The Importance of a College Application Strategy

The Importance of a College Application Strategy

College Applications Strategy: Why It is Important to Have One The first thing that needs to be discussed before starting the college applications process is strategy. Much of what goes into the hard choices college admissions officers have to make—such as whether institutions are prioritizing matters like diversity, legacy applicants, or athletic recruiting in a given year—is beyond students’ control. So it is crucial to know about everything you can control and learn how to position yourself throughout the process. Strategy is important because it is designed for decision-making. But what exactly is strategy? Open Yale Courses defines it as “any of the options he or she can choose in a setting where the outcome depends not only on his own actions but on the action of others.” The “others” here are college admissions officers, other students who are competing for the same spot at Harvard and the school/counselor. So..Read More >

College Applications: Why top students fail

College Applications: Why top students fail

College Applications: Why Top Students Fail The college application process is undoubtedly a daunting one. Students spend all their pre-college years preparing themselves to go through unpredictable admissions processes with the hopes of getting into a top college. Indeed, it is likely the first time a student confronts uncertainty. It can be stressful, time-consuming and a lot of students and parents get lost in the process. Naturally, many cognitive biases will be triggered in both student and parent and cause a host of bad decisions throughout the process. At the end of the day, it’s bad decision-making more than anything else that can ruin admissions to the ivy leagues. But it is also the one area that parents can help their children with. Hence, having a good strategy and following it is the very best, most helpful thing you can do for your child. This post will show you how..Read More >

What if I don’t get into my early decision school?

What if I don’t get into my early decision school?

“What if I don’t get into my early decision school?” As students prepare to choose their early decision schools, they may feel a sense of panic. After all, if they don’t get into their early action, then their college dreams are crushed, right? Wrong! Although about half our students get into their early app schools, the other half who are deferred or rejected are left confused, bewildered, shocked, upset and anxious. The worst part of not getting in early is not the actual rejection. Since most students are applying to more than ten other schools, it’s not so much this one rejection, but the implications of it. What does it mean for my other schools? If my early rejects me, does this mean the other schools will too? The simple answer: absolutely no way. In fact, there is zero correlation between the results of early apps and regular apps. So..Read More >

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