The CollegeVine Blog

Category: College Admission

  • Why Would a College Rescind an Acceptance?

    Ultimately, college acceptances are offered with an agreement of good will that even after acceptance you will continue to achieve at the same levels as you did before. This applies not only academically but also to your contributions as a member of the community and your representation of yourself and the institution. Colleges can rescind acceptance at any time based on any number of subjective criteria. Here are the three most common reasons this might happen.

  • Know Your Reader: What Your Admissions Committee Members Look Like

    When you submit your college applications, who exactly will be reading them? Focusing on  communicating your grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, and essays are all important, of course, but another factor you should keep in mind is the audience that will be evaluating your accomplishments. Whenever you’re writing it’s a good idea to keep your audience in mind, and your college application is no different.

  • State Colleges are getting more competitive. Here’s how to stay ahead of the curve.

    With the recent changes in state college admissions, students may need to reevaluate how they view their chances of being admitted to in-state colleges. In this post, we will recognize and dispel some of the common assumptions about state colleges, explain why they have gotten more competitive, and offer some tips to keep up with the changing landscape of the state college admissions process.

  • How to Show Colleges You Support Sustainability

    If you care about environmental issues, it could be worthwhile to get involved in sustainability projects in high school. Not only will you be making a positive impact on the planet but you will be aligning yourself with the goals and initiatives of potential colleges you’re applying to. To discover what sustainability is, why you should show colleges you support it, and some ways to get involved, read on.

  • What You Need To Know When Applying to Colleges After a Gap Year

    Gap years are becoming an increasingly popular and viable option for rising college students in the United States. Formerly more popular in Europe, the trend is now spreading across the U.S., fueled by the increased acceptance of deferred matriculation at many top schools along with increased visibility from high profile gap year students like former-first daughter Malia Obama and Olympic athlete Katie Ledecky.

    In this post, we outline some of the logistics involved in applying to college during a gap year and provide insight into how you can tackle them gracefully to gain acceptance to your top choice colleges. To learn about four important logistical concerns of applying to college during your gap year, keep reading.

  • Rethinking College Entirely? Think Again: More Options to Make It Work for You

    As college application season looms, some students find themselves questioning whether it’s worth it to get a bachelor’s degree. College is expensive and a major time commitment. Admission to top schools is competitive and, for many students, stressful.

    On a more personal level, you might be worried about leaving your family and community, or juggling college with other aspirations like travel, military service, or having a family. If few of the people around you have attended college, it may seem unnecessary or a path that’s not really an option for you.

    In today’s world, however, a college degree is a major asset. It’s absolutely required for some career paths, and it will make others much easier to pursue. Even if you have limited resources or you’re not sure that the traditional college experience is right for you, there are options out there that may be a better fit for your needs than you’d expect.

  • Emotional Readiness and How to Obtain It

    In a recent New York Times article, Alina Tugend spotlights the term “emotional readiness.” Students who possess emotional readiness will be well-prepared for success in college. Those who don’t may face issues in college that “can lead to students’ lives’ unraveling.”   In a nutshell, emotional readiness encompasses those fundamental, foundational emotional skills that will […]

  • How to Build Your Killer Admissions Team

    Let’s face it: applying to college is hard work. Sometimes, it may feel like no one understands what you’re going through, and that you’re in this alone. But don’t think you can’t ask for help! While you’re ultimately responsible for every component of your applications, there are still a number of people who can assist you.

    This team may even include people you haven’t considered, like friends, family, other people’s parents, and your peers. Check out A User’s Guide to the Common Application for a walkthrough of the application process, and read on to learn about how you can use the aid of your admissions team.

  • A Day in the Life of a Harvard Student

    If you’re a current high school student in the United States—and even if you’re not—you’ve almost certainly heard of Harvard University. It’s not only the oldest college in the United States (founded in 1636) and a tourist destination in its own right, it’s also one of the most prestigious and recognizable institutions of higher education in the entire world.

    On the CollegeVine blog, we’ve spent some time discussing what to do if you’re interested in attending Harvard, including every detail of its application. Here, however, we’re going to spend some time talking about what comes after admissions season—namely, what it’s like to actually be a Harvard student on a day-to-day basis.

    Read on for our breakdown of what a typical day might look like for a Harvard student, from residential life to schoolwork to the activities that will fill your spare time.

  • The Perfect Outfit For Your Most Important College Visit

    These are many reasons to visit a college–to attend an information session, shadow a student or even an interview. Each one of the above scenarios requires you to dress and present yourself differently when you arrive on campus. To determine what you should wear during your college visit, read on.