Ask Me Anything: Tips From A Stanford University Admissions Officer

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/7/18 2:43 PM / by Synocate Team

Our team asked a former Stanford University admissions officer for some helpful college advice for high school students during their college application process. Read below for insider knowledge from a college expert!


What does Stanford University look for in an applicant?

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4 Ways To Get Good Grades While Cutting Down on the Stress

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/31/18 11:50 AM / by Gwen Hornaday

High School is hard. A typical day might begin at 6:00 am, getting ready, finishing up last minute homework, commuting to school. Then going from class to class for 8 hours, followed by extracurriculars, club meetings, SAT prep, and sports practices for another 2-4 hours. By now it is 7:00 pm and a student might still have 3 hours worth of homework ahead of them before they can finally take a break and either fall right asleep or stay up until the early morning watching tv, scrolling through social media, or playing video games, doing any activity in an attempt to regain some downtime.

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UChicago's New Test-Optional Policy and What It Means For You

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/24/18 11:59 AM / by Ben Chew

The University of Chicago has recently announced its new test-optional policy beginning with the Class of 2023. UChicago now joins a list of highly-ranked schools who also give students the option to submit their test scores. The George Washington University, Wake Forest University, and Wesleyan University are also on that list, to name a few. This is great news for students who have not done well on standardized tests or do not have access to test prep services. But what exactly does the test-optional policy mean for you and your application?



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The Secret to a Great First Impression in College Interviews

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/17/18 10:47 AM / by George Wigington


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Senior Year and Your College Application Timeline

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/11/18 10:54 AM / by Savannah Brand

Your senior year has finally arrived! Senior year is exciting and filled with lots of activities, but it is definitely not the time to slack off. It is time to get serious about college applications.

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Asian Americans Receiving Lower Personality Scores at Harvard

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/2/18 12:34 PM / by Teddy Selverian

 Harvard University has always had an extremely competitive acceptance rate and it is only getting more competitive. Some controversy has recently been uncovered regarding Harvard admissions and a potential bias against Asian Americans due to low personality scores.

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How To Answer Vague College Essay Prompts

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/29/18 3:52 PM / by Teddy Selverian


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Why You Should Make a Personal Website

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/25/18 12:00 PM / by Gwen Hornaday

In today’s world of competitive applications it can be easy to get lost in the piles of resumes and cover letters. That is why having a personal website - which often includes a short bio, overview of experience, contact information, and a portfolio - is an essential for today's students.

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The 5 Most Common Myths About Choosing Your Major

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/21/18 12:00 PM / by Gwen Hornaday

Students entering the college admissions process have a lot of questions, but one of the most common ones we hear is “How do I choose my college major?”. It can be very stressful making a decision that feels like it will determine the rest of your life.

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Clothes, Shower Supplies, Bedding, and More: What to Bring For College

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/19/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Heading off to college? If you’ll be living in the dorms, you’ll want to have everything you need as well as some room to spare.

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