PCAP Success Story

July 20, 2018

By Calla Buttke As the college application season wanes and envelopes, both thick and thin, are sent out, emotions run high as students are accepted, waitlisted, or rejected by the institutions of higher education to which they applied. Overall, the culmination of this PCAP season has been quite successful, as students with whom I worked […]

Advantages of Attending a Large, Public University

July 13, 2018

By Calla Buttke While sometimes public colleges and universities get a bad rap, there are numerous advantages to attending a large, public university. Although attending a large, public school may not be the best fit for all students, state institutions provide many benefits that a wide variety of college students can take advantage of. Cost […]

How to Demonstrate Interest in the College Application Process

July 6, 2018

By Andrew Henrotin “Demonstrated interest” is how a college applicant shows he or she is serious about attending a particular college. As high school students are applying to more and more schools, colleges are giving demonstrated interest extra consideration in determining admissions and financial aid decisions. The main reason for this trend is colleges want […]

A Success Story in Writing Essays and Personal Statements

June 29, 2018

By Andrew Henrotin Lynn was applying to MFA graphic design programs at highly selective schools and came to ThinkTank for help with writing her application essays and personal statements. Before I began working with Lynn, I knew very little about her or graphic design. Over the course of a couple rigorous months, I got to […]

What Harvard (and other Ivy League schools) Consider in an Applicant

June 21, 2018

By Andrew Henrotin College admissions is not perfect nor an exact science. Some students who are denied admission to top colleges are quite capable, while some of those admitted might be better off somewhere else. Regardless, reputable institutions do everything possible to make the best admissions decisions for each student. Harvard College evaluates each applicant […]

Who NOT to Listen To during the College Application Process

June 15, 2018

By Susan Packer Davis I have been advising students and parents about college applications and essays for nearly forty years.  One of the most important pieces of advice I always give them is to place imaginary ear muffs over their ears as I help them navigate college and university admissions.  It is never a good […]

Last-Minute Summer Planning

June 8, 2018

By Chen Liu The admission results of summer programs are all released now. Do you get rejected by that popular program every Bay Area kid is talking about? When your friends are discussing what they are doing this summer, you realize that it’s too late to sign up for any summer programs…What’s your backup plan? […]

Deciding Between Schools with Your Gut Feeling and Heart

June 1, 2018

By Justin Wang This is the season when hopefully, students will have a number of schools accepting them.  So how does one pick between schools? Should it be the biggest name school you got a “yes”?  Should it be the one with the prettiest campus? Or should it be the one where more of my […]