January 11, 2018

There’s no magic formula for getting into a selective college, but over a decade covering admissions for The Chronicle of Higher Education, I’ve picked up a thing or two. These takeaways, based on hundreds of interviews with admissions deans over the years, may help yo...

January 10, 2018

Here's the big takeaway from this article:  "The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having emp...

November 2, 2017

The following article highlights the fact that in spite of all of our best efforts, college admissions are not fair.  Still, most of my students, most of the time find themselves delighted with where they ultimately land.....read more about it here

October 15, 2017

Recently the Washington Post published an article illuminating what I preach all day long.....applying Early Decision really is the golden ticket.  To read the whole article, click here:  

October 15, 2017

Georgia Tech is one of many colleges who have recently gone to Committee Based Evaluation.  There is some controversy about this process as it may even hasten the already short "four minutes per file" look that is fairly standard in the industry.  A recent Blog Post ab...

February 16, 2017

Your scores on the ACT help colleges judge how well you have mastered high school content compared to other applicants. Since the test is “standardized,” it helps colleges compare apples with apples.

What's Tested on the ACT?

The ACT measures the academic knowledge and s...

February 15, 2017

January and February is the time that students begin summer planning.  Crafting a meaningful summer means showing colleges you went above and beyond, exemplifying your true passion for learning and showing them how YOU will benefit THEIR community rather than the other...

May 25, 2016

If you have just received your March SAT scores, you may be feeling a sense of optimism.  I hate to be the one to convey a harsh dose of reality, but there’s something you must know….


Your scores appear to be higher than they have in the past, right?  That’s because a...

May 5, 2016




Admissions Trends for the class of 2016


Now that nearly all of my students have been accepted into one of their top 3 choices (phew!), it is time to reflect upon some of the trends this year…..


Trend #1: 

There are no “sure bets” anymore when it comes to safety schoo...

April 7, 2016

It may seem hard enough to graduate from college in the four years expected of you.  But the truth is, if you plan your schedule and curriculum well, you can buy yourself an edge in the looming job market with a double major.


Think it’s impossible?


Here’s the math:



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