Community Service: It’s Important to Give Back

By Gregg Cohen

You may have heard that college applicants should create an activity resume, and we discussed it a bit in this previous blog. It’s important to note that community service should always be a category on your activity list for two main reasons: 1. It looks good to colleges. 2. Because it’s just a good thing…

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Advice From Inside: What Rising Seniors Can Do Over the Summer

By Gregg Cohen

As part of our Advice From Inside series, where I ask our amazing staff of college counselors and former college admission counselors to share their knowledge with student and parents, this time I asked… “What can rising seniors do over the summer to make their fall less stressful?”

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College Life: An Important Balance of Work Hard/ Play Hard

By Gregg Cohen

There is a saying when talking about colleges and universities that it’s nice when they have a “work hard, play hard” mix. If you think academics are the only thing that happens in college, you’re wrong. For traditional students, academics certainly come first, but the social aspect of college is a close second.

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The One Word That Can Make a Big Difference

By ShawnB

Leadership is the action of leading others. When underclass high school students ask me the ways in which they can make their college application stronger, one consistent piece of advice I offer is to display leadership.   Why it’s important: Colleges look for students who display leadership experience and potential for a simple reason: if…

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Advice From Admission Counselors: Teacher Recommendations

By Gregg Cohen

Apply Right counselors have decades of admissions experience. From time to time, we like to tap into that experience to provide you with the inside scoop.  This week we asked them to finish the following sentence… “The best teacher recommendation is one that…”

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The “Why’s” and “How’s” of the Activity Resume

By Gregg Cohen

You may have heard that you should create an activity resume for colleges, but why? What should be on it? And how can you make it stand out?

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You Just Got Back From Visiting Colleges… Now What?

By Gregg Cohen

Winter and spring school vacations are the best time to visit colleges. Waiting until the summer means that college campuses will be empty and quiet and hard to gauge. Waiting until fall of senior year means that you will be extremely busy and it may not happen.

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40 Unique Questions You Can Ask When Touring Colleges

By Gregg Cohen

You may have a picture in your head about what touring a college is like, and you’re probably right. It will likely be a large group of current high school students and their families walking slowly behind a current college student who is walking backwards (dodging puddles and classmates) and pointing out the highlights of…

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When Your Personal Essay Is Too Personal

By Gregg Cohen

You’re told time and time again that the college essay needs to be personal. It needs to give the reader a clear sense of who you are as a person; it’s a way to let the college that you are applying to know all about you. But, occasionally Apply Right counselors read personal essays that…

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