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Need Help With College Admissions?

College admissions is not for the faint of heart. All you need do is review the Class of 2021 acceptance rates to see for yourself.

We’ve been swamped with emails and calls from nervous parents and students who, now that summer has kicked in, wonder “WHAT can I do to get into a top college?” They ask varied questions, but are all seeking help. We feel their pain. It’s complicated and confusing to figure out what’s truth and what’s myth when it comes to getting into college.

As we always say, “college admissions is not transparent.” This is why we do what we do – we believe that knowledge is power and we set out to empower students with our books, services, and our Admissions Insight blog which has been around for over 15 years, before we even knew what a “blog” was.

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A clearer focus on college admissions.

Once some of the common myths are banished and students understand the playing field, the admissions process becomes much less stressful we’ve found. We want students to be fully authentic and when they stop trying to be someone they aren’t, in the name of “getting in,” then their time in high school is much better spent.

Below, we aim to give students and their parents a guide to what we offer that matches where they are! The questions are samples that have come to our offices recently.


Year by Year: There is a Lot You Can Do! Take Action Now.

I have just finished junior year and am stressed about the whole application process and selecting schools. Help me.

I’m going to be a junior in the fall and need help with admissions.

What should I do this summer that would help me get into a better college?

My son is a smart kid and did well freshman year, but he doesn’t have any of the high level awards other kids at his school who have gone to the Ivies received.

How can I push up my SAT/ACT scores? I have time this summer, but I’ve heard that the big company SAT/ACT prep courses in a classroom aren’t customized enough and sort of waste time? Any ideas?

Whatever tutoring you choose, be sure it is one on one tutoring as this is most effective and allows you to zoom in on your specific test-weaknesses. Our tutors and diagnostic testing do just this!

Are you a current client of Top Tier Admissions interested in our tutoring services? Email us for your client-only discount code.


I keep hearing about the Academic Index. What is it and where does my student stand?

  • That’s easy! We have a link to this on our website –assess where your student stands in terms of college admissions rankings today. Michele Hernandez was the first to reveal this formula to the public in her book A is for Admission and we were the first to bring the AI calculator to the web over 15 years ago!


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Calling all writers! Get your groove on this summer and submit some of your work for publication. We love Glimmer Train which welcomes the work of upcoming writers like you. There is a fee per story (see website for specifics) but there are also prizes for winning entries. Listed below are upcoming deadlines for submissions.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place – $2,500):

  • Welcome in January/February, May/June, and September/October.
  • Open only to writers who haven’t had any fiction appear (nor scheduled to appear) in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries must not have appeared in print, but previous online publication is fine.)
  • Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $2,000):

  • Welcome in March/April and July/August.
  • We invite any length stories from 300 to 3,000 words.

Fiction Open (1st place – $3,000):

  • Welcome in March/April and July/August.
  • Open to all subjects​ ​and themes. Most entries run from 3,000 to 6,000 words, but we invite stories from 3,000 to 20,000 words.

Family Matters (1st place – $2,500):

  • Welcome in November/December.
  • Calling for stories about families of all configurations. Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.

Standard Category ($700):

  • Welcome in May and November.
  • Open to all. $2 processing fee. Maximum word count: 12,000. Any shorter lengths are welcome.

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