College Admissions

November 23, 2016

How to Apply to the University of California

As the clock ticks down to November 30th, the last day that students can apply to schools within the University of California system, it seems appropriate to reiterate the application questions that are posed and what the UCs […]
November 15, 2016

Can Breathing Deeply Raise Your SAT or ACT Score?

Here’s a thought for students who have anxiety over taking the SATs, ACTs and SAT subject tests: Breathing! The thought comes from reading the Science section of the New York Times this morning. In an article entitled, Breath. […]
November 8, 2016

It Takes a Team to Read Your Application

I first heard about it from one of the panelists in my Inside the Admissions Office program in October. And then I saw the information published in The Daily Pennsylvanian just hours ago. There is a new wave […]
November 4, 2016

The Coolest Part of the College Application

“What’s the coolest part of the application,” asked Shawn Felton, the director of undergraduate admissions at Cornell University at a seminar I attended at this Fall’s NACAC convention in Columbus, Ohio. The answer is the essay. “I like […]
October 24, 2016

Context is Key, Say Inside the Admissions Office Panelists

Once again, the Inside the Admissions program was a resounding success, thanks to the participation of deans and directors from Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Oberlin College, Syracuse University, Swarthmore College, the University of Chicago and the University of […]
August 28, 2016

College Admissions: Getting Tougher on Students

I’m all for making applying to colleges easier for students, who have a lot on their plates in the fall of senior year. School work, of course, and extracurricular activities, coupled with applications and college visits in the […]
August 27, 2016

For High School Students Who Spent the Summer at Camp

Not long ago, I was at a very small gathering of a handful of guidance counselors and three college reps, including the Dean of Admissions, and we got to talking about high school students and extracurricular activities. I […]
July 18, 2016

Changes in College Admissions

Some days, college admissions seems like its same old routine self. Other days, well, “the times they are a changin’.” I came back from vacation to discover these changes in the world of college admissions: * The ACT […]
June 3, 2016

How Parents Can Help Their Teens Prepare to Apply to College

* Get the Details. There are a lot of things to think about when applying to college: what to study, distance from home, size of the campus, dorm life, etc. However, lots of teens forget to consider whether the […]
January 7, 2014

Trends in College Admission 2014

Peter Johnson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Columbia University, recently addressed a meeting of professional members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. As a professional member of IECA, I was in that audience. Following are some highlights from […]