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Author: Stephanie Klein Wassink

Stephanie Klein Wassink is the founder of Winning Applications and AdmissionsCheckup.com. She has 15 years experience in college consulting and holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. She is a member of IECA and NACAC.

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 10 a.m. by Stephanie Klein Wassink | View Comments
what to do on a college tour

“Why Tufts, Harvard, UConn or any other college?” Junior year is usually a busy time as students and their parents plan college visits. Seeing a school can help narrow a student’s top choices and ultimately, provide information that will prove helpful when completing the applications and essays. But what you do while at the school is equally important. Here are my 10 tips that will get you on the right track. 1. It may seem obvious but phone/check out the web site first. Some schools require prospective applicants to reserve a spot in the information session and tour. Since information ...

Posted Oct. 1, 2014, 10 a.m. by Stephanie Klein Wassink | View Comments
factors to consider in college admissions

While college admissions is considered a druid process steeped in mystery, most admissions officers base their decisions on a foundation of common elements. According to an annual survey by the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), foremost among these are academics and admission test scores, with additional factors such as writing samples, recommendations and extracurricular activities rounding out the picture of an ideal candidate. Download With 750,000 to 1 million high school students applying to U.S. universities each year, it helps to know your advantages. The following are the top factors in the admissions process according to the 2011 ...

Posted June 1, 2014, 11 a.m. by Stephanie Klein Wassink | View Comments
How Social Media Can Affect College Admissions

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to hear James Miller, Dean of Admissions at Brown University, speak. One of the most surprising things he said was that every year a number of college acceptances are rescinded due to an applicant’s poor judgment on a social media website. In fact, a recent Kaplan Test Prep survey of college admissions officers revealed that 31 percent of admissions officers have visited an applicant’s social networking pages to learn more about them. Even If You Change Your Social Media Name, The College Admissions Office Can Find You As a former admissions officer, ...

Posted May 20, 2014, 11 a.m. by Stephanie Klein Wassink | View Comments
Taking the “Itis” Out of Senioritis

From his third floor window, Monseur Duree peered knowingly at the second semester seniors soaking up spring’s rays on the balcony below. “Bonjour Stephanie, will we see you today?” he asked in French. As if the idea of skipping class had never even crossed my mind, I asked, “Is it that time already?” I stumbled up to class. I was lucky…I had only a mild case of the dreaded senioritis. Honestly, is it really that serious? What is the absolute worst that could happen? Senioritis is Real and Dangerous An article appearing in the New York Times “The Choice” blog ...