• Do College Admissions Officers Look at an Applicant’s Social Media?

    Do College Admissions Officers Look at an Applicant’s Social Media?

    Over a period between July 2017 and February 2018, Kaplan Test Prep surveyed 388 admissions officers from the nation’s top colleges and 914 high school students enrolled in a Kaplan course.  Their survey found that 70% of admissions officers say it’s “fair game” for them to visit applicants’ social media profiles, and… Read more

  • How an Iowa teenager used an Etch A Sketch to help land spots at MIT and Caltech

    How an Iowa teenager used an Etch A Sketch to help land spots at MIT and Caltech

    College admission has become increasingly competitive, but one Des Moines teenager found a unique way to distinguish himself from the pack. Dezell Turner, a senior at East High School and Central Academy, submitted a video explaining the history of calculus on an Etch A Sketch when applying to some of the country’s top engineering and… Read more

  • 5 Important Tips for Successful Admission Interviews

    5 Important Tips for Successful Admission Interviews

    Arrive prepared –  Be on time for your interview and dress nicely.  A suit and tie is not necessary but iron your shirt, brush your hair, and definitely brush your teeth. 🙂  If your interviewer asked you to prepare any information for the interview beforehand, be sure to have it ready for them either typed or neatly handwritten.  Formulate… Read more

  • The Curse of Being a Highly Selective College

    Getting into America’s top colleges is extremely hard, but making sense of how it’s decided who gets in is arguably even harder. By and large, colleges—especially the most selective ones—are allowed to keep their methods to themselves. Terry Hartle, of the American Council on Education, the leading group representing colleges and universities,… Read more