Princeton cancels Early Action option for the year

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Princeton University normally offers two options for students wishing to apply: their single-choice Early Action plan or Regular Decision. However, Princeton has recently decided to remove their Early Action option. The announcement is now listed under their “COVID-19 Updates” page, but be aware that general searches may still bring up webpages that mention or explain Princeton’s Early Action option. For … Read More

Common App adds a Covid-19 question

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Starting with the 2020-2021 application, the Common Application is going to add a new optional response for students to share how this Covid-19 pandemic has impacted them. This will be separate from the “additional information” section which normally works as a place for students to share about any negative circumstances that may have impacted their application. With a word count … Read More

Colleges on the Top 100 U.S. News ranking with late January deadlines

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Even though most highly competitive university deadlines have passed, there are still several colleges on the Top 100 U.S. News ranking with late January deadlines. Whether you are feeling a bit nervous about your school list,  feeling extra motivated, or just discovered a new major and want to represent your new passion in an application, the colleges below might be … Read More

Universities on the Top 100 U.S. News ranking with late January deadlines

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Even though most highly competitive university deadlines have passed, there are still several universities on the Top 100 U.S. News ranking with late January deadlines. Whether you are feeling a bit nervous about your school list,  feeling extra motivated, or just discovered a new major and want to represent your new passion in an application, the universities below might be … Read More

Final Days of Regular Decision

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As Early Action and Early Decision results roll in, students all over the country and world are still working hard. There are now less than two weeks to write, revise, and think about their remaining Regular Decision applications. For students who receive good Early Action news, it may feel difficult to keep up the momentum. Most Regular Decision deadlines are … Read More

MIT 2019-20 essays

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The MIT 2019-20 essays are here!  MIT announced the prompts for this year’s college application essays. Since MIT does not use the popular Common Application system, their application always looks a little different.  Luckily, the prompts remain the same as last year. The 2019-20 essay and short answer prompts are:  We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, … Read More

2019-20 application season begins!

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It is almost June, and that means it is officially open-season for college essay writing! Summer is a great time to get started, or even finish, college essay writing. Whether students are considering applying early decision or not, many of my past clients breathe a sigh of relief when senior year starts and they are mostly, if not completely, done … Read More

Hello Winter and Regular Decision!

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It’s application crunch-season. In the aftermath of Early Decision and Early Action deadlines for undergraduate degrees, it can be difficult to find that momentum again for multiple Regular Decision applications. If you’re looking for some application help, here is some advice from an expert! Getting Real For graduate students, November is often what I like to call the “this is … Read More

Beware of Honors that Cost $$$ to Get

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An article in The Olympian recently looked at targeted mail that invites high school students to honors programs or conferences. While many of these programs may create legitimate interesting and valuable experiences, parents and families should absolutely be critical of overpriced packages. There may be other local opportunities for students to shine that require a lot less, or no, financial … Read More