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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.

College Programs for Middle School

Each year, 7th grade students across the country compete for admission at one of a small handful of university-based talent search summer programs. Keep reading to learn more about how students can get a college experience as middle school students. Duke TIP Duke’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search is the first step to attending TIP’s educational programs. Students qualify for the Talent Search by scoring at or a ...[ More ]

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Prepping for SAT Subject Tests

Between spring break, SAT or ACT test prep, and the day to day grind of tough high school classes, you probably don’t have a lot of attention to spare for anything else…but we’ve got one more thing to put on your radar. SAT Subject Tests. ...[ More ]

You Got In: Now How Do You Pay for It?

Most students don't give much thought to what happens after they get those coveted acceptance letters, but there are still many important steps to take before actually enrolling in the college of your dreams. Getting in is half the battle, but then ...[ 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]