Monthly Archives: October 2010

Not the ‘Hook’ the Admissions Office Had in Mind

Guidance counselors often say that students need a “hook” to attract the attention of colleges.  It was probably inevitable that someone would take that advice literally.  Mark Hatch was reading applications for Bates College in Maine one weekend a few … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Applying to UC Schools

The University of California (UC) application will be available for submission beginning November 1, 2010 through November 30, 2010.  You can access and begin filling out the application now. The UC application is used to apply to any of the … Continue reading

Posted in College Applications | Leave a comment

Secondary School/Counselor Report Form

The school is responsible for completing the Secondary School Report Form or the Counselor Report Form and mailing it to each college.  The Report Form must be turned in to your counselor in a timely fashion (deadlines are determined by … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Letter(s) of Recommendation

There are various types of required Letters of Recommendation.  Some colleges are requesting recommendations online, others want letters, and still others want a specific form filled out.  It is YOUR responsibility to provide your letter writers with everything they will … Continue reading

Posted in College Applications | Leave a comment

Early Application vs. Early Decision

Decide now whether you want to apply to any schools under their Early Action or Early Decision (EA/ED) programs.  The advantage of applying early can vary from school to school, year to year, and may depend upon the applicant pool … Continue reading

Posted in College Applications | Leave a comment

Everything you need to know about the PSAT!

There’s nothing like taking a test that will evaluate your preparedness in order to take another test that will evaluate your preparedness for college.  Enter: the PSAT, formerly known as the Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test.   When should you take the … Continue reading

Posted in SAT/ACT | 1 Comment

Help! I have to write an essay!

Fear not!  We can help! Everyone knows that the structure of a paper includes an introduction, body, and conclusion.  But do you know what is included in each one?  If not, you will now . . . 1. The Introduction … Continue reading

Posted in College Applications | 1 Comment