Competition (Admissions)

October 31, 2019

When Should You Consider Regional Public Colleges?

If you looked at four-year colleges as a selection of choices within a marketplace, which would you say have the largest market share of students?  If you guessed the large flagship state schools such as Penn State-University Park or Rutgers-New Brunswick you would be wrong. Over 40 percent of college […]
September 23, 2019

The Five Flavors of Early Action

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 […]
July 22, 2019

Why Does The George Washington University Need to ‘Right Size’?

I have visited The George Washington University several times over the past three decades. It’s my wife’s alma mater. She gave me my first tour the year after we were married. The George Washington University is the best located college in America for anyone who wants to become involved in politics […]
November 27, 2018

You Applied Early Decision and You’re ‘In’. Now What Do You Do?

In the coming weeks college-bound students who applied Early Decision (aka ‘ED’) to their first-choice school should be receiving notice: ‘In’, ‘Out’ or quite often ‘Deferred’. In this post I will presume that students who have applied Early Decision and their families have done their homework before submitting their applications […]
November 27, 2018

You Applied Early Decision and Got Deferred–What Should You Do?

College admissions officers like Early Decision. The more students they can admit through early decision, the faster they can fill their class. And they fill it with the students who have shown the most interest, as well as the qualifications to succeed. At many schools, even the most selective, the […]
November 27, 2018

You Applied Early Decision and You’re ‘Out’. What Should You Do?

College admissions offices have already begun to notify Early Decision applicants as to whether they are “in,” “out,” or “deferred,” I’ve already discussed the steps that families may take if they are in or deferred through Early Decision. But what if they are out? Here are three tips to help: […]

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