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Summer’s fast approaching, which means many of you will be building or revising your college list ready for the grueling process of college applications. As you are researching, you may come across some unfamiliar terms — one of them being “safety school”. And this term in particular brings up an interesting question on the minds of many prospective students: do I even need to apply to a safety school?

Wait, what even is a safety school?

When you are building your college list, you will be distributing the schools into roughly 3 categories: safety, target, and reach. A safety school is a school you feel very confident…


The snow is melting and the grass is beginning to intensify its green hue, which cues one additional order of business: summer plans. Depending on where you live, your summer may look a little different due to the current circumstances, but that’s no excuse to ignore all that precious free time. If you use your time wisely, your summer can be both relaxing AND productive! Yes, “productive” and “summer” are two words you don’t typically see together, but alas, there is a first time for everything. A great way to stay productive is to enroll in a summer program. Now…


Admit Guru is back with another episode of Pathways to Success**! On March 19th, we spoke with Admit Guru co-founder, MIT alumnus, and current Stanford MBA student Sravya about her experience during the high school/college process:

Tell me a bit about yourself.

In high school, I was interested in all sorts of things; in fact, I think it actually started in middle school; and so I was all over the place. I was probably what you would call a well-rounded student: I did speech and debate, I did the school newspaper, I did the science fair, computer programming, etc. I…


A sneak peek into the life of a school administrator.
A sneak peek into the life of a school administrator.

I think we all know that the staff at our schools are working extremely hard to make online school possible. But I don’t think we realize how much work goes into doing so. Having everything virtualize may appear to make things easier than it would in-person. But having to constantly change everything on the fly depending on the current status of the world makes it quite the opposite. We have grown to somewhat understand the lives of teachers, but I don’t think we know anything about what our school’s admin does…

Their primary job is to make sure we are…


Find your passion

How can extracurricular activities help your college application?
How can extracurricular activities help your college application?

Student Government. Debate Team. Academic Decathlon. 4-H Club. FIRST Robotics Competition. Seinfeld Club. Extracurricular activities are the cornerstone of the high school experience, and there are many positives about being more involved in your school. It isn’t just a great way to enhance your time in high school by improving your academic and interpersonal skills, but it can also get you scholarships and can certainly pique the interest of college administrators! But if you want to think about what to participate in and how to increase your chances for getting into good colleges, there are some things worth considering.


February 2021 Edition

What books do I recommend reading?
What books do I recommend reading?

In the midst of all the craziness happening around us, sometimes it’s nice to just unwind with a good book and a cup of coffee on the couch. I honestly don’t believe people who claim they aren’t “big-readers”; I just think they haven’t found the right genre or style for them yet. Find what captivates you the most; once you do that, trust me, you’ll have a whole list of books just waiting to be checked out, or even added to your online shopping cart. Here are some of my favorite books at the moment to give you a headstart:

Things No One Else Can Teach Us


We all know how stressful planning your future can get; sometimes you just have no clue what to do. And that’s ok. As personal and customary as your future is for you, sometimes, it is nice to hear a different perspective. A different viewpoint. A different story.

Admit Guru hears you loud and clear: presenting Pathways to Success. Pathways to Success is a FREE brand-new live-webinar series by Admit Guru where Program Management Intern Nisha Shastry will be interviewing figures from various different fields to give you guys an insight into how these guys made it. We’ll be discussing their…


It’s college application season, and more and more blog posts are surfacing to help you through the grueling process. This article presents a comprehensive, full guide to the college application process to make it a little bit easier for prospective students this application season.

Create a perfect college list


Rolling, Early Action, and Regular Decision

2020 has been a year of unprecedented global transformations, no doubt. This, notwithstanding, ought not to be an interruption to you. As a high school student, you may not understand the disappointment one feels when rejected by a college. Most application rejections occur as a result of applying under the wrong application pool. Nevertheless, this is avoidable if you apply for colleges at the perfect time.


Learning can be fun, learning can be boring, and learning can be difficult; learning means different things to different people — but we must learn to know the unknown beauties of this mysterious world. Whether it be academic study or learning a new topic, it’s very tough to keep pace and develop day by day. Although different people follow different techniques and study better than others, some of them are universally very helpful. I want to share such 5 tips that help me a lot; hopefully, it can help you too. Let’s get started!

1. Do you know your focus span?

No matter how hard you try…

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