admissions process

4 Reasons Why It’s Important to Tell the Truth and How It Can Get You Into College

Let’s face an unpalatable truth together, shall we? We ALL lie. Yup, when occasion suits our needs, even those of us who are honest almost all the time and pride ourselves on our integrity are still prone to exaggerate, understate, omit, prevaricate (go ahead, look it up), or explicitly speak […]

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The Scoop on Interviews: Distinguishing Yourself from the Crowd

by Liz Deakin Why Prepare For Interviews?  It’s been widely reported that we’re in the midst of the most competitive year ever for college admissions.  While grades, test scores, and impressive applications remain the mainstay of admissions committees’ criteria, any minor edge can make the difference between landing in the […]

SATs or ACTs?

SATs or ACTs, that is the question?  No brainer: BOTH! In the most competitive era of college admissions ever, high school juniors and seniors are looking for any competitive edge they can get.  Historically, students from the northeast and the west coast primarily took the SAT as the standard college […]


Using the Summer to Gain a Competitive Edge

What are the best three things about the school year?  Duh.  June, July and August of course!  Camp, summer jobs, new friends and relationships, and, most importantly, NO SCHOOL! The long summer break is a double-edged sword, however: virtually no one uses the summer to advance his or her learning […]

Reducing Stress is Part of Our Mission

Did you catch the FRONT PAGE of last week’s Wall Street Journal? (click here for full article).  The press has made it clear that 2008 has been the most competitive year ever for college admissions, with 2009 promising to be even worse. Junior year has always been a notorious rite of […]