Was your child struggling to decide whether to write about COVID-19 on their Common App personal statement?  Were you concerned the topic would be too common, that every college essay would be about the pandemic and that admissions officers would tire of reading about how...

I was delighted to be interviewed for this article addressing the coronavirus college gap year. As I state in the article, students who take an intentional and purposeful gap year can thrive, but those who take a gap year that is not well-planned can stall....

College admissions consultants work with students to help them "build" their college list. But, there are a lot of amazing colleges and universities out there, so how do students choose which colleges to put on their college list?  One critical consideration is academic fit - the...

Many high school students are concerned with how colleges will evaluate their spring 2020 transcripts, particularly if their school year ended early or if their high school converted grades to pass/fail. Colleges and universities understand that all students are in the same situation - everyone's...

Many people dismiss the notion that colleges will check out an applicant’s social media profiles, but it really does happen. The trend is declining  - only 25% of admissions officers reported looking at social media in 2018, down from 40% in 2015.  Typically a college will only...

Your high school student has been quarantined since March. Her plans for a fabulous summer building homes with Habitat for Humanity have been shelved. Summer programs abroad and on college campuses have been cancelled. What should your child do? This may be the summer of Covid-19,...

Your son checked all the boxes. He joined the right clubs, had the great grades, and wrote the perfect essay. He was admitted to one of his top choices! Kudos to him. But he says that he does not want to start his first year...