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Why US universities are changing what they look for in students, and how Asians are affected

Changwook Shim displays formidable academic credentials. The Hong Kong International School (HKIS) student has a grade point average of 3.9 (out of a possible 4), scored 2,320 out of a possible 2,400 ...

College Applications – “Early” Is The New “Regular”

It is said that “the early bird catches the worm.” However, more often than not, the second mouse gets the cheese!” [Think about it…] As college-bound high school seniors seriously begin work on their...

The Black Box Of College Admissions Cracked Open?

What goes on behind the closed doors of admissions offices has mystified students, parents, school counselors, and the media for years. The holistic process of college admissions is like a black box w...

How to Parse the New Common App Essay Prompts

This is a guest blog entry by Kim Lifton, President and Co-Founder of Wow Writing Workshop.Kim is president of Wow Writing Workshop, which teaches students how to write compelling college admissions e...

Use the Secrets of Screenwriting to Write Your College Essay 1apply, Essays

Summer is the perfect time for students to start writing college essays. It may sound like a broken record, but encouraging students to start early will give them time to reflect on their essays and t...

The 13 Most Haunting College Admissions Errors

If you don’t have a senior applying early to college, Halloween may still feel like a fun, family holiday. But for those families dealing with early decision/early action applications, Halloween can f...

Common College Essay Mistakes To Avoid Before Hitting Submit

Time is running out for students to finalize their college application essays. With the January 1 deadline looming, students are feeling the stress. And as a professional essay editor, I’m in crunch m...

Early Decision: Deferred But Not Deterred

Preparing college applications is an arduous and stressful process. Taking tests, writing essays and seeking letters of recommendation require months of preparation. Some students choose to apply earl...

Need Help Organizing Your College Essays?

From time to time we highlight apps and websites that can help students and families with college funding and the application process. We came across Zoomita and reached out to its founder, Alex Thale...

What’s The Single Best Piece Of Essay Writing Advice?

It’s that time of year when everything seems to come crashing down on high school seniors applying to college – writing college essays, filling out applications, asking for teacher recommendations, re...

10 Essay Topics That Don’t Work

A college essay can fail for a number of reasons. The writing can be atrocious, the theme can be predictable, the execution of the essay can simply flop, or the student’s personality doesn’t shine thr...

43 Phrases You Should Never Use In a College Admission Essay

When most students are writing their college admission essay, they aren’t thinking about the Essay Readers at colleges whose entire job is to sort students’ essays into NO, MAYBE, and YES piles. As ha...

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