Why You Should Have a “Financial Safety” School On Your List

By Gregg Cohen

By now you have likely heard of a “safety school” and have some understanding of what that means. (Read more here) In that sense, we are talking about changes of being admitted to a particular school. But there is a newer phrase in the world of college counseling that you may want to understand better,…

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Applying Early Isn’t Always Better

By Gregg Cohen

I catch myself saying it often to the students I work with, “Early is better!” And, for the most part, it’s true.  Admission rates are generally higher for students who apply Early Decision or Early Action, and there are many reasons for this.  One of the main reasons is because colleges like students who can…

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Our Essential Essay Do’s and Don’ts

By Gregg Cohen

One of the reasons so many families sign up with Apply Right over the summer is so that students can complete their college essay BEFORE senior year.  Our counselors and essay specialists are available all summer long and we love helping students write amazing essays and taking this big task off their fall to-do lists.…

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Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen. When Too Much Advice is Actually a Bad Thing.

By Gregg Cohen

The college application process is complicated, and it’s understandable that families would want to seek as much information as they possibly can.  But, we have learned over many years of doing this work that too much advice can actually work against you.  Here are a few examples when it makes sense to cut down the…

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Apply Right Staff Profile: Jackie Woodson

By Gregg Cohen

Jackie is a college counselor with Apply Right, learn more about her in this Staff Spotlight.  

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Our Least Favorite Word: Good

By Gregg Cohen

We get this question a lot, and perhaps it’s one that you have thought to ask: “What is a good college?” or “What is a good SAT score?”  We are often asked what is good, so it’s time to address it.

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What is the Additional Information Essay and Who Needs to Write it?

By Gregg Cohen

Most students know that they will need to write one big college essay for their applications. But, sometimes the additional essays can come as a surprise.  One option on the Common Application and Coalition Application is for students to write an “Additional Information Essay.” It’s worded as such on the Common Application: “Do you wish to…

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Apply Right Staff Profile: Erika Murphy

By Gregg Cohen

Erika Murphy is a College Counselor with Apply Right. Learn more about her in this Staff Profile.   BS, Bridgewater State College MEd, Salem State University   Erika is a licensed professional school counselor and has worked as a guidance counselor in the high school setting since 2012.   In Her Own Words: My Approach “Over…

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Students Come First

By Gregg Cohen

It’s becoming common knowledge that teenagers are more stressed than ever.  A recent study determined that nearly 50% of high school students who attend rigorous high schools feel a great deal of stress on a daily basis. (You can find that study here) Additionally, The National Association of Mental Illness reports that 1 in 4…

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