Kristen Bixby

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Admissions, Advice for Juniors, Advice for Seniors, College List

Three Types of “Safeties” You May Want to Have on Your List

If you aren’t already aware, college admission counselors use the term “safety school” to mean a college where a student has a very good chance of being admitted, based on data from previous years. It typically refers to a student’s chance of acceptance, but did you know that there are other types of “safety schools” and it might make sense to consider adding them to your list for various reasons. 

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Admissions, Advice for Seniors, Essay Writing

The New Covid-19 Essay: Do or Don’t

This year, many college applications, including the Common Application and the Coalition Application, have added a new, optional essay prompt about Covid-19. The essay allows students the opportunity to explain how their lives were impacted by the pandemic. There’s a big question in the world of college admissions about how and if students should respond to this optional essay prompt. But, at the end of the day, as with much of the college application process, it comes down to students trusting their intuition.

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Admissions, Advice for Seniors, Tours and Visits

New College Exploration Options and Why You Should Do Them

So, UNC was a disaster, huh? This week, all the students who reported to campus were sent home a week later because Covid was spreading around campus. We are guessing most, if not all, US colleges will be going entirely online this fall. So what does that mean for rising seniors wanting to visit colleges? Short answer is: you can’t. Perhaps you could drive there and walk around the campus with your mask on, but formal college tours are largely not being offered this fall. However, colleges are doing their best to accommodate students who want to learn more about, and possibly apply to, their school.

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