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THE APPLICATION AUTHORITY BLOG

How to Build a College List

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...

How to Make your Final Decision

Here are four guiding points to help you make your final decision about where to attend college: 1. At this point, don't overthink it. Close your eyes; which college immediately pops into your head? You have likely done copious amounts of research, visited several...

The Common Application Opens Tomorrow!

What does this mean for you? You can officially start filling out your college applications. You may have started the process when the Common Application released their prompts in January, but now you will have access to the school-specific sections and writing...

10% Increase in University of Michigan Freshman Applications

10% Increase in University of Michigan Freshman Applications The 2017-2018 application year marks the 12th consecutive period during which freshman applications to Michigan have increased year-over-year. Additionally, this year, Michigan was once again ranked the top...

Make your Summer Count

Don’t have any summer plans lined up yet? No problem. Here are a few ways that you can have a productive summer: Get a part-time job. You might think that working part-time at a country club or Panera is not meaningful experience. Quite the opposite. Reframe your...

Waitlisted? Don’t Sit Around and Wait

Waitlisted? This means that a school has deemed you eligible for admission but does not (currently) have space to admit you. Your chance of being admitted still exists, so don't just sit around and wait. Take action to increase your chances! 1. Accept your waitlist...

2018 Admissions Insider Advice

Each year, admissions officers (AOs) from top schools reveal insider information about the admissions review process. Here are the seven pieces of information they have recently shared: 1. Every interaction counts - admissions officers take notes regarding every phone...

Inside the Revised Ross BBA Admissions Process

The Ross BBA program is now officially one of the top three programs in the country. To achieve this status, Ross has made various changes to both the program and admissions process. What is new with admissions? Ross is now accepting only approximately 100 students...

Inside Haas Undergraduate Admissions – How They Evaluate Applicants

The Haas School of Business undergraduate program at UC Berkeley admission period for current/transfer students interested in pursuing a Business major is November 1st-30th. The admissions review process is rigorous, and candidates are required to meet a number of...

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...