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College Search and Selection
- When should I start planning for college?
- How do I narrow my college choices down to what’s right for me?
- How can I make the most of my college visits?
- Do colleges look at grades from freshman year?
Applying to College
- How many colleges should I apply to?
- What is the most important factor in colleges’ admissions decisions?
- Should I take the ACT or the SAT and if so, how many times?
- Which colleges are test-optional?
- Is it better to be involved in several extracurricular activities or to concentrate on just a few?
- How should I list my high school activities on the Common Application?
- What is the difference between Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision?
- What tips have successful students shared?
Writing College Application Essays
- How can I write a great college essay?
- What college essay topics should I avoid?
- Should I write the optional essay?
- Should I interview?
- What questions should I expect during a college interview?
- Do colleges place the same importance on alumni interviews as they do on on-campus interviews?
- If a college says the interview is informational, not evaluative, should I still interview?
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all you have done to bring clarity to the college selection process. The questionnaires, email exchanges, and our meeting were so helpful in finetuning our thought process and guiding our conversations. We are so very grateful to you for sharing your expertise with us.