The Waitlist

Why do colleges have waitlists? Although colleges use past experience and algorithms to predict the targeted class size, it is an imperfect science. The waitlist helps to fill out numbers if deposits fall short of the target. Some colleges waitlist students who may be admissible but have not expressed a strong interest in attending and…

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In the Trenches: The College Admissions Year So Far

If you have been reading our Education Station Resource Guides and Blogs this year, you will know that college admissions has not returned to pre-pandemic policies and what we would describe as “normal.” All predictions based on past admission statistics and algorithms are off the table. Below is a  re-cap and some updates about the…

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Enrollment Management

What is Enrollment Management? Strategies and methods used by college admissions offices to reach the enrollment goals set forth by the institution Usually involves specific recruitment targeted areas/schools Always involves financial considerations that will enhance the enrollment goals  Colleges often hire outside agencies to help them develop algorithms to guide them in achieving their enrollment…

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Merit Scholarships

Need based financial aid for families is determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which is required by every college and university in the country. Additionally, some private institutions also require families to complete the CSS Profile. As the cost of higher education has increased at an alarming rate in recent years,…

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Timeline for College-bound Students

Ninth Grade Enjoy the journey, it is not just about the destination. Don’t try to build a resume based on your perception of what colleges value. Explore different activities to discover what you enjoy doing, and then pursue that. Course selection does matter. You should always challenge yourself to the best of your ability. When…

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Test Optional and Test Blind

Test Optional and Test Blind Test optional first became news in the early 1970s when Dick Moll, then the Director of Admissions, declared that Bowdoin College would no longer require the SAT or ACT as part of the admissions process. Since then, hundreds of colleges and universities have followed suit, most notably many liberal arts…

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Tips for Gap Year Students

Who should take a Gap year? Students who are not ready or mature enough to leave home yet An athlete who wants a year to improve skills or physically develop more Often athletes who play juniors take a PG year An athlete who is considered recruitable athletically but needs to improve academics Those who need…

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Advice for Visual Arts and Performing Arts Students

Visual Arts (Studio Art, Architecture, Fashion and Design) As a visual artist, when should I start working on my portfolio? From the very start of high school, you should be collecting pieces that you are particularly proud of and think you might want to showcase in the future. These pieces can be both from in…

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Advice for Athletes

Involvement in an athletic program at the college level requires a great deal of time and commitment regardless of the division. It is a huge decision that students must make early on in their high school career in order to prepare for recruitment and to research their opportunities. Many students (and their families) see an…

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