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It's Getting More Competitive, Again

February 15, 2018
Written by Taylor

Several top colleges and universities have recently revealed noteworthy leaps in the number of applications from last year (college class of 2021) to this year (college class of 2022).

Playing College Squash Without Getting Recruited

June 02, 2017
Written by Taylor

For many students who love the game of squash but don’t want to (or can’t) prioritize practice and tournaments beyond their other activities, a recruiting slot simply won’t be an option.

How to Get Recruited to College for Squash

March 17, 2017
Written by Taylor

Previously, we’ve covered the key to-do items for aspiring college athletic recruits. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the unique aspects of college squash recruiting. So if you’re a squash player—or the parent of a squash player—and you’re starting to think about the options for college play, read on!

Common Application Essay Prompts for 2017-2018

February 09, 2017
Written by Taylor

The Common Application recently announced their essay prompts for next year, some of which are the same as this year's and some of which are brand new. If you're a rising senior, it's not too early to start thinking about how you might approach this important essay, so we're sharing the 2017-2018 prompts below, along with notes as to whether they're revised or completely new.

Understanding the National Merit Scholarship Program

January 27, 2017
Written by Taylor

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a national academic competition for high school students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. It is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Students qualify for the program by achieving a high score on the PSAT—more formally called the PSAT/NMSQT (“National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test”)—in their junior year, and then they may be designated as Commended Students, Semifinalists, or (after an additional application) Finalists for a $2,500 scholarship.