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    Junior Year: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

    January 9, 2017

    Junior year is one of the most telling years for college admission offices. And guess what? You’re halfway done with it already! Today’s blog will highlight what we consider during your junior year, and why it is important in preparing you for DePauw!

    We like junior year for a variety of reasons:

    1. It allows us to see the trend of your grades. Since freshman year, have your grades gone up, or down? Clearly, we prefer your grades to go up, it shows you’ve got a better understanding of high school, you’ve already dealt with transition from middle school, and you know the demands of participation in high school. By junior year you’re an upperclassman who knows how to perform in classes, so an upward ‘trend’ is seen as a great sign!

    2. It allows us to see your performance as you potentially increase the rigor during your junior year. Sophomores may be able to take 1 AP (if that), but juniors are finally exposed to the AP or IB offerings at their school, if available. Does your high school…

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    The Secret Formula to a Successful Senior Year Schedule

    November 28, 2016

    Are you a junior in high school?

    Are you thinking about what classes to take your senior year?

    Are you also considering what the best class options are, in order to be admitted into the college of your choice?

    Don’t you wish there was a secret formula of classes to take and grades to earn in order to ensure success?

    If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this blog post is for you!

    What you’re about to read is top secret.  The best colleges in the country don’t want to let you in on this information, but as I mentioned in a previous post, we are letting you see the ‘man behind the curtain’. Part of demystifying the college search process includes letting you in on our process and this blog post will be all about the secret formula of classes to be successful in applying to colleges.

    Are you ready for it?  Did you grab a pen?  Are you sitting down?






    That’s it. That’s all.  I apologize if I’ve over-promised and under-delivered here…

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    Why You Should Apply EARLY to DePauw!

    October 13, 2016

    Why You Should Apply EARLY to DePauw!

    So, I guess it’s safe to say we’ve arrived to that time of year when you may be finishing up the last few details of your college applications, polishing your essays, and deciding to which schools those applications should go. It’s very easy to feel overwhelmed with the many deadlines you have to juggle. You may even feel the pressure from having to decide which schools you will prioritize over another. In fact, each school’s individual deadlines may have you wondering if it’s worth applying early to one and later to another, or confused over the benefits of applying early anyway. To ease your mind a little, I will give you insight into DePauw’s two early deadlines which may help you understand why applying early could benefit your application.

    First, you should know the main difference between our Early Decision and Early Action applications. For us, Early Decision means that, if you’re admitted, you’ll be committing to DePauw and will terminate your applications at other institutions…

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    3 Tips For Writing The Best College Essay

    January 18, 2016

    3 Tips For Writing The BEST Last Minute Essay

    1. Proofread - Don’t glaze over this tip just because it seems obvious! You would be surprised how many students don’t take the time to proofread. While technology is wonderful and lets you know when you have made a spelling or grammatical error, it doesn't always cover everything. If the application is riddled with errors, the committee may be left wondering if you really took this process seriously. The best grades in the world cannot always override an appearance of disinterest. 

    2. Read What the Application is Asking of You - While proofreading is crucial, it doesn’t just involve correcting spelling and grammatical errors. It includes confirming that you answered the question and completed the requirements asked of you. As admission counselors, we spend the majority of the winter reading admission essays and students not answering the question is a fairly common occurrence. Given that we are able to look at other factors of your application to make an admission decision, this is not…

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    What advice not to take when choosing a college

    December 9, 2015

    East College with a cyclist riding by

    Someone asked me, “What is the worst advice parents give students during the college search?” While students may question the clothes their parents wear and the music they listen to, their advice is generally given with the student’s best interest in mind.

    Not everyone is perfect. When parents or friends give advice, it’s usually advice they were given at one point or because they sometimes don’t know what they don’t know. So the following are a few hardy pieces of bad advice that I wish would go away:

    1. Go with whatever school is cheapest. The price you see is very often not the price you pay. Plus, every state has many schools where the average student has less than a 50% chance of graduating in four years. While some of these schools may be cheaper that first year, after you add in a fifth year of tuition, room and board, how much money have you actually saved?
    2. It doesn’t matter where you go as long as you get a degree. You need to look at the other things colleges can do for you…

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