Oct 16

What’s The Latest? Women in Engineering and Computer Science

“Last year, women publicly asserted their place in engineering through a movement that caught fire on social media. Seeking to dispel stereotypes, they posted pictures of themselves at work with the hashtag #ilooklikeanengineer.” Click here to read more.

“This table shows the number of bachelor’s degrees in engineering and in computer science awarded in 2014-15 at colleges and universities, as well as the share of those degrees earned by women.” Click here to read more.

Oct 09

How To Maximize Your College Admissions Chances

Here is an article I’ve been quoted in, that appeared in the Long Island Herald. I hope it answers many of your questions about the college process.







Oct 04

Removing Unwanted ACT Scores

“Many students are surprised to learn that they have the right to remove permanently unwanted ACT scores from their transcripts. From the ACT’s perspective, students own their scores, and may send the scores or delete them as they please, as long as those tests were not used to document participation in State and District Testing. Weeks or months or years after receiving an ACT score that falls below a student’s expectations, that student has the right to delete that testing record from their portfolio of ACT tests.”  Click here to read more.

Sep 25

Test Optional: Easy In Or Alternative Path?

“Colleges are putting less emphasis on standardized test scores, but that doesn’t mean the same thing for every college….

High school performance also becomes more important in the decision process for students who don’t submit test scores—with a brighter spotlight on GPA. For a few Test Optional colleges, like George Mason University, only students with a 3.5 grade-point average and class rank in the top 20 percent can submit applications without test scores….

The rule of thumb on test-optional and merit aid is, there is no rule of thumb….

Test optional doesn’t necessarily make college admission easier for anyone involved. Easy isn’t what Test Optional is about. Test Optional is about providing an alternative path for students who don’t want the ACT or the SAT to speak for them….

Test Optional opens doors for students who don’t perform as well on standardized testing, but who are academically competitive and motivated to put together a strong application for admission.” Click here to read more.

Sep 10

Subject Tests Lose Favor for Colleges

cselogoShould you take the SAT II (Subject Tests) or not?

“Several top New England colleges have joined a growing number of schools nationally that no longer require applicants to submit scores from SAT subject tests, saying the specialized exams lend little insight into students’ readiness and can work against low-income and minority students….

Although the tests are no longer required at many schools, they are still optional and in many cases recommended, a nuance many college admissions specialists said means students should still take them if they expect to score well.” Click here to read more.

Sep 06

What College Admissions Officers Say They Want In A Candidate

Admissions Officers were asked “to reveal the truth about admissions today”. For the full article, click here.

Here are some of the many points made in this interesting article:

  • “Concentrate not on being the best candidate, but on being the best person.
  • Essays can help an admission committee better understand the individual and how he or she will add to the campus community.
  • Nothing is more important than a high school transcript showing strong academic performance in a solid curriculum. We want to admit students who will persist to college graduation, so knowing that you can do the work starts with a thorough review of high-school performance.
  • I would rather a student tell me about the handful of clubs and activities they have been involved with and excelled in, rather than an exhaustive list of clubs they that they feigned interest in, kind-of-sort-of-one-day.   A student that has been a leader in one or two organizations will typically make for a better citizen on campus than a student who is already burned out before they even get to college.
  • The most important things students should do when applying to college is pace themselves and prioritize. Starting early certainly helps students with the pacing, and knowing when to put time into SAT prep versus studying for an exam versus visiting another college, for instance, is an important part of prioritizing.
  • Think about your extracurricular contribution — community service, athletics, the arts and elected leadership. What are you good at and what do you care about deeply outside the classroom?
  • Finding the right fit for you (not mom and dad) isn’t a cliche, so be yourself throughout the process. We’ll read right through you if you’re not. You can’t fake it during the admission process. If you do, you’ll end up at a college or university that’s a poor fit.
  • Students should self-advocate by being in contact with a specific representative within the office of admissions. This is one skill that will continue to serve students, not just in college planning but also through navigating their educational journey.
  • Keep in touch with us. Students who keep in touch with us themselves build better relationships with our admissions counselors. Getting to know students on a personal level is one of our most rewarding experiences and really helps us to advocate for you when it’s time to make offers of admission.


Aug 21

4 Behaviors That Professors Love

Too many students do not know how to network and how to develop professional relationships that can help them. This is an excellent article that works for high school students, too!

“The rapports that you create with your professors can greatly influence your college experience — both inside and outside the classroom. Cultivating strong connections with your instructors can even benefit you throughout the course of your professional career. But how do you begin to develop these relationships?” Click here to read more.

Aug 08

Five Things Applicants Need to Know About the 2016-2017 Common App

“Whether you have an account from last year, or you haven’t created one yet – that’s great.” This is a very helpful article from the folks at the Common App. Read more by clicking here.

Jul 31

The Agony Of College Choice And How To Get Through It

As I work with my students through the college choice and application process, I believe this article to be very informative and helpful.

“It’s hard choosing among so many colleges and universities; how can families minimize anxiety during the process?…

In the process, one question often remains unasked, although it’s often evident in every other question: ‘What if I pick the wrong school?’

Leaving aside the complexities of financing a college education, here are some tips that may help you and your kids bring the anxiety level down a few notches…”

With a wonderful conclusion: “Actively celebrate your choice and your future. Schwartz calls this practicing an ‘attitude of gratitude.’ The college you choose has also chosen you. That means a great deal. They’re betting that you’ll come to campus, succeed, and be a credit to the institution. To be chosen is an honor and it’s now up to you to be worthy of it. Say thanks to the admission committee and your recommenders, buy the sweatshirt, find out who your roommate(s) will be, check out the course catalogue and consider the clubs and teams you’d like to be on. See where alumni have gone. Let go of all the craziness that’s plagued you for the last 18 months.” Click here to read more.

Jul 10

Recommended College Interviews

“I noticed that a number of colleges ‘recommend’ or ‘highly recommend’ an admissions interview. My own institution uses this same phrase in our viewbook and on our website. But, I bet there are plenty of families who may not know what exactly a college really wants.

So, in this case, I have to side with the mom who thinks it’s a good idea to interview at a college that recommends it. She’s right on this one”

Dr. Wolosoff works with students in mock interview settings to improve interview results. Click here to read more.

Older posts «