If you decide to take the ACT as part of your college application process, there are some guidelines to follow about when to test to optimize your chances for success. ACT Test Date Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Late Fee Applies September 10, 2022 August 5, 2022 August 19, 2022 October 22, 2022 [...]
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One year ago, Anika Madden and I started planning to launch our podcast and five months ago, Anika and I launched the “Your College-Bound Kid” podcast. It has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. People often ask, why did you do it? Well, from one perspective, it doesn’t make a lot [...]
In the same way that you and I are notorious for slowing down our cars when we see a policeman parked on the side of the road, seniors are just as prone to putting their efforts on cruise control once they get their acceptance offers. In some ways this is just human nature. Seniors have [...]
Reasons why you should ask teachers who teach you in the 11th grade to write your recommendation letters
Anytime a college admissions office requires something in the college admission process it creates work for admission officers and support staff. As such, they are not going to do something unless the advantages outweigh the drawbacks. This is why over 1,100 four-year colleges in the US require at least one teacher recommendation in the college [...]
Last month I received a call from a college counselor in New York. Five minutes into the call, he said, “My kids are hearing at school that they should apply to 30 colleges. What do you think?” We are caught in a revolving, pernicious cycle and there is no end in sight. Here is [...]
Early Action (EA) is a method of applying to college that is being offered by more and more colleges. In this article I explain what EA is and why 90 percent of students should apply through an EA program when it is offered. I also share the reasons why some students should not apply [...]
Students face incredible stress going through the college process. Their very self-worth is at stake. This article shows four things students and parents can do to diminish the stress and make the college process fun One of the biggest problems I encounter in my coaching practice is unduly stressed out-students who see their college [...]
Students and parents know that test scores, grades, course rigor, teacher recommendations, and essays are factors that colleges use to determine which students they will accept, wait list, or deny. A smaller group of student and parents know that colleges use demonstrated interest, aka DI, another criterion they factor in to who they admit. Demonstrated [...]
Don’t put too much emphasis on whether you like the boarding school admission representative who interviewed your child
There is a danger in selecting a boarding school largely because you liked the admission representative who has spent time with you. We explore those dangers here.
A Secret World is a documentary series that explores what life is like at U.S. college preparatory boarding schools by using personal stories to explore this misunderstood schooling option.