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THE APPLICATION AUTHORITY BLOG

Is Early Decision Right for Me?

What is Early Decision? Early decision is an application option that allows students to apply early and receive an admissions decision early, usually by December. Students are only allowed to apply Early Decision to ONE school and upon acceptance to your Early...

9 Key Components of Holistic Review

Most competitive schools utilize holistic review processes, which means grades and test scores are no longer the biggest determining factor in admissions. With holistic review, the influence of gr ades and test scores has a limited impact, instead a student's overall...

Harvard Campaigns to Change College Admissions

Harvard is taking bold steps to change the college admissions process by shifting focus from academic achievements to "to focus on meaningful ethical and intellectual engagement." This is part of a two-year campaign by Harvard that consists of three major goals:...

List of Test-Optional Schools Continues to Grow

The list of test-optional college and universities in the United States continues to grow.With the SAT and ACT becoming more obsolete, qualitative application elements, such as essays and recommendation letters, are becoming increasingly important. Why are schools...

5 College Admissions Myths Debunked

There are many myths surrounding college admissions. If a college applicant believes these myths, it can cost him/her admission into competitive programs, money, and/or significant time. Here, we debunk five myths related to college admissions and college...

How Admissions Officers Read an Application

How do admissions officers read your application? The process varies slightly per school (see two links included below), but the general process is as follows: 1. School Profile and Transcript School Profile: Strength of school curriculum, percentage of students who...

Elite School Admission More Competitive Than Ever

Admission into elite schools in the United States is more competitive than ever. There are several factors driving this increase in competition: 1. Common Application - lower barrier to submitting multiple school applications. 2. Increase in International Applicants...

Contrary to the Name, “Extracurricular” Involvement is a Staple

Whether you are applying to college, grad school, a specialty program, or a professional board position, your "extracurricular" involvement matters. In fact, many schools have started referring to extracurricular activities as "co-curricular" activities to emphasize...

Psychological Flexibility & Your Education Application

It can be incredibly challenging to craft and submit a stellar education application. Contrary to logic, one of the main barriers to submitting your best application is your brain. Overthinking, being overly critical, and failing to assess yourself holistically and...

2017: 10 Undergraduate Business Schools to Watch

Poets and Quants just released their annual list of undergraduate business schools to watch. This year, the list includes (in no particular order): 1. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) 2. Washington University (Olin) 3. Lehigh University 4. University of Michigan (Ross) 5....

Innovative Changes in Undergrad Business School Programs

The world's best undergraduate business schools have no choice but to adapt and innovate; changes in student interests, technology, and business trends (to name a few) have forced business schools to make subsequent updates to their programs. Poets and Quants recently...

Don’t be an Excellent Sheep

As flock animals, sheep are inherently inclined to follow a leader and stay in line. While you may be inclined to follow someone else's outlined path during the college admissions process, doing so is a huge mistake. Most colleges don't use a strict formula to assess...

Deciding Where to Apply and Attend

Selecting a college is one of the biggest steps you will take in your young adult life. It is an important decision that requires thoughtful attention and time. Take the time to visit each school and get a feel for the campus. There is so much to be learned from...