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

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

Common Application Refresh 2019

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Refresh, refresh As back to school specials return to stores, it is also another special time of the year for college applications: The Common Application refresh period!  Every year around the end of July, the Common Application shuts down to upload the new prompts and instructions for every college and university. For students who have been working on some of … 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

Activist student accepted to Stanford after writing #BlackLivesMatter as his essay

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Students and families often ask me what risks are worth taking in their undergraduate application essays. My advice is always to be genuine, and know that there is always the possibility that the most sincere experimental essay will not be approved of by every reader. Admission committees are human (yes, real people!) and, at least in my experience, we could … Read More