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There is a lot going on in the world of education and, in particular, college admissions. As parents and students know, admissions are becoming increasingly competitive and students must prepare carefully and diligently to pass through the admissions gate for their chosen school. The material which follows gives some help and context regarding the task of preparing for the next educational step.

Earlier Date For Filing FAFSA For College Aid

As college-bound students prepare for a new school year, they should be aware of a new date that's significant for future financial aid: Oct. 1. That's the new, earlier date after which parents can file the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The form is used to calculate how much students and their families must contribute to the cost of college and how much help they will get in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. Pare ...[ More ]

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THE EARLY DECISION OPTION

For high school seniors applying to college, consideration should be given to Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) avenues. Traveling either one of these roads has its pros and cons, as discussed below.   Q. What are the components of ...[ More ]

SHOULD I TAKE THE SAT II’S?

This is a question that we hear often at C2. The answer is -- it depends. The main factor in "it depends" is a student's college admissions plan. The answers below may help in determining how the SAT II's factor into admissions preparation.   ...[ More ]

The largest Endowment

Ever thought about which college has the largest endowment? Well -- if you thought the oldest and (arguably) the most prestigious school in the country, you're right -- Harvard is the answer. Its endowment is a whopping 36.4 billion (that's right, bi ...[ More ]

About the New PSAT score

There has been a lot of uncertainty and delay concerning the New PSAT and score reports over the previous couple of months. Now that our students have received their scores after returning from Winter Break, we would like to take a moment to talk abo ...[ More ]

The SAT: Early Preparation is Vital

Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report have unanimously declared Thomas Jefferson High School for Science Technology in Virginia to be America’s best high school. At Thomas Jefferson, the average student scores in the 98th percentile on the SAT †...[ More ]

Are AP Classes Still Valuable?

This week, Dartmouth College, an Ivy League institution in New Hampshire, announced that it will no longer award credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes. This makes Dartmouth the first Ivy school to reject AP courses in their entirety, but Dartmo ...[ More ]

Zen and the Art of College Admissions

At the mid-point of summer, the college application season begins gearing up. Rising seniors should be using these lazy summer days to research colleges, compile a workable list of potential schools, and start drafting college essays. The college app ...[ More ]

Top 5 College Application Essay Cliches

A survey of our students has revealed that one of the most feared and most difficult parts of the college application process is the college admission essay. This is hardly surprising – after all, the college essay is unlike any other writing assig ...[ More ]

Six Steps to Great Teacher Recommendations

Many students wonder how much teacher recommendations really matter in the college admissions process. After all, teacher recommendation letters are the one part of a college application that students have no control over, and that lack of control ...[ More ]

College Admission’s Q&A: Extracurricular Activities

Welcome back to our college admissions Q&A series. Today I’m going to address commonly asked questions about extracurricular activities. There is so much conflicting information out there about extracurricular activities that students often don ...[ More ]

College Admissions: Test Scores

Welcome to Part Two of our college admissions Q&A series! If you haven’t read Part One yet (which dealt with transcripts, course rigor, and grades), feel free to go check it out. Test scores are a popular topic in our monthly webinars. As a p ...[ More ]

College Admissions: Transcript Edition

As the school year draws to a close, seniors everywhere have a sigh of relief. Their high school experiences are over, they have finished leaping through the hoops of the college admissions process, and they are about to embark on a brand new adventu ...[ More ]