Archive for the ‘College Admissions’ Category

This report written by the Executive Director of the SAT, Jennifer Karan, provides an in-depth look into the importance of the SAT. The report provides data that includes: academic data, demographic data, and socioeconomic data that can help show how college-bound students are doing when it comes to the SAT.  This report is informative for not only educators, but for parents and students. The report can help these audiences understand the importance of the SAT as well as, answer some of the major questions surrounding the SAT. Please follow the link to if you would like to become more informed about the SAT.




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Need some help writing your personal statement or essays for college? Here are some helpful tips that can help guide you through the process. There is also a component for the Common App that can help show you what college admission representatives are really look for. If you need some help feel free to stop by the guidance office!



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How Social Media Affects College Admissions

I may have posted another blog post very similar to this but I never get bored when it comes to College Admissions.  I found this post on John Boitnott’s Blog.

To see the full article, click HERE.

Reading students like an open facebook, or how social media is reshaping college admissions
Courtesy of: Schools.com

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Did you know that some colleges on their application will ask you about the books you have read in the last 2 years? Did you know that most college admissions interviews will include the question, “So tell me what books you read last year?”

While catching up on my Tweets, I came across a great article outlining select schools and their summer reading lists.  The whole article can be found HERE, and I have highlighed a few key points down below:

“Between One Book One Twitter and pre-college summer programs, you’ve got a few things to keep you busy — but why not take a look at summer college reading lists? These college bound reading lists will give you a better idea of the intellectual mind-set waiting for you at college – and, simply put, these are good books! My College Guide got in touch with college librarians to get their top picks for summer.”

  • Bates College, for example, puts together yearly reviews of books based on staff and faculty suggestions.
  • Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions Reading List
  • Swarthmore Colleges Summer Reading List for even more recommendations
  • The fantastic librarians at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill University Library sent along a list of their personal favorite books you most likely haven’t read in high school – but that you might want to borrow and read sometime before college welcome week! Their list includes:

    Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale
    Rachel Carson Silent Spring
    Junot Díaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    Anne Fadiman The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
    Neil Gaiman The Sandman
    Atul Gawande Complications, Better
    Tracy Kidder Mountains Beyond Mountains, Homecoming
    Thomas Kuhn The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude
    David Foster Wallace Consider the Lobster

Read the rest of this article HERE.

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While I was working with a junior helping him look for criminal justice schools, I came across this great blog devoted to Criminal Justice Majors.  It’s called Criminal Justice Degree, College, and Career Blog.

This blog has everything Criminial Justice:

Here is an excerpt from the home page of the blog:

Originally, the true intent of this blog was to cover online criminal justice degree program information and pertinent resources. However, over some time, Criminal Justice Degree, College, and Career Blog started to transform into a guide for anyone looking for criminal justice colleges, program types, courses, and career information – no matter if they wanted to attend college online or on-campus.

This blog should give you the tools you need to successfully get into criminal justice schools of your choice. The articles, essays, Q&As and numerous site resources should provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision about your next move.

For those of you who are interested in Criminal Justice Degrees Online check out the following:

Read up on school reviews, program courses, accreditation, and see my take on Criminal Justice education.

So welcome to Criminal Justice Degree, College, and Career Blog. Whether you are just starting on your educational journey, would like to pursue further studies, or delve into one of the many exciting criminal justice careers, we will be there for you.

To read more from this Blog….click HERE!!

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Here is a fitting article for all students that I found on The Huffington Post on February 28, 2011. Is Facebook A Factor In Your Admission To College?

Prospective college students, beware: There’s yet another reason to make sure your Facebook profile is suitable for all. According to a Kaplan survey of college admissions officers, more than 80 percent of college admissions officers consider social media presence when recruiting students.

Although this doesn’t necessarily mean that Facebook and other online profiles will be considered in making admissions decisions, All Facebook reports that at least one Harvard admissions officer — who posted on a Quora thread in response to the question “do high school students’ Facebook profiles affect their college applications?” — said that a student’s online presence “absolutely” prejudices her.

And StudentAdvisor.com editor Dean Tsouvalas wrote in a blog post that “in at least one case an admissions counselor told us they rejected a potential student based on their social networking profile.”

But applicants can turn their social media presence into an advantage. Tsouvalas says that by following a school on Twitter or “liking” it on Facebook, using a personal blog as a space to demonstrate talent or making a video application for your school of choice, students can stand out in an increasingly competitive candidate pool.

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I found this great article on the New York Times on-line news media: http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/mom-u-02-08/

To see the full post, click HERE.

Admitted College Students, Stay Immune to Senioritis

Ok, so you found the college you’ve been dreaming about.  You applied. You waited. And waited. And waited. You searched for scholarships. And finally a big, thick envelope arrived in the mail inviting you to join the class of 2011.

Remember though, being admitted to a college or university doesn’t mean you can forget about your high school studies. Try not to fall victim to ‘Senioritis’ because certain colleges might just check in on your progress.


This recent post in the New York Times blog The Choice takes note that accepted  applicants should keep a “shoulder to the wheel” during their second semester:

The following day, the mail arrived with a letter addressed to Nicole from the office of admissions at Wesleyan, which had accepted her under its binding early decision program last fall.

This letter had a much less congratulatory tone. It read:

As your thoughts and energy turn to your final term of high school, I want to remind you how important it is to keep your academic focus. At this point the single most important thing you can do to prepare for four tremendous years at Wesleyan is to keep your ‘nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel.’

To be more specific, we expect you to continue the courses that you committed to take, to maintain achievement commensurate with your ability, and to sustain your extra-curricular commitments and leadership.

To read the rest of the article, click HERE.

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