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Extracurricular Activities: So, What’s Impressive?

“But…what counts?” A common question vocalized by many high school students as they consider their extracurricular choices. Decoding their question, what they mean to ask is: "What will impress college admission officers?" The answer is both strangely simple and deep...YOU. You will impress college admission representatives. Or, at least, that’s the goal.
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2018-2019 Common App Essay Prompts Released

They're here! They're here! If you're like us you've been patiently waiting for the 2018-19 Common App Essay Prompts to be announced. Spoiler Alert: the folks at the Common App have actually decided to keep the same prompts that were used during the 2017-18 application cycle.
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How to Prepare for Your College Application Deadlines

College application season is upon us and high school seniors everywhere are ready to do what they once thought was light years away: hitting that “submit” button before their college application deadlines have arrived. Before jumping ahead to the waiting game, let’s back up to the present and talk about what comes next.
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5 Tips for Meeting Your College Application Deadlines

Perhaps your favorite gift last holiday season was a label maker (mine was!) or maybe you are a self-proclaimed World Class Procrastinator. Regardless of where you fall on the personal organization continuum, the college application process is comprised of many types of deadlines for each college or university. All too often, one school’s application deadline happens on the same day (or during ...
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Pros on Prose: The Truth About The College Admission Essay

In 2015 the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) released their State of College Admission Report. The result of their survey revealed that colleges ranked the application essay as the 5th most-important factor in the admission process. The only items ranking higher in importance were grades, GPA, curriculum and test scores. Recommendations, extracurricular activities, ...
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