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TOP TIPS FOR ACT, SAT AND OTHER TESTS

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By PETER VAN BUSKIRK Few college admission requirements generate more angst than standardized testing. When considered along with a student’s academic record, such tests are intended to help admission officers determine whether students can do the work academically in the first year of college. In fact, that is their sole purpose. (They should certainly not […]

BEWARE OF ‘GUARANTEED’ ADMISSIONS

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By PETER VAN BUSKIRK   Alex was at the top of his class at an exclusive Canadian prep school. Of Chinese ancestry, he had lived in the Philippines and traveled extensively before moving to North America with his parents. When he applied Early Action to Harvard University, his three-page resume highlighted his accomplishments as a […]

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR APPLICATION IN THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE?

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By PETER VAN BUSKIRK If you are a college applicant waiting out the “Regular” admission process, mid-winter can be high anxiety time. Even if you may have experienced success with an Early Action application or two, it will be the admission decisions on open applications that finally define your range of options. For now, though, […]

WHY IS THE COMMON APP SO FRUSTRATING?

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By MARIANA REIS I will graduate from Westchester Community College in New York this spring, and I’m applying to four-year colleges to get my Bachelor’s degree in engineering. But I am totally frustrated by the online Common Application! It’s too confusing and takes too much time — especially for an international student. In a world of […]

LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN APPLICATIONS

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By PETER VAN BUSKIRK Students who are beginning the college admission process are often unaware of the subtleties that can influence final outcomes. And at selective institutions in the U.S., the little things do, in fact, make a big difference. Consumed with the obvious — grades, scores and resumes — students sometimes skip over seemingly […]