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Arun Ponnusamy

Arun Ponnusamy is the Chief Academic Officer at Collegewise. With his admissions experience at three highly selective universities (UCLA, Caltech, UChicago—also his alma mater), he has personally guided hundreds of students on their journey to college and spoken to thousands more students, parents, and educators at high schools, conferences, and community organizations around the United States and world. He is a member of and adheres to the highest ethical standards of both the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

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Will Colleges Look At My Social Media?
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By Arun Ponnusamy
March 26, 2021 | 3 minute read

For many of us during the pandemic, our social life needs were met by our social media feeds. Usage of these platforms skyrocketed as #quarantinelife led many people to seek meaningful...

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Choosing a College College Research

Spring Campus Visits Are Probably Overrated
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By Arun Ponnusamy
February 17, 2021 | 3 minute read

As a college counselor in a precedented year, my meetings with juniors right now would include planning spring break campus visits, maybe even one of those full-fledged road trips that’s...

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Testing/Test Prep

Subject Tests Are Gone? Cool.
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By Arun Ponnusamy
January 21, 2021 | 3 minute read

When you’re an admissions officer turned college counselor, you’re always a bit curious about the educational path a person has taken before intersecting with you. So, as the nation...

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College Applications

Free Resources to Help *ALL* Seniors Find Their Strong Close to 2020
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By Arun Ponnusamy
December 16, 2020 | 5 minute read

For those of you who want the good stuff right away, scroll on down. We won't be mad. Those of you who want a little bit of an appetizer, read on.

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College Essays

App Deadline Looming? It's Not Too Late to Write Great Essays!
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By Arun Ponnusamy
November 25, 2020 | 4 minute read

We know a few seniors out there are maaaybe just getting around to writing essays for looming application deadlines. And to be fair, it's probably more than a few seniors because friends...

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College Applications

A Little More Conversation Is Action
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By Arun Ponnusamy
October 21, 2020 | 4 minute read

Register for our upcoming Virtual College Fair here. Admission officers and college counselors of a certain age—myself included—love to regale/terrify high school students with tales of...

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