College Admissions News Roundup

Some info on the gap year, scholarship scams, picking an essay topic and more. 

By Anne Vaccaro Brady

DSC02324The gap year Typically a year spent working, traveling or interning, and hopefully maturing, after high school graduation and instead of attending college in the fall, the gap year is not meant to be a year off. In this article by Beth J. Harpaz of the Associated Press, you can learn the advantages of the gap year and pitfalls to avoid.

Picking a topic for the college admissions essay I think high school students, and their parents, agonize more over the essay than almost any other part of the college application process. In this post on the New York Times’ “The Choice” blog, Alan Gelb, author of “Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps,” breaks down the process of choosing an essay topic.

Also, my guest blogger Stephanie Jones McCaine, a college admissions director at Purchase College, SUNY, explains what she and her admissions colleagues are looking for in an essay in her post.

Scholarship money still available Mary Beth Hills writes on “Her Campus” about 15 scholarships your student can still apply for. Check them out. The deadlines are in chronological order, so scroll down to find the ones that are still applicable.

file000453200083-2Avoiding scholarship scams This College View article by Deborah Hardy gives some common sense advice on how to prevent being taken by fake scholarships. Read this before your student applies for any more scholarships.

What high school juniors should do now and this summer Susie Watts, who writes the “Denver College Admissions” blog for, gives a succinct spring and summer plan for high school juniors in her post. She also includes a link to a quiz for students to check how ready they are for college.

Share any articles or posts you’ve found helpful in the comments section below.

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