September 22, 2020

Meet A Valued Resource On Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are the best way for many students and their families to lower their college costs. I wrote a piece back in June about the right questions to ask about merit scholarships. But before you can ask those questions, you want to know which schools are most likely to […]
September 18, 2020

How Many Colleges Should Be On Your College List?

In working with my college-bound clients I consider the college list relative to the student and what they’re looking for. It’s one thing when the student and parents are seeking admission to a very selective small or mid-sized college. It’s quite common for students who are interested in a liberal […]
September 17, 2020

Five Mistakes to Avoid On College Admissions Essays

College admissions essays will become more important in the upcoming admissions cycle. Especially now that over half of US colleges have made the decision to go test optional. While more admissions offices will accommodate applicants who did not have enough opportunities to raise test score, most require essays. If you […]
September 16, 2020

The Public Ivies for 2020-21

US News has just released its 2020-21 college rankings. So it’s time for me to announce which schools are my Public Ivies. This is one of my most-read posts. I have no doubt that some will agree with my list, and many will not. However, I have a very different view […]
September 16, 2020

So You Want to Be a Psychology Major?

While the liberal arts are constantly under fire for the perceived value, the Psychology major is still one of the most popular choices on college campuses.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Psychology was a more popular major than Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Communications, and any other social […]
September 15, 2020

Early Action Comes in Five Flavors

Early Action is, when timing works, one of the fairest processes in college admissions when applying to many schools. It can also be an unfair process at a very small number of very selective colleges.  Early Action comes in five flavors, depending on the school. None obligate you to send […]
September 11, 2020

No Football, No Fraternities. Does That Make a Better College?

I had not given a thought to this until recently, but I’ve been a few schools that have neither a football team nor social fraternities with houses. Drew University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Skidmore College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) have no […]
September 10, 2020

‘I Was the Worst High School Athlete Ever’ or ‘How Not to Write a College Admissions Essay’

I never had to use the Common Application when I was applying to colleges. Today, so many schools use it that it probably cannot be avoided when submitting a college admissions essay. Too often I see and read of high school students choosing this prompt (below) for a college admissions […]
September 10, 2020

Nursing Admissions in the New Normal Called Test Optional

Regardless of the size of the college, nursing admissions are going to be the most competitive. Undergraduate nursing programs need to often specialized coursework and smaller laboratory classes. They also need to be able to provide clinical opportunities to every student. But until now, most nursing admissions have been test […]