VARSITY ADMISSIONS AN EDUCATION BLOG

A Student Review of Cornell University

March 15, 2014
A Student Review of Cornell University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Michael is a New York City tutor specializing in SAT/ACT prep, SSAT prep, Algebra, and more. He graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development. See what he had to say about his school: 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? Michael: All freshmen and transfer students are given a free bus pass for their first year at Cornell, which really comes in handy! I bought ... Read More About A Student Review of Cornell University

A 10 Step Guide to the High School Junior's Spring

March 13, 2014
A 10 Step Guide to the High School Junior's Spring

Junior year is a crucial period in your high school career. Many students name it as the hardest stretch of months to weather, but with appropriate preparation and a sense of the path ahead, it likewise rewards those students who truly apply themselves. Here are 10 things you must do this spring to ensure your success:  1. Commit to your schoolwork Your junior-year grades hold great importance in the college application process. Aim to excel, as they are the most recent complete record of your success in academia (as opposed to partial senior-year reports). They may affect your chances of admission and your likelihood of receiving finan ... Read More About A 10 Step Guide to the High School Junior's Spring

What to Know About Making the Right Impression On Private Schools

March 12, 2014
What to Know About Making the Right Impression On Private Schools

The following piece was written by Liz Perelstein. Liz has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is the Founder of School Choice International. For many families, myths surrounding private school admissions make the application process daunting, at the very least. Often, these focus on “how to get in," but secondhand tips may contradict what admissions officers really look for in a candidate. Myth: You need to “know someone,” a high-level contact or someone currently attending the school, in order to “get in.”  Reality: In some schools in certain locations, high-level connec ... Read More About What to Know About Making the Right Impression On Private Schools

A 10 Step Guide to the High School Senior's Spring

March 10, 2014
A 10 Step Guide to the High School Senior's Spring

Your senior year of high school can seem like a veritable whirlwind. By March, you have likely completed multiple college applications, requested letters of recommendation, sat for the SAT and/or ACT, and written a number of personal statements. While you may believe your work is done, the unfortunate truth is that the remaining spring months can be just as hectic. As you complete this step in your education, reference the guide below to ensure you stay on the right path. 1. Apply yourself Commit not just to submitting college applications (at this stage, they should be finished), but instead to your second semester classes. An offer of admi ... Read More About A 10 Step Guide to the High School Senior's Spring

A Student Review of Washington University in St. Louis

March 09, 2014
A Student Review of Washington University in St. Louis

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Mimi is a Chicago tutor specializing in various foreign languages, Algebra, Writing, and more. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in French and Economics. Check out her review of her school:  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? Mimi: Wash U is set in a somewhat urban-suburban setting. The main campus straddles Clayton, which is a fairly tony, first-ring ... Read More About A Student Review of Washington University in St. Louis