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Completing the Common Application – a Step-by-Step Guide

Completing the Common App – a Step-by-Step Guide

This is your step-by-step, section-by-section guide to completing the Common App!  Below you’ll find instructional videos that will guide you through each section of the third “tab” in the Common Application – which is the heart of the application itself. We hope these short videos will answer your questions about each section of the Common […]

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Time for Test Prep!

As college counselors, we frequently meet with test prep professionals who work both in person and online.  Several test prep companies are offering special discounts and packages as the summer winds down.  Take advantage of these opportunities! Catalyst Prep founder Jared Friedland offers an 8-session online test prep course this month.  See the flyer below […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Apply to All Eight Ivy League Schools

Many people mistakenly believe that applying to a larger number of “reach” or top-tier schools increases the chances of being admitted to one.  There are two big reasons why this belief not only is wrong, but jeopardizes students’ chances of admission to even one of the top schools on their lists. Reason #1 Why You […]

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Grade Inflation: How it Impacts College Admissions

Parents always share their students’ weighted GPA with us first.  “He has a 4.7,” moms always say.  “She has straight As all through high school,” dads will tell us. The problem is this:  everyone else does too.  Well, half of everyone else.  It’s a national concern, and it’s called grade inflation. Grade inflation is a […]

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Bryn Mawr College

Steeped in tradition, Bryn Mawr College is about 20 minutes outside of Center City Philadelphia, a few minutes’ walk from the SEPTA commuter train’s Bryn Mawr station.  One of the original “Seven Sister” colleges, Bryn Mawr is a women’s liberal arts college with about 1300 undergraduate students. There are a few things that make the […]

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High-Pressure College App Sales Tactics

You’re bombarded with information – and sales pitches – from colleges, and from services insisting they can help your child get into college.  Your inbox is overflowing; the e-mails seem breathless:  VISIT NOW!  APPLY NOW!  SIGN UP NOW! We get it.  We’re bombarded with information and sales pitches too.  I was on a webinar last […]

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Stetson University

When you visit Stetson University, Florida’s first private university, you’ll be greeted by palm trees, an outdoor pool, rocking chairs and hammocks.  Located in DeLand, central Florida, less than an hour from Orlando and 30 minutes from Daytona Beach, Stetson students enjoy a graciously comfortable 178-acre campus which is designated by the National Register of Historic […]

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University of Miami

The University of Miami, home of the Hurricanes, and better known as “the U,” is located south of Miami in the historic enclave of Coral Gables. This private university of 11,000 undergrads and 5,000 graduate students is a gorgeous spread of manicured green lawns and spacious sidewalks, banyan trees, palms, and lush, deep green vegetation. […]

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Summer 2017 College Application Workshops

Magellan will host several college application workshops and college essay “boot camps” for Los Angeles-area students in June, and towards the end of the summer.  The purpose of each of our workshops is to help students get applications and essays done long before fall classes and senior year activities become intense. All events are three hours, […]

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