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If you want to talk about competitive college applications, I wouldn’t hesitate to say that the Military Academies have the most competitive process in the country. The military service academies are an often overlooked college option and they’re enrolling more young women today than ever before. These are some of the most prestigious academies in […]

Hive Five: The Military Service Academies

Over the past 8 years as an SAT tutor, I’ve collected a lot of prep books. They fill my bookshelves, make a nice backdrop for my Instagram, and mostly, they collect dust. So when I recently decided to Marie Kondo my office I had to sort through the covers, flip through the pages, and ask […]

Self-Study SAT Books that Spark Joy

Choosing your school requires much more than just figuring out which university has the best degree program or class sizes. You’re also choosing the place you are going to live for the next four years, and while some students can’t wait to race to the city, you’re looking for a four-year escape to great outdoors. […]

HIVE FIVE: Best Colleges for Outdoor Enthusiasts

No. Wait, let me say it again for the people in the back – NO. While loans are there to help you pay for school, it’s extremely easy to get taken advantage of and set yourself up for at least 10 years of debt post-graduation. Ugh. But you don’t have to be that girl, which […]

Do I really need all these student loans?

Do you know how to study? Like really study? Many of us don’t learn how to truly retain information through studying (PSA: all-nighters are not sustainable) and we are left a bit helpless when we end up in a class where a huge chunk of the grade is determined by a single, big, overwhelming test. […]

Study Scientifically: 5 Methods to Make Your Study Time Effective and Efficient

When I was in high school, I was accepted to my best friend’s dream school. She, unfortunately, was not. And to make it even worse, it wasn’t my dream school, so I didn’t accept their offer. Even though I know that my acceptance had nothing to do with her rejection, I couldn’t help but feel […]

What to do when you’re accepted and your BFF is rejected (and vice-versa)

If applying for college wasn’t enough work, there’s another obstacle to overcome before you enroll: you need to figure out how to pay for it. Luckily, there are a lot of funding options available for students, the first one being federal student aid, a no-strings-attached sum of money that you can put toward your tuition […]

How to fill out FAFSA and get free money

In the midst of all the acceptance and rejection letters being mailed every spring, there are a handful of gray letters that end up in the mix. These are the waitlist letters. Being waitlisted is a wishy-washy situation with the same emotional confusion of a half-assed breakup. Much like the we’re-not-broken-up-but-we’re-not-together-either dynamic, being waitlisted can […]

I was waitlisted. Now what?

If you follow me on social media, it’s pretty apparent that I am head-over-heels in love with my alma mater. And if you don’t live on the West Coast, you’ve probably never even heard of it. So what’s the deal with the University of San Diego? It’s about time I tell you exactly why I’m […]

My Perfect Fit College: The University of San Diego

When I saw that celebrities were involved, I knew that this admissions scandal would be different. It was going to go viral. The colleges involved would be forced to take action and every university across the country would have to defend its admissions process. For those of us who work in the college prep industry, […]

3 things that ALL COLLEGES should learn from the admissions scandal