Often regarded as one of the top 10 colleges in the U.S., Swarthmore only admitted about 7% of applicants in the last application cycle. This elite private liberal arts college boasts a 7:1 student to faculty ratio and a hefty endowment per student that ranks 11th in the U.S. This week, New Yorker and future lawyer Kayla Nicholas with a 99.1/100 GPA and 1300 SAT, shares highlights from her path getting into Swarthmore's Class of 2026.
Should your student take the SAT or ACT? Both standardized tests are equally accepted by U.S. colleges for admissions. While they look similar, they’re not the same. Read our advice on how to choose one over the other.
Can we really rely on Google to figure out average admitted GPA’s of colleges on our list? Google links aren’t always ranked in the order of accuracy or recency. This week, using a case study on San Diego State University’s average admitted student GPA, we present “dos” and “don’ts” when researching average GPA’s. Here’s why we find numbers ranging from 3.6 to 3.77 to 3.81 to 3.97.
How likely is it to be accepted into a college after you’ve been deferred in Early Decision/Early Action? This might surprise you. Let’s use MIT, Boston College, Stanford, and Washington University in St. Louis as case studies. Here’s what the admissions officers from these institutions say.
Read about the Yale grad found himself broke and jobless, the daughter who, years after graduating, was still looking for a job, and the son who worked 3 days a week creating special effects for George Lucas.
Your student has submitted her college apps. And now, the stress of actually completing the applications has turned into anxiety about the impending decision.
Instead of biting your nails, worrying your butt off, and predictive-analyzing college decisions, let’s hear why admissions officers think your student will be okay no matter what — accept, deny, or waitlist.
When your favorite food is pepperoni pizza and your friend asks why, you can easily say, I don’t know. I just like it because it tastes good. When colleges ask applicants to write 500 or fewer on “Why do you want to major in XYZ?”, applicants find themselves staring back at the computer screen: I don’t know why. I just like it. Isn’t that enough? No, it’s not. Going to college is not exactly like eating pepperoni pizza. So what exactly are colleges looking for in applicant responses? It’s easier than you think and only involves 2 steps. Let’s break it down.
I won’t beat around the bush. A good GPA is a 4.0 unweighted with all honors and AP/IB classes. But that’s irrelevant to most of us who aren’t picture perfect. A good GPA doesn’t matter. What matters more is having a GPA that colleges like. This week, we explore why a 3.6 gets you admitted into Washington State but rejected from Berkeley — and all the implications of your GPA.