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How to Make the Most of Freshman Year

School Admissions

You’re a freshman now, and freshman year is about breaking ground. While you’re adjusting and exploring new opportunities, your academic...

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It is true that junior year grades are paramount, but colleges do consider senior year transcripts. Work hard and continue...

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Breaking the Beat

School Admissions

The Nobel Pursuit of Circadian Rhythms I awoke with the sun on Monday morning, refreshed and aligned with the world. I was...

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Why Cousins? Because they are similar in style and, therefore, attract similar styles of students. Two universities located in southern...

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Fresh notebooks. New backpacks. Summer turning to autumn. A looming zombie apocalypse. Ahh…back to school! With your kids just returned...

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Sophomore year is a keystone year. The transition from freshman to sophomore year of high school is rooted in refinement...

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Welcome to junior year, the most important year of the high school transcript. This will be the most recent full...

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ACT Time Changes

School Admissions Writing a college essay

ACT Extended Time Rule Change In a move that makes the ACT somewhat less accommodating to students with accommodations, ACT...

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College Interview Tips and Strategies

College School Admissions

Make the Most of College Interviews The majority of colleges are tracking and assigning value to your demonstrated interest—actions you...

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Many students I work with have voiced frustration with the admissions process. The normal refrain sounds something like this: “I wish...