How I Did It: Getting into University of Pennsylvania & Working with Frontier Tutoring – Matt’s Story

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Friday, October 20, 2017

     

    Matt F. is a 2017 graduate of South Anchorage High School who completed a College Admissions Consulting program with Frontier Tutoring during the 2016/17 school year.  He also improved his ACT score by four points after taking our ACT Prep Class during his junior year.  Matt is now a freshman at Penn, where admitted applicants have an average high school GPA of 3.84 and SAT score of 1520/ACT score of 34.

     

    In this second installment of our How I Did It series, we're giving you a first-hand account of what it's like to go through the college admissions process with a professional advisor.  Now, let's hear from Matt, along with his mom, Melissa, as they tell us about their experiences working with Frontier Tutoring in a College Admissions Consulting program.

     

     

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    Topics: College Admissions, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Explore Early, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Apply Right, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

    How I Did It: Getting into Reed College & Working with Frontier Tutoring – Hannah’s Story

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Thursday, September 14, 2017

     

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    Topics: College Admissions, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Explore Early, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Apply Right, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

    Four Facts About Your High School GPA for College Admissions (Plus an All-New GPA Calculators Kit)

    Posted by Chelsea Vining on Thursday, March 16, 2017

     

    Of all the things college admissions officers evaluate in your application, your high school grades by far carry the most weight.  (As you'll see in the graph below, the next most important factors are, on average, the rigor of your coursework, your SAT/ACT scores, essay, and recommendations.)  As a high school student, what do you need to do today to ensure your GPA is competitive with the norms for the colleges and scholarships you're interested in before it's time to apply?

     

     

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    Topics: 9th Grade - Freshmen, Downloads & Printables, College Admissions: Excel Academically, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, Anchorage

    Numbers Game: Competitive GPA & SAT/ACT Scores at the 49 Most Popular Colleges for Alaska Students

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

     

     

     

    When it comes to college admissions, numbers aren’t everything—but how much do they count?  In this post, we’ll discuss the holistic college admissions evaluation process and the relative weights of various parts of your application.  We’ll also give you access to our latest publication, The Frontier 49, which features average GPAs and SAT/ACT scores, along with admission rates, for the 49 most popular colleges where Alaska students apply.

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    Topics: College Admissions: Explore Early, 9th Grade - Freshmen, College Admissions: Excel Academically, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

    Go to College While You're Still in High School With a Pre-College Summer Program

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Sunday, March 20, 2016

     

    Did you know that it’s possible to go to college while you’re still in high school? Many well-known colleges and universities offer pre-college summer programs to provide motivated high school students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in life as a college student for several weeks over the summer.  Why might you consider a pre-college summer program, what do they offer, and what are the application requirements and deadlines?  Read on to find out.  We'll also highlight some example programs you can explore.

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    Topics: College Admissions: Explore Early, 9th Grade - Freshmen, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, Anchorage

    The ACT Is Changing, Too. Here’s What You Need to Know.

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Monday, August 31, 2015

    For nearly the last 18 months, the College Board has dominated the conversation about standardized testing changes with news about the Redesigned SAT launching in March 2016.  But did you know that ACT, Inc. has been phasing in changes of its own?  While some of these changes are for the benefit of data collection and are fairly insignificant from a test-taking perspective, one major change is the essay—it has been completely overhauled and will debut in its new format during the September 12, 2015 test administration.

     

    Let’s take look at these changes and talk about what you need to know if you're preparing for the ACT. We’ll examine these changes in order of significance, first discussing the biggest change (the essay) and ending our post by touching on the newly formatted score report.

     

     

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    Topics: ACT, Mat-Su Valley, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

    The Redesigned SAT: What 11th & 12th Graders Should Know (And Do)

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Monday, August 31, 2015

     

    NOTE: This blog post contains guidance that was valid only though December 2015.  Now that your test options are either the redesigned SAT or the ACT, check out our newly updated post, Redesigned SAT vs. ACT: How 11th Graders Should Choose, for the latest guidance on what to do next.

     


     

     

    You’ve probably heard a lot of talk regarding the Redesigned SAT (a.k.a. the “New SAT”), which launches in March 2016. But how, exactly, does the new test affect you? In this post, we’ll break down what’s changing, compare the Redesigned SAT to the Existing SAT and ACT—and explain what 11th graders need to do ASAP to determine which test is right for them.

     

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    Topics: ACT, Redesigned SAT, SAT, Mat-Su Valley, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

    Strategy for Extracurriculars—An Important Part of Your Applicant Profile

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Monday, July 13, 2015

    You probably know that getting into the college of your choice involves more than just good grades and test scores.  In fact, according to NACAC's 2014 "State of College Admission" report, over 50% of colleges attribute at least "moderate importance" to extracurricular activities in their admission decisions, and over 1 in 5 highly competitive colleges regard extracurriculars as an area of "considerable importance" when evaluating applicants.

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    Topics: Extracurriculars, Mat-Su Valley, 9th Grade - Freshmen, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, Anchorage