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Do Colleges Reject “Overqualified” Students?

You may have heard from a friend of a friend that they were rejected from Harvard University even though they had a perfect application! Or you heard from a 2nd cousin on the other side of the family that their cousin was rejected from a school with a 50% acceptance rate simply because they were …

Out of Date College Admissions Advice That No Longer Works

Adults generally mean well when they give you advice on aspects of life. And a lot of their advice still holds true and should be taken to heart. However, there are some tidbits – like knocking on doors to get jobs – that are simply out of date or just plain wrong. And that holds …
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April College Planning Calendar

April is such an important month for high school students who are planning to go to college, but it can be overwhelming to keep track of all of the academic calendar dates. Since there are so many dates to keep up with during this busy time of the year, we suggest having a college planning …
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Essay Guides: How to Combine College Essay Prompts

When applying to colleges, many applications will follow the same formats: basic information, school details, high school transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, and, of course, the essay. If you have 8-10 colleges you’re applying to (or possibly more), that’s a lot of essays! It can be a daunting task and even cause you to apply to fewer …
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The “Why [this] major” Essay Guide

When you’re applying for college, a lot of schools will use the Common App or Common Application essay prompts. It may seem nerve-wracking to have to write on one of these common supplemental essay prompts, especially when it asks about which major you want to choose. We’ve come up with essay guides on the “Why …
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Essay Guide: What is a Community Essay?

Does your college application have a question for the essay that looks like this: Tell us about a community you’re a part of? This is an open-ended question that stumps quite a few students! Some even think the question is asking about the community they’re in – such as their hometown – and don’t consider …