College admissions is not what it seems! Even average students can beat the odds if they can differentiate themselves from other students. College Peas outlines a basic strategy for positioning yourself as the kind of student that colleges crave.
Most high school students look like every other high school student to the college admissions staff. They have the same education, the same sports, the same activities and the same interests. Colleges need students who bring a fresh perspective to the classroom.
Break the mold and get into the college of your dreams!
Getting into college can be stressful because it is an emotionally-charged experience for both parents and students. Understand why admissions causes so much stress!
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Colleges look for certain kinds of students. When they find the right student, the grades and test scores aren't as important.
According to the numbers, getting into college is more competitive than ever before. But the numbers can be misleading.
Getting into college is a team effort. Knowing who does what is an important step to designing your strategy.
It's difficult to really understand someone by reading an application. After a while one student begins to look like all the others.
Breaking with your peer group and venturing out on your own is the single best way to stand out in the admissions process. It's easier than you might think!
Learn how to pick colleges that are more likely to want you in spite of your academic history.
There is more to submitting an application than clicking "submit!"
Life is full of second chances, learn how to make yours count.
Once you have been accepted, you can now choose the best place for you.
Everything in the College Peas process is easier to implement than you might think!
Get answers to common questions and download a copy of the book How to Make Colleges Want You.
Mike Moyer is an entrepreneur who has started a number of companies including Bananagraphics, a product development and merchandising company, Moondog, an outdoor clothing manufacturing company;Vicarious Communication, Inc, a marketing technology company for the medical industry; Cappex.com, a site that helps students find the right college; and College Peas, LLC which provides publications and consulting on a variety of topics including, college admissions, trade shows and job search. In addition to his experience as an entrepreneur he has held a number of senior-level marketing positions with companies that sell everything from vacuum cleaners to financial data services to motor home chassis to luxury wine.
Mike teaches Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
He has an MS in integrated marketing from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He lives in Lake Forest, Illinois with his wife and three kids.