03Dec
2020

Review Processes

“Review Processes” Most highly selective universities engage in the following review process: 1. Applications are sorted or filtered based on institutional review processes (i.e., geographic region, academic program, ethnicity, high […]

18Nov
2020

Do Universities Value Well-Rounded Applicants? Not really.

Do Universities Value Well-Rounded Applicants? Not really. The saddest thing I see is all of the time, energy and resources that are spent on activities that the student does not […]

11Nov
2020

Do selective universities want to hear about hard-work?

One of my current clients wanted to write a university admissions essay about how “…despite a global pandemic that impacted his ACT prep courses; he worked very hard and overcame […]

14Sep
2020

Did the UC System Deal a Deathblow to Standardized Tests?

On September 1, 2020 a California judge ruled that the University of California system may no longer consider SAT or ACT scores when making admissions decisions. https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/01/us/university-of-california-sat-act-trnd/index.html To be clear, this […]

26Aug
2020

Early Decision 2

I love universities with early decision 2. In fact, when building a college list, I start with the ED 2 list. First question, are there any universities on the ED […]

16Aug
2020

Supplemental Essays are more important than the Personal Statement

Would you rather read a letter written to you and 20 of your friends? Or, would you rather read a letter written directly to you? Most would choose the letter […]

11Aug
2020

Test Optional Policies

Many colleges are “test optional” this year. Applicants beware. Majority population applicants (White and Asian) will still likely need SAT or ACT scores to earn an offer to a highly […]

30May
2020

Transfer Thoughts

College students typically declare their majors after their sophomore year. And, declaring a major is different from institution to institution, but at selective ones it means being accepted by the […]

29May
2020

The Waiting List Thoughts

There are very few universal truths about the waiting list. But, there are two general types: traditional and progressive. Some schools use the waiting list in what I consider to […]

24Apr
2019

Uncertainty

After spending a decade reading applications for admission; I knew it would be a challenge to help even qualified students earn offers of admission at highly selective institutions. And, it […]