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As colleges build a well-rounded class of students, they often shape the class by drawing on an assortment of angles and special abilities. Communicate your strengths so that your story will make you a standout.

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Preparing for the College Interview

School Admissions

Prepare with practice and research. Relax and reveal yourself. Remember to express yourself in writing by sharing your resume and writing a thank you note.

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BU, NYU, and USC all offer highly regarded theater performance programs. To get in, however, you must show that you ‘have the goods’ both academically and theatrically.

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Southern Methodist University (SMU) and Tulane University have always had somewhat of a dual identity: enjoying a certain popularity but still looking for greater academic respect outside of the south. These two schools have always enjoyed popularity, but in recent years they have truly spread their wings. Today their national reputations reflect their growth and academic muscle.

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Freshman Year: Remix

Life Skills Schoolwork & Studying

Now that you’ve got the hang of high school, it’s a good time to take stock and tinker with your routine. Educational Counselor Maureen Delaney offers tips for making freshman year even better and setting the stage for future success.

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“College Cousins” has become one of our most popular tools in helping students and families identify that fit that is just right. They are clear, fun, informative, and well-researched, and we're so lucky to have Beth Provinse pull them together for us. Some will be familiar to those who have researched the college landscape: our take on Williams and Amherst gets a lot of interest. Other comparisons highlight hidden surprises.

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Contrary to the old cliché, familiarity with these universities breeds nothing but respect. These two proud universities do our region proud.

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Preparing for College

College Life Skills School Admissions

Many changes are ahead, and one change that is less evident than dorm life is your academic time zone. By zone, I mean your approach to how, when, and what you study

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Preparing (or Not) for the PSAT

Test Prep

This year’s PSAT tests are on October 10 and October 13. The PSAT contains the same sections and types of questions as does the SAT, but it’s just a little shorter. Some junior-year students and parents wonder if it is wise to prepare for the test as fully as they likely will later on for the SAT or ACT.

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Perfect Now

College School Admissions

As counselors, we try to forecast what we can, knowing that there is only so much within our or the student’s control. The rest is left up to fate or the admissions gods or whatever – but not to us.