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March 2, 2017
Notre Dame

On the Road with Betsy Woolf – University of Notre Dame

The temperature in South Bend, Indiana, on February 17th, 2017, was in the mid-60s, and Northern Indiana hadn’t experienced snow all winter. Needless to say, it was a great day for a return visit to the University of […]
February 26, 2017

I Would Not Come Here If I Were a Republican

“I would not come here if I were a Republican” is a quote I discovered in a guidebook about American colleges, supposedly stated by a student at a college in New England. That isn’t such an atypical statement, […]
February 9, 2017

Inside the Common Application Essay Prompts 2017-2018

On February 6, 2017, the Common Application released its essay prompts for the coming application season – and there are changes afoot! Two prompts have been added, and one, the return of a Topic of Your Choice question, […]
January 19, 2017

For Richer, For Poorer

Do you want to get an idea of who’s studying at your college or alma mater, at least based on income? Well, the New York Times has put together a chart showing the results of a recent study […]
January 3, 2017

It’s a New Year! Now What Do I Do?

Happy New Year! If you are a junior, it’s time to get serious about thinking about college. What should you be doing? Here’s a handy checklist: ✔ Create a list of colleges that are of interest and do […]
December 19, 2016

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!

This past weekend, I attended a family wedding. Today, I attended a funeral of the grandmother of the groom, a woman in her late 80s, and then came home to find a message in my voicemail that my […]
December 2, 2016

Is the New SAT Policy for Receiving Accommodations Fair?

I’ve been giving this issue a lot of thought lately, especially in light of the recent decision by the College Board to ease its process for obtaining accommodations. My fear – Are we opening up the system to […]
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 […]