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5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Get into College

November 14, 2011 By: Julie Manhan Category: Admissions insider, Application tips, Get into College No Comments →

Contrary to popular belief, constant stress is not a required part of the college admissions process.  In fact, it’s quite possible to get into college without it.  It may take a little extra effort, but most people will agree it’s worth it – especially when it means you will likely  have more time to enjoy your senior year. (more…)

5 Tips for Getting into the Top US Colleges

April 01, 2011 By: Category: Application tips, College requirements, Get into College 3 Comments →

Today we have a guest post by Jennifer Cohen, President and Chief Word-Nerd at, a great resource for SAT and PSAT vocabulary prep.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of those students – the ones with great GPAs and killer SAT scores.  You’ve got your eyes on the prize, so here are a few ideas to help you get into the top US colleges:

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How to Get Killer College Recommendation Letters

November 12, 2010 By: Category: Admissions insider, Application tips, Get into College No Comments →

There’s a common misconception that you have no control over college recommendation letters. You ask people to write them for you, and then you tiptoe away and hope for the best, right? No, wrong! You have more control over the process than you think.The first step is to understand that there are three different kinds of recommendation letters, and that they should each accomplish something different for you. Let’s take a closer look.

College Recommendation Letters

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Don’t Dread the College Denial Letter

December 17, 2009 By: Category: Admissions insider, Application tips, College requirements 1 Comment →

This is a crazy time of year.  Thousands of colleges around the country are reading thousands of applications for students who are putting their hopes and dreams into an envelope (well … nowadays an e-mail account) and hoping for the best.

The unfortunate downside of reviewing so many applications is often times students are either not ready, or not a good fit for some of the colleges they are applying to.  This should not deter a you from applying to the school(s) you are interested in attending … in fact, it should encourage you to do your research, and prioritize your schools based on “fit” over “rank”.


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My Best College Application Advice

July 27, 2009 By: Julie Manhan Category: Admissions insider, Application tips, Best College Tips 7 Comments →

Every year, more and more students choose to apply online – a trend I’m happy to see as we become more environmentally responsible.  However, in some students’ minds, online applications seem to trigger a response that says, “It’s just another online form.  How hard can it be?”  The truth is, it’s not “just another online form”.  It’s your chance to make a great first impression – or not. (more…)