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How to Make Applying to College Less Stressful

June 01, 2020
Written by Taylor

While it may be impossible to make applying to college completely devoid of stress, there are definitely ways to make the process manageable. By both having a clear plan for the various steps of the process and giving yourself mental space away from it, you can find ways to alleviate the stress and anxiety of applying to college.

How to Approach the Common Application’s New Coronavirus Prompt

May 13, 2020
Written by Taylor

On May 12, the Common Application announced that it would be adding a new, dedicated section for students to address how coronavirus has affected their educations, their college preparation, their family circumstances, and their lives.

How to Apply to Colleges: A Complete Guide

March 26, 2020
Written by Taylor

The college admissions process in the United States has become increasing complex over the past two decades, while the ways that colleges choose who to admit have become more and more opaque. There's so much information (and misinformation) out there about how to make yourself a competitive applicant that you may not realize how much time and energy the actual application process takes until it's too late.

2020-2021 Common App Essay Prompts (Tips & Examples)

March 25, 2020
Written by Taylor

The personal statement section of the Common Application, better known as the Common App essay, is among the most important elements of the college application process. This 650-word personal essay helps admissions officers contextualize your grades and test scores and better understand what kind of college student you're going to be.

How Important Are Supplemental College Essays?

January 17, 2020
Written by Taylor

Today, the vast majority of selective schools ask students to write and submit short essays responding to questions particular to that school. These essays are arguably the most important piece of your application outside of your grades and standardized test scores. Why do supplemental essays matter so much? And how can you ensure you're writing ones that your dream schools will love?