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The Verdicts Are In

(Written by John Raftrey) At 2 pm (PT) today (Tuesday) the Ivies released their decisions after all the other schools had released theirs and the college acceptance season is now officially over. As of today, your high school GPA is irrelevant! Now let’s get down to business. My best advice. Don’t spend your time figuring…Continue Reading

Juniors: Time to Start the College Process

(Written by John Raftrey) Juniors and Juniors Parents: For you, the future has never been closer. Here is what you should be doing right now to start finding your future college. 1)    Download the “School Profile” from your school’s website.  This is what is sent to the colleges along with your transcripts and counselor recommendation. …Continue Reading

Early Decision Blues

(Written by John Raftrey) If you got rejected by Stanford on Friday or the University of Pennsylvania today, this blog’s for you. Nothing I can say will make it any easier, but from what I see from my students, they quickly move to the task at hand of getting into a different college. Parents seem…Continue Reading

Quick Check List for UC Applications

(Written by John Raftrey) 1) Double check all your spelling. Do not misspell your parent’s occupation as one of my students did. 2) Match your classes with your transcript. Exactly. If you don’t see your class in the drop down menu, ask your school counselor where to put the class. 3) The Essay is a…Continue Reading


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