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Tag: Application for College

  • How Can I Help My Child Prepare for College Applications?

    The college application process can be overwhelming at times. When asking the typical teenager where they want to go to college or what they want to be when they grow up, we as parents are often met with blank stares, or simple answers like “I don’t know”, or “I haven’t really thought about it.”

    Graduating from high school and beginning the application process for college can be overwhelming at times, so we’d like to offer you some tips that may make it a bit easier. Read on to learn more about what you can do to help your son or daughter through the application process.

  • Parents, How Involved Should You be in the Application Process?

    If you’re a parent, you’re probably wondering how it could even be possible that your son or daughter is applying for college, when it seems like only yesterday you were dropping them off at preschool or kindergarten. The old adage that time passes quickly hits you like a ton of bricks as you come to […]

  • How to Build a Relationship with your Guidance Counselor

    In a process as time-consuming, nerve-wracking, and complicated as the college applications game, it is important to make use of as many of the fantastic resources that are available to you as possible. One of the most important of these resources is your guidance counselor, a specially trained professional who can provide advice and resources to students at a high school.

    In order to make use of the rich resource that is a high school guidance counselor, it is important to know who your guidance counselor is, what his or her job entails, and how to approach your relationship correctly. For more on these questions, read on!

  • What Class Rank Do I Need to Get into a Top School?

    As you are applying to your colleges, you may be wondering if there are certain requirements that you need to meet in order to be accepted. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, but while there is no student profile that we can definitively say gets accepted to a top school, we can get close to describing what type of profile you should aim for.

    Previously, we’ve discussed what kinds of grades you should aim to have on your transcript to be accepted to a competitive school. Here, we’ll do a similar deep dive into evaluating your high school class rank. Read on for analysis of what your class rank signifies, what you should aim to achieve, and how adcoms will weigh your rank in the process of coming to their admissions decision.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Applying to Boston College

    Nestled in Boston’s suburb Chestnut Hill sits BC—lovingly referred to as “BC” by its students—the oldest institute of higher education that operates out of the Boston area. Founded with Jesuit values, the college offers its students more than just a place to learn and study. On its website, in its literature, and through its faculty and staff, the school encourages its students to pursue what they love, reflecting inward to identify their passions while focusing outward on the ways that their actions impact others.

    A co-educational, liberal arts school, BC enrolls about 14,000 students total, and roughly 2,300 students per undergraduate class. It is comprised of eight separate schools within the college as a whole, trains 31 different NCAA Division I athletics teams, and promises a low teacher to student ratio in order to give its students small classes and optimal attention and mentoring. If you are looking to enter a community that is spirited, based on Jesuit values, and encouraging of exploration—academic and otherwise—you should consider applying to BC. And if you’ve already decided that you will apply, here’s a thorough how-to guide.

  • What is a Good GPA for Top Schools?

    Applying to any one of the nation’s top schools can feel intimidating. With their insanely low acceptance rates and no shortage of stereotypes about their students—that they’re brilliant, or overachievers, or both—the Ivy Leagues and their selective peer institutions must require its student applicants to at least meet a threshold GPA in order to be considered and granted entry. Right?

    Not necessarily. If you’ve ever imagined that the answer to this question is a resounding “Yes,” we’re here to dispel your fears. While top schools certainly hold their applicants to a high standard and expect them to have achieved in high school, the Admissions Committee isn’t docking students based on GPA alone without reading the rest of their application materials as well. Considering applying to a selective school? Read on for an in-depth analysis of how your GPA may look to admissions officers.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Applying to Wake Forest

    Were you to happen upon Wake Forest’s campus accidentally, you might initially mistake it for a members-only country club. With its manicured lawns, stately buildings, and winding drives, this community is one that beckons at first glance.

    It doesn’t take long to realize that the school’s culture is just as welcoming and warm as its grounds. With its emphasis on “educating the whole person” and dedication to bettering entire societies rather than individual students—its motto is Pro Humanitate, “for Humanity”—Wake Forest is a university that emphasizes the importance of humanitarian pursuits alongside educational ones and accordingly supports its students to achieve all manner of academic and extracurricular successes.

  • A Guide to the ‘Demographics’ Page of the Common Application

    With the opening of the Common Application on August 1st, the college admissions season has officially begun. For many students, this period will be characterized by a great deal of time spent with the Common App.

    The Common App is utilized by many universities across the nation, and serves as a centralized application database that can help streamline the application process. (Check out the latest Collegevine blog post How to Write the Common Application Essays 2017-2018.)

    Going in, many students already know that the Common App will ask them to list the standard components of a college application: grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, and personal statements. However, the Common App actually has several other sections designed to collect more directed information about the applicant.

    Among these various components is the “Demographics” page, which we’ll be focusing on in this blog post. You can find the demographics page under the “Profile” section of the Common App.

  • How to Write the American University Application Essays 2016-17

    Just northwest of downtown Washington, D.C., sits a suburban pocket of the city that is home to American University, a private research university that enrolls about 7,700 undergraduates each year. Just a fifteen-minute bus ride away from the downtown area of our nation’s capital, American University offers students the best of both worlds — a suburban campus feel with easy access to a thriving and exciting city.

    Given its location, it’s no surprise that American University offers top-notch international relations training, nor that its students are typically considered some of the most politically active in the nation. But AU’s strengths go beyond its ability to leverage its location for the good of its students. As a research university, it emphasizes the stellar research opportunities that it can offer undergraduates, and in fact, it encourages all undergrads to make use of its research-related resources to pursue the projects of their dreams.

    If you are looking to be one of the lucky 7,700 to join American University’s class of 2021, read on for some guidance to writing responses to AU’s two supplemental questions.

  • How to Write the Georgetown Application Essays 2016-2017

    As one of the nation’s premier private research universities, located in Washington, D.C., Georgetown University is perhaps most commonly associated with Congress and politics. Originally founded in 1789, the school lays claim to incredible alumni, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton and countless governors, diplomats, and heads of state.

    Of course, Georgetown’s 7500 or so undergraduates have many other things to be proud of, such as their bustling student groups. Georgetown is home to organizations such as the Philodemic Society (one of the nation’s oldest debating clubs), as well as the largest student-owned corporation in the U.S.

    Each year, over 20,000 students apply to Georgetown, but the selective university only accepts approximately 16.5% of those students. Georgetown University also requires high school seniors to fill out their own applications separate from the Common Application, which calls for applicants to write three essays in total.

    The CollegeVine Essay Team has prepared a guide on how to write the Georgetown essays for this application cycle. Read on!