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This week’s column:

If they made a movie about nailing the perfect admissions essay, the title might be: "The Good, The Bad and The Risky." The Risky Let's start with "The Risky." One of the favorite stories being passed around by admissions officers these days is a young man's response...

If I could only give every family one piece of advice about college admissions and the college application process it would be this: Dare to be different. Be different from the beginning – don’t wait like so many other people until the summer after junior...

The first “letting go” is usually that tearful pre-school or kindergarten goodbye. Fast-forward 12+ years and now you’re saying goodbye to a college freshman. Karen Levin Coburn, author of “Letting Go” describes the transition to college as a “mixture of anticipation and anxiety, a sense of...

Filling in the standard application questions is almost enjoyable compared to the angst many students feel when approaching the college essay. Students struggle to write a unique essay. Most high seniors are staring at cold, gray computer screens hoping to create their ticket to Perfect U....

Used to be that parents packed up the station wagon, drove their son or daughter to college, unloaded the boxes, made their bed, kissed them goodbye, shed a few tears and headed home. Today, colleges cater to parents with comprehensive, multi-day orientation programs. Whether this relatively...

You would have hoped that after you go through the college search process and you've identified a number of schools that represent a good fit that you wouldn't have to face another decision until students receive their thin and thick envelopes next spring. Unfortunately, that isn't...

Admission isn't all about scores; look for best fit, not big name Gaining admission to some of the most elite colleges is remarkably more competitive today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. Unfortunately, this increased competitiveness has spurred myths that need to be dispelled. Myth...

From plates to photos, students need lots of items to feel at home Packing for college has become big business. Home furnishings and department stores have handy college packing lists, and some even partner with colleges to create display dorm rooms stocked with their merchandise and...

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