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What Colleges Look For

Behind the Holistic Admission Curtain
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By Casey Near
November 10, 2021 | 3 minute read

A few weeks ago, my colleague Arun hosted the leaders of the admission offices at UC Berkeley, Caltech, and Johns Hopkins to discuss highly selective admission, peeling back the layers...

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Ten Ways to Make Valuable Contributions
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By Kevin McMullin
November 3, 2021 | 3 minute read

Too many high school students view their success in group activities as measured only by accolades or official titles. But there are lots of ways you can make valuable contributions that...

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Extracurriculars: Exploring and Exploiting
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By Arun Ponnusamy
October 6, 2021 | 3 minute read

One of the cringier questions that admissions officers are commonly asked at college fairs—virtual or in-person—is some version of, “How many hours of community service do I need to get...

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Questions to Consider for Junior Year
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By Casey Near
September 1, 2021 | 7 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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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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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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