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About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally f...  (More)

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UC’s Change Application Essay Prompts
Mar 26, 2016 3:50 pm
Comments: 8 | Views: 28,745

(written by John Raftrey)

The University of California announced this week it is eliminating the two essay prompts in their current application and replacing... More
10 Tips For This Year?s Common App
Oct 7, 2014 1:54 pm
Comments: 1 | Views: 25,063

(written by John Raftrey)

Early decision and early action applications start becoming due at the end of the month. To make sure your Common App is in good shape,... More
Gunn Student Posts Video on Student Deaths and Stress
Nov 5, 2014 8:36 pm
Comments: 35 | Views: 20,797

Gunn senior Martha Cabot?s YouTube video comments on the recent death of a classmate and offers insight into what makes high school stressful. Video has gone viral... More
Harvard drops the requirement for SAT Subjects Tests. What you should do for Harvard and other schools, too.
Jun 11, 2014 2:01 pm
Comments: 7 | Views: 17,539

Harvard made college news last month when they announced that SAT Subject Tests would no longer be required. If you are a low income or first... More
Touring the SoCal Elites:UCLA, USC, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna
Aug 18, 2014 8:48 pm
Comments: 12 | Views: 17,208

(written by John Raftrey) The second in a series.

The Elite schools in Southern California all have admit rates under 20%, making admissions to them a virtual... More
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