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What is the Top-Choice Letter in Private School Admissions?

Topic: Admissions, Private School  |  Posted on July 22nd, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Many families have approached us after attending school tours, speaking with administrators, and submitting applications, asking, “What else can we do to confirm our interest?” The answer, of course, is drafting the infamous “top-choice” letter. What is the Top-Choice Letter? If you are exploring selective private schools, odds are you’ve heard of the top-choice letter. […]

The Top 10 Private School Admissions Interview Questions Students Should Expect

Topic: Admissions, Private School  |  Posted on July 15th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you are in the process of applying to private schools, you will likely need to interview with a school representative. The very best thing you can do to ace the interview is be yourself. We’re serious! Working with preteens and teenagers might just be our favorite part of the advising work we do, and […]

Regular Decision Deadlines 2021-22

Topic: Admissions  |  Posted on July 8th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Deadlines are the worst. Even the word looks terrifying. It has the word “dead” in it. What’s with that? Bitter feelings aside, deadlines are inevitable. And many Regular Decision deadlines are going to be here before you know it. Whether you’re applying Regular Decision to safety, target, or dream schools, it’s important to make sure […]

The 2021-22 Xavier High School in CT Application Essay Guide

Topic: Admissions, Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 22nd, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you’re applying to Xavier High School in Middletown, CT, you’ve come to the right place. Below you will find the two prompts for the admissions essays required of applicants. You’ll notice that admissions is asking applicants to pen their responses in their own handwriting. So, let’s crack our knuckles and dive in! Directions: Please […]

How to Write Successful Md-PhD and Significant Research Experience Essays

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 19th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you’re applying to an MD-PhD program(s) through the AMCAS application, you are required to provide admissions with the Personal Comments essay and two additional essays: the MD-PhD Essay and the Significant Research Experience Essay. MD-PhD Essay The MD-PhD Essay is a straightforward “Why essay” — in other words, admissions is hoping to learn why […]

ISAAGNY Upper School 2020-21 Common Essay Prompt Guide

Topic: Admissions, Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 9th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Welcome one and all to College Essay Advisors’ ISAAGNY (The Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York) Upper School Common Essay Prompt Guide! The ISAAGNY common essay prompts are meant to provide you with some creative inspiration to help you write about yourself in a meaningful way. Your main goal in responding to the […]

Horace Mann 2020-21 Application Essay Guide

Topic: Admissions, Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 7th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you are applying for admission to grades 6 through 11 at Horace Mann School, you’ve got your work cut out for you in the essay department. Luckily for you, you have College Essay Advisors on your side to help you select a prompt and draft a winning essay. Let’s dive right in! “The essay […]

Early Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision II Deadline Organizer 2021-22

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 1st, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Early Action and Early Decision deadlines will be here before you know it. If you have one school in mind that is your ride-or-die, you should definitely consider applying Early Decision to put yourself toward the front of the pack. Many schools tend to accept a higher percentage of both Early Decision and Early Action applicants than […]

Why So Many Applicants Were Waitlisted in 2021

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 16th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you received notification that you were waitlisted from several of your top-choice schools, you are in good company. The 2020-21 admissions season was the most competitive we’ve seen in a while. In the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, applicants weren’t able to take campus tours; they did not have the privilege of visiting […]

Everything Your Family Need to Know About Private School Admissions Essays

Topic: Admissions, Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 8th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Whether you’re a student or a parent, when starting the private school admissions process one thing is clear: you need to write some essays. The good news is that you’re already doing your research, or else you wouldn’t have come across this page! Virtual high five! ✋ The writing components for any application are opportunities […]