Carlos Cano


Carlos Cano is an Admissions Counselor at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. A graduate of WP, Carlos is a first-generation college graduate who turned to college admissions in order to assist other first-generation students, among others, with their college admissions process. Carlos is a member in good standing of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) & the New Jersey Association for College Admissions Counseling (NJACAC).

Beyond Grades and Test Scores: How Students Stand Out on College Applications

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Often, I get asked the question, “how do I make myself stand out in the college process?” This can be a challenge even after the major pieces of the application process: the application, the transcript, standardized test scores, recommendation letters, and the essay. With the exception of the application (because, let’s be honest, demographic information isn’t all that …

Why Volunteering Matters for College Admissions

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Among the many questions I field regarding the college admissions process, one of them is among the most popular: “Is it important that I do volunteering work while I am in high school?” The short answer is: Yes, it does matter. However, like many things in the admissions process, there is more substance to that …

How Many Extracurricular Activities Should I Be Doing? Is More, More? Or Is More, Less?

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A common conversation I have with prospective students and families is related to extracurricular activities. Parents rightfully boast about their child’s involvement with this, that, and the other. Meanwhile, the student worries that they either doing too much or not enough. The latter thought from the student can become a troubling one as it causes …

What to Do After You’ve Made Your Final College Decision

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The universal college commitment deadline of May 1 is quickly approaching. While that is ideally the date by which you hope to make a final college decision, many of you may have already come to that decision. Either way, congratulations! The process of making a final college decision is by no means an easy task. Getting …