Note to Parents: Do Not Write Your Student's

College Admission Essay


Is it difficult for college admission officers to tell when a student has not written his own application essay? No, it often isn’t difficult at all. Admission officers read thousands of college essays, year after year. (more)

University of California Application:

10 Rules About the Arts Requirement Out-of-State Students Don't Know


Applicants to the University of California (UC) must complete fifteen college-prep courses for admission to any UC campus. One of those courses must be from Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). The VPA requirement can be confusing to out-of-state students, because many high schools do not require completion of an arts course to graduate (more)

University of California Application:

10 Requirements Out-of-State Students Don't Expect


Are you California dreaming? Do you want to spend your undergraduate years on a University of California (UC) campus? The news is good — in spite of growing protests in recent years from many Californians (who believe resident students are being squeezed out) the percentage of out-of-state (and international) freshmen across all UC campuses is at an all-time high. (more)


How and Why ZeeMee Updated Your

2017-18 College Admissions Video



Think of the ZeeMee digital video as a live resume for your college application. It’s an opportunity to introduce yourself, show your personality and share your story, as well as make a more personal connection with your application reader. (more)

Don't Be Perfect and Other Tips

for Your ZeeMee College Admissions Video


During the college admissions process, sharing your story as part of your application provides context and gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself. In the past, this has been accomplished by submitting at least one essay with your college application and at some schools, scheduling a personal interview. Today’s Snapchat Generation can also submit a concise video specifically geared to the college admissions process via digital video manager ZeeMee. (more)

Three Times You'll Be Glad You Didn't Blow Off College Visits


“I’ll visit the campus if I’m admitted. Visiting takes too much time; besides, I’ll probably just go to the top school that admits me.” For students who have the means to travel, but who plan to give more weight to rankings than personal fit in their final college choice, skipping exploratory college visits might represent a reasoned admissions strategy. (more)

Ten Tips to Elevate Your Extracurricular Activities


If you are a high school student keeping up your grades and keeping busy with some activities you enjoy, while also spending time with family and friends, congratulate yourself! You are obviously managing your time well as you work towards your goals. Having said that, many students decide they want to do more. Specifically, they hope to differentiate themselves on their college applications with an outstanding extracurricular resume. (more)

New NCAA Website Helps High School Athletes Explore

Eligibility for College Play Earlier



When the NCAA updated its Eligibility Center website in November, the goal was to make it “a lot easier for students to navigate,” says Gretchen Morin, Coordinator of Eligibility Center Communications. (more)

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