Why Does it Seem so Hard to Get into College?

By Alyse Levine, Founder & CEO of Premium Prep College Counseling There’s a scene in the 2017 Greta Gerwig film Ladybird in which the title character receives her college admissions results on her clunky 2000s-era desktop. The University of California system page informs her that she was admitted to only one school: UC Davis. She […]

7 Reasons You Should Hire a College Counselor

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What Colleges Look for in Your Summer Experiences

By Alyse Levine, Founder & CEO of Premium Prep College Counseling It may not feel like it right now, but summer will be here soon. School will be out, and you’ll have a few short months before it starts up again. Of course, summer is for relaxing and unwinding, but it’s also a time for self-growth, […]

5 Ways to Stand Out When Applying to College

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By Alyse Levine, Founder & CEO of Premium Prep College Counseling Planning for college can feel like a daunting project that’s easy to put off. Where should I begin and how? What do I need to consider now to make sure I’m in a good position later? How has the admissions landscape changed, and how […]

Standing Out in Your College Application: 5 Can’t-Miss Tips

By Alyse Levine, Founder & CEO of Premium Prep College Counseling You can easily feel like “just a number” when navigating the college admissions process. But colleges really do want to know the real you, and they provide many different opportunities to authentically demonstrate your talents, accomplishments, interests, and ambitions. As with everything in the […]

5 Ways to Optimize Your College Process

By Alyse Levine, Founder & CEO of Premium Prep College Counseling Throughout my career, I have been a big proponent of “the match.” There is a school out there for everyone, and finding that school is much more a matter of knowing yourself and learning your options than following over-hyped rankings, supposed prestige, or what […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Parenting a College Applicant

By Alyse Levine, Founder & CEO of Premium Prep College Counseling How did this happen? Your child is suddenly grown up and ready to start thinking about colleges. Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was starting kindergarten? Now she’s ready to apply to college? She may be talking to you non-stop about how excited she is […]

6 Pointers on Extracurricular Activities and College Admissions

By Alyse Levine, Founder & CEO of Premium Prep College Counseling With college admissions getting more and more competitive, extracurricular activities have become an increasingly important way to stand out from the pack. Colleges are paying close attention to what applicants do in their spare time–after school and during summers–and yet it’s not simply a […]

Balancing Summer Activities: Engage and Relax!

By Alyse Levine, Founder & CEO of Premium Prep College Counseling Summer is almost here. What  a welcome relief it’ll be–from the cold and, hopefully, from the difficulties of  this past year. Sunshine and daffodils blooming will brighten the day. But that also means it’s now time to start thinking about your summer! Close your […]