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. After 10 years of normalcy, the University of California (UC) system is changing the structure of its college […]

How do you spend your time on the internet?

April 1, 2016

Several studies in 2015 examined the association between time spent on the internet and academic performance. Their results suggest that a deeper issue to be concerned with is not the amount of time spent on the internet, but the motive behind the use of that time. They also reveal trends between male and female students, […]

The UC System Changes Admission Essays – First Revision in 10 Years

March 25, 2016

(Update: Listen to Our Audio Podcast Regarding the UC Essay Changes!) The University of California (UC) system has announced sweeping changes to the essay portion of its admission applications. Gone are the traditional two personal statement prompts. In their place are a set of short-answer questions that applicants can choose from. In the new application, […]

Why You Shouldn’t Take the New SAT

March 17, 2016

Standardized tests such as the SAT I Reasoning test are high-stakes events during the college preparation process. Thus, it’s best not to risk your chances of getting into the college of your choice by putting yourself at a disadvantage. The new SAT I test that will be released in March 2016 has so many new […]