Advice for Students on Topics for the New Common App Essays

The blog at collegeadmissionbook,com features a great article on the new Common App essay prompts. The five prompts that will appear on the “new” Common Application (dubbed "CA4," for the 4th version of the Common App) should allow for nearly any topic you might choose. College advisor Alice Kleeman shares her suggestions for academic, extracurricular, … Continue reading Advice for Students on Topics for the New Common App Essays

For the Essay, Keep it Brief

The updated Common Application for 2011-12 has been available since mid-April. early reaction to the (minor) revisions was an acknowledgement of changing demographics of college applicants: more veterans, more applicants with previous college experience and more children of lesbians and gays. In the last week or so, people in my line of work (college counselors … Continue reading For the Essay, Keep it Brief

Some Tips on the Supplement Essay

Many students put a lot of effort into the personal essay and short-change the supplemental essay. These articles  and samples from Allen Grove's blog help you avoid this mistake. 5 Common Supplemental Essay Mistakes Sample Supplemental Essay (Duke) Sample Supplemental Essay (Oberlin) Discussion of a Weak Supplemental Essay

Top Ten Things Rising Seniors Can Do This Summer to Get a Jump on the College Search

1. Write a generic admission essay Applying for college can take up as much time as a  regular class during the senior year. By preparing  a generic essay in advance that can be tailored to different applications, the student can spend more time on studies and extra curricular activities once school begins. 2. Complete one … Continue reading Top Ten Things Rising Seniors Can Do This Summer to Get a Jump on the College Search