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Admissions, Advice for Seniors, Applications, Essay Writing

How to Write the “Why Us” Essay

Many colleges ask students to write a supplemental essay with the prompt, “Why are you applying to Amazing University?”  Chances are you will have to write one or more of these during the application rush. Easy, right?  Not so fast!  This essay can be one of the more challenging essays to do correctly.  It requires careful reflection and should not be put off until the last minute.

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Admissions

When Colleges Pursue YOU

The college admission process can seem like a cat and mouse game, whereby the student is always chasing and trying to appeal to their colleges of interest.  And, it is like that to some extent; we’ve talked a lot about Demonstrating Interest in previous blogs and why it’s important (read more here). But, there are times it can also feel like the colleges are chasing YOU.  It’s a good thing, of course, but sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. Here is how to deal with some common scenarios.

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Admissions, Disability Services

Unique Circumstances in the College Application Process

There is no such thing as two students who go through the college process in exactly the same way. Some students apply Early, and some do not.  Some students apply to local schools, while other students apply to schools on the other side of the country.

However, the majority of students are going to follow a common trajectory in the college admissions timeline.  They will research schools, visit, interview, apply, wait, etc.  But, there are a handful of special populations who will likely go through a very unique college process.  Campus Bound Counselors are knowledgeable and skilled to help any special students navigate the process.  Below are some of the special populations we serve and how we help them.

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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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Admissions, Resumes

Community Service: It’s Important to Give Back

In previous Campus Bound blog posts, we have discussed the Activity Resume and why it’s necessary. There are several tips we covered in this previous blog. It’s important to note that community service should always be a category on your activity list for two main reasons: 1. It looks good to colleges. 2. Because it’s just a good thing to do! In this blog, we discuss the role it plays in the college admission process and how much is “enough.”

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Admissions

What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything) by The New York Times: A Response

“The admissions process is a maddening
mishmash of competing objectives, and an
attempt to measure the unmeasurable:
you. No, it isn’t fair, and likely never will be.”

-Eric Hoover, New York Times

At Campus Bound, we make it a priority to read articles, attend conferences, and learn from our peers in order to stay up to date on the latest admission trends and policies (which change daily, by the way).  In our search, we recently came across this article by the New York Times, written by Eric Hoover. It seems to be making its way across the Internet world and into the homes of future or current college applicants, so we decided to put in our two cents on the topic.

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