College Pete

Prep, Panic & The Real Importance of PSAT Scores (which are coming Soon)

Prep, Panic & The Real Importance of PSAT Scores (which are coming Soon)

When you attend a live concert (assuming of course that you could get tickets –  hello, Swifties);  or even when you watch someone give a motivational Ted Talk on YouTube, you can bet those presenters probably had a ‘realistic’ rehearsal with a sound check. You know: “Testing, testing,1, 2, 3. Am I coming in loud and […]

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How to Save Both $100s and then many $1000s on College

How to Save Both $100s and then many $1000s on College

‘Tis definitely the season – and no, I’m not referring to the fact that Home Depot has Christmas decorations for sale. For me, my colleagues and our college-bound families, we’re plowing through this year’s admissions/applications season. (We spent the weekend wishing the best to all our Florida applicants as they submitted their FSU applications this […]

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BIG Drop in US News College Rankings – What’s It Mean for You?  (HINT: Not much)

BIG Drop in US News College Rankings – What’s It Mean for You? (HINT: Not much)

The annual US News & World Report college rankings were released yesterday, and the media (both social and traditional) were abuzz with folks either a) touting their schools or b) ‘splaining away their precipitous falls from ‘grace.’ Columbia University – you know, the Ivy one – had a lot to say after dropping 16 slots, from number 2 […]

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Last month I was up in New England (a little business and a little vacay before the Oct crunch). I stayed just outside of Boston, not far from where I was born and pretty close to where Jill and I met (first day of college, to be exact). Coincidentally, it was move-in week and the […]

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Common App Opens for Class of 2023 – Find Out What’s New!

Common App Opens for Class of 2023 – Find Out What’s New!

The Common App opened this past Monday, on August 1. Needless to say, it’s been a busy week helping students as they begin the application cycle. It’s a great feeling to witness a student take ownership of their future and launch the college application. I did that many times this week, and I know that these kids […]

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Univ. of FL: Holistic v Competitive Admissions – Separating Fact from Urban Legend

Univ. of FL: Holistic v Competitive Admissions – Separating Fact from Urban Legend

At the University of Florida, they get right to the point. I visited UF yesterday, and the opening remarks at their info session were all about numbers (SAT 1330-1470, ACT 30-34, GPA 4.4), deadlines (Nov. 1) and the selective nature of their admissions process. Note to students: Apply by Nov 1. Period. End of story. And […]

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NEW! Earlier College Application Deadline, Plus More

NEW! Earlier College Application Deadline, Plus More

After a two year Covid-induced college tour sabbatical, I’m finally back on the road. And so yesterday, while on route to a secret, undisclosed, Smoky Mountain hideaway, I had a chance to first tour FSU and then visit with Julie Rubin, the Associate Director of Admissions (see our lovely picture at the bottom). It was […]

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It Only Takes 15 Minutes, On Average

It Only Takes 15 Minutes, On Average

Yesterday I joined a private webinar led by two admissions representatives from highly selective universities- one from an Ivy League school, and the other representing a highly selective, private, southern university. Every so often I participate in these kinds of webinars to stay fresh and to stay on top of any trends or changes in […]

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‘This is Crazy!’ What’s Happened To All The ‘Safety’ Schools?

‘This is Crazy!’ What’s Happened To All The ‘Safety’ Schools?

On the very first page of the very first book I ever wrote (ok, co-wrote) about college (Never Pay Retail For College) I referred to college admissions as being in a ‘Code Yellow’ State of Emergency. Since I’m pretty sure there were only about four people who read that book (including my mom), here’s the […]

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The ONE Course That All Competitive Colleges Want You To Take in High School

The ONE Course That All Competitive Colleges Want You To Take in High School

I have, for several years now, been tracking and recording a considerable amount of data (both anecdotal and empirical) on college admissions and financial aid decisions. And yes, I do know that I’m a bit of a geek! That notwithstanding, I do use this information to help inform my opinions and how I advise my […]

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