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How Admissions Officers at Top Schools Manage College Yield Rates

November 27, 2019

This may come as a shock to many of you, but highly selective colleges and universities do worry about getting you to say yes and actually attend their schools. In fact, schools admit far more students than they actually have space for, because they know not all students will accept their offers. The word that we use in the industry to refer to the percentage of students who accept an offer of admission is called “yield.” College yield rates matter primarily

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A Guide to Combined BS/MD Programs

November 27, 2019

You might have had your heart set on becoming a doctor your entire life. If you’ve already started pursuing extracurricular activities in the medical field such as shadowing doctors and volunteering at hospitals, you might be wondering if there are any options for you beyond just regular pre-med. This is where combined BS/MD programs come into play. If you’re a strong student, have pushed yourself to earn high scores, and engaged in relevant extracurriculars, you might be a good fit for combined BS/MD programs. Moreover, if you’re passionate about medicine, know that this is the only career for you, and can’t wait to start your medical education, this is a good route to explore. But note that it is by no means easy.

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Junior Year Checklist: Staying on Track for College Application Season

November 27, 2019

I work with students from all over the world and I can tell you with certainty that no matter where you are located or what type of school you attend, junior year will be the hardest year of high school. Some students think that college application season is far away. However, if you are a junior, you don’t have as much time as you think. You spend your freshman year learning the ropes of high school. By sophomore year, you feel a bit more comfortable and should start getting actively involved in your community. But, by 11th grade, there will be plenty to do and you should have a game

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Questions to Ask at Medical School Interviews

November 22, 2019

After you submitted secondaries, and after what might have been a very impatient waiting period, if you’ve received one or more medical school interview invitations, congrats! You’re almost at the finish line, and your chances of gaining admission in this cutthroat process has increased substantially. While you should obviously practice the most common interview questions, there’s another component you must prepare to face. More likely than not, you will be asked if you have

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Common MBA Interview Questions at the Top Business Schools

November 21, 2019

If you’ve already sent in your components for business school applications, congratulations! Don’t just sit around or plan a month-long vacation now – you need to check whether the schools on your list require you to sign up for interviews or if you have to wait until you’re invited. Now that your schools have seen your resumé – the interview is the place where the adcom gets to know you outside of paper and answer any questions you might have about the institution.

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Supplemental Essays Guide: Analysis of Prompts for the Top 20 Schools

November 20, 2019

By now, you may have sent out multiple college applications during the early admissions round. Once you’re done with EA/ED apps, it’s time to start thinking about the ways you can still boost your profile before you submit to your RD schools. Writing stellar essays is an effective way to make a lasting impression on admissions officers. Along with your personal statement, there is another written component that you need to take

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Early Decision Notification Dates 2019-2020

November 19, 2019

If you’ve double-checked your Common App profile, proofread the final draft of your personal statement, and sent your materials to your top-choice schools, congrats! You’re done with your early action and early decision applications. Now comes the tough part - the nerve-racking period as you await the early decision notification dates 2019-2020.

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A Guide to the USC Supplemental Essays 2019-2020

November 15, 2019

You could be applying to the University of Southern California as an aspiring actor hoping to benefit from the “Acting for the Stage, Screen, and New Media” program as a steppingstone to Hollywood. Or you could be more of a STEM-oriented person, hoping to break into the gaming industry, ready to take on the “Computer Science: Games” major. Whatever your academic focus, taking advantage of the USC supplemental essays 2019-2020 is an effective way to highlight who you are and why you’ve chosen the home of the Trojans.

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Privilege in College Admissions: Framing Your Background on Applications

November 14, 2019

The recent college admissions scandal might have rendered you speechless. If you’re wondering whether this is another overblown news story, think again. The scandal has brought to light students from privileged backgrounds who gained acceptance to top schools through duplicitous means. The discoveries renewed skepticism about admissions protocols and an examination of misused privilege in college admissions.

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Your Medical School Application Timeline

November 14, 2019

As you check off your pre-med requirements in college, you’re probably aware that the medical school application timeline has only just begun. And it doesn't get easier at any step of the way. The average medical school acceptance rate is only 7%, so you need to bring your A-game not only in terms of strong grades and MCAT scores, but through impressive applications and interviews.

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