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This week’s column:

  By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies The big news is that Common App removed one prompt question, about about a problem you'd like to solve, and replaced it with the following: "Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Thankfully once students reach high school, they are no longer required to write the often painfully boring “what I did over my summer vacation” essay. But that doesn’t mean that what they do choose to do over summer isn’t...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies   Hey Hollywood, how about a new television show called “So You Think You Can Be A Professional Athlete?”  The stats aren’t encouraging. According to http://www.ncaa.org  there are a few million high school athletes, more than 460,000 NCAA student-athletes, and fewer...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies When you’re looking at the college admissions timeline, February is all about planning ahead. There are two key items that need to be addressed in February: Campus Visits - February is when families need to get serious about which...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Taking a year off after high school or a “gap year”  has become an increasingly popular and accepted decision here in the United States. In Europe, Australia and New Zealand, gap year experiences have long been considered one of...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies It has already been a momentous week for the world with the exit of President Trump and the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. But, in the world of college admissions - the news that the...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies   If you’re the parent of a high school senior and you’re thinking about how to pay for college without going broke, it’s a whole new, expensive world. Paying for College Without Going Broke is one the best-sellers of Princeton...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Yes, we're all excited to flip the page on 2020. It obviously wasn't a good year for our country or our planet. As we look forward to what will surely be a healthier year, this is also a good...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Notifications for Early Decision (ED 1), Early Action (EA) and Restricted Early Action (REA) have been delivered. This year, as in previous years, there were many more tears than fist-bumps. It has been a staggeringly competitive year thus far. A...

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