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Applying To College

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For years I’ve been wrestling with this question:  What is the quickest, clearest way to describe what colleges want to learn about a student in his or her college application essay? Some words seem to encapsulate the answer: Passion…voice…experiences…initiative This is what University of Michigan says in their “Tips for Writing a Great Essay” Be [...]

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  1. U.S. News and World Report Education section – Ratings and articles
  2. The Choice – New York Times Blog – High quality college news
  3. Collegeboard – SAT testing information and much more. Separate sections for students, parents and professionals.
  4. The ACT - ACT information
  5. The Common Application – One application for hundreds of schools
  6. National Association for College Admission Counseling
  7. College Answer – Created by SallieMae, the nation’s leading provider of student loans
  8. Federal Student Aid FAFSA – Get started applying for financial aid
  9. College Bound Network – Includes trade schools too. 3 million visitors a month.
  10. College View – Check out the student blogs and questions for college visits in the application process section

And Two Bonus Sites

  1. College Confidential – “Get the College Vibe,” “Ask the Dean,” huge discussion boards
  2. Grand Valley State University Accountability Report 2009 – Compare Michigan public colleges

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April 12, 2014.  The latest Issue of the Atlantic Monthly shows a boy on the cover wearing a pillow strapped around him, and features a story called “Stop Helping Your Kids With Their Homework.” The article tells about Broken Compass, a book that attempts to answer the question, “how can parents best help their kids [...]

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March 23, 2014.  “Which essay prompt should I pick from the Common Application?” is one of the most frequent questions I hear as an Essay Coach. Here is my answer.  Choose the prompt that: You are attracted to Seems interesting to write about Prompts some ideas (brainstorm!) Tells a story that shows something positive and [...]

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March 16, 2014.  This week the SAT made numerous changes, including making the SAT essay optional, mirroring the ACT policy. Essay Coaching has always helped students, teachers and parents understand the important differences and similarities between the ACT/SAT test essays and college application essays. What do these SAT essay changes mean for students and parents [...]

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May 13, 2013 Top College Application Stories in the News: May 13, 2013 News about your application for college and your college essay. Late Applicant?  200 Colleges Still Accepting Applications Advice from a College Dean of Admissions on Selecting High School Courses College Search App for High School Juniors College Essay Topics for the Common [...]

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March 8, 2013. On August 1, 2013, students entering their senior year of high school will be able to download a new Common Application form here. There will be MAJOR changes in the essay prompts from the previous application.  Gone is the prompt,  “Topic of your choice,” to be replaced by a number of new [...]

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March 6, 2013.  If you are a college applicant with more time than money, then you are a perfect candidate to explore this list of scholarships.  Some require an essay. Students in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area may find it helpful to attend this class:  Writing Essays to Win Scholarships. Need more assistance with writing [...]

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September 11, 2012. High school students applying to college need to make a decision about when they will submit their application. Students think: Is there an advantage to submitting my application earlier for early action or early decision, or should I wait and retake my SAT or ACT for a higher score? Should I wait [...]

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August 12, 2012.  After an Essay Coaching workshop, one high school student said to me: Now I understand. High school essays are about what we know. College application essays are about who we are. She was right. Colleges want to know more about you than whether you can get an “A” on your physics test. [...]

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