LEE SHULMAN BIERER Photo by Amanda Nguyen, collegetownnc.com I received an interesting telephone call midmorning this past Friday from a student of mine, a senior whom I worked with over the last two years. She already knows she’ll be attending an out-of-state university this fall. After our initial greetings,...

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? Where do they...

Recently I had a funny ironic moment with a student. We were reviewing his Common Application essay. He had chosen to respond to Prompt # 4 – Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a...

For some students it’s super-easy; no pros/cons chart, they just know where they want to go and are happy they were accepted. But for others, it’s a dilemma. How to decide? College A has the beautiful campus and the great location but College B has the...

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