Can You Get Into Grad School Even if You Go to the “Safe” College on Your List?

My answer has always been a resounding, “Yes!” But it’s often difficult to convince high school students of that. So I am often on the lookout for success stories, and I found one at the end of May in an article in Business Insider by Abby Jackson. It’s the tale of a California student, Ross…

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My Student’s Insights into Studying Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania

The feedback I received from one of my students who finished his freshman year as a Penn biomedical engineer was stellar. When I asked him whether the school conformed with his expectations, the answer was, “Really, really everything I could have imagined and more; a really positive first year experience.” He told me that his…

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What’s New in the Common Application? A Brief Outline

A Little Bit of Background * 4.5 million applications were submitted last year, with an average of 4.8 per applicant. 22 million recommendations were submitted. * Top states for students who submitted the Common Application last year were New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Ten percent of submissions were from international students. What’s New:…

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My Students’ Insights into Freshman Year at Cornell University

I recently shared student insight into freshman year at Emory College of Emory University and at the University of Cambridge. Now I am giving you a glimpse of the first year experience at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, courtesy of one of my students. What are the students like? The students are incredibly ambitious…

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My Students’ Insights into Freshman Year at Emory University and the University of Cambridge

My students, as well as their parents, become valued members of my family, and I love to hear about students’ experiences in college. Over the years, I have asked students to share their insights about freshman year in particular. Following are some excerpts from what students have told me about their first year experiences at…

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On the Road with Betsy Woolf: Four London Universities

An education in London is a bit different than an education in the States. First of all, “university” is only three years. And there is a degree of independence, as universities in the city itself do not necessarily feature lodgings in the immediate vicinity. Of the four schools I visited this trip (I’ve been to…

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What Makes a Leader?

I love to take the train. Either I get to catch up on my sleep or on my reading. The other day on MetroNorth to NYC for a lunch meeting with reps from two southern colleges, I got to do the latter. And something that Thomas Friedman wrote about a golf game and leadership resonated….

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Let’s Be Happy!

With all the hoopla regarding the sobering regular decision admission numbers at places like Penn and Duke and Harvard, let’s not forget the students who aren’t applying to those schools who also have worked hard in high school and on their applications. I’m just as happy for the senior boy who wanted to study engineering…

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How One Law School is Making It Easier to Apply

Maybe I should suggest to my daughter that she might want to consider applying to law school, Harvard Law School in particular. Why? Because starting this fall, Harvard Law will no longer require applicants to take the Law School Admissions Test (the LSAT). Don’t get too excited, those of you out there who are thinking…

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On the Road with Betsy Woolf – University of Notre Dame

The temperature in South Bend, Indiana, on February 17th, 2017, was in the mid-60s, and Northern Indiana hadn’t experienced snow all winter. Needless to say, it was a great day for a return visit to the University of Notre Dame. I am happy to report that Touchdown Jesus is still graciously looking down on the…

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