Changes to the Common Application: The New Essay Prompt

The Common Application recently released its personal statement prompts for the 2021-2022 application cycle. Not much has changed: the most popular prompts remain the same—and you still have the option to pick your own topic—but we were pleased...

Phoebe Keyes, Senior College Admission Advisor Mar 2021

Are AP Exams the New Subject Tests?

When the College Board announced last month they would no longer offer Subject Tests, their press release included language encouraging students to submit AP Exams to colleges instead. This struck a nerve—with families, colleges, and college advisors alike. Historically, most colleges paid little—if any—attention to AP scores. (AP...

Phoebe Keyes, Senior College Admission Advisor Feb 2021

Goodbye to the SAT Essay and Subject Tests

On January 19, 2021, the College Board announced that it will discontinue two items that have long been requirements for college-bound high school students: SAT Subject Tests and the SAT Writing Section.  This will come as a huge relief to students who no longer need to prepare for...

Jody Steinglass, President Jan 2021

Juniors: Personal Statement Brainstorming

Every year, I remind juniors that winter break is the best time to begin brainstorming topics for your Common App essay. ’Tis the season of family, nostalgia, and tradition. And those themes? Well, they make for the best essays. 

So, involve the whole family....

Phoebe Keyes, Senior College Admission Advisor Dec 2020

Early Decision: Deferrals

It’s that time of year: Early Decision and Early Action results are beginning to roll in. We hope everyone is receiving good news, but this year is obviously a weird one. We suspect more students across the country will receive a “defer” decision this year. Colleges still don’t...

Phoebe Keyes, Senior College Admission Advisor Dec 2020

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