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Are You Properly Prepared When Asking for Letters of Recommendation?

Updated for 2020 and the Constraints of the Coronavirus Pandemic Most college applications require two teacher recommendations. It is important to ask two teachers who know you well to write this letter. Preferably, the teachers you choose will be ones who taught you during your junior year. Usually, when asking a teacher for a recommendation, it is best to ask IN PERSON and at the beginning of the school year. Since many high schools will open the school year online, EMAIL your preferred teachers with your request. Many teachers will commit to writing a specific number of recommendation letters, and [...]

3 Tips for Applying to Private Scholarships

When to Apply for Scholarships The earliest deadlines for scholarships hit in October – well before any college application is due. Almost all are due before March – before many students will have heard from the majority of their schools. If you really want a private scholarship, you should think of the money separately from the academic application process. Scholarship money will follow wherever you go – if you’ve got it in place. To that end, make sure you know the due date of each scholarship you’re applying to – and try to get your application in early. Scholarships [...]

Deferred From Your First Choice College?

The biggest benefit of applying to college early action or early decision is knowing early if you have been accepted or not to a top choice school. Nothing is more frustrating than being deferred. Getting deferred means the college is postponing its admission decision and will review your application with the regular decision applicants. You will find out in the spring if you’ve been accepted or rejected. You are in “application limbo.” Is there something you can do to increase your chances of getting accepted the second time around? Here are ten suggestions that might tip the scale in [...]

6 Myths About College Admission

6 Myths about College Admission Myth #1:  Only Top Tier Schools Prepare People for Success The most pervasive myth is if your teen doesn't attend one of the top 20 Newsweek-rated colleges  (aka Ivies), then they won’t have an opportunity for jobs, promotions and influence. Over half of our U.S. Senators graduated from public universities. 43 of the top 50 CEOs in the world graduated from schools other than Ivies. Part of the fabric of the American dream is the opportunity presented to you and what you do with it, not where you went to college. Myth # 2:  A [...]

3 Ways to Make Your College Application Stand Out

A few years back I published this article on my website.  It is still relevant today, so I am publishing it again for my current readers. Enjoy! Getting an early jump on college prep is the key to getting ahead in the competitive field of college applications. Each year, the number of applications at a wide range of institutions have increased over the previous year and the acceptance rate has dropped. Prior to starting writing, construct the materials you'll need. It really is rather a flexible sort of writing, but there are a few common principles that you must follow. [...]