Campus Overload: Admissions


Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/03/2011

The fine art of polishing your online persona

Your college apps are in, and you are in a prime position to be accepted at the college of your choice. Or are you? All the hard work you've put in could possibly be undone by your online and social media footprint.

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:50 AM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  Facebook, admissions

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 10/25/2010

College essay advice from the Twitterverse

I reached out to the Twitterverse to get advice (in less than 140 characters) for high school students tasked with writing a college admissions essay.

By Jenna Johnson  |  12:27 PM ET, 10/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  George Washington, Iowa State, Twitter, admissions

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 10/22/2010

Writing your way into college

This time of year that high school seniors, whether in English classes or at the dinner table, are intensely focused on one thing: their college essays. For many, the already-stressful process of applying to college is compounded by all the unknowns associated with this one component of the application.

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:14 AM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  Admissions, University of Maryland

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 10/08/2010

Admissions officers not impressed by pricey service trips

Guest blogger Emily Stephen, a high school senior, examines the latest trend in college admissions: Paying big bucks to volunteer in a foreign country.

By Jenna Johnson  |  05:23 PM ET, 10/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  Admissions, Georgetown, Yale

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 06/30/2010

College president's essay-writing advice

The University of Chicago is known for having provocative, off-the-wall undergraduate admissions questions. This year there are five questions, including this one: "How did you get caught? (Or not caught, as the case may be.)" Last week I had coffee...

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:54 AM ET, 06/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  Admissions, University of Chicago

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 06/24/2010

Tweeting your way into college?

I received a great question via Facebook this week from a community college student in California who is planning to transfer to a four-year university. She is following her top four favorite colleges on Twitter -- but should she be...

By Jenna Johnson  |  02:15 PM ET, 06/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  Admissions, Twitter

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/09/2010

Chinese college entrance exams stress students

Okay all you high school students needing a break from studying for the SAT and ACT tests: You won't believe how tough the college entrance exams are in China. The "gaokao" is an annual two-day exam taken by about 10...

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:18 AM ET, 06/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  Admissions

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 03/24/2010

Rejected? Join the club

The envelope is thin and light. If it were an acceptance letter, it would probably be bulkier, right? Or bigger than this standard, boring envelope -- perhaps a huge packet full of information all about how wonderful your undergraduate years...

By Jenna Johnson  |  04:31 PM ET, 03/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  Admissions, Columbia, Harvard, Tufts

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 01/26/2010

Tuesday News Overload

Haaaaave you met Syracuse? The creative team that writes and produces "How I Met Your Mother" includes seven Syracuse University graduates, who keep a bowl of oranges in their office and try to sneak SU inside jokes into the show,...

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:17 AM ET, 01/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News Overload | Tags:  Iowa State, Johns Hopkins, Night Life, Rhode Island, Syracuse University, The Alligator, University of Florida, University of Kansas, Wellesley, admissions, research