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 2, 2020

Five Things That College Admissions Officers Won’t Tell You

College admissions officers by and large are very nice, and very helpful people when they can be. The best are quite informed about their school. They know the academic programs as well as the faculty. They have to. The faculty want to see students who are capable of meeting their […]
August 27, 2020

What is ‘Holistic Admissions’?

Holistic admissions, in admissions officers lingo, means that the content of the entire application package is considered, not just grades and standardized test scores. This term will become more important in our new reality since more schools are going to be test optional during this upcoming admissions cycle. What happens in holistic […]
August 19, 2020

What is Direct Admission?

Whenever you visit a larger school you’re likely to hear this phrase Direct Admission.This practice  is not a new thing in college admissions. The engineering and pharmacy schools at Rutgers allowed it 36 years ago when I started college.Lately the opportunity for direct admission has asp extended into undergraduate colleges of […]
August 11, 2020

Is Selectivity Important in Choosing a College?

One of the worst reasons for choosing a college is selectivity. A school is neither “good” nor “great” because it denies admissions to the vast majority of students who apply. Choosing a college by how many people they reject would be like judging the quality of a car by the […]
July 15, 2020

What Exactly Do College Admissions Officers Do?

College admissions officers are the front lines not only for their schools.Those of you who work in traditional businesses might consider the college admissions officers to be the sales force.  If you are already into the college search, you’ve probably seen college admissions officers at college fairs or during your […]
July 7, 2020

Must You Choose Only Brand Name Colleges?

Every spring parents and students go down to the wire, trying to select schools from those that have offered admission, and quite possibly those that have a waiting list. The very good student, as opposed to the best of the best, has an interesting choice. Go to any one of […]
July 1, 2020

Questions to Ask College Admissions Officers During COVID Times

College admissions officers have “opened their doors” to virtual information sessions for rising high school seniors. In some cases these doors are also open to recently graduated students who might be wavering on their commitments to a college. At the same time more and more colleges are announcing their plans […]
June 3, 2020

How Should You Choose a ‘Safe School’?

I have never liked the phrase ‘safe school’ in developing a college list. It implies that someone will “go to this school if they cannot get in anyplace else.” But it makes no sense to waste your time, or a college’s, to apply to a school where you have little […]