Tag Archives: college admissions

Whether you’re applying to two colleges or twelve, you need to prioritize balance. We’ll tell you how to create a balanced college list that is likely to result in mostly acceptances. We also have some nontraditional advice about how to think about the college list, and it doesn’t include statistics. With a balanced college list, […]


The average reading speed can be around 200 words per minute. The average writing speed can be around 200 words per hour. (Many famous authors write even more slowly than that). College application essays are widely considered the hardest part of college applications because they’re so time-consuming. This is why it’s never too early to […]


The official envelope is in the mailbox. Your palms immediately turn clammy. You open up the letter, scanning for the word “acceptance.” Whether you find good news or bad news in the letter, you are in control of how you respond. How you respond to decisions tells colleges just as much about your maturity level […]


Applying to college doesn’t have to be overwhelming or stressful. If you are unfamiliar with the college application process or if your student hopes to get into a very competitive school, a private college counselor could be right for you. KD College Prep offers four college counseling programs designed to meet your unique needs. Here’s […]


College admissions season is challenging. But you are the exact parent your child needs. Say that to yourself: I am the exact parent my child needs. It’s true! You are here in your child’s life during this time for a reason, and with grace, patience, and humor, this can be a rich time of learning […]


by Ashley McCarrick

You are not alone. I see it in my office each and every year as deadlines approach like roaring freight trains. The stress is palpable and seems to emanate from every pore of your high-school being. The faces may be different but the stories are always the same. You are terrified of failing and afraid […]


by Ashley McCarrick

Think of a practice test as a scrimmage before the big game – you can see what the test will entail without all of the pressure and then make adjustments based on how you perform. These tips will help you make the most of your practice tests: Don’t take the practice test while sitting on […]


by Ashley McCarrick

College interviews can be as important to college acceptance as a job interview is to landing a coveted position in the professional world. If a college offers an interview opportunity, either on campus or with a local alumni in your community, you should take advantage of it. It is your chance to let your personality […]


by Ashley McCarrick

National Merit ® Semifinalists and Commended students for 2017 were just named, and it is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time. Becoming a National Merit ® Semifinalist is quite an honor, but you have to take the steps below in order to capitalize on your achievement. Find out about the next steps in the competition […]


by Ashley McCarrick

The University of Texas at Austin provided lots of great information at the Texas Together Counselor Update, but there were several areas discussed that will affect students in the greatest ways. If you have been procrastinating and have not submitted your application yet, don’t wait! UT-Austin has a priority submission deadline of October 15, and […]


by Ashley McCarrick

Last week, we had the privilege of attending the Texas Together Counselor Update hosted by Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin. The event is always informative, and this year there were some especially interesting updates. Check out the information below for Texas A&M and stay tuned for a later blog about […]


by Ashley McCarrick

You’ve completed the application, written the essays, and formulated a resume. Now it’s time to get others in on the action as you ask teachers and counselors for recommendations. You will also need to submit your SAT ® and/or ACT ® test scores and your high school transcript. You are almost to the finish line! […]