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According to Scott Jaschik, editor of "Insider Higher Ed," the new "State of College Admission" report, issued by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), sends the message that it's actually not as hard as we are led to believe to get into college....

According to Scott Jaschik, editor of "Insider Higher Ed," the new "State of College Admission" report, issued by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), sends the message that it's actually not as hard as we are led to believe to get into college....

By Lee Shulman Bierer How to prep for your college interview. Most go well, but be certain to practice and research the school to ensure you succeed. Sweaty palms, churning stomach and the deer-in-the-headlights look are common anticipated experiences for high school seniors when approaching their first college...

By Lee Shulman Bierer     Letters of recommendation carry varying weight, depending on the perspective of the college or university and who writes them. The more selective colleges may ask for two or three recommendation letters. Questions abound: Who should you ask? What are they used for?...

By Lee Shulman Bierer 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...

By Lee Shulman Bierer What do colleges want to know about you? That’s a good place to start when you’re brainstorming your college essay. You know colleges don’t want you to tell your life story in 500 words. But, you keep pestering yourself wondering “what should...

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 to talk to...

By Lee Shulman Bierer The to-do list for high school seniors seems to be growing longer each day. When they’re not doing homework, participating in their extracurricular activities, hanging with friends, sleeping, eating or texting, here’s what they’re probably thinking about: their college list, testing; upcoming...

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