College

Brainstorming Exercises for Your Personal Statement Essay (aka “The Common App Essay)

Your Personal Statement essay (also known as “the common app essay”) is a huge part of your college application. However, many students find this essay to be one of the hardest parts. Why? Frankly – because it is hard! Writing an essay that reveals your unique characteristics and values in 650 words or less is …

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College Application Types And Deadlines

Let’s review the four types of college application options and their requirements and deadlines.   The four types of college application options are early decision (ED), early action (EA), regular decision (RD), and rolling admissions (RA). All have different requirements and different, but critical, deadlines. If your application is stellar, but not submitted on time, …

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What is the EFC?

College planning is fraught with little-understood concepts that parents and students need to understand in order to choose the best school for their family situation. One of the most important and least understood aspects of college planning is the Expected Family Contribution or EFC. The EFC is an index number of a family’s ability to …

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How to Clean Up Your Social Media Profiles Before Applying to College

Many students regularly use social media. Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and TikTok are all big names in the social networking world. While this means it’s easier for us to connect with friends, it also exposes us to unknown users. Some of these users could be the college admissions officers who make decisions about your future. Students …

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When it Comes to Choosing a College, Don’t Let Emotion Overrule Logic

I’ve met a lot of families that make significant mistakes in the college planning process—making up their minds before knowing the facts, or falling in love with the first school that accepts them. Unfortunately, that can be costly. Because college is such an expensive game, you mustn’t let an emotional connection to a particular school …

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