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

Competition for the Common Application

Dear Estelle. Lately there’s been talk that the Common Application is no longer the only show in town when it comes to applying for college. How will that affect how … 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

Extracurriculars and Community Service That Count

Dear Estelle. Which is more important for an aspiring college applicant, a well-rounded person who is involved with many extracurriculars and a lot of community service or a student who … 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

What’s All the Hype About the New PSAT?

Dear Estelle. Our son recently received his PSAT scores from the test he took in October at his school and was thrilled with the scores. Every year it seems there’s … Continue reading

Transfer Applicant Questions Timeline of Mid-Term Report

Dear Estelle. I am planning to transfer schools next fall and have a few logistical concerns regarding the application. Most of my applications are due after February. What is the … 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

Senioritis Rampant!

Dear Estelle. With college applications complete, a few acceptances, and half of second semester gone, our senior has assumed a new personna. She no longer gives adequate time to homework, … Continue reading