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Test Optional Is Not What You Think It Is

This year was brutal for college applicants. Applications were up big time, some (I’m looking at you, Colgate!) were up more than 100%. And while schools are for the most part continuing test optional for this application cycle, that doesn’t mean...

Rice University’s Expanded Enrollment

With college admission rates dropping every year, Rice University is doing what seems like a great idea – admit more freshman. Read the piece here: https://tinyurl.com/4uv7r3cy

There’s A New Essay In Town. Embrace It!

Last year more so than any other year, schools added a new essay which is meant to challenge an applicant. This new essay will help admissions officers discover who you really are, how you think, and in what ways you will fit into their school. The world is changing...

2021-2022 Common Application Essay Prompts

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be...

David: A Success Story

It’s a special thrill when I get to work with kids who are writers. They bring unique insights into the essay process, they love to brainstorm, and they want to own every single word. Such was the case with David, a NYC-based private school senior. David was a...