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William "Rick" Singer said he had an inside scoop to getting into college, with anyone able to gain access, by simply buying his book, "Getting In: Gaining Admission To Your College of Choice."
"This book is full of secrets," he claimed, before dispensing advice on personal branding, test-taking and college essays.

There are NO secrets, and ethical college admissions counselors and private coaches, have been stressing that for decades.

Once again, an  entrepreneurial 

Teens Write the Darndest Things!

Over the past several years, I’ve had the privilege and pleasure to read countlessCommon Application  Personal Statements from college applicants throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties. Last year, I blogged about the typical do’s and don’ts of college applications’ essays.
I stressed the importance of careful editing and engagingseveral sets of eyesfor review of the main essay which is sent, on average, to ten institutions. The typical cautions were stressed regarding ensuring one’s tone is not accusatory,condescending, nor overly sarcastic.

Minding Your P's/Q's When Applying to Colleges

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Minding P’s and Q’sWhen Applying to Colleges
When the Common Application goes “live” on August 1,2013, proactive rising seniors will be paying close attention to the essay prompts. Perhaps they’ll brainstorm topics or even begin drafting their main essay.  Essays are unquestionably a vital component of the college applications’ process! To that end, driven students will spend countless hours this fall writing and editing their essays for maximum impact.  While poignant and grammatically correct essays are important, an often overlooked piece to the college admissions process is the

The Importance of Early College Admissions Planning

college admissions essays, college help, Early Decision I and IIWhile high school seniors are busily engaged with the college admissions process, juniors may feel they have all the time in the world. Truth is, NOW is the time to start the process of college admissions planning. Beginning now will go far in alleviating undue stress during senior year. Why is it so important to begin nearly one year ahead of time?
Generating a list ofbest-matchcolleges takes time as a student’s career goals and potential college major(s) are identified and financial, geographical, school size, student population, selectivity(based on GPA, standardized test scores, extracurricular participation, etc.

College Competition: Have We Gone Too Far?

Cornell University, Ithaca, New YorkStudy hard. Get into a great college. Find a good job. Success and happiness will follow!
That's the credo that many parents and kids, whether high-achieving or not, have bought into. And so did I. Until I actually graduated and got my first full-time job! The job was highly-satisfying but very low-paying. So was the job that followed. And the one after that.....
The reality that I was fully responsible for finding my own happiness and sense of fulfillment had finally taken hold. I had been sold a bill of goods in believing that I was entitled to a great job and a great life by virtue of having attended and having been graduated from a great school.

What Do Colleges Look for in Applicants?

Stanford University, California
While colleges and universities would have you think that you are working for them, the reality is, you are a very valued consumer! This subtle shift in thinking can make all the difference with regard to how you approach the college admissions process. To those of you for whom this process is fast approaching, you might be asking yourself,"Just what do colleges look for in an applicant?"
Much as we may have been led to believe, there is no admissionsmagic bulletto entry into a particular institution.

Tips for Writing Impactful College Applications Essays

Georgetown University, Washington D.C.The college essay(s) required of most college applications can be the most dreaded component of the entire process. Students struggle with ways in which to stand out from the crowd, face "writer's block" in an attempt to write the next great essay, and/or procrastinate with the writing process as they attend to the more pressing matters in their hectic lives.
Given that college admissions committees are charged with reading hundreds of student essays per year, it is important that essays be interesting, straightforward, and memorable.

College Applications Season Is Here!

College Applications Essays, College Admissions Season, College Admissions HelpWhile many enjoy the last few days of summer weather, some students (and their parents) are mindful of the school year's swift approach! For college-bound rising seniors who have put off the "nitty gritty" of college admissions, NOW is the time to get organized.
Although the college admissions process can often feel daunting, the following organizational checklist, if put into place before the start of the new school year, will hopefully make your fall less stressful.

Components of a College Degree

College Admissions SpecialistWhether you or a loved one is entering college or is currently enrolled, it is important to know how credits are classified. While decidedly not the "sexiest" topic in education, this information can save you time and money down the road as coursework not applicable to your degree can be avoided.
An Associate degree typically consists of 65-75 credits, and a Bachelor's degree contains 120-135 credits. The emphasis, however, is not just on thequantityof credits earned, but on the

Early Career Exploration Essential in Choosing College Majors

College Admissions CounselorThere are many reasons to want to earn a college degree which don't involve simply getting a job upon graduation. Reason include increased knowledge and credibility in a chosen field, career advancement, societal/familial /personal expectations, increased growth and awareness, salary increases, etc.
As an educator and counselor, I respect a wide-range of rationales for earning a degree. Still, I am often surprised with the number of students who enter my office without knowing