Early Decision- How It Increases Your Chances of Admission

May 14, 2016

There are those who believe in getting a good head start. This is something that rings true when it comes to filing for a college admission. Even though most of the top universities around the country offer a very reasonable deadline for the filing of a student’s college admission – which may fall sometime early […]

Keynote Presentation- The New UC Admission Prompts

May 9, 2016

For those who just missed our college admissions seminar event in April, here is the keynote presentation for all of you to enjoy!  

Why Don’t U.S. Schools Teach Grammar?

April 28, 2016

If I asked you to name something controversial, grammar probably wouldn’t be the first thing to pop into your mind. Among English teachers, however, few topics can provoke more vehement disagreement than the question of how grammar should be taught. Today, schools in the United States are relatively light in their approach to grammar. Students […]

The College Admission Authority- Ep. 2

April 26, 2016

CAA#2- Planning for Summer Activities Now is the time that many parents are planning summer activities for their children. What kinds of activities would you recommend? In general, how many summer activities should a parent plan out for their child? Some colleges like Stanford University host summer enrichment camps for high school students on campus. If […]

The College Admission Authority- Ep. 1

April 19, 2016

CAA#1- The Changes to the UC Admission Prompts After almost 10 years, the University of California changed the personal statement requirement of its undergraduate admissions application.  In this episode we will be talking about this change along with what students expect to see this fall.  Jon Siapno will also be discussing different case studies and “underdog” stories […]

Are You Waitlisted? Here’s How to Craft an Appeal Letter

April 10, 2016

You know exactly what that look on your son’s face means. You’ve seen it many times before in his brothers. The furrowed eyebrows, the unsatisfying breathes of stale air. It’s April, so your high school teenager probably just asked his crush to the prom and she said, “Um, maybe? Let me think about it?” Then […]

Strategies for the New UC Personal Statement Format

April 10, 2016

Revised on 4/28/2016 After receiving feedback from admissions officials in the University of California (UC) system, this article was revised to reflect the heart of what the UC system seeks to understand through its personal statement prompts. Watch Our Keynote Presentation Regarding the UC Essay Changes! After 10 years of normalcy, the University of California […]