November Admissions News

By Brandie Erickson November 2, 2022 Newsletter

The month of October is a whirlwind for students and Moon Prep counselors alike, with so many Early Decision (ED), Early Action (EA), and direct medical (BS/MD) programs having deadlines on October 15th and November 1st. Our seniors submitted applications to programs like Brown University, Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, UNC Chapel Hill, College of New Jersey, and Drexel University. 

As we continue the college process with students to meet the next set of deadlines on November 15th and December 1st, this is the final stretch to polish up those supplemental essays! If the November 1st deadline hit you harder than you expected, or you missed applying to a few schools, contact Moon Prep to keep you on track and help you to get your essays to final drafts. Our essay coaches will help you create an Essay Map, brainstorm outlines for each essay in a meeting, and complete multiple rounds of edits to refine each essay to perfection. We also help students complete their activity lists for the Common App, aid with resume wording, and press the submit button well before the deadline. 

Contact us today for a free consultation, while we still have the capacity to help your student.

College Updates For The 2022-23 Admissions Cycle:

University of Toledo’s BACC2MD program’s deadline has been pushed back this year to January 3rd. 

University of California school applications are due November 30th. 


Underclassmen Timeline

This month, every underclassman at Moon Prep received a Fall Update email tailored to their grade in school. In addition to their meetings with their counselors and medical mentors, these quarterly emails keep students progressing forward on a timeline and accomplishing tasks early in a strategic plan of action to maximize their early years before senior year. This allows the college application process and essays to go smoothly and with much less stress.

Our Early High School Checklist is a great resource to use for a check-in to make sure your student is on track. The key to accomplishing great things is breaking large goals into smaller manageable pieces. That is where a Moon Prep mentor can help. If an underclassman in your household is considering applying to BS/MD programs in the future, schedule a free consultation with us to see how we can help guide those crucial early years.  Come learn from our BS/MD experts! 

Eliminating Student Loans

For many years, schools that stated they “met every dollar of student’s need” simply meant that they offered the same need-based aid as every other school. Recently, there has been a positive shift among some colleges to actively set students up for success after graduation by extending merit aid, meeting need-based aid, and adopting a no-loan policy for all students. For students potentially facing a future with years of loans ahead of them, it is worth a look to see which schools are adopting this new policy.  

Test Optional?

We are still in the early stages of navigating the new test-optional landscape of college admissions. And while many articles encourage students to go test-optional, it is important to consider all sides to this decision. In some cases, the lack of a score removes a hard parameter to accept students, leaving the decision up to the personal (and subjective) decision of the individuals on the admissions team. Read more about everything going on behind the scenes with test-optional policies. 

Colleges To Add

After the November 1 deadline passes, many seniors are understandably burnt out by the number of essays they have already written and the many essays they still need to write. Now is a good time to re-evaluate your college list. Use our college list resource to ensure your college list is well-balanced. Every student needs a strong application deadline strategy!

If you are in the position, like many of our Moon Prep students, of considering adding a few schools to your college list with no extra effort, check out our article on Forbes: Over 40 Colleges Without Supplemental Essays 2022-2023.

For underclassmen, it’s time to be strategic about how you spend time outside the classroom during the school year. Thankfully, we have you covered. Registration is now open for the Winter session of Rising Researchers, Machine Learning for Health Equity Research Intensive Camp. This an 8-week (January 9 – March 23) online research class under a researcher from UMass Amherst. The course is designed to provide you with an introduction to statistical and machine learning techniques for understanding, finding, and explaining health equity gaps in electronic health records data

The best part? Students receive 2 college credit hours and there are no course prerequisites, 9-11 grades are encouraged to apply.

November advice for scholarships: International students can earn merit scholarships at U.S. colleges too! Sign up for our free Scholarships and Financial Aid Crash Course to learn more about international scholarships and every other type of scholarship.

Feldco Scholarship due December 16 1 award of $1,000 

Here’s a chance to reuse an essay, especially if you’ve written a “What Make You Unique” essay. This scholarship asks for a 700+ word essay on the topic, “What value do you appreciate the most in people, and do you see that quality in yourself?” Apply here.

Check out our recent articles and interviews with our counselors:


Forbes: Over 40 Colleges Without Supplemental Essays 2022-2023

Apple News: 5 Tips For Listing Extracurriculars On College Applications

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