Friday December 6, 2013
Best wishes to the thousands of prospective college students who are taking the SAT on Saturday, December 7th. Scores for the exam will be available online on December 23rd. If you don't feel that your performance was as strong as you had hoped, don't worry too much. All of the country's most selective colleges and universities have holistic admissions; that is, they look at the whole applicant, not just numerical data. A strong academic record, a winning essay, good letters of recommendation and interesting extracurricular involvement can help compensate for less-than-ideal SAT scores.
Also remember that more and more colleges are going test-optional -- there are now over 850 4-year colleges and universities that do not require SAT or ACT scores. The test-optional schools include some excellent choices: Bowdoin, Holy Cross, Mount Holyoke, Pitzer, Wake Forest, DePaul and many others.
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Thursday December 5, 2013
With an acceptance rate around 7% and an attractive campus in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan, Columbia University stands as one of the country's most selective and most prestigious universities. Columbia is one of the eight members of the Ivy League, and the campus features stunning Italian Renaissance style buildings designed over 100 years ago by the highly regarded McKim, Mead and White architectural firm. Adjoining the Columbia campus is Barnard College, Columbia's sister college and one of the top women's colleges in the country.
Photo Credit: Allen Grove
To learn more about Columbia University and what it takes to get admitted, these articles can help:
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Is middle school too early to be thinking about college? To a large extent, yes. Colleges will not look at grades or activities from before 9th grade. No one -- parents or students -- should be losing sleep over college during those middle school years, and parents shouldn't be placing lots of college pressures on middle school kids.
That said, a thoughtful and common sense approach to middle school can help a student achieve success once high school rolls around. Here are seven middle school tips to help a student get a strong start to high school.
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Tuesday December 3, 2013
Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, announced that the prestigious Ivy League institution received a record number of early decision applications for the class of 2018. Despite problems with the new Common Application, Penn received 5,133 applications. That's a 6.6% increase over the 4,817 applications the university received last year.
If you're one of the thousands of students who applied early, you can expect your admission decision at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 16th. If you're admitted, you'll need to reply to the offer within three weeks. In recent years, the admit rate for early decision applicants has been roughly twice that of the overall applicant pool.
Read more in the The Daily Pennsylvanian
: Penn Admissions sees new high in ED applicants