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Gerald Bradshaw

Gerald M. Bradshaw has been writing the Educated Advice Column since 1995. He is an international college admissions consultant. His focus is helping students gain …Read More

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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 …

  • 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? …Read More

  • 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 …

    Planning ahead key to avoiding application anxiety

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am watching my sister go crazy filling out college applications, writing essays and getting recommendations. She literally cries herself to sleep at night thinking she will not get everything completed before the deadlines. I am a sophomore planning on applying to …

    Teens share thoughts on adapting to high school

    I received a number of comments about my last column, which dealt with the sometimes difficult transition students experience between eighth and ninth grades. As expected, some students adapted better than others. Surprisingly, in equal numbers, both the boys and girls thought that they had …

    In high school, social pressure is huge

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am a female starting ninth grade this fall. I got straight A grades in middle school and I want to go to a good college after I graduate. What do I need to be prepared for as I enter my freshman …

    Start early on music school application process

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw, I am applying to study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Do you have any advice about how I should go about putting together my application? I play the trumpet …

    Write college essays that will make you memorable

    The new Common Application launched on Aug. 1 has made significant changes in the writing section over previous years. The choice of six writing topics for the Personal Essay has been cut to five, deleting the popular “Topic of Your Choice” prompt. The word limit …

    Bradshaw: Common Application process gets started soon

    We are two-thirds of the way through summer and high school seniors need to be alerted to the fact that the Common Application process for admission to college next fall (2014-2015) opens on Aug. 1. Four hundred and eighty-eight colleges and universities use the Common …