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October 29, 2020

New for Juniors: What Reviewing Applications Holistically Means

When a college or university reviews your application, it is looking at “fit,” that is, whether you are a good match for the college. The first place colleges consider is your high school record: where you go to […]
October 14, 2020

New for Juniors: How to Visit Colleges Without Getting into the Car

As a junior embarking on the college search process, it may seem daunting to do a college search without an in-person visit. But it does not have to be. I usually tell my juniors to do their research […]
September 14, 2020
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How to Write the Why This School Essay

One of the most popular questions in the Common Application and the Coalition for College Application is some variation as to why a student wants to attend a particular college. The answer to the Why This School question […]
May 14, 2020

Inside the Admissions Office – Covid-19 College Update – Join Me Virtually on May 27, 2020

It started 13 years ago. Every Fall, Woolf College Consulting and the JCC of Mid-Westchester have been bringing together the deans and directors of college admissions in a lively discussion for the community in the JCC auditorium in […]
April 30, 2020
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Deposit Doubts

The New York Post, April 29, 2020: High school seniors are in coronavirus ‘limbo’ with college deposits due – by Kirsten Fleming. The Zimmermans were elated when Jack, their high-school senior son, was accepted to Vanderbilt University — […]
March 27, 2020
Emory University

On the Road with Betsy Woolf – The Two Sides of Emory University

It was a few blogs ago that I wrote about somehow visiting colleges on grey and rainy days, and my visit to Emory was no exception. It was pouring in Atlanta and Covington. Covington? Yes. Emory has a […]
March 21, 2020
Georgia Tech

On the Road with Betsy Woolf – Georgia Institute of Technology

There’s a new campus recreation center at Georgia Tech, replacing the one I saw years ago. Georgia Tech was the site of the swimming and diving events for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Since then, a new rec center […]
March 18, 2020
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Solutions for a Trying Time

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Payne in December of 1776, and how apt these words are today.  Of course, it’s especially tough if you are a junior who wants to visit colleges or […]
February 18, 2020
Rollins College and Stetson University

Gateways to Orlando

Sometimes it seems as though I see more colleges and universities on grey days – or rainy days – or cold days. That was the case in January in Florida where the temperature in Central Florida dipped into […]
February 17, 2020
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More about Nimbleness

During the fall, I posted about being nimble as colleges change policies. That post was about Cornell and Georgetown, but since then, two of the schools mentioned in that post have changed their policies, as well. Cal Tech removed […]