Common Application Updates

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Each year the Common Application (CA) increases its reach. There are now 700 colleges who accept it and last year there were 942,000 students from 210 countries who utilized it to submit over 4 million applications. Students averaged 4.7 applications each. The size and scope of this service is breathtaking. CA 2016-17 will launch on  [read more] …

The Art of Editing

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 27, 2015: Professional painters help talented children from large families to draw their guardian angel during the annual action "Angel Wings"

I should know better. You would think that after learning a lesson over and over again that I would have it figured out by now. But it seems that if the situation changes slightly, I forget my hard-won wisdom. In the last few years, I have found delight spending my free moments as an art  [read more] …

Does Your Potential College Have Depth?

BOSTON-NOVEMBER 9 - Perspective students tour Boston University on November 9 2013 in Massachusetts

Summer is an excellent time for high school students to visit potential colleges as they travel on vacation, visit family or attend camps. It can be a heady experience to tour lovely campuses and be impressed by glowing remarks from tour guides. However, it is also important to keep the nuts and bolts in mind  [read more] …

Learning to Identify “Noise”

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I have often found that mothers with gifted kids and/or homeschooled kids tend to be research fiends. We manage to gather many facts about programs, opportunities, and requirements. We amass huge amounts of data. We also talk to anyone who has a view on a subject that might impact our children. Unfortunately there are many  [read more] …