Welcome to the CollegeVine Blog! 


The CollegeVine Blog is your go-to source for all things academics, applications, and activities, where our team of experts share their advice on everything from extracurricular activities to college essays. However, we’re not just here to help you apply to college – as a mentorship company, our mission is to help students at every stage of their high school experience, encouraging growth as  both students and individuals. Check out our mission statement below:


The CollegeVine Blog delivers free and accessible content from our network of experts at the nation’s top universities, answering students and families’ real questions about college and paving the way towards the democratization of the admissions process.


Here, you’ll find insider tricks on how to perfect your supplementary essays, win best delegate on your M.U.N. team, and secure plans for your dream summer internship, straight from students who have done it all before. It’s all thanks to our uniquely powerful consultant network.


Essay Breakdowns

If you’re applying to college this year, we’ve got good news for you. We know how vexing writing college essays can be – in fact, we were in your shoes not all that long ago. As students who have recently gone through the admissions process at top schools (and lived to tell the tale!) we’re better qualified than anyone else to give you advice on how to write an essay that will wow any admissions committee.

In the past, our essay breakdowns have helped students all over the country write effective essays that actually work. That’s why we decided to compile our best tips and tricks for how to write admissions essays for the best 100 schools in the country.


Happy writing!


For Seniors

If you’re a senior, there’s probably one thing on your mind: college. Thankfully, we’re here to help.


Applying to College?

Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about essays, recommenders, interviews, application logistics, and more.


Choosing a College?

Have your acceptance letters back, but struggling to decide where you’ll go in the fall? Here are some resources to make your decision easier.


Paying for College?

Concerned about financing your education? College doesn’t have to be unaffordable with our guides on scholarships and financial aid.


After the college applications season hysteria is over, you may be worried about contracting a deadly case of senioritis, or making the transition to your new life as a university student. No matter what your questions, we’ve got answers.


For Juniors

As a junior, it’s time to kick things into gear for college. Starting your SAT or ACT prep early can help you cut down on the stress of cramming later on, especially if you want to start visiting colleges or thinking about recommenders. Don’t forget about keeping academics strong, and be sure to use your summer wisely as you prepare for senior year! Be sure to check out our other posts for everything you’ll need to know about junior year.


For Freshmen and Sophomores

If it’s still early in your high school career, applying to college may not be the first thing on your mind – and that’s okay! Start by checking out our our guide to freshman and sophomore years. While you may not know exactly which school you want to attend or what you intend to study, it’s never too early to get involvedsecure leadership positions, and start thinking about the SAT or the ACT. Need some help keeping your schedule balanced after all that? We’ve got you covered. And if you’re still looking for more great advice, take a look at our best blog posts for freshmen and sophomores here!



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