Moving Forward After Rejection and The Wait List

Dear Estelle. By April 1 the results were in. Rejection letters arrived from my two top schools, I was wait listed at my next favorite and accepted at all the … Continue reading

Deferred, What Are Your Options?

Dear Estelle. Do you have any suggestions for a student who was deferred from an Ivy but would like to do anything possible to be in the running for a … Continue reading

Crafting an Excellent College Essay

Dear Estelle. I have just written my 15th college essay for a large midwestern university and can’t reduce it to the required 400 words. It’s almost 550 words and reads … Continue reading

How to Qualify for “Best Applicant” Status

Do you have a laundry list of suggestions you give to your clients so they qualify for “best applicant” status. We know that grades and test scores are most important … Continue reading

University of California Application Revamped for 2016-17

Rising seniors planning to apply to any of the University of California schools next fall, should prepare for a new experience. The essays have been changed to “personal Insight questions” … Continue reading

Admissions Decisions are in Full Swing

Seniors, by the time this article is in print many decision notifications will be out and in your mailbox or online. Those sending letters and emails two weeks ago were … Continue reading

New SAT Puzzling! What Is The Big Deal?

Dear Estelle. As a junior in high school, I have serious concerns about the new SAT and the old SAT. I have heard they are significantly different but I may … Continue reading

Sophomore Questions Junior Year Coursework

Dear Estelle. I am a sophomore at a private school in Denver who needs some counseling about my course selection for junior year. Academically, I work hard because I love … Continue reading

Course Selection: Striking the Balance Between Challenge and Overwhelming

Dear Estelle. Next week my proposed schedule for senior year is due. I am considering very selective colleges and want my record to show a strong commitment to my academics. … Continue reading

“A”-cing The College Interview

Scott, Cherry Creek High SchoolDear Estelle, I am receiving invitations to interview with alumni from colleges where I have applied regular decision. Naturally this is very exciting but I’m swamped … Continue reading