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What COVID-19 Means for Graduating College Seniors and Incoming Freshmen

May 1, 2020

"The job market for the class of 2020 looks bleak. The U.S. is facing a possible recession. People are losing their jobs, and no one seems to be hiring right now," explains Pierre Huguet, CEO and co-founder of college consulting firm H&C Education. "Graduating college seniors should expect to spend the next three to six months without any real job or internship opportunities." [...]

Even though times are tough, especially for those making big life transitions, there's still a way to make the most out of this complicated time. "Now is a great time for students to help their communities and build their resumes with meaningful real-world work experiences," says Huguet.

What you need to know to prepare for and excel at the online GRE, according to testing experts and instructors

May 5, 2020

Pierre Huguet, CEO and cofounder of college consulting firm H&C Education, explained that a good way to get ready for this is the online practice tests.


"While we're all living in a very stressful time, a quarantine is also a great moment to start working on a research paper, for instance, and show admissions officers that you've been proactive during your quarantine," Huguet said. "Impactful experiences in your field are much more important than your GRE score alone."

With Decision Day Looming, High School Seniors Face Uncertainty In Their College Choices

March 23, 2020

Pierre Huguet, CEO and co-founder of college consulting firm H&C Education, says that every school’s financial aid offer is different, so you have to spend some time deciphering their offers.

“This means that you need to figure out which parts of your financial aid package are grants or scholarships, and which sections are either work-study, or federal, state, or private loans,” he says. “Pay careful attention to all the details in your financial aid offer—what looks like a generous offer can be a loan in disguise.”

College admission essay tips from recruitment specialists

December 18, 2020

Ian Curtis, co-founder and the Director of Writing and Academic Development at H&C Education, added, “Aim for an uncommon and intriguing first line.  Avoid beginning an essay by introducing yourself, for example, since your reader already knows what your name is.” He also warns against making broad claims and instead, using concrete examples.

He reminds students that the essay is not an academic paper and doesn’t need to follow the traditional structure, either.

College Planning Timeline for High School Students

January 2, 2020

For tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of seniors applying to college this year, the admissions process will be one of the most grueling and stressful experiences they’ve had in their lives.  If you’re a student or a parent of a student who’s just starting high school, however, we’ve got good news: you can avoid nearly all of the stress of the application process by planning for success early on.

How To Get Into Top Colleges: Create Your Student Brand

February 15, 2019

With such low acceptance rates at top colleges, families are looking for new ways to beat the odds and stand out in the college admissions process. Creating a student brand will help you hone your talents and passions, and communicate your unique value to admissions officers.

What Can You Do With a Political Science Degree?

April 22, 2019

Pierre Huguet, the CEO of the H&C Education admissions consulting firm and a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University who took multiple college courses in political science and government as an undergraduate at the University of Montreal, says a degree in political science can be used to obtain a variety of types of jobs.

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What the GRE Test Is and How to Prepare

February 15, 2019

"Ph.D. programs are generally interested in highly specialized applicants, so a low math score, for example, won't necessarily hurt your chances of acceptance to great humanities and social sciences programs," Curtis wrote in an email. "I recently worked with a student who was accepted to a top history Ph.D. program with a math score in the 40th percentile. He had numerous publications and extensive teaching experience, the benefits of which far outweighed his poor performance in math."

How Long Does It Take to Get a Ph.D. Degree?

August 12, 2019

Ian Curtis, a founding partner with H&C Education, an educational and admissions consulting firm [..] says there are several steps involved in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. Students typically need to fulfill course requirements and pass comprehensive exams [...].

Pierre Huguet, the CEO and co-founder of H&C Education, says prospective Ph.D. students should be aware that a Ph.D. is designed to prepare a person for a career as a scholar. 

Preparing for College Starts Freshman Year of High School

July 14, 2019

Ian Curtis, independent college consultant and co-founder of H&C Education, encourages students to figure out the subjects they most enjoy and dig deep in those areas. “Use a part of your summer vacations in high school to enroll in academic programs that will help you build your knowledge and experience in a given subject,” he says.

Last-Minute Strategies For Ivy League Applications

December 17, 2018

The college essay is a chance for admissions officers to get to know a student.  The essay should tell an applicant’s own unique story. A student should be confident, before submitting his or her essay, that only he or she could have written the piece.  Style is not hugely important, but the content should paint a vivid picture of the applicant’s personality.

What wealthy parents do to get their kids into elite colleges (legally)

March 13, 2019

Huguet hopes this scandal will draw a clearer line between what is acceptable and what is not in the admissions process. "Some parents think they can buy their child a place into top schools," he says. "We have had clients who want us to write the college essays. Who want us to place them. That's not what we do."

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What Is Graduate School and Should You Apply?

February 15, 2019

"Graduate school can mean many things," wrote Pierre Huguet, who is [...] the CEO and co-founder of the H&C Education admissions consulting firm. "There's a big difference between starting an M.S. or M.A. program, going to law or business school and embarking on the five- to seven-year journey that is a Ph.D."

32 Free Online Courses from the Best Colleges and Universities

May 10, 2019

Can one math class make a difference in your academic standing? Curtis sure thinks so, and he has the story to prove it! “I worked with a student who took an online math class over the summer,” he explains to “The student could have paid for a certificate, but I told him to save his money. As an added bonus, the student was able to skip ahead a whole year in his high school math curriculum. These achievements count a great deal in the college application process.” Not bad for a single free class!

How to Take a Staycation This Summer

June 10, 2019

Between running a start-up company and wrapping up his graduate degree, Pierre Huguet is too busy to take a vacation this summer. “I don’t have much time to travel around, so I’ve decided to stay home,” he says.

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The Ultimate Summer Guide for Rising Seniors

May 3, 2019

"Remember that the college application process doesn’t have to be stressful. Plan ahead, make sure to stay organized, read some great books, and take time to relax and spend time with your family and friends. Keep these tips in mind, and start thinking about admissions now. This will give you plenty of time to ensure that you’re presenting yourself to colleges in your very best light. 

College Consultants Should Do More than Condemn William “Rick” Singer

April 18, 2019

College consultants are not the only ones who need to do better. Public schools (even certain private schools) need more funding for college counseling services. We repeatedly hear the same story from our clients: their child’s counselor is extremely overworked. In 2015–16, a single public school counselor was responsible for 470 students. When we founded our company in the fall of 2018, the New Haven Board of Education had recently cut the number of college counselors in our city by a third.

Test-Optional Colleges: What’s The Catch?

October 24, 2018

College admissions tests—and the SAT in particular—have been under scrutiny for many years.  Most people who work in higher education have stories about students accepted with relatively-low SAT or ACT scores achieving near-perfect GPAs in college (and, on the other hand, kids with outstanding test results being just average in their college classes).  

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