MAKE THE MOST OF COLLEGE VISITS

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By PETER VAN BUSKIRK As the school year winds down, thousands of families are gearing up to start the college search and selection process in earnest. For many, the process includes plans to visit college campuses. The questions that often arise, however, are “When is the best time to visit?” and “What should we expect […]

ACCEPT OR REJECT? HOW U.S. COLLEGES JUDGE YOUR APPLICATION

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By PETER VAN BUSKIRK If you’re 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 in the Regular selection process that finally define your range of options. For now, though, […]

GETTING STARTED: COLLEGE PLANNING TIPS

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BY PETER VAN BUSKIRK In many households, the start of a new calendar year marks the beginning of the college planning process. After much holiday talk about possible college destinations, high school juniors now gird themselves for the inevitable rush of activity that will culminate in college applications less than a year from now. (And […]

CAN I APPLY EARLY DECISION TO MORE THAN ONE SCHOOL?

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BY PETER VAN BUSKIRK Dear Peter, Is it possible to say to every college that you are giving an Early Decision application to each? While I am just a Sophomore, I am eager to know how Early Decision works? Raj Dear Raj, Early Decision is an application option that many colleges offer that allows you […]

FACT-CHECKING COLLEGE ADMISSIONS CLAIMS

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BY PETER VAN BUSKIRK “Young man, it is your job to try to disprove everything I say. If you can disprove something, you have discovered a new truth. If you can’t disprove it, you have validated an old truth. Regardless, you have come to a better understanding of the truth.” It has been many years […]