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Resources for Summer College Prep

Resources for Summer College Prep

These resources for students and families can help with college prep during the summer months. While summer is fun, it’s also the best time for students to build skills and push themselves to reach their goals. Register and Prepare for June and July ACT Tests and/or...

It’s 2024 College Application Time!

It’s 2024 College Application Time!

The OnToCollege College Application Guide It's College Application Time! In addition to OnToCollege College Planning Materials in the College & Career Readiness course, these resources can help answer college application questions: How Many Colleges Should I Apply...

4 Keys to Asking For a Recommendation Letter for College

4 Keys to Asking For a Recommendation Letter for College

A recommendation letter for college is a summary of years of hard work both in high school and before. Does yours show off your outstanding work...or barely scratch the surface of what you’ve accomplished?   Recommendation letters play an important role in the college...

What Is the Common App?

What Is the Common App?

As senior year approaches, you have a lot on your plate. The Common Application is a helpful resource to save you time in the college application process. But what is the Common App, and how does it work?  What is the Common App? The Common Application (Common App) is...

Personal Statements That Pop (9-minute video)

Personal Statements That Pop (9-minute video)

Ask John Anything! Personal Statements That Pop. John discusses the importance of the personal statement on the common application and offers his five best tips to help you perfect yours. A personal statement is an account of your achievements, talents, interests, and...

Recommendation Letters (6-minute video)

Recommendation Letters (6-minute video)

Recommendation letters play an important role in the college admissions process. A 2019 survey from the National Association for College Admission Counseling found that colleges put more weight on recommendation letters from counselors and teachers than activities or...

Choosing a Personal Statement Topic

Choosing a Personal Statement Topic

SAMPLE PERSONAL STATEMENT: I escaped the loud monotonous buzz of the enormous machine that encased me. The Hail Mary had worked. A voice came on telling me it was over. Opening lines matter, especially when in your personal statement for college. Your personal...

5 Tips to a Better College Essay (8 minutes)

5 Tips to a Better College Essay (8 minutes)

How do you write a great college essay that makes colleges notice you? Use these 5 tips to write a better college essay. Admissions counselors receive application after application, and they want to know if you will fit in well at their school. Writing an essay that...

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