Are AP courses worth it?
April 29, 2009

A recent survey of high school Advanced Placement (AP) course teachers found that over half were concerned about the large increase in the number of students taking AP courses in recent years, and its impact on the effectiveness of the AP program in general. So, is… Read More>>

Didn't Get In? Just Transfer In Later. Whoa, Not So Fast.
April 13, 2009

There is a general assumption that it is easier to transfer into an Ivy League or other top tier school. The reality is a bit different. Harvard didn't accept any transfer applications for the 2008-09 academic year, and admissions officers say the ban is here to… Read More>>

Leadership Programs: Honor or Expensive Field Trip?
April 13, 2009

Students from 4th-11th grade are receiving invitations from leadership programs touting themselves as "elite," "distinguished" and "select." Are they, and do they help in gaining admission to first choice colleges? Several programs mail invitations to hundreds of thousands of students each year, with price tags ranging from $1,000 to more than… Read More>>

When Admitted Students Seek Financial Aid
April 10, 2009

Applicants who didn't apply for financial aid because they thought it would put them at a disadvantage in the admissions process are now seeking aid at an alarming rate. How does it play out in this financial environment? At Reed College, where requests for aid from admitted… Read More>>

So, Which School Did You Choose?
April 9, 2009

It is the season of the tough choice for this year's college bound, with the price of tuition and the disappearing college fund occupying a larger piece of the decision making spectrum.  With a May 1 deadline looming for most acceptance deposits, students are weighing their… Read More>>

Waiting List or Water Torture?
April 8, 2009

Congratulations!  You have been accepted at one of your top choice schools.  But hold on a minute - you have also been wait-listed at your dream school.  Is this an evil plot or what?  Wait listing has grown as high school seniors apply to more… Read More>>

UC-San Diego Mistakenly Welcomes 29,000 Rejected Applicants
March 31, 2009

"Oops" was the word coming from the UCSD admissions office after emailing all 46,377 applicants for admission welcoming them to the class of 2013.  The school realized the mistake and sent another email within hours to the 28,899 applicants who had been rejected, apologizing for… Read More>>

Athletes Who Are Visible Get Noticed
March 30, 2009

High school athletes can connect to and interact with recruiters, coaches and other athletes through, a new social networking site. Like Facebook and MySpace, student athletes can post their profile - including SAT scores, personal information and sports stats, and can include a link… Read More>>

You Have Been Admitted . . . If You Can Pay the Tuition
March 30, 2009

Did you hear the one about the "need blind" admissions policy that gave way to the "who can afford the full tuition" policy?  That is what many college admissions officers are saying this year, as endowments plummet and financial aid applications soar.  Some colleges are… Read More>>

Shoe on the Other Foot? College Admissions Offices Bite Their Nails.
March 7, 2009

Spring usually is the season for college applicants to lose sleep, but not so this year.  With the economy in peril, statistical models that admissions officers use to predict how many applicants they should accept in order to fill their freshman class are unreliable.  Applications are soaring… Read More>>

Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.


In Memory of Diane Gallo

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our co-founder Diane Gallo. Diane, a beloved independent educational consultant who went above and beyond for the students she served and their families, will be greatly missed. She was a great colleague and friend to all. If you had been working with Diane, please reach out to her husband Michael Gallo with a written request for a refund of any monies that may be owed to you at 43 Hillside Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.


Did You Know?

With the number of applicants now using the Common App and the ease of submitting an online application (in the 2010-11 cycle, 1.8 million applications were submitted as of January 1, 2011), admissions officers are looking for more than just an application to make admissions decisions - you need to demonstrate a genuine interest in the school.  The best ways to do this include visiting the campus, having a campus interview if offered, attending college fairs and completing the intake form for schools you are really interested in, attending any local events in your area sponsored by the college, and emailing the admissions counselors with specific questions about programs that interest you.  These steps can help to differentiate you from the herd of "stealth applicants" who use the Common App as their sole contact with the school.



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Timothy G., Class of 2011, 
Marist College