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Demonstrated Interest: Getting the attention of your top-choice college

April 14, 2015

Once you have an idea of where you would like to apply, it’s time to start building a long-term relationship with these schools far in advance of the application season.  Meaningful contact with multiple school reps over time helps you authentically “demonstrate interest” in attending.  Your established and documented interest differentiates you from other equally qualified applicants and could very well be the difference between a yes and a no!

NEW Common App Essay Prompts - What You Need to Know

April 5, 2015

The Common Application has just released updated prompts for the class of 2016 and now is the perfect time to start preparing for your essay!

In this post we will break down each prompt and help you:

(1) Understand what the committee is really looking for from each type of question.

(2) Brainstorm to jumpstart the writing process and

Connecting with Admissions Offices from afar

October 29, 2014

Visiting colleges and/or interviewing is a great way to “demonstrate (your) interest” in attending. However, if you are unable to visit or interview, fret not!  

There are many ways to make the decision makers aware of who you are and of your interest in attending.  But whether you connect via email, by telephone, or in person, it is important in all circumstances to be able to articulate clearly what you are hoping to get from your college experience (why them?) as well as what you will bring to campus (why you?). 

5 Questions That Will Get YOU Noticed by Colleges

October 24, 2014

Reaching out to admissions representatives in person at an event or by email is a great opportunity to add give them insight into your personality, values and goals through the questions that you ask. It is also a great way to demonstrate your interest in the college; an increasingly important way you can tip the scales in admissions decisions (colleges want to pick candidates who will pick them).

Personality traits admissions officers LOVE and how to showcase them

September 18, 2014

If you have a rigorous course load, stellar test scores, and a packed activity list you are in pretty good shape. However, many others are in your same boat and YOU have to stand out even more.

Admissions officers want to see beyond your academic and personal resume to understand who you are. More specifically: how will you enhance the campus and ultimately become an influential alumnus? If your application can showcase that – then you are in really great shape!