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You've Submitted Your Apps, Now What? 5 Post-Application Tips for Seniors

Kristina Dooley November 25, 2020
CONGRATULATIONS! Submitting your college applications is a huge milestone. You've undoubtedly put many hours into your applications, essays and testing over the past year, and hitting that "submit" button feels like completing a marathon.  Now, what do you do while you wait for decisions?
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Imposters Among Us in the College Application Process

Join your crewmates in a multiplayer game of teamwork and betrayal! I recently received a request from my kids to download the game “Among Us” on their iPads. As we do with all of these requests, I checked out what this game was all about before giving the go-ahead. Reading the succinct description above, and being in the thick of college admission season with my students, I immediately thought ...
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Does Test-Optional Really Mean Test-Optional?

It feels like not a day goes by right now that an announcement isn't made about a college or university becoming "test-optional." Some have announced temporary plans that apply solely to the class of 2021 or even 2022, while others have decided to remove testing requirements indefinitely. However, there is one question that we keep hearing from students and parents: Does "test-optional" really ...
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Does Legacy Status Matter in College Admission?

Oh, legacy admission, you sneaky little detail. How is it that you manage to make so many happy while others loathe the idea of you? The mere thought of your impact has alumni counting down the years, months and days until they can exclaim alongside their children “WE got in!”
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A Statement from 300+ College Admissions Deans to the Class of 2021

More than 300 college admissions deans (and growing) have signed a statement about what they expect and value in the admission process during this time. Here is just a snippet of the "why":
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