Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Top 10 Things Colleges Look for In Students

The Independent Educational Consultants Association, IECA, (of which I am a member) recently released the results of its survey aimed at identifying the key accomplishments and characteristics that colleges look for when deciding which students to admit and which to pass over. I was pleased to find the list in keeping with the advice I give my clients: Work hard (but don't fall prey to the all AP courses insanity), pursue a few activities passionately, be curious about life, form connections with teachers who can speak to your strengths and challenges in recommendations, write an honest, intriguing, kick-ass essay, and don't be afraid to let colleges know how much you'd like to be part of their community.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Colleges Report Increased Applications for 2010

With many college application filing periods now closed, statistics on the numbers of applications received by some of the most popular schools are becoming available...and they show that more kids are applying to more colleges. Here's a sampling of some current figures: