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2016-2017 College Application Calendar for Juniors

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on January 13th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Dearest juniors-or do you now prefer to go by “rising seniors?” Dearest class of 2017, welcome to the busiest year of your life. Before you start stockpiling RedBull or making plans to flee to Cuba, know that you can do this. At this very moment, you have the whole year ahead of you, and if […]

Lessons from The Columbia Class of ’17: Honesty Is The Best Revenge

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 2nd, 2013  |  Written by Stacey Brook

The Columbia essay controversy is already dying down, but one response to the leak of 70 recently accepted students’ self-posted was particularly notable.  A few days following the internet ambush of the public Google drive that housed these winning admissions scripts, Noah Samotin, one of the Class of ’17 contributors, published a piece in teen […]

Why The Columbia ’17 Freshmen Should Be Proud of Their “Pretentious” Admissions Essays

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 1st, 2013  |  Written by Stacey Brook

Long before the Internet provided a platform for the mass critique of a seventeen-year-old applicant’s painstakingly polished prose, writing the personal statement has been a process fraught with tension and self-doubt.  But as several new additions to Columbia University’s class of 2017 recently discovered, even after your essay secures your admission to the school of […]