Author Archive: Rebecca Joseph

Dr. Joseph is a college access and admissions expert. A tenured professor at a public university, she believes that all students should have the option of a college education and does everything she can to help students, communities, and schools empower their students to make it to and through college. She is an expert in college admissions, especially application essays, and writes ongoing tips to help prepare students, families, and college advocates throughout the complex college readiness and application process. She also volunteers at school sites, Upward Bound, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to help their students write powerful college and scholarship application essays. Last year she released an IPhone and IPad app–All College Application Essays that provides all the college application essays students need to write for their applications.

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10 Things You Need to Know for the College Interview

10 Things You Need to Know for the College Interview

| November 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

Welcome to prime-time interview season for college applicants. Every interview is another chance to demonstrate your passions, your potential, and your commitment to the college. Remember, most interviewers have not seen your application, so do not waste this powerful opportunity to make another great impression. 1. Who gets interviewed. Many colleges interview some or all […]

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Why Teens Should Live in the Dorms

Why Teens Should Live in the Dorms

| May 14, 2013 | 206 Comments

I spent my weekend trying to convince parents of high school seniors to let their children live college dorms rather than commute. These were seniors who were accepted to local colleges that provide housing. Finances were not the problem as the parents could either afford the costs or financial aid would cover the majority of […]

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Don’t Wait to Get Off a College Waitlist: 10 Proactive Tips

Don’t Wait to Get Off a College Waitlist: 10 Proactive Tips

| April 15, 2013 | 1,698 Comments

Congratulations for making it this far in the college admissions process. You will most likely have many good colleges options already, but if you really want to go to a college that waitlisted you, follow as many of these 10 tips as possible. Do not do this for a school you will not attend. Colleges […]

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Sharing Unique Stories: New College Application Prompts

Sharing Unique Stories: New College Application Prompts

| February 11, 2013 | 1,418 Comments

For the first time in its recent history, the Common Application has changed its essay prompts for the 2013-2014 school year. More than 2 million high school seniors and 460 colleges use this college application platform; it enables students to send out the same application to member colleges. It requires one long essay, whose prompts […]

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Surviving the Waiting Game: Tips for High School Seniors

Surviving the Waiting Game: Tips for High School Seniors

| February 11, 2013 | 1,271 Comments

This is a time of agonized waiting for many high school seniors. They have submitted their college applications and supporting materials. Now their fate lies in the hands of admissions officers who are busily reading through applications. During this waiting game, students, families, and schools can use this time wisely. Here are some tips for […]

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Helping Your Teen through the First Semester

Helping Your Teen through the First Semester

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

I have spent the past few weeks meeting with college freshmen and their families. This is such a bittersweet time as first semester freshmen get to come home and relax for a few short weeks. Many of the students are soaring and loving college. Others are having a challenging time. These are 10 resolutions to […]

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