College Counseling

Matt Larriva
Oct 30, 2020

Want to know how to get into Harvard? As you might have guessed, it's a fairly common question we hear from our students and their parents. Attending a prestigious Ivy League school is undoubtedly a dream for many. And, while…

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Matt Larriva
Oct 13, 2020

Yes. You know there’s a difference; what you mean is, “how significant is a 0.05 grade point to Ivy League admissions?” The answer, unfortunately, is higher than you’d like. On one hand you might say, “3.85 rounds to 3.9—why would…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 13, 2020

Is getting into UPenn a dream of yours?  Do you stay up nights dreaming of what it will be like to stroll down Locust Walk as the cherry blossoms are coming into color around May? Do you have a Benjamin…

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Kevin_O
Sep 01, 2020

The 2021 College Application Season is here and colleges across the country are beginning to release their supplemental essays.  Supplemental essays are used in addition to the longer Main Essay and provide applicants with opportunities to share additional information about…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 18, 2020

I went to UPenn and graduated from The Wharton School. UPenn does not have the name recognition that the other schools you listed do. If you asked people to write down all the Ivy League schools, I’m fairly confident UPenn…

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Kevin_O
Aug 10, 2020

How much is the SAT going to matter with elite universities (most of which are test optional now)? I heard from many that "test-optional" is just a PR move, and that good scores now will give you even more of…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 29, 2020

What is meant by a well-rounded student when applying to any Ivy League school? You’re not understanding this cliche correctly. Ivy League universities don’t want well-rounded students they want well rounded student bodies. For a long period in the ‘80s and ‘90s there…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 06, 2020

By Lauren Thompson In early June, the College Board walked back plans to administer an online, at-home version of the SAT.  The decision came after the College Board administered a similar version of the AP tests – a version which…

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Matt Larriva
Jun 08, 2020

Part I: Does "test optional" mean optional for me? We are all familiar with the difference between “optional” (it makes no difference whether you do or don’t) and “optional” (technically you can choose this, but you probably shouldn’t). You have…

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Matt Larriva
May 22, 2020

By Matthew Larriva Yesterday, the Regents of the University of California voted to phase out the SAT and ACT test over five years. The schools will endeavor to create their own admissions test, designed to eliminate the socioeconomic bias latent…

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