Debbie Schmidt

August 11, 2015

Stand-Out Essays

In a quest for admission at elite colleges, students writing college application essays often ask such questions. They hope to present themselves as ...

by Debbie Schmidt

February 26, 2014

College Data on Value

Colleges and universities have largely balked at calls to provide a quantitative measure of the value of their education. The Wall Street Journal ...

by Debbie Schmidt

February 26, 2012

Even More Important Than Your Essays

Beginning in February, some high school students who will be applying to college in the fall will say, “I’ve already chosen my colleges; can you just ...

by Debbie Schmidt

June 28, 2011

Do Senior-Year Classes and Grades Count?

Choosing classes for senior year often presents a delicate balance. On one side are the student’s college and career hopes and aspirations; on the ...

by Debbie Schmidt

June 8, 2011

Is High School College Counseling a Failed System?

A study by Public Agenda for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paints a dismal picture of the public high school counseling system for ...

by Debbie Schmidt

May 24, 2011

Essays That Gain Admissions

The college application essay that wins the “Admit” stamp is often a story written to show perspective or personal growth. A narrative story written ...

by Debbie Schmidt