The new school year is upon us and we know that seniors around the country are scrambling to put together their college applications and write compelling essays. This is especially true for those trying to meet the Nov 1st early action deadline for college admissions.
To help you out, we’ve compiled some of the best articles and resources from our favorites college admissions websites that will help you rock your applications. Enjoy!
The Top-5 Crucial Resources for College Admissions
College Essay Guy: Free One-Hour Guide to Writing the Personal Statement
Kick things off with the two greatest brainstorming exercises ever, learn about the four types of college essays, check out some amazing example essays, and get on your way to writing your own killer personal statement for college admissions.
Cappex: Find Out Your Chances of Getting Into a Specific College
Find out which students are getting accepted, which are not and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare, and which to aim for if you’re considering specific schools for college admissionsCollege Coach: What to Know about the Common Application
Elyse Krantz, a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts, shares her best advice for the Common Application. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Ivy Coach: How to Strategically Use Your Early Decision Card
Some students choose to apply to an Early Action (or Early Decision) school that is a big reach. And they figure, “Why not? Might as well.” Often times, these students (and their parents) don’t want to wonder for the rest of their lives if they could have earned admission to a Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or Stanford.
Collegewise: Is Your Charity Work Going to Hinder Your College Chances?
Frank Bruni’s recent New York Times piece, To Get to Harvard, Go to Haiti? explores the trend for college applicants to engage in what he calls “drive-by charity work,” the “so-called service that’s sometimes about little more than a faraway adventure and a few lines or paragraphs on their applications to selective colleges.”
BONUS Resource from DistinguishMe
DistinguishMe: Free video course “What Elite Colleges are Looking for”
The DistinguishMe Team has been conducting live workshops that address the changing college admissions environment, with a particular focus on how this affects your top choice schools. We recently put this material together into a free video course so that people anywhere in the world could access it.