College Admissions

February 12, 2018

On the Road with Betsy Woolf: Furman University

Wow! What a tour. The purpose, we were told, was to experience Furman University through two different tour guides, and we did. The first guide took us – just me and a mother and her son – on […]
January 23, 2018

On the Road with Betsy Woolf: Davidson College

A man was painting the admissions office, so my information session and tour of Davidson started in the well-appointed Student Union. It had been a long time since my last visit to campus, and I was happy to […]
January 4, 2018

What High Schools Can Do to Lessen Anxiety about Getting into College

Last month, I wrote about what parents can do to help lessen the anxiety about applying to college. This is the portion of a recent article by Leah Shaffer from the Harvard Graduate School of Education that talks about […]
December 7, 2017

What’s a Parent to Do?

Applying to college is an anxious time in the lives of students and parents, especially as deadlines draw close. Seniors in particular have a lot on their plates first semester – schoolwork, clubs and teams, college visits, standardized […]
November 24, 2017

What Do Colleges Want in an Applicant? (Character)

A recent excellent article by Eric Hoover in the Education Life section of the New York Times of Sunday, November 1, 2017, asked the question and the word noted in the parentheses of the headline was Everything. I […]
October 18, 2017

Tips from the Admissions Office about Applying to College

Ten years. Ten years of moderating the annual Inside the Admissions Office program in Scarsdale, N.Y. with college admissions deans and directors from across the country. Colleges represented in this year’s program, which is held each Fall, included Binghamton University, […]
September 29, 2017

On the Road with Betsy Woolf: By Land and By Sea

Massachusetts is lovely in September, especially when the thermometer reaches into the high 80s! That was the unusual weather earlier this month on a trip to Boston to attend the annual convention of the National Association for College […]
August 12, 2017

How to Become a Smarter Thinker for Your College Essays

The Education Life section of the Sunday, August 6, 2017, New York Times carries a sobering story about Why Kids Can’t Write – and it seems that there are different views about how to resolve that problem – […]
August 4, 2017

First Lines: Great Ways to Start a Personal Essay

If I had my druthers (now when was the last time you heard that word?), I’d spend the summer sitting on a covered porch watching the parade of sail boats in the Long Island Sound. They may just […]
July 11, 2017

Can You Get Into Grad School Even if You Go to the “Safe” College on Your List?

My answer has always been a resounding, “Yes!” But it’s often difficult to convince high school students of that. So I am often on the lookout for success stories, and I found one at the end of May […]