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How do colleges make their admissions decisions? What goes on beyond those closed collegiate doors? While there's a lot we don't know, for the most part, the admissions process is rational. Decisions are based on two basic sets of student qualifications: objective and subjective criteria. Objective...

Countdown to College: By Lee Shulman Bierer Stories abound of students and even teachers sharing inappropriate items on social media. You would think students who are about to apply to colleges and be evaluated by admissions officers would know better. The truth is that obviously the vast...

by Lee Shulman Bierer   Parents just want to help. The natural reaction when you see your child suffering is to try and make it better. How do you help ease the pain of college rejection? The first step is to accept that it’s complicated. It’s complicated by your...

Consider saying “no.” Being offered a spot on a college’s wait-list is stressful,  unsettling, demoralizing and for some, just not worth the wait. One student who said “no thanks” to Harvard’s wait-list described it this way, “I didn’t like being wait-listed. It felt like a consolation...

Here’s everything you’ll ever need to know about SAT Subject Tests: SAT Subject Tests provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of a specific subject and they help colleges understand different strengths a student might possess. The tests are used in the admissions process...

For some students it’s super-easy; no pros/cons chart, they just know where they want to go and are happy they were accepted. But for others, it’s a dilemma. How to decide? College A has the beautiful campus and the great location but College B has the...

If your first choice college offers everything you want but the price tag is making you waver, consider appealing the college financial aid office for more money. While colleges and universities won’t encourage it, you are within bounds. Individual financial aid officers are empowered to...

If you’ve decided you want to stay on the wait-list, here’s what you should do and what you should avoid doing. Do’s Follow instructions carefully and quickly. One way to show them you care is respond right away. Write, not email, a letter to your college admissions representative...

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