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Co-Founder Rachel Rubin led the groundbreaking study on how the 75 most selective U.S. colleges and universities make admissions decisions.


We help students achieve their goals by taking a holistic approach to helping them with every aspect of their academic and extracurricular development.


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Admissions tips, trends, and expertise

Read expert advice from Spark Admissions counselors on crafting compelling applications and essays, where to apply to college, admissions strategies and more.

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Which Colleges and Universities Will Be Test-Optional in 2023-2024?

Here is an up-to-date list of every school that will be test-optional, test-flexible, or test-blind in 2023-2024.

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Surprising Admissions Trends at U.S. Colleges in 2021-2022

This spring, many students and families discovered that schools that could once have been considered relatively safe bets for strong students were no longer sure things. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the schools that saw a particularly noteworthy drop in their admission rates.

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Changes in Admission at Top Boston-Area Schools

In recent years, colleges and universities in and around Boston (including those in its neighboring suburbs) have received a growing number of applications, and as a result, falling admission rates.

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Understanding the Special Admissions Programs at Northeastern University

Northeastern University has skyrocketed in popularity among college-bound high school students in recent years. As a result, Northeastern has initiated a number of “special admissions” programs that offer unique opportunities for students while also helping the university to manage their on-campus enrollment.

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Admissions Changes at Catholic Universities in the United States

With their rising popularity, Catholic and Jesuit colleges have become increasingly selective. So if you’re thinking that a Catholic university might be right for you, read on to learn more about the most popular options and what they’re looking for in their students.

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Which Colleges and Universities Will Be Test-Optional in 2022-2023?

Here is an up-to-date list of every school that will be test-optional, test-flexible, or test-blind in 2022-2023.

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The New Digital SAT – What It Is and What It Means for College Admissions

The College Board recently announced an entirely new format for the future of the SAT. What will it look like, and how will it affect you?

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Ivy League Schools Go Test-Optional Again for 2022-2023 – What This Means for College Admissions

Harvard, Stanford, and other top universities are extending their temporary test-optional policies. What does this mean for the college admissions landscape?

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