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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 thus…


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…


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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Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate (and Eat Right!)

If you’ve ever been in a pre-test meeting with our tutoring team, you have likely heard them talk about the importance of getting a good night’s rest, drinking plenty of water, and eating well, especially when preparing for a school assessment or standardized test. And if you’ve been following our blogs this year, they all…


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,…


Get a Move On!

So you know that exercise is important for physical health, but did you know that it can also help you learn better? Various studies have linked movement with better cognitive function–benefits that you can capitalize on just by setting aside a small chunk of time each day. Your brain on exercise When you exercise, you…


Sleep Matters

Ahhh, sleep! Yeah, we’re sure you’ve heard this before…but it’s true: sleep is incredibly important when it comes to doing well on tests and remembering things you’ve learned. Without it, your brain won’t have the time it needs to do its work cataloguing all the information it has processed in a day. Yes, you read…


Guide for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid  An often heard saying in higher education is that financing a college education is like a three-legged stool: the family, the college, and the federal government. It is important to keep in mind the order in which the three legs are listed. Although much is written about the vast amount of monies available…


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…


When to Start Prepping for the ACT or SAT

A frequent question we get from parents and students is, “When should I start prepping for the SAT and ACT?” Unfortunately, there isn’t a “set in stone” timeframe that works for everyone, so before giving an answer, let us ask you a few questions. What grade are you in? The window you have for taking…


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…


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…


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…


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…


How Pareto’s Principle Can Help You Study Better

This month, we’re diving into Pareto’s Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) to help you find the best way to study so you can learn more and do better on exams and assessments.  An idea is born Pareto’s Principle comes from Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist who, in the late 1800s famously observed that…