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Last-Minute College Application Checklist

The January 1st deadline is fast approaching! Use this checklist as you finalize your applications or let us help. This first group of questions is meant to help you assess how well you have described yourself as an applicant that is both a fit and a match for the school

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Why Specificity Matters in College Essays

College admissions officers read thousands upon thousands of college essays every year, including yours. How do you stand out from the crowd? To put it simply: be specific. In the 2022-2023 admissions cycle, Harvard College received nearly 57,000 applications. With three essays included on the application, not including the optional

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How to Refine a Draft of Your Common App Essay

Once you’ve gone through the process of writing the first draft of your Common App essay, it may feel like it’s ready to send off. But it’s always worthwhile to spend some extra time editing and refining what you’ve come up with. You only get one chance to tell your

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How to Draft Your Common App Essay

Your Common App essay is one of the most important parts of your college application — but the hardest part is getting started. Once you’ve selected a prompt and chosen a topic, it’s time to put pen to paper. Our college consultants break down how to write the first draft

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How to Choose a Topic for Your Common App Essay

You’ve started to narrow down your college list and ,decided you’re ready to start writing your college essays, specifically your Common App personal statement, but now it’s time to pick a topic that answers the seven prompts given to you. Which topic and prompt best fits your story? Here’s how

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Understanding 10 Common Terms in College Admissions

If you or your child is applying to colleges this year, you may have come across some words and terms that you didn’t understand. We’re here to demystify ten of the most common terms in the college admissions process. The college admissions process has its own kind of language, and

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What Is Demonstrated Interest in the college admissions process?

Have you heard the term “demonstrated interest” but don’t know what role it plays in the college admissions process? Read more to demystify the purpose of demonstrated interest and how you can use it to your advantage. What is demonstrated interest? Demonstrated interest is the process of showing a school

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How to Refine a Draft of Your Common App Essay

Once you’ve gone through the process of writing the first draft of your Common App essay, it may feel like it’s ready to send off. But it’s always worthwhile to spend some extra time editing and refining what you’ve come up with. You only get one chance to tell your

Read More »

How to Draft Your Common App Essay

Your Common App essay is one of the most important parts of your college application — but the hardest part is getting started. Once you’ve selected a prompt and chosen a topic, it’s time to put pen to paper. Our college consultants break down how to write the first draft

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