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7 Steps To Get Into Stanford

This is part 2 of a series on how to get into Stanford. Here are seven (more) things you must do well: The first thing you want to do is to make sure you are a well-balanced student. While I talk about spikes all the time, the most important thing that Stanford looks at is […]

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Prepare for Ivy League Admissions in Middle School

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There’s a lot that you can do a middle school to prepare yourself for Ivy League admissions. After all, the earlier that you start the smarter you’ll be, the more educated you’ll be, and as a result you’ll have a higher GPA in high school, you’ll have more experience taking standardized tests, preparing yourself for […]

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How significantly will being a URM increase one’s chances of getting into a top-ranked school?

This will be the topic of a future post. For now, let’s keep it simple: -being a URM is a statistical advantage at every Ivy League school -in particular, it’s great if you have a “unique identity” as an URM (I talk about this at length in the admissions guide, but let’s just say that […]

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SAT secrets: what colleges look for and how to prepare

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The SAT test is a rite of passage for all high school students. Score too low, and you face an uphill battle to get into Harvard. You’ll spend hundreds of hours studying for, worrying about, and taking the exam. Here, I’ll discuss two key questions on your mind. One, what do colleges like Stanford look […]

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Get into Harvard: science research at your local college

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Recently we covered the topic of taking college classes for college admissions. Today, I’ll explain another big opportunity available at your local university. When I say local university, I don’t mean community college. I mean real, 4-year fully accredited universities! This applies specifically to the science/math/academically focused students – but everyone should be sufficiently well-rounded […]

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Why taking college classes can be the Harvard edge

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Most high school students are missing a huge opportunity to separate themselves from the rest of the college admissions pack. Take college classes now Not after you’re admitted to Princeton, but before. Why does this help? 1) It shows extraordinary initiative on your part to go beyond what’s required 2) Assuming you do well in […]

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3 crucial things about volunteer work and community service

Every high school student assumes that they need to devote 100 hours to working in a soup kitchen, or 50 hours to reading books with elementary school kids. That’s flat out wrong. In fact – sometimes volunteer work can actually HURT YOU. Why? Because volunteer work – especially if it looks “planned” or “resume-boosting”, which […]

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Campus visits are key for Ivy League admissions: here are 3 reasons why

Campus visits are a big topic in my book, Hopeless to Harvard. It’s an inside guide to Ivy League college admissions. My biggest secret here is this: Campus visits are CRITICAL if you want to get into the best schools There are many reasons why. Here are a few: 1. It shows a clear, demonstrated […]

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Last minute Common Application tips to get into your dream school

College applications are like artwork – there are a million ways to craft your own Common Application, but only the best products will get into Ivy League schools. If you’re like me, you waited until the last minute before thinking about college admissions. It’s a tough battle – I share a few emergency college admissions […]

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