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College Essay Mistakes: Too Many Schools

College Essay Mistakes: Too Many Schools

Earlier this week a student came in with a list of 40 schools he wanted to apply to. That's a good way to start! But the Common App will only let you submit to 20 schools at most. There are others that don't use the Common App (like the UC schools, the University of...

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What Do You Know About Rejection?

What Do You Know About Rejection?

When I was a sophomore at Yale, my acting professor Toni Dorfman looked at the class over the top of her Hogwarts-level spectacles and said, “every director should be forced to act in a play at least once a year. That way they will remember what it feels like to be...

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Tips for Taping

Tips for Taping

Some high schools and colleges now require or encourage a video submission with your application. Anyone can film a short video about themselves, but if you incorporate these professional acting tips you’ll eliminate many of the mistakes that make admissions teams...

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A Yale Admissions Story

A Yale Admissions Story

by Nathaniel Dolquist, Yale University Class of 2014 When I was in the fifth grade, I asked my cousin what colleges were the most difficult to get into. “Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Stanford,” she replied, “but nobody actually gets in there.” The goal was set. I...

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How to Choose Colleges

How to Choose Colleges

We recommend students apply to around 15 schools, divided into the following categories: Five Safety or “High Odds” Schools These are schools with high odds of admission and frequently include community colleges, state universities, and other large public schools....

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Should I Take the SAT/ACT?

Should I Take the SAT/ACT?

No. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools reevaluated the utility of including standardized testing in their admissions process. If testing is not your strong suit, you may be able to skip the tests if the school(s) you want to attend don’t require them. For more...

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The Ivy League Sparkle

The Ivy League Sparkle

I recently helped a high school sophomore with his application to Cornell's Precollege Studies program. As he wrote and I edited, I had a gut feeling that his application had what I call the “Ivy League Sparkle”. There was something special about it, something that...

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