By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies When students are writing their "Why this college?" essay, they need to convince the admissions office that the college is a great fit for them. How students do that is up for interpretation Robert Cronk, one of my faithful readers...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies 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...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies If they made a movie about nailing the perfect admissions essay, the title might be: "The Good, The Bad and The Risky." The Risky Let's start with "The Risky." One of the favorite stories from admissions officers is a response to...

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 Okay all you procrastinators, it’s now officially December and with January 1 deadlines looming, you really can’t wait much longer. Yes, of course I know you can, and some of you will wait until December 30th to start “thinking about” what you’re...

By Lee Shulman Bierer Why is the “Why this college?” so important? Colleges care why students put their college on their list and many colleges incorporate the “why?” question into their applications. While most students find themselves having to write a variety of essays for different colleges,...

By Lee Shulman Bierer If you’re a rising senior and you ask any of your soon-to-be-college-freshmen friends for one piece of advise about college applications, I know what it would be… They would tell you to NOT procrastinate, and to do your best to get as many...

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