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Is There Asian-American Discrimination in College Admissions and SAT / ACT Prep?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

Recently, there has been substantial coverage about whether colleges discriminate against Asian-Americans in admissions and even test prep.  What does that mean for these students?  How should such students navigate SAT / ACT prep and college admissions?  This article surveys the current state of admissions and gives some tips.

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The Complete List of Colleges That Require Interviews

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 5, 2016 7:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Many colleges ask you to interview with an alum or admissions officer as part of the application process. This article has the full list of schools that require, recommend, or offer interviews, and it will give you some pointers on how to figure out your college’s interview policy.

To start off, let’s review the point of the college interview. Is your interviewer evaluating you, or is the meeting simply a chance for you to learn more about the school?

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The 14 College Interview Questions You Must Prepare For

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 16, 2016 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The college interview process can be nerve-racking. The interview gives the college another opportunity to evaluate you and help determine whether or not to offer you admission. However, your college interviews won't be nearly as scary if you know what to expect.

In this article, I'll give you the 14 college interview questions you absolutely need to prepare for. I'll explain why you're being asked these questions and let you know how to give great answers. Furthermore, I'll give you advice on how to prepare for your interviews so that when the time comes, you're ready to ace them.

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Colleges With Late Application Deadlines: Complete List

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

If you’re wondering if there are any colleges with late application deadlines, you’re in luck! There are lots of colleges that have a deadline in February or later, and many more that keep rolling admissions open until all their spots have been filled.

The full list of colleges with late application deadlines is below. Before diving into the list, let’s consider an important question first: what exactly is considered a “normal” deadline?

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These 2 Recommendation Letters Got Me Into Harvard and the Ivy League

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 3, 2016 3:32:12 PM

College Admissions, Letters of Recommendation

When I applied to college, I was accepted into every school I applied to, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, the Ivy League, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and more. While I had a strong overall application, the two teacher letters of recommendation were CRITICAL in getting me admitted.

Why? Both teachers said I was one of the top students they had ever taught. Both enthusiastically advocated for my personality, leadership skills, and energy.

How can YOU earn recommendation letters that will get you into your top choice colleges? I'll show you how in this article.

For the first time, I'm sharing my FULL, UNEDITED letters of recommendation as examples for you. These are the exact letters submitted when I applied to college. Even better, you'll see exactly what my Harvard admissions officer underlined - what really stood out as important and noteworthy. 

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Harvard Acceptance Letter: Real and Official

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Each year, Harvard receives nearly 40,000 applications from high school hopefuls. Only 5% of them get a Harvard acceptance letter.

For example, in 2015, Harvard College accepted 1,990 applicants from a record 37,307 applications for the Class of 2019. That’s a 5.3% admission rate.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of applicants get a rejection letter. “I am very sorry to inform you…”

When I was in high school, I was one of the lucky few to apply Early Action and receive an acceptance letter in the mail. This validated years of hard work and made me giddy like I'd never been before for what came after high school.

Here’s my complete, official Harvard acceptance letter.

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Princeton Acceptance Letter: Real and Official

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Each year, Princeton University receives over 25,000 applications for its undergraduate class. Only 7% of them get a Princeton acceptance letter.

For example, in 2015, Princeton received 27,290 applications for the Class of 2019 and accepted 1,908 students. That's a tiny 6.99% admission rate.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of applicants get a rejection letter. “I'm sorry to inform you…”

I was one of the lucky few to apply to Princeton and receive an acceptance letter in the mail. Since Princeton was one of my top choice schools, I was ecstatic that they wanted me as part of their community. I dreamed about how my future would turn out if I attended Princeton.

Here’s my complete, official Princeton acceptance letter.

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Stanford Acceptance Letter: Real and Official

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Each year, Stanford University receives over 40,000 applications from high school hopefuls. Only 5% of them get a Stanford acceptance letter.

For example, in 2015, Stanford accepted 2,144 applicants from a record 42,487 applications for the Class of 2019. That’s a tiny 5.0% admission rate.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of applicants get a rejection letter. “I regret to inform you…”

When I was in high school, I was one of the lucky few to apply to Stanford and receive an acceptance letter in the mail. This validated years of hard work and made me proud that a school like Stanford wanted me as part of their community.

Here’s my complete, official Stanford acceptance letter.

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MIT Acceptance Letter: Real and Official

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 1, 2016 3:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Each year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology receives nearly 20,000 applications from high school hopefuls. Only 8% of them get a MIT acceptance letter.

For example, in 2014, MIT accepted 1,447 applicants from 18,356 candidates. That’s a small 7.9% admission rate.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of applicants get a rejection letter. “I'm very sorry to inform you…”

When I was in high school, I was one of the lucky few to apply to MIT and receive an acceptance letter in the mail. This validated years of hard work, especially in the sciences and research. It was inspiring to know that they wanted me to be a part of their amazing community.

Here’s my complete, official MIT acceptance letter.

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My Successful Harvard Application (Complete Common App + Supplement)

 

In 2005, I applied to college and got into every school I applied to, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT. I decided to attend Harvard.

In this guide, I’ll show you the entire college application that got me into Harvard - page by page, word for word.

In my complete analysis, I'll take you through my Common Application, Harvard supplemental application, personal statements and essays, extracurricular activities, teachers' letters of recommendation, counselor recommendation, complete high school transcript, and more. I’ll also give you in-depth commentary on every part of my application.

To my knowledge, a college application analysis like this has never been done before. This is the application guide I wished I had when I was in high school.

If you’re applying to top schools like the Ivy Leagues, you’ll see firsthand what a successful application to Harvard and Princeton looks like. You’ll learn the strategies I used to build a compelling application. You’ll see what items were critical in getting me admitted, and what didn’t end up helping much at all.

Reading this guide from beginning to end will be well worth your time - you might completely change your college application strategy as a result. 

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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To? Expert Guide

Posted by Justin Berkman | Dec 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Many students stress over the same question: "How many colleges should I apply to?" How many is too many? How few is too few? There is so much disagreement on this topic, even among experts, that many students are left confused and unsure.

In this article, I’ll clear up this confusion. I’ll give you an idea of how many schools you should apply to and explain the factors to consider when deciding how many colleges to apply to. After reading this guide, you'll feel confident about crafting your own college list and how long it will be.

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What Exactly Is a Target School? How to Find Yours

Posted by Justin Berkman | Dec 20, 2015 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

 

If you have researched the college application process, you may have heard about the concept of a “target school.” What is a target school or college? Simply put, it's a college that you are likely — but not guaranteed  to be admitted to based on your qualifications.

In this article, I'll define and explain the concept of a target school. Furthermore, I’ll discuss how to identify your target colleges and determine how many of these schools you should apply to.

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What Are Good Questions to Ask in a College Interview?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Dec 19, 2015 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

 

College interviews are becoming increasingly common, especially among selective colleges. Many students go to interviews ready to answer questions but forget that it’s important to ask interesting questions as well.

In this article, I’ll establish the basics of how to prepare for college interviews and explain what questions you should and shouldn’t ask during an interview, so you feel totally ready on the day of.

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How to Apply for Community College: 9-Step Guide

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Dec 19, 2015 6:00:00 PM

College Admissions

 

Did you know that almost half of all undergrads in the U.S. go to community college? In fact, there are 1,100 community colleges nationwide, and they enroll 13 million students!

If you’re looking to make that 13 million and one, read on to learn how to apply for community college: from deciding where to apply to enrolling in classes. Before getting the ball rolling, let’s review what community colleges offer their students and some good reasons to apply.

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Your Complete College Application Timeline

Posted by Justin Berkman | Dec 19, 2015 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

 

For many students and their parents, the college application process is a source of tremendous anxiety. Fear not. If you familiarize yourself with this process and devote enough time to it, I’m confident that you’ll be able to make it through unscathed and end up at a quality college.

In this article, I’ll take you through the complete college application timeline, detailing what you should be doing at each point in your high school career to ensure that you can submit exceptional college applications.

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