Category Archives: College Admission

Stanford Report: College Rankings Are Deeply Flawed


Are the families you serve overly concerned about college selectivity?

Researchers at Challenge Success — a nonprofit organization based at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education — released a white paper this fall that calls into question the value of university rankings.

“There is no question that the college admission process can be stressful. We hope that this paper prompts students and families to examine what college success means to them and to question common assumptions about college selectivity,” the authors note in the paper’s executive summary.

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NACAC Creates School Profile Resource


School profiles are an important tool in the college admission process.

They allow secondary schools to highlight the things that make them unique while helping college admission professionals better understand each school’s student body and academic offerings.

And thanks to NACAC, counselors now have a new resource to reference when creating or updating their institution’s profile. The online database — made available last month — includes links to more than 1,200 profiles from member schools.

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College Search Tips for LGBTQ Students


All students have questions about the college admission process.

But those who identify as LGBTQ often grapple with a unique set of considerations when researching schools and submitting their applications. In addition to finding a college that supports their academic goals, they are searching for a campus community that will embrace their identity.

Looking for resources to help students with their search? In an article published this week by Teen Vogue, college admission professionals answered some of the most pressing questions asked by LGBTQ students.

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Words of Wisdom for College Essay Editors


A recent column published in The New York Times offered some timely advice for parents who just can’t help tinkering with their child’s college essay.

In a word? Don’t.

“The paradox of the overzealous editing of the college essay by many helicopter parents is that they don’t know what a college essay is really about,” wrote JM Farkas, a college essay consultant. “Unlike the other parts of an application, where high grade point averages and SAT scores reign supreme, the essay is less about being impressive than it is about being authentic.”

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#NACACreads Author Offers College Prep Tips for Parents, Students

Students across the country are now back in school, and for many families, conversations about life after high school are just beginning.

#NACACreads author Ned Johnson has some advice for parents as they help guide their children through the college search and selection process. Johnson and William Stixrud, who together penned The Self-Driven Child, shared tips in a recent article published by U.S. News & World Report.

One takeaway for moms and dads: Resist the urge to micromanage.

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Application Advice for College-Bound Students


High school seniors are sending out more and more college applications each year and NACAC members have some advice for students who want to make their applications stand out in the growing pile.

Extracurriculars are a big buzzword on college applications, but Craig Meister, director of college counseling at Oxbridge Academy (FL), urges students to look beyond just their school’s offerings.

Get involved in your larger community. Don’t count out after-school jobs or even taking care of your siblings.

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Updated Guide Highlights Options for US Students Seeking Degrees Abroad

Interested in exploring educational options outside the US?

NACAC’s newly updated Guide to International University Admission features country profiles and admission advice for 13 destinations that have proven popular among US students seeking full degrees outside their home country.

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A Reminder: The Work We Do Changes Lives


Editor’s note:  This post was originally published on Admitted in August 2017. It’s being republished as part of NACAC’s Best of the Blog series.

All of you see it every year.

A senior who graduated in May stops in before they head off to college. The smile is bright, but the eyes betray them; they are scared.

It’s easy for me to reassure them because, as old as I am, I remember how transformational the first week of college was. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college, and I grew up in a town of 13,000 in Illinois. I really had no idea what to expect. I was pretty scared.

It started in my second class. My professor said something, and I laughed out loud. He asked me what was so funny, and I told him that I had never ever thought about what he had just mentioned. He gave me a sly grin and became a lifelong mentor.

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