March 30, 2016

Accepted? Tips to Help You Shorten Your College List

Some of you may have smiles on your faces as letters and online notices of acceptances to college start coming. Remember the first time you made your college list? If you were wise when you made your college list, you might have considered: Academics–Does this school have what I want […]
March 21, 2016

Second-Choice Admissions: Second-Choice Major or Second-Choice School?

  My journey has taken me to public universities of various sizes, some popularly known for a given academic program within their school. It has not been unusual, for instance, to hear that students chose Virginia Tech for their architecture or engineering school, the University of Maryland-College Park for journalism or politics, […]
February 8, 2016

The Secret to Future College Admissions: Keep Cool and Be Kind

In previous post I gave some good reasons why Harvard might not be the best university in America. Now I have another one. With the endorsement of several colleges admissions directors, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education released a report called: Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good […]
January 18, 2016

AdmitSee and the Value of Peer-to-Peer Marketing in College Admissions

Today’s USA Today had a story in the Money section about AdmitSee, a Web site where college-bound high school students could read successful admissions applications materials from current college students–for a fee between $20 and $150 a month. The high school students can also mentor the college students on how […]
January 18, 2016

‘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 […]
January 15, 2016

How to Use Aggressive College Admissions Marketing to Your Advantage

College-bound high school sophomores and juniors have started, or will start to receive, attractive and colorful mailings from colleges and universities. Some will be college admissions marketing materials designed to help students consider a school, with more subtle messages to “look at our school, too.” Other college admissions marketing materials […]
December 22, 2015

The Three Most Misused Terms in College Admissions

As we head into the holiday season, then the presidential primary season, I would like to discuss three terms that you might hear often that are tied to college admissions: College Accessibility, College Affordability and College Readiness. I’m bothered by how these terms have been misused by the current mix […]
November 10, 2015

The College Admissions Visitor’s Center and Your Touring Experience

There’s a saying that eyes are the windows to a person’s soul. It that’s true then the front lobby and waiting area for the college admissions office is the front door to most campus communities. Visit your friends in their homes and you can tell how they treat their property […]
October 20, 2015

A New College Admissions Portal, Not Yet Up, Already Misses Its Mark

College-bound juniors as well as their parents have likely heard of the Common Application, an online college admissions application. that has been the blessing as well as the bane of the college search. A new college admissions portal, shared by 80 colleges and universities, will offer a streamlined, and hopefully […]