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Recognizing Your Dreams at Very Picky Colleges | College Coach Blog

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In my former life as an admissions official, I was often cornered at the end of my information sessions by a student or parent who wanted to know the “secret” formula, the undisclosed algorithm, to get getting into MIT or Caltech: “How many APs should I take? ” “Should I raise that 770 math rating to an 800? ” “I play violin, run monitor, compete on the Science Olympiad […] Continue Reading…

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University Interview Tips from the Experts | College Coach Blog

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How to Ace Tough University Interview Questions In my time spent as a mature admissions officer at Reed University, I must have interviewed hundreds of college students. And I asked weird questions, too. What would be your useless superpower? Is math discovered or invented? If you had one particular question for God, what would it be? Sub-question: Would you rather he provide you with the answer to your question or tell you the question you […] Continue Reading…

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Tricks and tips on How to Buy College Textbooks | College Coach Blog

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How to Buy College Textbooks This is the sixth   in a series of posts that will college finance expert,   Laurie Peltier , is writing about her very own experience going through the college application and enrollment processes with her children. Her previous posts focused on the best way to stay organized during the  college search […] Continue Reading…

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What to Know About the 2015-16 Common App: Part 3 | College Coach Blog

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It’s now time to discuss what many students consider to be the most important (and stressful) part of the Common Application: the essay. While we won’t be using this particular blog share advice about what students should actually write (we cover that topic and more in other Insider blog posts), we will be focusing on practical, big-picture issues, like “Why aren’t my paragraphs indented in the print preview?” And if you’re utterly confused by the brightly colored charade known as the new “Writing Requirements” section of the Dashboard, here’s your chance to gain some clarity. (Spoiler alert: while we […] Continue Reading…

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What things to Know About the 2015-16 Common Application: Part 2 | College Trainer Blog

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So the dust has settled. For the past several days, students have been hard at work trying to complete the three number of or so digital pages that consist of the Common Application. Once you get the hang of it, navigating the Common App becomes nearly second nature; you’ll soon end up deftly flipping from one section to a different with the swift click of a key. But there are still some hidden techniques and common pitfalls that plague many applicants each year. In […] Continue Reading…

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Things to Know About the 2015-16 Common Application: Part 1 | College Trainer Blog

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Things to Know About the 2015-16 Common Application: Part 1 When the Common App went live on July 31, 2015 at around 7: 40pm ET, I was ready. I pounced on the login page , eagerly keying in in a username and password that would usher me to the new and improved 2015 Common App. Although I was currently familiar with the planned updates to this year’s Common App, I wanted to find out them in action. Would the new print […] Continue Reading…

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The Worst Financial Aid Mistake (And How to Fix It! ) | College Coach Blog

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You thought you were doing the right thing.   You opened up the savings account in your child’s name whenever she was a baby.   You have been diligently socking money aside for years.   Birthdays, holidays, bonuses…  You’ve stashed all of that money in your daughter’s account in anticipation of college tuition bills , which will be here before you know it.   Whilst paying for college won’t be simple, with that savings account and some financial aid, you simply might be able to swing […] Continue Reading…

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Useful Details about the 2015 Common Program | College Coach Blog

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The Common Program launches today, and students across the country will have the opportunity to login and begin filling out the information within. While we recommend students create an account and begin to poke around the application’s dash and other tools, we also wish students to know that there is no inherent worth in submitting the application as quickly as possible—especially if that means sacrificing the quality of the materials within. Every year an article illustrates the kid who submitted the first application of the year. Pay no mind. Whenever apps are […] Continue Reading…

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Will Applying Early Decision Get Myself Into Harvard? | College Trainer Blog

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I have heard that using Early Decision at Georgetown plus Harvard doesn’t offer an advantage. How can that be? Doesn’t ED send out a strong message of interest to your universities of choice? I think the first issue here is that you are confusing early programs. Both Georgetown plus Harvard offer Early Action (EA) rather than Early Decision (ED). MALE IMPOTENCE is binding, which means that students using via this program are agreeing to attend those institutions if they are admitted. […] Continue Reading…

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five Tips for Raising Financially Savvy Children | College Coach Blog

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As former financial aid administrators , my colleagues and I experienced firsthand how unprepared some college students were when it came to financial matters. Whether it was managing their paycheck from on-campus work , understanding the impact of future borrowing , or controlling a checkbook, many of our students were overwhelmed and unfamiliar with basic monetary concepts. As a parent of a college student and a recent college graduate, I also understand how challenging […] Continue Reading…

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