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What Colleges Look For

Questions to Consider for Junior Year
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By Casey Near
September 1, 2021 | 6 minute read

When I worked in admission, it was common to hear colleagues talk about the importance of junior year, a story we told over and over to eager high school students visiting our campuses....

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What Colleges Look For

How to Write an Email to a College Admissions Officer
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By Collegewise Staff
April 22, 2021 | 5 minute read

Today's college applicant is much more likely to email, not call, an admissions officer with a question or request. So it’s important to remember that the person on the receiving end of...

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What Colleges Look For

The Truth About Demonstrated Interest
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By Tom Barry
April 21, 2021 | 5 minute read

 One of the often cited but little understood factors for students applying to college is a deliberately vague feature called “Demonstrated Interest.” We’ve written before about what...

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Perspective in the Time of Decision
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By Casey Near and Arun Ponnusamy
April 7, 2021 | 4 minute read

We know there are seniors around the country (and world) who have admissions offers in hand but still find themselves looking backward and wondering, “What if…?” Parents and other adult...

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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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What Colleges Look For

Major Myths, Busted
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By Verónica Leyva
February 10, 2021 | 7 minute read

In my first year as a college counselor, I met a student – let’s call her Kamila – who was adamant about studying medicine, and she shaped her list of colleges based almost exclusively...

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