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Integrity in College Admissions Consulting

The banality of the late-breaking college admissions scandal and the assorted bad actors that participated in it is revealed in the court affidavit. One applicant was touted as being 6’2” and a star on his high school basketball team, when … read more

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The USC School of Cinematic Arts

It’s 1929 Los Angeles and you’re on the board of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. You want to create an excellent school to support the region’s vital new industry. The host university school will be among the … read more

Don’t Rely Too Much on Student Evaluations

A satirical piece in The Onion, “Professor Deeply Hurt by Student’s Evaluation”, tells a humorous story about a student evaluation. The gist of the joke is that a distinguished, well-published, tenured professor of international renown and “knowledge of 21 modern … read more

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Admission to a Top-Tier School From Community College

There are high school students who, due to a variety of circumstances, don’t perform academically up to the level required for admission to a top-tier four-year institution directly from high school. One way for these students to demonstrate their ability to … read more

The Role of Resumes in College Applications

Résumés aren’t always required as part of applications to colleges and universities, but when they are, they can play an important role in the intense competition for admission to top-tier schools. Creating an effective résumé enables you to present your … read more

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Elite Colleges Raise Women’s Lifetime Earnings

There are many good reasons for a young woman to attend college after high school, only one of which is to enable her to earn more money during her career. Those who do have earnings potential uppermost in their minds … read more

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U.S. College and University Opportunities in Europe

Not long ago, the more adventurous and self-confident of undergraduates would take a semester or two abroad to experience a different culture by attending a university in Europe. Today, undergraduates have much broader opportunities to enroll in a European institution … read more


The 2018 State of College Admissions Report

Since its founding in 1937, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), a preeminent trade association in the admissions field, has had as its mission the support of students in the transition from high school to college. Given the … read more

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Changes to Advanced Placement Processes in 2019

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board that offers college-level courses and exams to high school students in a broad range of subjects. American colleges and universities consider AP courses in assessing a student’s qualifications for … read more

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Getting an Early Start on Top-Tier Admissions

Seniors are in their last semester of high school, eagerly awaiting admissions decisions. Juniors are preparing for the final sprint, anticipating their admissions campaigns next fall and winter. This is also an appropriate time for the parents of students who are … read more