Admissions

Timely admissions news and trends, along with application, interview, and financial aid advice from experts who work directly with students and at admissions offices.

Medical School and the MCAT: A Guide to the Basics, Breakdown, and Scores
15 June, 2021
By Erik Kolb, Noodle Pros MCAT CARS Tutor What Is the MCAT? If you plan to attend medical school in the United States (and some places in Canada), you are likely aware that the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is a major factor in the application process. Developed by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), taking the MCAT is often the most daunting task facing prospective physicians who are competing for the limited number of spots available each year at medical schools.
Get Ahead on Your College Applications This Summer
04 June, 2021
You're entering your senior year of high school — it's natural to want to celebrate. Before you pick out your dancing shoes, consider spending this summer doing activities that will help you get into the college of your dreams. The summer before senior year of high school marks the home stretch in the college admissions process. By this time, you have researched schools and narrowed down your list of where to apply. This summer is your time to prepare for the application and interview process,
What to Know: A Look into the Hunter College High School Entrance Exam with Jonathan Arak
04 June, 2021
If you're reading this, you're likely already aware of the Hunter College High School admissions process, but there is always the possibility that certain aspects of the entrance exam may be causing some uncertainty. The test typically is administered in mid-January, but given that the last year presented precarious circumstances, the 2021 test will now take place toward the end of June. Although it feels like time is running out, students still have the opportunity to sharpen their existing a
Life After College: How Not to Get Slapped by Reality When You Graduate
24 May, 2021
Sometimes you just need to take “Human Evolution” and try to feel excited about the body’s ability to digest milk. Many students spend their whole lives trying to get into college, only to wake up one day, post-graduation, rubbing their eyes and wondering, “What just happened?” It's the real world that happened. And it's ridiculous. How to prepare for life after college. The most powerful moment of my college experience was when I told my advisor that I didn’t feel like I was developing skill
How to Discuss Your Mental Health on College Applications
19 May, 2021
Should you write about depression in your personal statement? Should you disclose mental health challenges elsewhere on your college application? Here's what experts say. Within the next few months, many rising high school seniors will be staring at a blank computer screen with the same question on their minds: What should I write about in my college application essay?  This question can feel heavy.  After all, by the time students approach the end of their junior year, they’ve surely heard lot
5 Unusual College Applications and Why They Didn’t (or Did) Work
17 May, 2021
Have you been thinking about submitting an atypical college application? Learn from a veteran admissions dean how going above and beyond can sometimes backfire. Having served as an admissions dean at a selective university for nearly 30 years, it should come as no surprise that I have seen some pretty unorthodox approaches to the application process. “Unorthodox” is one of those words that has a little more specificity than “interesting” or “unusual” to describe outliers — people or things tha
The SAT: What Parents Should Know
14 May, 2021
Most parents come into the college admissions process with a lot of questions. There’s a dizzying array of information to digest. And whether you prepped extensively for the SAT yourself or never took it, much has changed over the past few decades--in both the test itself and the admissions environment it occupies. With that in mind, we’ve curated a list of important points for parents to consider when gearing up for the test prep process. This article doesn’t so much cover answers to parents
Selective College Admissions: What You Should Know About Test Optional
04 May, 2021
The topic of test optional is everywhere in college admissions conversations these days. Because it seems like everything you knew about admissions is changing, it can be hard to know whether you are giving yourself or your student their best opportunity to succeed. Yet with change come both challenges and opportunities; Noodle Pros can help you decode the mysteries of the potentially permanent transition to a test optional application process. The History Behind the SAT & the ACT The origins o
Did You Get In? An Etiquette Guide for College Admissions
03 May, 2021
By: Kathryn DeBros Nothing about senior year of high school year seems easy. On top of classes (and maintaining a solid grade point average [GPA]) and extracurricular activities, you’ve spent months on the admissions process-- the college search, filling out paperwork, writing essays, asking for recommendations, and sending forms in order to complete the college application process.  Completing the Common Application and meeting application deadlines is hard work! Now, you may be in the middle
How to Find External Scholarships
26 April, 2021
by Seth Czarnecki With American student debt now over $1 trillion, many families of college-bound students are forced to get creative when it comes to funding their child’s education. One pathway that has become increasingly popular is that of the external, or outside, scholarship. What Is an External Scholarship? External scholarships for college differ from those provided by a university in that private donors, foundations, or businesses fund them. The amount of money awarded can range from
How to Tackle Test Anxiety: An Interview with Noodle Pro, Jonathan Arak
31 March, 2021
By Casey Loalbo Are you immediately overcome by fear of failure right before it's time to take an important test?  Do you find yourself having negative thoughts and maybe even experiencing physical symptoms?  Racing thoughts, excessive sweating and dry mouth are just a few of the somatic symptoms experienced by some individuals who suffer from test anxiety. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Test-taking can evoke these feelings and symptoms and sometimes, it can be difficult to unders
What are SAT and ACT Score Ranges for the top colleges and universities?
10 March, 2021
03/10/2021 College admissions at top schools seem to only keep getting more competitive. Students looking to attend one of these extremely selective schools need to prepare an application that is strong in all of its components. That includes standardized test scores. Standardized testing, unfortunately, causes a lot of anxiety for high school students. Luckily, with enough preparation, standardized tests can become the least stressful part of the college admissions process. What Scores do