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Stratus Prep is Now Stratus Admissions Counseling

Name change reflects team-based focus on business, law and graduate school placement.
Stratus Admissions Counseling today announced its name change from Stratus Prep to Stratus Admissions Counseling to more accurately reflect the company’s team-based focus on MBA, law and graduate school placement. Stratus is a team of experienced and dedicated admissions counselors utilizing Stratus’ comprehensive, multi-step process to position applicants for admissions success.

U.S. News & World Report, Craft a Successful Video Essay

Expert insights from Harold Simansky, Stratus Senior MBA Admissions Consultant A video essay is not the time to introduce a dramatically different persona from the one presented in the written components of your application. “You can say something new, but not something too surprising,” Simansky says. Read more

What Roles Do “Diversity” and “Race” Play in College Admissions?

It’s important to note that colleges frame their efforts to create a more varied student body as “diversity” initiatives as opposed to “race” initiatives. This is because the term “diversity” is a much looser term, with “race” being just one aspect of it. In recent years there has been much debate in both the college… View Article
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How to Choose the Right Person to Write Your College Recommendation

Here’s how to get the best college recommendation letters from teachers, coaches, and extracurricular leaders. When you’re writing your essay prompts, you are answering questions based on your individual experiences – conversely, a recommendation is someone else writing about you from an outside perspective. As such, colleges use recommendations as a way to get a different… View Article
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Which Extracurricular Activities Help Your College Application Stand Out

Learn what colleges look for to differentiate students from the rest of the applicant pool and which activities are better than others. Colleges are looking for people who excel in multiple arenas, rather than in academics alone. The type of extracurricular activities you choose to do and how well you perform them is a good… View Article
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Know the Difference Between Early Decision and Early Action When Applying for College

Here are the important factors to consider if you’re applying via Early Decision or Early Action. As students and their families go through the college admissions process, they may find a particular school that seems to be the total package, combining fit, strength of programs, and financial aid, among many other factors. One of the ways… View Article
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40 Songs to Help You Write Your Common Application College Essay

School is starting in a few weeks; here at Stratus we are deep in Common Application writing mode. Summer is winding down—I know I’m sorry about the bad news, just focus on the resurgence of sweater weather. You should be writing or finished with your Common App Essay. It is advisable to be finished with… View Article
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Stratus Admissions’ 35 Favorite Celebrity Ivy League College Alums

Many of your favorite celebrities are not only famous, but have brains too. There are plenty celebrities who not only are smart, but attended some of the distinguished universities in the country. Conan O’Brien, Harvard Julia Stiles, Columbia Mindy Kaling, Dartmouth Angela Bassett, Yale Emma Watson, Brown Kate McKinnon, Columbia Hill Harper, Brown John Legend,… View Article
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Ivy League Schools Drop SAT/ACT Essay Requirements

Applying to college is hard. Use this new shift from SAT and ACT requirements by many colleges to your admissions advantage. Write strong essays; get trusted reviewers. This month Barnard College, one of the top women’s colleges in the nation and an affiliate school of Columbia University dropped the subject test and ACT/SAT essay requirement for applicants. This comes… View Article
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