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College Essay Q&A: The Applicant

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from an applicant… Q: Why did MIT bring back the standardized test requirement? A: The short answer, while imperfect and arguably biased, it works. The last two years saw lots of changes in college...

College Essay Q&A: The Parent (Part 3)

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from parents… Q: How exactly did you get into the admissions consulting business? Over the 11 years I’ve been at this, I’ve seen a dramatic change in not only the admissions process but in the...

College Essay Q&A: The Parent (Part 2)

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from parents… Q: How exactly did you get into the admissions consulting business? A: One question I most often ask the applicants I work with is, “how did that (the experience they had) make you feel?”...

College Essay Q&A: The Parent (Part 1)

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from parents… Q: How exactly did you get into the admissions consulting business? A: I entered the admissions essay business as an act of pure desperation. I had asked my then-girlfriend to move in...

College Essay Q&A: The Applicant

I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from applicants…. Q: How important is my activities list? A: Very important! Look at it like it’s your resume. They want to see what your life outside of class was like. The activities say a  lot...

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