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Writing the Common App Activities List During a Global Pandemic

At first glance, the Activities List seems like a straightforward section of the Common Application; a simple place to list up to 10 extracurricular activities and describe your personal involvement and contributions.  In reality, it is one of the unique opportunities for an admissions committee to gain an understanding of who you really are as a person and to see beyond your GPA and test scores. ...
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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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Getting Started With The Common Application

It’s August 1st, which means the start of application season for rising seniors! The Common App is an online application used by almost 900 colleges and universities across the country and allows students to apply to multiple schools using one platform.  Ready to get started? Check out our tips for making the process a little bit easier:
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College Planning Strategies for Homeschooled Students

According to the latest data reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, over 1.7 million U.S. children between the ages of 5 and 17 are homeschooled. Many of these students continue on to be homeschooled during their high school years with plans of attending a four-year college or university. While the college search and application process is largely similar to that of students ...
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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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