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This week’s column:

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Summer is a great time to ponder deep thoughts and right about now rising seniors should be pondering their college essays. The essay is a student’s best opportunity to set themselves apart in the college application. Their grades through junior...

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       Every year more and more students and parents talk to me about the pros and cons of a gap year experience. This year, given the current situation with Covid-19, more families are seriously considering other options besides heading off to a college...

By Lee Shulman Bierer It's almost time to fill out college applications. . . wait, but even before that, students need to write their supplemental essays and the angst-producing Great American stresser - the Common Application essay. Starting to brainstorm essay topics and create first drafts...

By Lee Shulman Bierer It seems all the focus has been on the seniors -- no prom, no graduation and unsettling news for the fall at college. These are all very real concerns and shouldn't be minimized, however, high school juniors -- soon to be rising...

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