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2021-2022 Common Application essays
The Common Application released their essay prompts early this year. Usually, the prompts are an exact repeat from the previous year (as has been the case for four years) but this year they’re changing it up ---just what you need
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demonstrated interest college admissions
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning) Juniors: now is the time to start showing colleges some love! Demonstrated interest – yours – increasingly is a factor in the admissions selection
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College Admissions extend test optional policies
Every day things seem to shift and change in the college admissions landscape. Add in a pandemic and things become even murkier. As you know from reading our blog posts, the test-optional narrative isn't a free pass if you are aiming high. We still recommend that our
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college transfer admissions during covid
The COVID-19 virus has completely disrupted the world of college admissions, with policy changes in standardized testing, dramatic shifts in opportunities during the school year and summer, and fluctuating statistics in college admissions. The college experience has also been quite
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Class of 2025 Admissions Statistics
Another year for the record books, as top colleges and universities see their overall application volumes soar in this most unprecedented cycle. Among the eye-popping statistics we’ve seen, NYU tops 100,000 applications, Harvard’s pool grows by 57 percent, and Colgate
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SAT Subject Tests Discontinued - Breaking News
The College Board announced today (January 19, 2021) that effective immediately, the SAT subject tests will be discontinued for students in the U.S. and they will be phased out for international students this summer after the May, June test dates.
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college visits during COVID
Spring break has traditionally been a time for high school students to visit colleges, walking around campuses, participating in student-led tours, and even sitting in on classes. In the midst of the pandemic, however, most of these options are no
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Class 2025 early admissions trends
It’s here! What you’ve all been waiting for, Top Tier’s annual deep dive analysis into this year’s early admissions round. Let’s get started… Looking at the chart below, which of the following can you infer? More students apply early to
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middle school college admissions
We are often asked if middle school is too early to start thinking about college admissions. Though some would argue that thinking about college while in middle school could lead to additional stress for students, we would argue that the
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virtual college admission interview tips
This year’s admissions process certainly looks different. Schools have gone test-optional, campus tours have moved online, and college admissions interviews — traditionally held in-person with alumni or admissions officers — have shifted to a virtual format. For many students, this
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