Reasons Not to Apply Early Decision

Reasons Not to Apply Early Decision

The following piece was written by Rachel Korn. Rachel has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer, as well as the founder of her own admissions consulting firm. Most high school students apply to college in Regular Decision (RD) admissions rounds, with deadlines in the winter of their senior years, flexibility to apply to multiple schools, and the ability to attend the college they most prefer among those to which they are admitted; however, there is another popular option: Early Decision (ED). ED is an admissions plan for students who have a far and away #1 choice ... Read More About Reasons Not to Apply Early Decision

Everything You Need to Know About the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+)

Everything You Need to Know About the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+)

The Collegiate Learning Assessment, or CLA+, is a standardized exam with significant similarities to the ACT and the SAT. However, instead of enabling high school students to matriculate to the university of their dreams, the CLA+ will assist college students in landing a top job. The CLA+ is an evolution of the CLA, which was first established in 2002. This test delves beyond GPA, internships, and extracurricular involvement in order to better measure individuals’ real-world value to employers. It provides students with a “report card” for critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities. The exam can be taken by stud ... Read More About Everything You Need to Know About the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+)

A Day in the Life at University of Southern California

A Day in the Life at University of Southern California

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Chris graduated from University of Southern California in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. He is an Atlanta tutor specializing in Algebra, Spanish, Grammar & Mechanics, and more. See what he had to say about his undergraduate experience:   VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Chris: USC is three miles from downtown Los Angeles, so it’s about as urban as schools get. The neighborhoo ... Read More About A Day in the Life at University of Southern California

What is it Like to Attend Arizona State University?

What is it Like to Attend Arizona State University?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Jeffrey is a Philadelphia tutor who specializes in Chemistry, Algebra, AP Biology, and much more. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Check out his review of his alma mater: VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Jeffrey: The Tempe campus is a beautiful suburban campus right off of Tempe Town Lake. Though hot during the summer, most first-year students r ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend Arizona State University?

Conversational Tips for Your Admissions Interview

Conversational Tips for Your Admissions Interview

The following piece was written by Peggy Wallace. Peggy is the Founder of Making Conversation, LLC and a former regional alumna admissions interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania. If there is a conflict between the content of what you are saying and your body language or the sound of your voice, the listener will first believe your body language (55%), then the tone of your voice (38%), and finally, your content (7%). Why spend so much time on content? Knowing what message you want to convey affects your confidence which is then shown in your body language and the sound of your voice. How you speak When you speak, speak from you ... Read More About Conversational Tips for Your Admissions Interview