About

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

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

Photograph of college students volunteering.

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 volunteer 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 …

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

Photograph of someone with their feet up, relaxing, representing what students likely want to do when they have made their final college choice.

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