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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Bradshaw: Ivy League offers advantages; so do other schools

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am thinking about applying to an Ivy League college. I live in a small town and not many of my high school’s graduates have attended an Ivy. My guidance counselor, parents and friends have differing views of the benefits of an …

Bradshaw: Why colleges are attracted to STEM students

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a 4.0 STEM student interested in technology or engineering. I have combined SAT scores of 2,250. I have an 800 SAT ll math score, an 800 score in chemistry, and a 775 score in world history. I am applying to …

Bradshaw: It’s never too early to start on college prep work

As we approach Aug. 1, which is the opening date for the Common Application, I have been receiving questions from high school freshmen and sophomores who are “thinking/planning/scheming” about the best way to prepare for the application process. First of all, let me congratulate you …

Admissions essays not licenses to bore

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, The Common Application opens on Aug. 1, and I am struggling with what to write about in the required essays. I am a top student (a probable valedictorian) and will be applying to colleges in the Ivy League, the University of Chicago …

Thinking grad school? ‘Cluster’ your courses

Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a high school African-American female who will be applying to colleges this year. I hope to apply to Notre Dame and other top universities. Is there any advice you can offer me before I start the application process? I am …

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