aid, visiting campuses, and interacting with the community.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write a College Essay About ADHD

Learn how to write a college essay about ADHD. Use the topic to understand trends and growth, highlight your strengths, or emphasize your empathy.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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3 Ways to Approach College Essays About Adoption

Learn to write a college essay about adoption, exploring themes of identity, biology, and culture. Avoid common mistakes and focus on your unique...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write the UIUC Supplemental Essays

Learn how to write effective UIUC supplemental essays, showcasing your academic fit, personal goals, and future aspirations.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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4 Questions to Ask Before Writing a College Essay About Volunteering

Considering writing your college essay about volunteering? Let’s make sure it’s the best topic for you.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How long does it take to get accepted into college?

Once you submit your application, how long will you have to wait to hear back? Let’s get into it.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write the UVA Supplemental Essays

Let’s go through all of the University of Virginia supplemental essay prompts.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the Tufts Supplemental Essays

Let’s walk through the Tufts supplemental essay prompts. We’ll talk about what strong responses will look like.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Johns Hopkins Common Data Set

The Johns Hopkins Common Data Set tells us a lot about what JHU admissions officers look for in applications. From GPA to major choices, let's take a...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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The First Paragraph of Your Supplemental Essay is All that Matters

The first paragraph can make or break your supplemental essays. Let's talk about why.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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Diversity Essays Are Actually Community Essays

Struggling with diversity supplemental essays? You're not the only one. To help, I recommend that you think about diversity essays as community...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the Pomona Common Data Set

The Pomona Common Data Set reveals information about admissions statistics, GPA requirements, standardized testing, and more. Let's take a look.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Use the UVA Common Data Set

Applying to the University of Virginia? The UVA Common Data Set can help. You can use its admissions information to improve your application.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write a College Essay About Running

College essays about running can go wrong when they focus too much on surface-level details and not enough on you. Here are three approaches that...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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4 Questions to Ask If You're Considering Writing Your College Essay About Video Games

Some college essays about video games are better than others. These four questions will help you decide whether it's the right topic for you.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write a Great College Essay About Veganism

Are you planning on writing your college essay about veganism? We'll explain how you can write one that stands out from all the rest.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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The Biggest Mistake to Avoid When Writing a College Essay About Coffee

Are you considering writing your college essay about coffee? Here's the biggest mistake to avoid (and three approaches you can take instead).

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write a College Essay About Work that Will Pay Off

College essays about work can be hit or miss. They miss when they focus on the job itself, but they can be a home run when they illustrate your...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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College Essay Format (with Examples)

We go over college essay format requirements, and we lay out three narrative structures (with examples!) that you can use to write your personal...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Why is Applying to College So Stressful?

Stressed about college apps? We explain why applying to college is so stressful, and we give you some tips for making the process a little easier.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Narrow Down Your College List

Is your college list getting too long? Can't quite bear the thought of cutting any of your dream schools? Let's talk about how to narrow a college...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Quirky vs. Traditional Research Projects

Extracurriculars are an essential part of your college application, but you aren't limited to traditional activities. Quirky ones may help set you...

by Polygence

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How to Research Colleges: 4 Factors to Look For

Ready to embark on your college research? In this post, we talk about how to research colleges, including admissions data, major information, and...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How NOT to End a College Essay (and What You Can Do Instead)

Wondering how to end a college essay? We go through the four biggest conclusion mistakes and talk about what to do instead (with examples!).

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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4 Ways to Show Not Tell in a College Essay

You've heard that you should show, not tell in your writing. But what does that actually mean? And how do you do it? We break it all down for you...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Passion Projects and Mental Resilience

Pursuing personally meaningful activities, reflecting, and writing can improve self-confidence and lead to inward and outward success for high...

by Polygence

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Extracurriculars: Why They're So Important for College Admissions

We know from Common Data Sets that extracurriculars are crucial in the application review process. Finding the right kind of activity is just as...

by Polygence

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The Harvard Admissions Lawsuit and What It Means for You

The Harvard Admissions lawsuit revealed a lot about Harvard's admissions process. You can use that information as you prepare your application.

by Polygence

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How to Write the Columbia Supplemental Essays

We'll go through the Columbia supplemental essays, including the Columbia list questions and the Columbia short answer questions.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Get into Columbia University

To get into Columbia University, good grades alone aren't enough. You also need a compelling application narrative that shows your alignment with...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the Columbia Common Data Set

The Columbia Common Data Set reveals important admissions information about acceptance rate, GPA, testing, and more. Let's go through the numbers.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Building a Moat

Just like in business, your college application needs a personal brand to help you stand out. You need a moat. In this post, I'll explain what that...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write the Rice Supplemental Essays

We go through the Rice supplemental essays, including the Rice Box image, and talk about how to ace each.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Get into Rice University

They don't call Rice an Ivy of the south for nothing. It's a top school with a sub-10% acceptance rate. Here, we'll talk about how to up your chances.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the Rice Common Data Set

Let's go through the Rice Common Data Set and look at information about Rice's acceptance rate, standardized test scores, average GPA, and popular...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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What Does Test Optional Actually Mean?

We talk about test-optional policies and test-optional strategy. We give you advice for deciding whether or not to submit your SAT or ACT scores.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the Dartmouth Supplemental Essays

Your Dartmouth supplemental essays are crucial. We'll go through all the Dartmouth supplemental prompts and give you strategies for answering them.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Get into Dartmouth

Ready to tackle your Dartmouth application? Let's go over the GPA, extracurriculars, coursework, and strategy you'll need if you want to get in.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Dartmouth Common Data Set

The Dartmouth Common Data Set gives us information about acceptance rate, the SATs, GPA, and more. We show you how to use data to improve your...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Using Regional Job Markets to Build a School List

Think about the regional job markets surrounding schools. Internship and networking opportunities can be more important than the school you attend.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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Navigating College Admissions and Changing Reproductive Rights Laws

Are you avoiding applying to college in states with abortion bans? You're not the only one. Access to abortion is becoming part of college decisions.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How applying to college works, grade by grade

A grade-by-grade guide for applying to college, with links out to longer posts for each grade.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Your Senior Year Timeline

Welcome to senior year! It'll go by quick. This guide will keep you on track with everything you'll need to do throughout the college application...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Your Junior Year Timeline

Hello, junior! Get ready for a busy year. We're here to help you make the most of it so you're a stellar college applicant next year.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Your Sophomore Year Timeline

Now that you've gotten the hang of high school, it's time to (slowly!) start thinking about how to prepare yourself for college. Here are some top...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Your First-Year Timeline

Welcome to high school! Thoughtful planning now can make your college application process a lot easier come senior year. Let's talk about what to...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write the Georgetown Supplemental Essays

The Georgetown supplemental essays are your chance to show academic and cultural alignment with Georgetown as an institution. Let's talk about how.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Get into Georgetown

Ready to get into Georgetown? In this post, we show you what GPA, essays, and extracurriculars you'll need to stand out.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Answer the UC Essay Prompts

We go over everything you need to know about the UC essays. We talk about UC essay requirements and break down how to answer each of the UC essay...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the Georgetown Common Data Set

The Georgetown Common Data Set gives us insight into Georgetown's admissions process. We look at application review, GPA statistics, major data, and...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write the Notre Dame Supplemental Essays

What are the Notre Dame supplementals? Do you have to write about Catholicism? Which prompt should you choose? We answer all these questions and more!

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write the Boston University Supplemental Essays

The Boston University supplemental essay asks you what excites you the most about being a student at BU. Let's talk about how to ace it.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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Should you write your college essay about siblings?

Lots of applicants write their college essays about siblings. How can you write one that stands out?

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Get into Notre Dame

From GPA and course work to extracurriculars and essays, we'll go over everything you'll need to do to get into Notre Dame.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Get into Boston University

Ready to get into BU? In this post, we go through what Boston University looks for in applicants, and we talk about how to strategize your...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write an Insightful College Essay About Tutoring

Thinking about writing your college essay about tutoring? It can be a common topic, so we've got some advice for approaching your essay the right way.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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9 Ways to Start a College Essay

We know—the introduction to your college essay is always the hardest. Here, we talk about introductions and offer up 9 proven ways to write your own.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write the Brown Supplemental Essays

Ready to ace your Brown supplemental essays? We'll walk through all three prompts together and talk about how to answer them effectively.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Get into Brown University

Wondering how to get into Brown? So are nearly 50,000 other applicants! In this post, we talk through a few strategies to help you beat the odds.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the Brown University Common Data Set

The Brown University Common Data Set will be one of your best application tools. Here, we go through all the admissions data and discuss how to use...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Should You Write Your College Essay About Losing a Loved One?

We discuss college essays about losing a loved one, and we offer up some advice about how to approach such a personal subject in your Common App...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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25 College Essay Brainstorming Questions

Find your perfect college essay topic with these 25 college essay brainstorming questions.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Admit Report's Teaching Quality and Value Ranking 2023

Announcing the winners of Admit Report's Teaching Quality and Value Ranking for 2023 — state by state.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write the UChicago Supplemental Essays

Can't quite crack those UChicago supplemental essay prompts? We've got some essay advice that will help.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Get into the University of Chicago

If you're wondering how to get into the University of Chicago, you're in the right place. We talk statistics, strategy, and standing out from the...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Use the University of Chicago Common Data Set

The University of Chicago Common Data Set can help you craft your application. Here, we walk you through all the UChicago admissions data.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write the University of Michigan Supplemental Essays

You've got two University of Michigan supplemental essays to answer. In this post, we break down both prompts and walk you through how to answer them.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the Vanderbilt Common Data Set

We look at the Vanderbilt Common Data Set. It has lots of valuable admissions data, and it tells you exactly what Vanderbilt admissions officers look...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the University of Michigan Common Data Set

Join us in exploring the University of Michigan Common Data Set. We look at GPA, standardized test scores, major popularity, and other admissions...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write a College Essay About Photography

Want to write your college essay about photography? We explain the challenges you might face, and we give you advice about the best approaches.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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College Essay Requirements: Everything You Need to Know

Let's walk through all the college essay requirements you need to know. We talk about length, style, topic, tone, and more.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Get into University of Michigan

We give you tips on how to get into the University of Michigan, including looking at the UMich application process. We talk about academics and more.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the UPenn Common Data Set

The UPenn Common Data Set tells us a lot. We pull out the most important application, GPA, essay, and standardized test information for you.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Get Into Yale

Learn how to get into Yale. It isn't easy to be admitted to one of the top schools in the country, and one of the most well-known Ivy League schools.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the Boston University Common Data Set

Let's look at the Boston University Common Data Set. You'll see how admissions officers evaluate your BU application, and you'll learn what GPA to...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the Vanderbilt Supplemental Essays

Vanderbilt University has two supplementals. One focuses on extracurriculars. Let's talk about the Vandy supplementals and go over an example.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write the Northwestern Supplemental Essays (With Examples)

Let's tackle the supplemental essays required by Northwestern University. We go through best practices and give an example of a great supplemental.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write the NYU Supplemental Essays

We look at the NYU supplemental prompt and talk about how to write an effective NYU supplemental essay.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the UPenn Supplemental Essays

Learn how to crack the three supplemental essays required by the University of Pennsylvania.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the Princeton Supplemental Essays

Learn about how to approach the Princeton University supplemental essays. There are three types, and we cover how to approach all three of them.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Get into UPenn

Getting into the University of Pennsylvania isn't easy. In this guide, you'll learn our best tips about crafting a strategic application.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Get into Princeton

To get into Princeton, you'll need more than good grades. You'll need a strong application strategy. We show you exactly what that means in this post.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Harvard Common Data Set

The Harvard University Common Data Set is a powerful tool for understanding Harvard's admissions priorities.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Get into Northwestern

Ready to learn how to get into Northwestern? We'll talk application requirements, GPAs, strategy, and more. And we'll show you our best application...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Get into Vanderbilt

Let's talk about what, exactly, you need to do to get into Vanderbilt. We'll go through application expectations and talk about how to stand out.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Get into NYU

How do you get into NYU? The urban campus is one of the nation's flagship universities and has an increasingly competitive admission rate.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Get into Duke University

Ever wondered how to get into Duke University? We lay out everything we know about the amazing school—and how to crack its admissions process—right...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Get Into USC

We break down how to get into USC, the University of Southern California. Application strategy matters—you have to align with the school's core...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Get into Stanford

We lay out everything we know about how to get into Stanford University. What does it take to be admitted to one of the best schools in the country?

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Get into Cornell

Learn about the four criteria Cornell University uses to determine who gets in. We break down exactly what it takes to get into Cornell.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Get into MIT

How do you get into MIT, one of the best schools in the country? Read everything we know about what it takes to stand out in the super-competitive...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Get Into Harvard

So, you want to know how to get into Harvard? We serve up everything we know about how to crack the crown jewel of the Ivy League. Buckle up.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Use the Purdue Common Data Set

Walk through the Purdue Common Data Set with us. You'll learn about what Purdue looks for in applicants, from GPA to essays to standardized test...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Princeton Common Data Set

Let's go through the Princeton Common Data Set. From essays to GPA, you'll learn what Princeton admissions officers look for when evaluating...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Tufts Common Data Set

Learn about the Tufts Common Data Set. We'll walk through the Tufts application evaluation process, average GPA and test scores, and most popular...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Tulane Common Data Set

Take a look at the Tulane Common Data Set. It tells you what admissions officers are looking for in your application, and we explain how to stand out.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Northwestern Common Data Set

We look at the Northwestern Common Data Set. You'll learn about the Northwestern application evaluation process, GPA requirements, and popular majors.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the NYU Common Data Set

Learn about the NYU Common Data Set. It has valuable admissions data, including information about popular majors and how applications are evaluated.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Duke Common Data Set

We look at the Duke Common Data Set. Using admissions data about the evaluation process, GPA, and standardized testing, we give you application...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the USC Common Data Set

We go through the University of Southern California Common Data Set and talk about what USC looks for in applicants. We also look at popular majors.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Stanford Common Data Set

We comb through the Stanford Common Data Set and pull out important data, including how applications are evaluated and what the most popular majors...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Cornell Common Data Set

We go through the Cornell Common Data Set and extract key admissions information, including data about the selection process, GPA requirements, and...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Yale Common Data Set

We walk through the Yale Common Data Set and look at how Yale admissions officers evaluate applications. We also look at GPA and major data.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the MIT Common Data Set

We look at the MIT Common Data Set and how MIT evaluates applicants and look at the MIT acceptance rate. We also look at the most popular majors at...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the Duke Supplemental Essays

We show you all of the Duke supplemental essay prompts and give you tips for answering each of them.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the USC Supplemental Essays

We list all of the USC supplemental essay prompts and the USC short answer questions. We show you how to answer them to make your application stand...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the Yale Supplemental Essays

We show you all of the Yale supplemental essays and short answer questions. We explain how to write Yale supplemental essays that stand out.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the Stanford Supplemental Essays

We go through all of the Stanford supplemental essay prompts. We explain how to write the Stanford Roommate Essay and Stanford Short Questions.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write the Cornell Supplemental Essays

We go through all of the Cornell supplemental essay prompts, and we give you advice for writing your responses.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the Harvard Supplemental Essays

We go through all of the Harvard supplemental essay prompts. We show you how to write compelling essays for each Harvard supplemental essay prompt.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write the MIT Supplemental Essays

We show you all the MIT supplemental essay prompts. We discuss how to answer each prompt and give you tips for writing your MIT supplemental essays.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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Everything You Need to Know about Academics & GPA

We talk about academic factors like weighted GPAs, unweighted GPAs, and course rigor. We explain how admissions officers read your transcript and...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Our Guide to Gap Years

We talk about the best ways to spend your gap year before college. We also show you how to write about your gap year in your college application.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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A Complete Guide to Applying to College as an International Student

We talk about applying to college in the United States as an international student. We cover legal documents, English exams, financial aid, and more.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Our Complete Guide to College Interviews

College interviews are usually more informative than evaluative. We talk about how to navigate your college interview and stand out in the process.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Financial Aid for Colleges: Our Basic Guide

We talk about different kinds of financial aid, including merit and need-based aid. We also cover tuition discounts and how to get outside...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Touring Colleges: What You Need to Know

We talk about different kinds of college visits, including in-person, virtual, and events. We explain the strategic and personal benefits of visiting.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Show Demonstrated Interest

We talk about demonstrating interest in a college. We explain why and when demonstrating interest matters, and we show you how to demonstrate...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Craft Amazing Extracurriculars by Combining Interests

We explain how to impress admissions officers by combining two of your extracurricular interests to create a compelling personal project.

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Extracurricular Magnitude and Impact

We talk about how extracurriculars affect your personal score in college admissions. We explain how to show impact and magnitude in your...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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An Overview of Basic Extracurricular Pathways

We talk about different extracurricular pathways, including in-person and hybrid options. We also talk about how to make your extracurriculars stand...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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Leveling Up Your Extracurriculars (with examples!)

We talk about how to easily take your existing extracurricular activities to the next level. Doing so will help your college application stand out.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Strategize Your Early Decision Application

We talk about strategies for applying Early Decision I and Early Decision II. We give advice about how to pick the best ED school for you.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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Early Action vs Early Decision: What is the Difference?

We explain the difference between applying Early Action and Early Decision. We talk about the advantages of both and explain how many EA schools to...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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The 3.5 things I learned reading essays in a top-15 admissions office

We talk about what it's really like to work in a top admissions office. We explain what admissions officers look for when they read application...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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How to Write an Extracurricular Activities Supplemental Essay

We go over what an Extracurricular Activities supplemental essay is. We give you Extracurricular Essay strategies and tell you a few mistakes to...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write a Personal Challenge Essay (with Examples)

We cover everything you need to know about Personal Challenge supplemental essays. You'll learn about the best approaches and start brainstorming...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write a Diversity Supplemental Essay

We cover what a diversity supplemental essay is. We talk about the best ways to approach diversity essays and give you some tips for writing your own.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write a Why This Major Supplemental Essay (with Examples)

Let's talk about how to write a why this major supplemental essay, with examples!

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Write a Community Supplemental Essay (with Examples)

We talk about how to write Community supplemental essays. We go over choosing a community, identifying your story, and doing school research.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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12 Common App Essay Examples (Graded by Former Admissions Officers)

We go through 12 Common App essay examples. The examples show you want to do (and not do) when responding to the Common App essay prompts.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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15 Amazing Personal Statement Examples (2024 Update)

We've compiled 15 personal statement examples for you to read. Former admissions officers have graded them to help you write your own personal...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write Supplemental Essays that Will Impress Admissions Officers

We talk about how to write supplemental essays, including reading supplemental prompts, doing school research, and showing academic and school fit.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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20 College Essay Examples (Graded by Former Admissions Officers)

We review 20 amazing college essay examples, focusing on personal statements and some supplemental essays. Our college essay examples are also...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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8 Outstanding UC Essay Examples (Graded by Former Admissions Officers)

In this post, we read through outstanding UC essay examples. A former admissions officer has commented on each essay to help you write your own UC...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write a Personal Statement for Colleges

We talk about how to write a personal statement, including finding a topic and formatting a personal statement. We also have personal statement...

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Write a College Essay (Exercises + Examples)

We go through how to write a college essay. We talk about finding a Common App essay topic and drafting your college essay. We also show you examples.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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The Basics of Athletic Recruiting

We talk about DIII athletic recruitment. We explain the NCAA DIII rules, and we go over how being a recruited athlete can help in the admissions...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Letters of Recommendation for College: A Guide

We talk about why letters of recommendation are important, and we give you advice about how to get great teacher and counselor letters of...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Do Colleges Care About AP Scores? A Complete Guide

We go over what course rigor is, why AP classes matter, what to do if your school doesn't offer AP, and how to decide whether to submit your AP...

by Ben Bousquet, M.Ed

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Writing a Great Academic Interest Essay (with Examples)

Let's talk about how to write an academic interest essay. This is one of the most common supplemental essay genres, and we give you a great example.

by Kylie Kistner, MA

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How to Use the Common Data Set

We explain what the Common Data Set is and why it's so important. We show you how to use a school's Common Data Set to inform your application...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How to Organically Find your Extracurricular Interests

Your extracurriculars should be fun and productive. We talk about finding extracurriculars based on your interests as a first-year or sophomore...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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The Incredible Power of a Cohesive College Application

Above all, your college application needs to be cohesive — it needs to work in concert to help you stand out.

by Alex McNeil, MA

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How A Selective Admissions Office Reads 50k Applications In A Season

Going behind the scenes of the admissions processes at a highly selective university. Let's look at how Admissions Officers actually get through so...

by Alex McNeil, MA

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