Writing Tips

24 08, 2022

UT Austin’s series of supplemental essays for the 2022-2023 admissions season

UT Austin is requiring applicants to write 5 supplemental essays of varying lengths to aid in admissions decisions.

Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today? (500-700 words)
Why are you interested in the major you indicated as […]

24 08, 2022

Texas A&M University asks about the benefits of diversity and inclusion on campus in its supplemental essay

Texas A&M University believes that diversity, diversity.tamu.edu, is an important part of academic excellence and that it is essential to living our core values. Describe the benefits of diversity and inclusion for you and for the Texas A&M campus community. Please share any personal experiences that have shaped your views. (No word count provided)

23 08, 2022

Davidson College Supplemental Essay

There are just under 4,000 4-year colleges and universities in the United States. Being as specific as possible, what interests you most about Davidson College? (250-300 words)

2 02, 2022

Major Changes to SAT Format – Spring of 2024

Starting in the spring of 2024, the College Board will beging using a new SAT which will be both shorter and all digital. Students will still sit for the exams in school or at a testing site.

Shorter test time:
The test will be 2 hours in length but scoring will remain on a 1600 point […]

2 02, 2022

Common App Releases Essay Prompts for 2022-2023 Application Cycle

The Common App essay prompts for 2022-2023 are out!  https://www.commonapp.org/blog/2022-2023-common-app-essay-prompts

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later […]

28 10, 2021

How well do you know your teachers….and how well do they know you?


Juniors, this spring, you will ask two teachers to serve as recommenders for your college applications. The input these recommenders provide to colleges is one important component of your application. Students often ask, ‘how can I get a good recommendation letter,’ and the answer to this question is: ‘what you put in is what […]

23 02, 2018

More Students are Taking AP Classes, and They’re Scoring Higher on Their AP Exams

The College Board has seen an upward trend in both the number of students taking Advanced Placement Courses and in their performance on those exams.

According to the College Board, over the past ten years, there’s been a 70% increase in the number of public high school graduates who have taken an AP […]

17 09, 2016

Do you have your heart set on one particular college?

If you spend hours and weeks envisioning yourself at your “dream school” but an equal amount of time feeling anxious about the possibility of not getting in, then read on. It’s only natural for students to fall in love with a college or university. There are as many reasons to be drawn to a […]

25 03, 2016

Spring is a Great Time to….Get to Know Your Guidance Counselor

Some students already have a great relationship with their guidance counselors, while others have had minimal or no interaction with their counselors during their high school years.  If you fall into the second category, spring is a great time to change that and get to know your guidance counselor.

Admissions still require a recommendation letter […]

11 02, 2016

FAQs: Which Common App Essay Prompt is Right for Me? How Can I Juggle Everything During Junior Year?

As juniors begin thinking about the college application process, I thought I’d share some of the most common questions that I receive from students. I’ll roll out the questions and answers over the course of the next several weeks. If you wish to submit your own question, you can do so via Facebook, Twitter, […]