Applications

Common Application Updates and Tips

It’s August, which means the Common Application is now online and ready for a new class of students! In this blog, we will outline the new changes to the Common App for the 2018-2019 year, let you know how to “roll over” your account if you had already started one, and share some basic tips for how to make your Common Application stand out during the admission process.

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Advice for Seniors, College List, Uncategorized

Why You May Want to Have a “Financial Safety” School On Your List

By now you have likely heard of a “safety school” and have some understanding of what that means. (Read more here) In that sense, we are talking about changes of being admitted to a particular school. But there is a newer phrase in the world of college counseling that you may want to understand better, and it is, “financial safety.” In this blog we will go over what it is, and why it makes sense to have one on your list.

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Admissions, Advice for Juniors, Advice for Seniors, Applications

Early Isn’t Always Better

I catch myself saying it often to the students I work with, “Early is better!” And, for the most part, it’s true.  Admission rates are generally higher for students who apply Early Decision or Early Action, and there are many reasons for this.  One of the main reasons is because colleges like students who can show genuine interest in their school by either making a commitment or submitting their materials earlier.

However, early isn’t always better.  In this blog, we will go over a few key times when applying Regular is probably the better way to go.

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Essay Writing, Uncategorized

Our Essential Essay Do’s and Don’ts

One of the reasons so many families hire Campus Bound over the summer is so that students can complete their college essay BEFORE senior year.  Our counselors and essay specialists are available all summer long and we love helping students write amazing essays and taking this big task off their fall to-do lists.

In this blog, we wanted to provide our top tips for writing the college essay. Print this out, and share it with friends, because this information is essential to know before you start writing.

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Advice for Juniors, Advice for Parents, Advice for Seniors, Health and Wellness

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen. When Too Much Advice is Actually a Bad Thing.

The college application process is complicated, and it’s understandable that families would want to seek as much information as they possibly can.  But, we have learned over many years of doing this work that too much advice can actually work against you.  Here are a few examples when it makes sense to cut down the outside advice and maybe even trust your own gut.

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Essay Writing

The Additional Information Essay: What You Need to Know

Most students know that they will need to write one big college essay for their applications. But, sometimes the additional essays can come as a surprise.  One option on the Common Application and Coalition Application is for students to write an “Additional Information Essay.” It’s worded as such on the Common Application: “Do you wish to provide details of circumstances or qualifications not reflected in the application?” 

So, does everyone need to write this essay? And what should it be about?

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