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Jasmine's Take: A Look at College During COVID-19

Writing the Common App Activities List During a Global Pandemic

To Apply or Not Apply for Need-Based Aid: Who Should Check the Box?

ED/EA/RD: Tips for Choosing the Right College Application Plan

Jasmine's Take: Get Your Vote On! How and Why Young Adults Should Vote

First in the Fam: Resources for First Generation College Students

Does Test-Optional Really Mean Test-Optional?

Announcing Our New Estrela YouTube Channel!

Upcoming Virtual College Rep Visits 2020

Does Legacy Status Matter in College Admission?

Jasmine's Take: 5 Tips to Get Started on Your Common App Essay

Estrela Founder Elected IECA President

FREE ACT Crash Course Presented by PrepAccelerator

Jasmine's Take: Gapping During a Global Pandemic

A Statement from 300+ College Admissions Deans to the Class of 2021

Jasmine's Take: Activism, College Applications, and You!

A Letter from Our Founder on Discrimination and Racism

7 Unique, Weird, and Downright Awesome College Traditions

10 No-Fail Tips to Help Your Stressed- Out  Teen

Class of 2020 College Signing Day

College Planning Resources During COVID-19

College Admissions? It will be okay.

Exploring Faith-Based Colleges

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Faith While on Campus

The Impact of Coronavirus on College Visits and Decisions

Nut Free to Kosher: Tips for Navigating the College Dining Hall Scene

Is a Gap Year Right for You?

New Survey Finds What Colleges are Really Looking for in Applicants

Dos and Don'ts of Appealing a Financial Aid Award

Estrela's Poulios Named to Connecticut River Valley Chamber Board

2020-2021 Common App Essay Prompts Released

The What, Why and Where of College Co-Op Programs

Estrela Class of 2020 Early Decision/Early Action Results

How to Ace Your College Admissions Interview

Teen Talk: Navigating Holiday Conversations

Show Me the Money! The Where and How of Scholarship Searches

Financial Aid Prep 101: Timelines, Definitions, and How to Get Started

How to Make Your Résumé a Powerful Application Tool (Part 2): 5 Helpful Tips

How to Make Your Résumé a Powerful Application Tool (Part 1): 3 Common Questions

Coasters to Canines: Unique and Quirky College Majors

For Caddies to Vegetarians: Cool and Unique Scholarship Opportunities

Getting Started With The Common Application

Our College Reading List: 5 Book Recommendations for Parents and Teens

5 Tips for Students Heading to College

5 Tips for Parents with Students Heading To College

Rankings-Schmankings: Why a College is More Than Just Its Numbers

Exploring Canadian University Options

So You Want to be a Chef: Exploring Your Options for Culinary School

Estrela Founder Elected to Consulting Association Board

Paying for College Through Military Service

From Pee Wee to Post-Secondary: Athletics in College

Estrela Supports Girl Scouts with College Knowledge Badge Requirements

College Planning Strategies for Homeschooled Students

Let's Get Started! Summer Tips for Rising Sophomores and Juniors

Ultimate List of Questions to Ask When Evaluating Engineering Programs

Resilience from Rejection: A Student Perspective

Parenting Through College Rejection: A Parent Perspective

12 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an IEC (Plus Our Answers!)

The Varsity Blues Scandal: Thoughts from Our Founder

Is a Women's College Right for You?

Why an HBCU Could Be Right for You

Pressed? Stressed? Three Tips for Doing Your Best on a College Admissions Test

Estrela Announces Test Prep Partnership

Demystifying "Outside" Scholarships

Estrela Founder Earns Distinguished Instructor Award

2019-2020 Common App Essay Prompts Released

Why Choosing a College Is Like Buying Girl Scout Cookies

PSAT Scores Are Out...Now What?

Across the Pond for Uni: 5 Tips for Applying to College in the UK

7 Topics to Talk About With Teens This Holiday Season (That Don’t Include the “C” Word)

Let's Try This Again: Tips for Transfer Students

Estrela's Rice Named President of Emerging Leaders Association

3 Simple Tips for Completing Your FAFSA

Estrela's Tremblay Recognized as an "Alumni Difference Maker"

Navigating the Ups and Downs: Mental Health Support on Campus

Estrela Founder Selected for Leadership Hudson Class of 2019

Extracurricular Activities: So, What’s Impressive?

California Dreamin’? 5 Tips for Applying to a UC

Estrela Founder Serving on Faculty at IECA Summer Training Institute

How Going Greek Brought Me Forever Friends

Parent to Parent: Tips for College Visits with Your Teen

Q&A With a Former Admission Director: What Are Colleges Really Looking For?

New Survey Finds What Colleges are Really Looking for in Applicants

College Signing Day 2018 Has Arrived!

The Bottom Line: Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters

Using Job Placement Data in the College Search Process

The Alphabet of Performing and Visual Arts Degrees

How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Break

2018-2019 Common App Essay Prompts Released

What to do While You Wait for Your College Admission Decisions

Estrela's Gilsdorf Granted Associate Membership in IECA

5 Tips for Facing Your Deferred Admission Status

Our College Planning Team Has Grown Again!

Estrela Founder Receives Prestigious Katz Award

Show Me the Money: 5 Post-FAFSA Financial Aid Tips

Estrela Founders Featured in Hudson Hub Times

Both Sides Now: College Campus Visit Tips From a Dad Who Knows

7 Questions Students with Learning Disabilities Need to Ask When Applying to Colleges

Demonstrated Interest: 8 Ways to Show Your College List Some Love

How to Prepare for Your College Application Deadlines

10 Tips for College-Bound Juniors

5 Tips to Get Started on Your Common App Essay

5 Tips for Meeting Your College Application Deadlines

Beyond Borders: 5 Reasons to Consider a Degree Program Abroad

Estrela's Korsvik Featured in Hudson Life Magazine

Estrela's Hodges Featured in The Day

Pros on Prose: The Truth About The College Admission Essay

Estrela Essay Specialist's Memoir Highlighted in The New York Times

Estrela Founder Leads Inaugural College Now Emerging Leaders Association

Estrela's Gilsdorf Featured in The Newark Advocate

You're Going to Major in WHAT?!?

Our Team Is Growing!

Estrela Founder Quoted in The New York Times

Writing Rules: Don't Be Common On Your Common App Essay

Campus Visit Checklist: 4 Tips From the Other Side of the Desk

Why Public University Honors Programs are Shaking Up the Selective College World (and Why You Should Pay Attention)

Does Legacy Status Affect Admission? It's All Relative.

How the Push for Superiority is Killing Our Kids

5 Tips to Create a Winning Bracket (Or College List)

"What I Did On My Summer Vacation"...and Why It Matters to Colleges

5 Ways to Show a College You Love Them (Without Going Overboard)

2016: The Year of Change

Does Senior Year Matter?

You're Going to Major in WHAT?!?

5 Early Decision Urban Legends + Some Truth

6 Myths About the College Search Process

What’s In A Name?

Being Not-So-Common in Your Common App Essay

Game, Set, Match: Athletic Recruitment 101

Oh, the Places You Will Go! Gap Year Opportunities for High School Seniors

How to Make Your Spring Break College Visits More Than Meh...

Can Being a Social (Media) Butterfly Affect Your Admission Chances?

Handsome Dan to Cheez Whiz: An Education in Collegiate History

So You Think You Can Dance, Act or Draw? Tips for Performing and Visual Arts Applicants

Testing Trials: Navigating the SAT and ACT Exams

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