Applying to college and submitting your Common App is an amazing accomplishment – exciting and a little bit daunting when you first start. It’s important to understand the process so that you showcase yourself as a potential Ivy League or top college applicant in the best possible way. To make sure your understanding of the college application process is clear, I’ve listed the steps required to complete your application successfully –and don’t forget, as a former Harvard admissions interviewer and Harvard grad I’m also here to help you further if you’re looking to hire a college admissions consultant who specializes in the Ivy League. So, here we go! 1. Create an account on https://www.commonapp.org/ 2. After you created your account, go to “My Colleges” by selecting the My Colleges tab. This is where you can complete specific university supplemental information, questions and manage your recommendation letters for every college to which you are applying. 3. Next fill out the “Questions” section under the Application header. This can be found if you look to the left-hand side of your screen. This is where you’ll include things like your activities. You’ll be able to “Review and Submit” once you’re completely done. 4.
Transferring to an Ivy League College? It's Easier Than You Think! Getting in to Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, or any of the Ivy League schools might just be easier than you think... Though most of my Ivy League college admissions consulting blog centers around high school seniors applying to the most competitive universities in the US, every year I also work with students who are already in college, and are thinking about transferring to the Ivy League. Did you hear that correctly? YES, YOU CAN GET INTO AN IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, and more...by transferring. And, I'll tell you another secret: it's easier to get in than regular college admissions. Each year, I get students into some of the top colleges in the country: as transfers. Now, don't get me wrong, you need to do really well your first semester. The better your grades, the better your chances. That said, I have had students who were rejected from Harvard (for example) -- as in, not even deferred when they applied Early Decision. Not even waitlisted. Students who ended up going to not another Ivy League college, but an "easier" or mid-level college. In other words, a
The College Admissions Interview How to Prepare for your Ivy League interview as well as any other college or university! Hello Ivy League college applicants! This is one of my most important Ivy League college admissions blog posts of the admissions cycle, and we're going to touch on everything! First things first, your college admissions interview, and specifically, your Ivy League interviews -- especially if you are applying Early Decision, are quickly approaching! The question now is: how to best prepare? You spent so much time on your college applications, not to mention all the years and years of your life trying to do well in high school, and amassing the right extracurriculars, plus trying to get your SAT and ACT test scores high, and doing interesting and unique things with your outside school time, and your summers, and your mind, and your personality, just so you can GET INTO A GREAT IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE. In other words: don't blow it now. There is too much at stake. So, what can you do to not blow your college admissions interview, no matter where you're applying? Educate yourself! Know what to EXPECT from the interview process, and you'll be so way ahead
A lot of students this week got rejected from their early decision (ED) schools, and the heartbreak is horrible. Maybe it was a "reach" school, maybe it was Princeton or Harvard or Brown University, or maybe you just really, really wanted to go there from the time you were 8. Getting rejected from your first choice college though, doesn't mean you can't still get in to a really good school -- it does mean however, that you want to take a serious look (or have someone like me) take a serious look at your previous application and essays, to make sure you don't make the same mistake TWICE. Often, the essays are the reason people get rejected from their Early Decision schools, when everything else in their application (their stats, SAT scores, grades, extracurriculars, rec letters, etc) are stellar and up to par. It comes down to the writing, and more specifically, usually your topic choice for the Common App essay, or way it is written. This is good news and bad news. The good news is, you can change or revise your essay now, before you submit to your other schools and make the same mistake twice. The bad
The Ivy League College Admissions Essay That Will Get You Into Harvard This is a strong example of a successful Harvard admissions essay, and I will be posting examples this week of admission essays from other Ivy League schools like Princeton, Yale, Columbia and Brown, that got people in. The essay was written by a student named Calvin Heiman, to give credit where credit is due. However, as a former Harvard admissions interviewer, had this come across my desk while I was interviewing for the university (and if everything else in his application was super strong) he would have gotten my recommendation to admit. Here is his Common App essay in its entirety. It has everything I was trained by Harvard admissions to look for: originality, personal emotion, serious challenge, adversity, and yet his positive outlook comes through, and he creates a great, thoughtful and somewhat whimsical conclusion at the end that ties everything together. In other words, he paints a great picture with words. More so, his Common App essay really gives us a sense of who this person is: what he values, the tastes and flavors of his world (literally), and once again, his positive outlook, despite real,
If you’re applying to an Ivy League college you already know that high grades, tons of AP classes, stellar SAT scores, unique extracurriculars, and fantastic teacher recs can all play a role in your application and acceptance to some of the most prestigious colleges in America. The following are top ten tips though that you may not have thought of that when, combined with the standard qualifications above (i.e. stellar GPA, etc), can actually serve to help you get in! Social Media: Schools check. So, that said, you want to make sure that there is nothing crude or lewd on your facebook page and you’re not making extreme non-pc comments all over twitter. It’s okay to show yourself having fun with your friends, and you certainly don’t have to show yourself as 100% scholarly and serious (it is a social outlet, after all), and you’re even allowed to have an opinion that maybe other people don’t necessarily agree with, but just keep in mind that the college admission officers are trying to get a sneak peak and quick overview of who you might be online. If you think your fb page shows you as an all around great person with dedicated