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How College Applicants Deal With Rejection

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rejection hurts, but will it define you?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Getting Into College: Accepted

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jacques Steinberg, senior vice president with Say Yes to Education, a national non-profit organization, and author of The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, offers insight and advice for H.S. seniors and their parents facing the May 1 deadline to commit to a college choice -- including what factors to weigh in the decision, navigating financial aid and whether "double depositing" is fair play.

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Schoolbook

What You Need to Know About Applying for College Financial Aid

Friday, February 14, 2014

Don't leave money on the table. Fill out the free application for federal student aid. Two experts tell you how.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

When Applying to College, Write About "What Makes You Tick"

Friday, December 13, 2013

Are you going to spend your New Year's filing college applications? Jacques Steinberg offers advice for high school seniors, and their families, on getting the applications in on time and showing your stuff. His main tip for writing an essay is to really talk about "what makes you tick."

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Schoolbook

When to Throw Hat into Early Decision Ring

Monday, October 07, 2013

With the early decision college application deadline of Nov. 1 approaching fast, Jacques Steinberg, author of The Gatekeepers and vice president of the group Say Yes to Education, offers advice for getting that acceptance letter.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Early Decision

Monday, October 07, 2013

With the early decision college application deadline approaching, Jacques Steinberg, author of The Gatekeepers (Penguin Books, 2003), and VP of sayyestoeducation.org, offers advice for getting that acceptance letter.

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Schoolbook

New College Application, Same Old Process

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

It's great that the new college essay questions are more accessible on the generic application; that's one less barrier to entry for students. But there is so much more the group behind the Common Application could do to open up the process, according to a longtime college essay coach.

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Ready to Press "Submit" on Application

Thursday, December 13, 2012

In our occasional series on the college application process, from the perspective of high school seniors, we hear from a Brooklyn student who struggled with the process largely on her own but gained some satisfaction from the independence.

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Schoolbook

College Process is Brand New for Some Seniors

Monday, December 10, 2012

Rainiel Baez moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic for his senior year of high school. In our ongoing series on the college application process, he shares this postcard on what it's like to navigate so many new things at once.

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Schoolbook

How to Talk About Sandy in Your Essay

Monday, December 10, 2012

Some high school seniors had their college applications delayed by Sandy, and may be writing about the experience. What real-life events were in your essay? Hear the conversation on The Brian Lehrer Show. Plus, Don Fraser, from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, offers suggestions on how to best address the storm's impact in an essay.

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Schoolbook

Don't Succumb to Application Pressure

Sunday, December 09, 2012

In the next installment of a SchoolBook series on the college application process from the perspective of high school seniors, one applicant argues that colleges are doing themselves a disservice with the college essay. By asking 17- and 18-year olds to write about profound subjects, he says, colleges are inviting students to misrepresent themselves

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Schoolbook

Timing is Key With College Applications

Thursday, December 06, 2012

In the first of an occasional series, SchoolBook features an interview with two high school seniors on the college application process. Hear how one chose the early action route and the other, well, she is scrambling to get her applications submitted in time.

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Schoolbook

At Lincoln High, the Path to College Is Through Renee Schoenfeld

Friday, December 16, 2011

Renee Schoenfeld, the college adviser at Abraham Lincoln High School in Coney Island, is part wagon train driver, part Bobby Knight, part therapist, and all Jewish mother. She harasses, supports, nudges and guides the juniors and seniors at the 2,600-student school through the process of picking a college, writing essays, getting the applications in on time, pursuing financial aid and, over all, moving them on to the next step after high school. Sitting in her office for a day is like being on stage during a French farce.

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