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 […]
May 20, 2020

There Are Two Types of College Admissions Offices

High school students anxiously begin their journey to college as they make first contact with college admissions offices. Especially when they have a dream school in mind. But they proceed on visits, in person or virtual, without knowing how a college admissions office works. Every college admissions office has its own processes […]
December 16, 2019

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

College admissions officers like Early Decision. The more students they admit through Early Decision, the faster they fill their class.. The odds favor the well-qualified students who apply Early Decision at many schools,. But some are denied, others are placed in limbo and deferred. If you are dealing with a deferred […]
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 […]
June 19, 2017

What Are Holistic Admissions?

Families of college-bound seniors have no doubt heard the term “holistic admissions” many times. Families of sophomores and juniors will be hearing it more and more often as they build their lists of schools and plan college visits. Holistic admissions means that admissions officers consider the “whole picture” of a […]
May 30, 2017

Five Reasons to Be Concerned About Freshman Retention

If you visit regularly you might think that I’m infatuated with statistics, since I use so many in posts and profiles. Actually, I am far, far from the greatest of math-letes. But I try to find the numbers that should mean the most to any student and their family in […]
February 12, 2017

How to Work an Accepted Students Day

By now many college-bound high school seniors have not only received acceptance letters; they have also received invitations to the Accepted Students Day for at least one college that admitted them. Each year, colleges host an Accepted Students Day one or more times during their admission cycle to welcome prospective freshmen. The Accepted Students Day helps students and […]