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This week’s column:

By Lee Shulman Bierer On Wednesday October 16, high school juniors and many sophomores will be getting their first taste of standardized testing for college when they take the PSAT/NMSQT. That’s a lot of letters.  It stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT/NMSQT...

By Lee Shulman Bierer   Last week I shared information about two early admissions programs: Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED).  Early Action is where colleges have earlier deadlines (October 15 – December 1) and they notify students earlier (December – January) and students are not required...

By Lee Shulman Bierer It would be easy, to assume that with the increase in popularity of online applications (www.commonapp.org, www.mycoalition.org and www.universalcollegeapp.com, that a variety of decisions would be streamlined for college applicants. Unfortunately, it’s just not the case. Colleges appreciate the benefits of the common...

  By Lee Shulman Bierer You want your essay to be the one that is passed around the admissions office…. or not. It’s a little bit like the difference between being famous and infamous. We all know that a sincere, well-written essay that provides insights about how...

By Lee Shulman Bierer   They’re gone. All summer long you worried about their dorm room, what classes they’d take, how they’d adjust socially, if they will run out of money, if they will be homesick, etc. Guess what? They’re fine! The one thing that most parents forget...

By Lee Shulman Bierer   I get it, I’m a few years past sending my kids off to college. But, have things really changed that much? It seems so when I hear stories about what some families are doing. A neighbor’s daughter is about to be a freshman...

By Lee Shulman Bierer Admissions policies, testing expectations, and the number of essays a student needs to write are all fluid pieces in the puzzle of college admissions. This year, like many other years, much has changed. Below is a list of the changes in admissions plans...

By Lee Shulman Bierer The big transition isn’t too far away. Many soon-to-be freshmen have already been on campus for orientation, most have their roommates lined up and beneath the veneer of excited anticipation, almost all of them are nervous about their new life. There’s a lot...

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