08 November 2016

Essays that Worked (Tufts Edition)

Posted in Class of 2021, Essays, Perspectives

tuftsStill looking for ideas on how to write a compelling admissions essay? Then check out this set of essays that worked, courtesy of Tufts admissions.

This blog post includes successful responses for all of the essay prompts included by Tufts, as well as some video commentary on why each one proved compelling to the admissions team.

Click here for the essays.

07 November 2016

Essays That Worked (Connecticut College Edition)

Posted in Class of 2021, Essays, Perspectives

ConnecticutCollegeLogoHere's an excellent post from Connecticut College on essays that worked.  It provides several actual essays submitted by recent applicants along with some tips from the Dean of Admissions.

20 October 2016

Paying Attention to Admission Histories

Posted in Your College List, Perspectives

forbesHere's another good read from Will Dix at Forbes—this post focuses on the need to pay attention to admission history as part of your college plan and features some of the analysis from our recent notable admission rate changes post.  We think this article reinforces the importance of staying current with admission results, as each year there are surprises like American University—where the admission rate has fallen from 45 percent to 26 percent in the span of just three admission cycles—which can materially change how schools on your list might get categorized.

Click here for the Forbes article.

07 July 2016

University of California Fall 2016 Admission Trends

Posted in Your College List, Perspectives

ucHot off the press!  We've had a chance to review the Fall 2016 admissions data released yesterday by the University of California and thought it would be helpful to summarize it and our key findings.  

Long story short, overall freshman admission rates are up as the University of California makes good on its plan to enroll an additional 10,000 California undergraduates over the next three years.  And while the emphasis was on admitting more California residents for the Fall 2016 class, we suspect a "new normal" has appeared that creates more room for non-residents as well.  If you're an out of state or international student, pay close attention...there appears to be a window of opportunity to take advantage of favorable odds at several UC campuses.

Click on Continue Reading for the details.

29 June 2016

The Pros and Cons of Strategizing for College

Posted in Perspectives

strategizeHere's a great article from Willard Dix in Forbes about the pros and cons of strategizing for college. Long story short, there's no magic formula for getting into a dream school, so keep things in perspective, focus on the basics and try not to get too carried away!

Click here for the article.

09 June 2016

How to Tackle California's New Personal Insight Questions

Posted in Perspectives

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The following post was written by Anna Carapellotti and appeared originally on the Admissionado College Admissions blog.

Those of you with your heart set on attending one of the Universities of California may have already noticed that they have replaced the personal statement this year with eight “Personal Insight” questions, from which you must choose four to answer. Each response is limited to 350 words, and their hope is that this format gives you a “clearer guidance and more flexibility in the kind of information you want to share.”

So, how should you approach these new questions? Let’s take a look at what they are and some strategies you could use to maximize your answers.

17 May 2016

Excerpts from this year's best graduation speeches

Posted in Perspectives

obamagradCourtesy of CNBC, here are some nuggets of wisdom from several of this year's notable commencement speakers, including Sheryl Sandberg, Jane Goodall, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Mike Krzyzewski, and last but not least, President Obama.  Enjoy!

Click here for the article.

08 May 2016

The Secret Sauce Behind An EPIC Campus Visit

Posted in Perspectives

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The following is a guest post written by Sarish Kasat of Admissionado, a premier college admissions consulting company focused on helping students get into their dream schools.

Congratulations! You’ve been admitted to college!

But wait, not only have you been admitted to one college, but after years of hard work and dedication throughout your high school life, you’ve been accepted into more than one college. And they’re all amazing programs. Yikes, you thought the application process was hard, now you have to decide between Northwestern, UCLA and UC Berkeley like our student Tim? Not an easy task, but a very admirable position to be in. Where do you start? Our advice is always, above all, without a doubt, go to the BEST college you get accepted to. But what if you get accepted into two equally great universities that are both in the same “tier” of excellence?

31 March 2016

Four Mistakes Parents Make in the College Application Process, Guest Post

Posted in Perspectives

This is a guest blog post from Jon Frank, co-founder of Admissionado

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Whether you’re just beginning to think about your student’s college plans, or you’re deep in the throes of SAT/ACT prep, school research, filling out the FAFSA, etc, you already know that the college application is stressful for everyone involved.

Even more so when you turn to the black hole of the Internet for guidance. Sure, there are a lot of really knowledgeable people sharing really great information (you’re reading some of it right now!) but this is the Internet, and unfortunately for you, someone doesn’t need to be really knowledgeable to share their thoughts or advice. And that leaves you, a well-intentioned parent, on the receiving end of some really BAD information.
We’ve seen it all and once we stopped screaming at our computer screens (true story) we decided it was our duty to call out that bad advice, break down why it is so wrong, and share the truth so you can guide your students effectively.

So let’s get to it, shall we? Here are the four most egregiously bad/wrong/misguided/awful pieces of advice we’ve found on applying to college:

24 March 2016

University of California Revamps Personal Statement Section of Application

Posted in Essays, Perspectives

ucBeginning this fall, the University of California will replace the two personal statement prompts in the UC Application with short answer questions that students can choose from.  

Freshman applicants will now choose four out of eight "personal insight" questions to answer.  Each is limited to 350 words and will have equal weighting.

The new questions will be available August 1st as part of the fall 2017 application.

Click here for FAQs or here for the personal insight questions.

09 March 2016

Additional Costs Of College (Besides Tuition), Guest Post

Posted in Perspectives

This is a guest blog post from Jon Frank, co-founder of Admissionado

Education Fund

So, your student has gotten those hard-earned (and highly coveted) acceptance letters. (CONGRATS!) You’ve gotten the screaming/dancing/calling everyone you know out of your system, and now it’s time to start preparing for the next step: paying for college.

Everyone knows that tuition is the primary cost of college, but there are a variety of others that can add up significantly.

It’s important that these costs are understood by the entire family —from those who are able to fully finance their student’s education to those on financial aid. Actually, it’s especially important for the latter, since you can’t get grant, scholarship, or loan money to cover many of these expenses.

27 February 2016

Four Things to Consider When Choosing a College

Posted in Perspectives

forbesWith admissions decisions right around the corner, here's an article from Forbes we think you'll find useful in helping you to make a final decision on where to attend.

Clickhere for the article. 

27 February 2016

Prominent Public Universities Shifting to Out-of-State Students

Posted in Perspectives

washpostShould my safety school be an out-of-state public university?

This article from the Washington Post provides good evidence of the trend towards admitting more out-of-state applicants at many of the nation's most prominent public universities.  While some of this shift may be attributed to "increasing campus diversity," most of it is attributable to maximizing tuition revenue as state budget support for public universities wanes.

Click here for the article.


20 January 2016

Turning the Tide in College Admissions

Posted in Perspectives

Later today, a new report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education called "Turning the Tide" will be introduced.  Backed by 50 admissions deans and educators from well-known colleges and universities, the report recommends ways to tone down the frenzy of college admissions.  

Coverage is provided in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, but we find this segment from the CBS Morning News to be most insightful.  

03 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Posted in Perspectives

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Welcome to 2016!  With the new year comes all sorts of exciting new changes to College Kickstart, including:

  • New website look and feel.  Hope you like it!
  • New and improved College Kickstart.  All editions of College Kickstart now include a new and improved way to add schools to your list.  We now provide a full search capability, including support for school nicknames and tags.
  • A new Premium edition of College Kickstart for Students and Parents.  Premium subscribers get all of the capabilities of the Plus edition, as well as the ability to create lists of up to 30 schools and access to new affordability data we've introduced. This will give you increased flexibility and help you locate schools likely to meet affordability constraints or with strong merit aid programs. The price of the Premium edition is $125 per application season.  Learn more here.
  • College Kickstart for Counselors.  We're delighted to introduce a family of products for independent and high school college counselors.  Whether you're assisting 10 students or 500 rising seniors at your high school, College Kickstart for Counselors makes it easy to stay on top of admissions data and the implications for your students.  It'll help you avoid surprises, set realistic expectations, deliver personalized planning at scale, and free up time to do what you do best: advise.  Learn more here.
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