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How to Choose Your College Admissions Essay Topic

June 20, 2013
How to Choose Your College Admissions Essay Topic

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.   By the fall of senior year, much of your academic and extracurricular record is complete, so one of the only remaining elements of your college applications that you can still control is your major essay. Above all, the goal of the essay is to provide personal information about you. Thus, you will need to deeply reflect about what additional things the admissions committee should learn. In general, ... Read More About How to Choose Your College Admissions Essay Topic

Ask an Admissions Expert: Kim Glenchur

June 17, 2013
Ask an Admissions Expert: Kim Glenchur

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Kim Glenchur helps young applicants navigate through the college search and perfect their college applications every day through her admissions consulting service, CollegesGPS. She has years of experience in admissions, including being an application reader for the University of California-Berkeley. Kim has also presented many college admission workshops and is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association. VT: How far ahead of time should a student begin working on his or her college application? Kim: Most applications aren&r ... Read More About Ask an Admissions Expert: Kim Glenchur

Should I Go To Cornell University?

June 15, 2013
Should I Go To Cornell University?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Andrew is a Chicago tutor who specializes in Algebra, Geometry, ACT prep, and more. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. 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? Andrew: The Cornell University campus features waterfalls, hills, and natural spaces with plenty of open, grassy areas in front of its many buildings. ... Read More About Should I Go To Cornell University?

Tips for Asking for a Medical School Letter of Recommendation

June 12, 2013
Tips for Asking for a Medical School Letter of Recommendation

The following piece was written by Dr. Michelle Finkel. Michelle has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former Harvard Medical School faculty member. She is the founder of Insider Medical Admissions. This is my second blog entry in a series on actions you can take immediately to help you obtain strong letters of recommendation (LORs). The first entry describes two initial strategies for improving your medical school letter of recommendation process. Today I’ll pursue the LOR topic further, specifically advising you how to positively influence the content of your LORs. As a Harvard Assistant Residency Direc ... Read More About Tips for Asking for a Medical School Letter of Recommendation

Ask an Admissions Expert: Hope Murtaugh

June 10, 2013
Ask an Admissions Expert: Hope Murtaugh

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Hope Murtaugh is a Princeton University alum who later went on to join the Princeton admissions office as an Admissions Officer before eventually being promoted to an Assistant Director role. She has been an independent college admissions consultant with Dunbar Educational Consultants since 2011, a unique group of 20 consultants around the world who draw from a collective 340 years of expertise in education.   VT: How far ahead of time should a student begin working on his or her college application? Hope: There is usually a l ... Read More About Ask an Admissions Expert: Hope Murtaugh