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Tips for the Medical School Application Essay

Learn how to write a med school essay that makes your application stand out. Read More

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What's the Process of Applying to Med School?

A step-by-step overview of the application process for medical school from one of our admissions consultants. Read More

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Common Myths About College Admissions

Uncover the truth about the most common college admissions myths. Read more

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The Value of Alumni References on College Applications

Do high-profile recommendation letters help or harm a student's college application? Read more

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Do I have to be a science major to be pre-med?

In this post, we discuss what admissions committees are looking for in pre-med school applicants.  Read more

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The Personal Statement: How Personal Is Too Personal?

Congratulations! You’ve completed your MCAT and taken the required coursework to apply to medical school. Now that you’ve locked in the quantitative aspects of your application (your GPA and MCAT), where do you go from here? Read more

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The College Application Essay

Our series of interviews with admissions consultants and admissions officers about different parts of the college application is designed to illuminate how each component fits into the whole. This post is an in-depth discussion about what makes a good essay, how it’s evaluated by admissions officers, and much more. Read more

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What You Should Know About Counselor and Teacher Recommendations

This installment of our series of interviews with admissions officers is all about recommendations.  Read more

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Shaping Your College Application Narrative

In this blog post, a former admissions officer gives some tips on how to write your “narrative” for your college application.  Read more

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A Checklist for Graduating Seniors

Seniors: This whole college thing is about to get real. In the swirl of emotion that surrounds the end of high school and the start of college, it’s easy to forget the specific things that will make the transition to college go a lot more smoothly. That’s why we’ve provided a checklist to help you stay on track during these last few months of senior year. Read more

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Spring Semester Junior Year: The College Process Begins

Spring Semester Junior Year: The College Process Begins Read more

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Do You Need a Private College Counselor?

A common rumor that starts circulating in high school is that students need to work with a private counselor to get into the college of their choice. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the differences between school counselors and private counselors in order to dispel a few myths and clear up a few facts along the way.  Read more

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"Fit" from an Admissions Officer's Perspective

“Fit” is a buzzword that we hear a lot from college admissions officers and counselors, but sometimes it’s given lip service rather than the actual attention it deserves. In this blog post, a former admissions officer and college counselor shares her perspective.  Read more

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How to Have the College Major Conversation

Parents often ask how they can counsel students to pursue something they’re interested in, but also keep an eye on where that’s leading them in their post-college life. Learn how to have this conversation, from a college counselor’s perspective.  Read more

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How to Start the College Visit Process

Here at Signet, we believe that a little planning and foresight can make the mysteries of the college admissions process much less, well, mysterious. In this blog post, we’re going to demystify one piece of this process: the college visit. Read more

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Interview with a College Counselor: The Admissions Process

Read our interview with Signet consultant and director of college counseling, Blair Munhofen, to learn the best ways to approach the college admissions process. Read more

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College Visits: How Early is Too Early?

For some students, college visits may be valuable earlier in their high school careers. However, we don’t recommend this for every student. Read on to learn what types of students can benefit from early college visits.  Read more

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Interview with an Admissions Officer: Why Fit Matters So Much

By now, you’ve probably heard the term “fit” in reference to applying to college. Parents often see it as a euphemism for “going to a school that no one has ever heard of.” Many parents agree to finding a “best fit” college when we discuss it, but they end up with a list of all Ivy League colleges and one state school. That’s not usually a sign of understanding what we mean by “fit.” In this blog post, we interview a former college admissions officer to discuss what “fit” really means, and its value and place in the college admissions process.  Read more

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Interview with an Admissions Officer: The Common App and Activities List

​While it’s tempting to think of the Activities List and Common App as simply forms to fill out, they actually provide the foundation of a student’s narrative. In short, they are very important, and it’s helpful to understand exactly how they’ll be used in the admissions process. Read more

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Personal Statement Essay Prompts

The Common Application provides five prompts for your personal essay. Here are tips to get started. Read more

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Junior Year College Search Tips

A simple guide to help you develop a college list.  Read more

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A Simple Guide to the FAFSA

Don't worry! The FAFSA is not as scary as you think. We'll walk you through it. Read more

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College Applications are in! Now What?

What to do once your college applications are in... Read more

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Spring Testing Timeline for Juniors

A simple standardized testing timeline for high school juniors Read more

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College Prep Timeline for Juniors

A simple, college prep timeline for high school juniors Read more

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Sophomore Year - College Admissions Plan

If you're a high school sophomore, it's time to start making a college admissions plan! Let us show you how... Read more

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How to Email Admissions Officers

A how-to on the best way to email admissions officers at the schools you are applying to. Read more

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Tips for Writing an Exceptional Personal Statement

Three practical tips for writing an exceptional college personal statement Read more

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When Should I Begin my College Applications?

It's your junior year. Time to start applying for college. Where do you begin? Read more

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Business School - What GPA and GRE/GMAT Score do I Need?

Applying to Business School? What GPA and GRE/GMAT scores do you need? Read more

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Business School - Should you Take the GMAT or the GRE?

Applying to Business School? Pros and cons to taking the GRE vs. the GMAT Read more

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What is the Real Cost of College?

College is a huge investment. Knowing what the real cost is will help you invest wisely. Read more

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PSAT Scores Have Been Released! Now What?

What’s the PSAT good for anyway? Read more

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Standardized Testing Timeline for Seniors

Taking standardized tests as a senior? Read here for how to plan your test dates. Read more

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How to Prepare for an MA or PhD Program

Whether you’re still in school or considering going back, read about what you can do to get ready.  Read more

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How to Plan a College Visit

College visits are important! Here's how you can make them affordable and productive. Read more

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What to Do After You Apply

What high school seniors should do after college apps have been submitted. Read more

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How to Differentiate Yourself from Other Top Applicants

Beyond academics, how can you set yourself apart in competitive college admissions? Read more

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You've Been Accepted to College

Your hard work has paid off and you have multiple colleges to choose from—congratulations! But, how do you choose the right one for you? Read more

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What to Expect at Your Harvard Interview

An alumni interviewer recalls her own Harvard interview and specifies what she looks for now in applicants. Read more

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What To Wear To A College Interview

How to dress for success (from an interviewer who has seen it all). Read more

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How to Talk to College Admissions Officers

While admissions officers may seem intimidating, they actually do want to help you. Read more

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Basic Guide to the FAFSA

First time filling out the FAFSA? Here's the information you need to have before getting started, as well as common rookie mistakes (and how to avoid them). Read more

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Rejected From Your Dream School? It's Okay.

It might be hard to believe right now, but being rejected from your "dream school" does not mean you are destined to fail. These Signet tutors are proof. Read more

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How to Change Your Major

The entire Signet team went to college confident in the major we had selected, but half of us ended up changing our course of study.  Read more

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Q&A with a Boston Latin School Graduate

Find out what it's like to attend the exclusive Boston Latin School from a former student. Read more

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How to Approach the MMI

Medical schools are quickly adopting a new interview format, the multiple mini interview. Do you know what to expect? Read more

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Do Colleges Google Applicants?

Surprising information about what admissions officers look for (or don't look for)—straight from the admissions office. Read more

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How to Prepare for College Interviews

A college interview is your chance to bridge the gap between your written application and the people who hold the key to your dream school.  Read more

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Q&A with a Yale Graduate

Ever wondered what it's like to go to Yale? Well, we went ahead and found out for you. Read more

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How to Apply for a Fellowship

Fellowship applications require high-achieving students to navigate detailed and specific instructions in the hopes of receiving substantial opportunity, funds, and recognition. In the process, there isn't any room for error.  Read more

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How to Apply to Graduate School

Grad school applications aren't like any you've seen before. Read more

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Personal Statement Tips

Worried about what admissions officers are looking for in your personal statement? Wonder no more — we asked a former admissions officer to help you get started. Read more

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Medical School Interview Tips

Three little-known tips to help you nail your medical school interview. Read more

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Q&A with a Harvard Graduate

Want to know what it's like to be a Harvard student? We spoke with a 2005 Harvard grad, our own CEO, to get his first-hand account. Read more

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Common App Supplement Questions

And how you can best answer them. Read more

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How to Choose an Advisor

Hoping to pursue an MA or PhD in an academic field? You need to read this first! Read more

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How to Talk to Professors

In the final installment of this three-part series on adjusting to college, Olivia advises future and current students on how to get the most out of relationships with professors. Read more

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How to Make Friends in College

Olivia's second post in this three-part series on adjusting to college as a freshman details how she learned to adapt socially in the new college environment. Read more

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Time Management in College

One former Signet student's three-part series on beginning college, including time management, extracurriculars and working with esteemed professors.  Read more

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Should You Apply Early?

In this post, I sit down with a former admissions officer from Stanford University to cover the basics of early applications. Read on to learn what they are and whether you should submit one. Read more

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Q&A with a Northeastern Graduate

Ever wondered what it's like to be a student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA? We spoke with Katie, a 2011 graduate, to learn more. Read more

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When to Begin College Applications

When should you start working on your college applications? Short answer: NOW! No matter what grade you're currently in, it’s never too early to begin preparing your applications. Read more

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How to Turn Your Summer into a Personal Statement

Even if you spent your summer babysitting. Read more

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Basic Guide to the Common App

Let’s get started filling out the basic information on your Common Application.  Read more

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Your Strongest Possible College App

A guide to putting together your strongest possible college application.  Read more

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How to Visit a College Campus

A successful college visit will leave you with a much better sense of whether the school is a good fit for you. Some general guidelines will help you make the most of your visit. Read more

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So, You're on the Wait-List. Now What?

Do's and Don't's from a former Ivy League admissions officer. Read more

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4 Misconceptions in College Admissions

From test score percentiles to celebrity recommendations, we're here to guide you. Read more

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Volunteering for Students

Why volunteering matters and how to go about it. Read more

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What Is the New Common Application

The common app is changing! Find out everything you need to know here. Read more

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The Gap Year Argument

Exploring the value of taking a year off between high school and college. Read more

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What SAT Score Do You Need for the Ivy League?

The answer may surprise you. Read more

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How to Write a Personal Statement

To write a stellar college application essay, you have to keep in mind that it serves many functions to an admissions committee. Click through for the top three functions. Read more

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College Admissions: What Really Matters

Our former admissions officers agree that your college application should always reflect these three pointers. Read more

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Case Study: Personal Statement

How a Signet student crafted a successful personal statement with the help of an admissions consultant. Read more

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How to Get a Recommendation Letter

While you don’t want to be insincere or shady about the process of asking for recommendations, thinking carefully about what recommendations will help your application and how to ask for them can go a long way. Read more

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Where Have Signet Students Been Accepted?

A master list of the schools where Signet students have earned acceptance. Read more

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What Is a Strong Extracurricular?

A guide to choosing strong extracurriculars for college admissions. Read more

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Case Study: International Admissions

International applicants face unique challenges in college admissions. Read more

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Case Study: Med-Scholars Program

How one talented student set himself apart.  Read more

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How Do You Choose a College?

A comprehensive overview of the essential questions to ask yourself when creating a college list. Read more

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Signet Undergraduate Admissions Results

A master list of colleges and universities that have sent Signet students acceptance letters. Read more

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Signet Graduate Admissions Results

A comprehensive list of the graduate schools and programs where Signet students have gained acceptance. Read more

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