The Role of Majors in Applying to a Liberal Arts Program


In the admission process to a selective liberal arts college, a lack of any academic focus can also help to weaken a student's application. Some colleges will require applicants…

The Role of Parents in the College Application Process


College admissions present parents with difficult ethical, social and educational choices. We want our children to enjoy the adventure, act with integrity, feel good about the…

A Message to High School Students During This Covid-19 Summer


2020 has been a year of upheaval thus far! There have been many things that are out of your control: remote school, canceled extracurricular activities, social distancing…

Waitlist Wisdom


It used to be that at the end of each application season students got thick envelopes that signaled their acceptances, or thin envelopes that dashed their hopes. With most…

Is Early Decision Right For You?


Early applications were initially intended to help students signal their commitment to their top choice school. Over time though, the early application system began to reproduce…

College searching: what information matters and why


This summer rising seniors and juniors are actively researching colleges in order to plan trips and identify the schools to which they may want to apply. These are indeed…

On Writing an Ivy League Admissions Essay


These days, students applying to Ivy schools find themselves having to wade through a dense morass of conflicting advice about admission. With Harvard, Princeton and Yale denying…

On writing your college essay


As we enter July, rising seniors should be giving serious thought to the college application. Many of you will not find this a happy thought, since starting the essay seems so…

Seize Your Advantage: Study at a US University


Being a TCK is cool, especially in the world of US higher education.  With a more than 40% increase in international students in the US now as compared with 10 years ago, and…

Stronger than Barbie: women’s colleges and the education of girls


Women's colleges were established in the US in the nineteenth century to prepare young women for the roles society thought them fit: as wives, mothers, teachers, and sometimes as…