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Bradshaw: Summer admissions work can really pay off

Few high school students are thinking about college right now, and rightfully so with the school year ending and summer ahead.

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An open mind is an asset when picking classes

Parents always ask what their children should study in college. No matter what their major might turn out to be — history, economics or engineering — I always recommend a good reading list in the sciences to help answer that question. At the top of …

Yes, college rankings do carry a lot of clout

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I will be applying to college in the fall. I am confused about the importance of college rankings. Are there real advantages to be gained by attending a higher-ranked school? If so what are they? I was told that it didn’t really …

  • No shortcuts to success on standardized tests

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a high school sophomore concerned about studying for the ACT. I am worried that just going over the practice tests in prep books might not be enough to help improve my scores. I am not sure how you tutor, but …Read More

  • Special forces veteran has a strong case

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a staff sergeant in a special forces unit stationed in Afghanistan and in a leadership position attached to the International Security Assistance Force. I will be applying to college this fall for classes that start in the fall of 2015. …Read More

  • Admission rejections aren’t always the final word

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am embarrassed to say that I have been rejected by every college and university that I have applied to. I am sure that the major reason for my rejection is my low GPA. During my interview with the film school admission …Read More

  • Jury’s out on changes to the SAT test

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a parent of a high school freshman who will have to take the new SAT when she applies for college in 2017. She can take the ACT, but I am not sure whether this test or the SAT is preferred …

    Essays can make or break your college admissions

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I want to prepare a really solid college application. I know that you have said that the essays are important, but just how much weight do they carry in the admissions decision? I plan to apply to a wide range of colleges …

    Students of all ages use admissions consultant

    I was recently interviewed by a group of New York City high school students. The interview was conducted over Skype by the editor of the school’s newspaper. Following are some excerpts from that interview: Student: Why did you become a college consultant? Bradshaw: I was …

    Rejection letters a reality for many

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, My application has been rejected by several top colleges and I am upset. I have a 4.250 GPA, 2,100 on the SAT, and ranked fifth in my class. I have yet to hear from schools in the Ivy League, which are even …

  • Think hard about college choice and class selections

    Many parents are so delighted at the thought that their son or daughter stands a chance of being admitted to a top college or university that they are tempted to choose a major for the child. It is not unusual for parents to wish to …Read More

  • Bring questions of your own to college interview

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I have submitted all of my college applications and have been contacted by several schools about schedule interviews. I am nervous about these meetings and want to be prepared. Any advice? Signed, Student Dear Student, Being nervous is normal. The person conducting …Read More

  • High schools play role in Ivy League acceptance

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I hear rumors that my chances of getting admitted to an Ivy League college may depend upon what high school I attended. Do Ivy League schools take more applicants from certain high schools over others? And, if so, which high schools have …Read More

  • No time to waste: Application deadline looms large

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am applying to 15 colleges and most of them have Jan. 1, 2014, deadlines. Do you have any advice about how to prioritize the application process? Signed, Student Dear Student, College application deadlines seem to creep up on you, don’t they? …

    How to market yourself to get  into top school for MBA program

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a college political science major who is hoping to pursue an MBA at a top school. Since it is difficult to gain admission to the best programs I would like your advice about what I can do to give myself …

    Tips for college interviews

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a senior in high school preparing for my college interviews. Harvard will interview me next week and I am nervous about what to say or the best way to answer questions. Do you have any advice that might help? Signed: …

    Geography factor in admissions

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, Do you have some tips about how I can get admitted to a top college? I know that good grades and test scores mean more to Harvard and Stanford than to colleges that do not require SAT or ACT scores. Aside from …

    Start preparing son now

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw I am the father of a 12-year-old boy who will be graduating from high school in six years. So far his academic record is rather average. I would like your advice about how to motivate him and enhance his chances of being …