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Penn & Vandy-test-optional policies, waitlist and transfer activity, legacy admissions, and more.

Penn & Vandy-test-optional policies, waitlist and transfer activity, legacy admissions, and more.

We are happy to be reposting this article and webinar hosted by Expert Admission with guests Whitney Soule, Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, and Shane McGuire, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Vanderbilt University. Families need to understand that the college admissions landscape has changed drastically since the 80s and 90s and schools considered hard to get into are not virtually impossible for mere mortals. Does this scare us? No.  There are over 4000 colleges and universities and the perfect school or program for your student may not be in the 25 top-ranked (or lowest admission rate) schools. We post this to simply educate you and provide some facts. Lee Norwood, Owner of Annapolis College Consulting

Top 16 Tips for Incoming College Freshman

Top 16 Tips for Incoming College Freshman

Our past students and student ambassadors give THE BEST ADVICE. Here are 16 of their tips every freshman should know.  Go onto your student portal and apply for housing and find out ways to search for a roommate (they usually have a page or insta). Do not...

Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime-Plans

Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime-Plans

This summer can define you! The summer is a wonderful time to kick back, relax, visit friends and family, hit the beach, go on a mission trip and discover more about yourself. It is also a great time to do a deep dive into your interests. If you need ideas, our...

Why work with a private college consultant?

If you are my age, feeling 29 and actually 54, the college application process that you remember is no longer relevant. It is a completely different beast. No more paper applications, hands cramping from writing essays, and being finished after applying to 2-3...

THE ABC’S OF FINDING A TOPIC FOR YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY

THE ABC’S OF FINDING A TOPIC FOR YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY

THE ABC’S OF FINDING A TOPIC FOR YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY ADMISSIONS officers are anxious, desperate even, to learn more about you through your personal statement and college essay. As they read through thousands of applications and essays, they’re looking for students who...

Brainstorming An Essay That Is Anything But Common

WILL YOUR ESSAY BE HOT, HOT, HOT? Imagine that your house is on fire. We know you would save your family and pets, but what if...you have just enough time to run back inside to save one (only one) item: no time to deliberate. You rush inside and grab the first item...

What Questions Should Your Student Be Asking Their Counselor?

9th and 10th Grade Whatever you call the school counselor at your child’s high school -- guidance counselor, college counselor, etc -- please know that they are an integral part of the college application process. A few elements of their job are: to offer college...

8 Essential Tips for Getting Started on that College Essay

The college essay is an important part of your application. Your test scores and grades provide the admissions officer insight into your...well...test scores and grades. Some consider these numbers an indicator of your readiness for the “rigors” of college studies....

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