Avoid these 9 college process mistakes

Posted by Neal Schwartz on November 01, 2018

Whether it is your first time or the 3rd time through the college process, avoiding some key mistakes can help increase the chances that you stay sane and that your son/daughter get their best college fit.

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Topics: College Essays, College Applications, college admissions, early decision, admission advice, college advice, college open house, college process, college visits, college fairs

How to excel in a holistic college admissions process

Posted by Neal Schwartz on July 26, 2018


How to differentiate two students when they look so much alike

HOlistic college admissions and its relationship to "personality"

 You have heard the story about the valedictorian that didn’t get into some,  or even all, of their schools.  If "the best of the best" can’t make it, what about your daughter (or son) who is not the valedictorian?  “What do they want from these kids?, I wouldn’t get into my school if I applied today! This whole college admissions process stinks!” These are just a few rants that you might offer to whoever is within earshot.

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Topics: College Essays, College Applications, college admissions, admission advice, college acceptance rates, college advice, tags, holistic review, personality

How To: Write the College Application Essay

Posted by Neal Schwartz on August 29, 2016


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Topics: College Essays,

What are colleges looking for when they ask about community Service?

Posted by Neal Schwartz on August 16, 2016

One of the most challenging roles of a college advisor is to help parents discern what is expected and accepted in the area of  “community service.”  Despite countless articles, college website information and discussions at college information sessions, we can sound as though we are stifling students' admissions chances by urging caution in this area.   It is refreshing to see an article like this from the New York Times that explains the essence of this issue.  There may well be a difference between the student who tirelessly devotes every summer to a third world community and one who participates in a program for a few days or weeks in search of a good essay topic.

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Topics: College Essays, College Applications, Community Service

College essays and the power of a student's perspective

Posted by Neal Schwartz on May 18, 2016

College Application Essays have been a hot topic for the last decade. A recent article on Money and Values appeared on the front page of the Business Section in The New York Times. The article was about how many students have successfully used the topic of money as the backdrop for their essays. But wedged into the article, there were a few other powerful affirmations: 1) Admission officials can be skeptical of essays that seem too polished or overwritten; 2) Every year admissions offices receive at least one essay that picks apart an affluent suburb; 3) Reference to “designer service projects,” where teenagers do volunteer work outside the United States, at their parents’ expense.

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Topics: College Essays


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