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June 21, 2021

How One University Makes a Large School Feel Smaller

There’s the library, an iconic structure on the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) campus. There’s the statue of Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat outside on the library  plaza. There’s the sculpture of a […]
April 5, 2021

Reflections on This Most Unusual Year in College Admissions

This has been a most unusual year in college admissions.  Hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States went test optional – and a few test free. The College Board dropped the essay portion of the SAT […]
January 25, 2021

Adapting to Pandemic-Era Realities, College Board Drops SAT Subject Tests

The College Board, in one fell swoop, lowered the pressure on high school students last week. It eliminated SAT Subject Tests and the SAT essay – effective immediately. There will be no more administrations of Subject Tests in […]
January 1, 2021

A New Anxiety For High School Seniors

Trying to Overturn US Election Results Sends a Message that Can Increase Anxiety among High School Seniors Applying to College – But Their Futures are Still Bright When I repeatedly read about efforts to overturn the results of […]
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 […]
June 13, 2020
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Why a Speech Given in 2011 Resonates Today

My favorite musical, hands down, is Ragtime, which is based on the book of the same name by E. L. Doctorow, and which I have seen several times, not just on Broadway but in a memorable snowy winter night […]
June 11, 2020
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Introducing the Common Application: The Main Section

The 2020-2021 version of the Common Application doesn’t go live until August 1, but you can get a head start by creating an account right now at https://apply.commonapp.org/login. Your application will roll over from this year to the […]
June 3, 2020

Colleges Answer Your Covid-19 Questions

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, I moderated the first virtual Inside the Admissions Office program, this time presenting a Covid-19 College Update. To view the informative and enlightening video, click on the YouTube video below and listen to […]