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The Common App Questions: Step-By-Step

By Bethany Goldszer | Jul 24, 2020

  The Common Application, also known as the Common App, can be challenging to work through. I understand that. As such, I wrote The Common App Questions Guide to break down the application for you, one question at a time. Also, I clarify why each question is asked and how to best answer each one […]

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COVID-19 Question on the Common App

By Bethany Goldszer | Jul 16, 2020

On August 1, 2020, the 2020-2021 Common App will refresh. This year, what you will notice is that the Common App added a question for you to write about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you. There is no doubt that coronavirus has disrupted our lives. For starters, schools have been closed since March and […]

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Guide to Early Action Schools

By Bethany Goldszer | Jul 10, 2020

In the United States, there are more than 300 early action schools. Colleges with an early admissions program that does not ask applicants to commit to attending is considered Early Action (EA). Compared to Early Decision, which does ask for a binding commitment, early action schools can be a better deal for you. Early action […]

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Early Decision: University of Chicago

By Bethany Goldszer | Jul 8, 2020

Fall college admissions is less than two months away. Applications are due between October 15th and February 1st. For colleges, the date your application is due depends on the admissions cycle you select. The University of Chicago, for example, has four types of application cycles: Early Action (due November 2), Early Decision I (due November […]

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Early Action or Early Decision: Which is Better?

By Bethany Goldszer | Jul 4, 2020

When you apply to college this fall, you will have to decide the admissions cycle, Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA). Research shows that your admissions chances may be higher if you apply EA or ED, provided that you are a strong candidate. ED and EA due dates are either November 1 or November […]

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When to Apply Early Decision: NYU

By Bethany Goldszer | Jul 3, 2020

The college application season begins in early fall. For the majority of schools, application due dates can vary from October 15th to February 1. The Early Decision NYU due date, for example, is November 15. For other colleges, when your application will be due depends on the admissions cycle you select.  NYU has three types […]

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How to Organize College Applications

By Bethany Goldszer | Jun 29, 2020

When it comes to preparing for college applications, first you want to make sure that you get organized. It does not matter if you have impressive grades and test scores. Or if you are super involved with extracurricular activities and your teachers speak about you with high regard. All of this means nothing if you do not have a process or timeline for submitting your college applications.

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How to Pay for College

By Bethany Goldszer | Jun 5, 2020

The costs of higher education are rising. According to a recent College Board survey, today’s college education costs approximately $24,061 for an in-state public college and $47,831 for a private college, up 3% since last year.Inadequate planning through the college financial aid process can bring the burden of unnecessary debt in the form of unsubsidized federal loans, private bank loans, or home equity lines of credit. In our years of working with middle- and upper-income families, we have learned that you can save as much as 50% off of tuition costs with proper planning.

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How to Ask for a College Recommendation Letter

By Bethany Goldszer | Jun 3, 2020

College recommendation letters are important in the college admissions process. The recommendation letter provides social proof or verification of the information you provide in your college application. Also, the college recommendation letter gives dimension to your high school academic record. A good recommendation letter can strengthen your application (it won’t be the sole reason a […]

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