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A Contrarian View of “Reach”, “Target”, and “Safety” Colleges

Sorting a potential college list into “Reach”, “Target”, and “Safety”, as an indicator of the likeliness of an acceptance, sets…
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A Contrarian View of “Reach”, “Target”, and “Safety” Colleges

“Pay to Play”

In the perceived race for college admissions, savvy students and their families often seek any advantage to be admitted. As…
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“Pay to Play”

Straight Talk about Class Rank

Often, students and parents believe being ranked #1 or in the top 5% of a high school class is a…
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Straight Talk about Class Rank

Guest Post: Father Forgets

By W. Livingston LarnedListen, son: I am saying this as you lie asleep, one little paw crumpled under your cheek…
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Guest Post: Father Forgets

More about Georgetown University Waitlists

High school Seniors offered a position on university waitlists, often first wonder, “Why wasn’t I chosen?”, typically followed by, “What…
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More about Georgetown University Waitlists

AP Exam Scores & The College Admissions Process

High school students throughout the US are likely spending the weekend, cramming the most amount of information possible in their…
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AP Exam Scores & The College Admissions Process

The When, Where and Why of the College Admissions Decision Process

Choosing a college is a culmination of a childhood, marking the gateway to adulthood. Thus, Moms, Dads, and teens (and…
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The When, Where and Why of the College Admissions Decision Process

More about Test-Optional Admissions Policies

In the continuing cultural shift where an SAT or ACT score is no longer required as part of a college…
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More about Test-Optional Admissions Policies

“REJECTED”: Grieving College Admissions Results in Six Parts

Being denied college admissions can feel like one’s identity and experiences are wholly inadequate. However, remembering that college admissions officers’…
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“REJECTED”: Grieving College Admissions Results in Six Parts

The Hope Endures – More about College Admissions Waitlists

One parent of a high school senior likened college admissions waitlists to “the extended torture of hope”, wishing to simply…
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The Hope Endures – More about College Admissions Waitlists

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All Ivy League Colleges Are Test Optional for Fall 2022

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / February 14, 2021 / 0 Comments
Since every Ivy League college—Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Barnard*, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell—extended their test-optional policies to include Fall 2022 admissions, current high school Class of 2022 juniors will not be obligated to submit SAT or ACT…

University of Southern California’s First Early Action Results

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / January 24, 2023 / 0 Comments
On Friday, January 20, 2023, according to a newsletter sent to counselors, the University of Southern California (USC) admissions officers admitted its first ever class of approximately 2400 Early Action candidates, a 5.9% admit rate.  40,600 first year applicants requested…
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College Application Deadlines & Time Zones

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / December 14, 2020 / 0 Comments
Although college applications are technically due at 11:59 pm on the deadline day, “11:59 pm” might be hours earlier or later than the time zone where the applicant lives, depending on the admissions policies of the college. Thus, applicants should…
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FAQ about Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) for the University of California (UC)

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / June 12, 2022 / 0 Comments
Each spring, California high school juniors, who are likely within the top 20% academically in their class, are invited to submit their official high school transcripts to the University of California (UC) for their potential Eligibility in the Local Context…

Will the Entire Ivy League be Test Optional for Fall 2023 Admissions?

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / January 18, 2022 / 0 Comments
Updated: March 23, 2022 In September 2021, Cornell University, one of the eight Ivy League colleges, announced the continuation of their test-optional/test-free admissions policy for Fall 2023 and 2024 first year admissions, affecting current Class of 2023 high school Juniors….
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Can I change my 650 word Common Application Essay After Submitting It Once? Take Two

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / December 20, 2021 / 0 Comments
Yes, students can edit/update/revise/rewrite the 650 word Common Application essay after submitting an application to one (or more) colleges, as was discussed last Fall 2020.  Yet, once a 650 word Common Application essay is submitted, the copy is final for…

AP Exam Scores Challenged

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / July 29, 2020 / 0 Comments
After students received their May 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) scores in mid-July 2020, many were distressed to earn scores less than expected, and now, with their parents’ support, are appealing their scores. Student’s disappointment about their scores simply compounds an…

All Ivy League Colleges Extend Test Optional Admissions for Fall 2023…and for a few, beyond 2023

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / February 17, 2022 / 0 Comments
For at least one more application cycle, all Ivy League applicants will once again consider if they can demonstrate their aptitude with a standardized test score. Yale and Princeton admissions officers recently announced maintaining test optional admissions policies through Fall…
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Can I Change My 650 Word Common Application Essay After Submitting It?

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / November 8, 2020 / 0 Comments
Updated: November 2020 from the original posted in July 2018 The short answer is yes…with an *.  [See Below] But, like any life-impacting decision, the short answer doesn’t account for the complexities of choosing a college.  And, the last three…

Common Application Prompts to Change for Fall 2022 Admissions

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / March 3, 2021 / 0 Comments
A new 650 word Common Application (bolded in the list below) essay prompt is being added for Fall 2022 admissions, as a replacement for one prompt being “retired”.  Regardless of any prompt chosen, I recommend to avoid approaching the college…

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