This past month, I drove down to White Plains, New York to give a presentation on “Beating the Admission Game” to the White Plains Football Association on behalf of College Coach. The association was formed to help football players learn more about deadlines, standardized tests, financial aid, and other admission basics with respect to selective colleges and universities. The association’s organizers determined that mentors who work with students and families are crucial in making sure everything gets done right in the application process. I was brought in not only to inform families about the college admission process but to energize students, their families, and mentors, as to higher education possibilities. Continue reading
In an effort to beat back the demographic headwinds now working against them, some colleges and universities are coming up with ever more clever ways to maintain their “uber-selective” titles. They’re using every weapon within their recruitment and selectivity arsenal — from demographics to yield to just plain making it easy to apply — to improve their relative rank.
As colleges and universities conspire against one another for prestige, how do students avoid becoming collateral damage, victims of the college application arms race? If you want to dodge the proverbial thin envelope, consider these three simple rules of engagement: Continue reading
My oldest child is in the 4th grade, and it is amazing how many parents at his K-8 school want to have coffee with me to discuss college admissions, even for children who have not yet hit middle school. But if I’m being honest with myself, even I think about how my son’s decisions today impact who he will be when he applies to college. But then one of my wise colleagues will set me straight and help me to remember that he’s still too young to be planning for college.
On the flip side, I’ve met plenty of parents of 12th graders who are still kicking the can down the road, sort of waiting for the process to happen to them. So when is the right time to “start?” Continue reading
The college admissions process has become an American Rite of Passage, albeit a stressful and confusing one. At a certain point as a parent, it seems to be the ever present topic of conversation whether on the sidelines at a soccer game, waiting in the car pool line, or even catching up at family parties. Many of us, as parents, see our children getting into the “right” college as the culmination of the past 17 years of raising that child. Everyone has a strong opinion, a scary story, a conspiracy theory — most of them categorically wrong. There are massive but unreliable resources online. Frankly, it is almost impossible to avoid making mistakes, and some of them can be major.
I remember my days in the admissions offices at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University. I read more than 1,000 applications each year and made final decisions (mostly “no’s”) on most of them. So often when reviewing an application I’d sigh to myself and even say out loud, “You could have done this better…” Continue reading
Welcome to The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
As former admission officers from some of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities, we aim to provide students and parents with a comprehensive overview of the college admissions process: strategies for high school and application success, paying for college, and news of the day. It’s our goal to help bring some clarity and sense to a process that can feel mysterious and overwhelming. Because we’ve actually been on the other side of the door evaluating applications and making thousands of admission decisions, we bring an insider perspective to a process many find baffling. College Coach graduates, as a matter of fact, have been accepted to over 560 different colleges and universities — we tackle all kinds of admission queries! Continue reading
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