college admissions

September 14, 2020
how to write the why this school essay

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 […]
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 […]
August 1, 2019

On the Road with Betsy Woolf – Loyola Marymount University

Just nine minutes from Los Angeles International Airport, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) seems worlds away. Sitting on a high hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the upscale residential community of Playa Vista in the heart of LA’s Silicon […]
June 14, 2019

On the Road with Betsy Woolf – Hood College

One of the perks of this career is the opportunity to not just visit and revisit a wide range of colleges, but also to visit a vast array of locations, many of which I certainly would not have […]
May 5, 2019
be the best you can be

It’s Not About How We Rank Against Others; The Goal Is To Do Your Best

Kwame Anthony-Applah, who teaches philosophy at NYU, penned this article in “The Ethicist” column of The New York Times Magazine, May 5, 2019, in response to a high school senior’s distress over her many college denials. It’s long […]
April 18, 2019
British Universities

Back to Britain – Highlights of the University Tour

Back again in England over the winter, but this time in the north country, courtesy of the British Council. What most universities in the North of England emphasize, aside from academics, are the affordability of its cities and […]
April 5, 2019
Mount Holyoke College

On the Road with Betsy Woolf – Mount Holyoke College

If I had to name three adjectives to describe Mount Holyoke College, I would say homey, personable and confident. When I look back on my notes from the first time I was on campus, I also would add […]
March 15, 2019
character in college admissions

Character in College Admissions

What a week of revelations about college admissions! Today’s Inside Higher Education features an article about a committee of which I am proud to be a member, the Character Collaborative, whose work is even more timely and important […]
October 19, 2018

Takeaways from Inside the Admissions Office, October 2018

If you couldn’t make it to the Inside the Admissions Office program at the JCC of Mid-Westchester on Monday, October 15th, don’t worry. This blog gives you the highlights of that dynamic evening with a panel of admissions deans from across […]