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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 college consultants 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

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What to Do After Receiving Your Early College Admissions Decision

Over the past few weeks, students across the world have finally heard back from their top-choice schools after applying through Early Action or Early Decision programs. There are three possible outcomes when applying EA or ED: accepted, deferred, and denied. Whatever the outcome of your EA or ED application may

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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 Create Your Common App Activities List

If you’re currently working on your Common Application, you’ve probably come across the activities section, but you may not be sure how to fill it out. Even though it’s not an essay, you can still strategically fill out this list to help you maximize your chances of being accepted to

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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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