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Graduating Class of 2015

Rasul Learning Group would like to congratulate our Grade 12s who were accepted to top US colleges and international universities during this admissions cycle. It has been an exciting and rewarding year for all of us, and we are so proud of our students’ accomplishments!

Many of them were recognized by the colleges and universities to which they applied with scholarship money, honours designations, and hand-written notes from admissions officers. This is such a monumental time in their lives, and we are looking forward to continuing their journeys with them.

Though we will be posting a comprehensive list of our students’ acceptances, and state with pride that RLG’s 99% first-choice university acceptance rate remains in tact, I would like to take this opportunity to say something that I think all students and parents need to hear.

For both those who have been accepted to your dream school and those who will be going to another amazing school that you had not previously considered, I encourage you to remain open to possibilities.

Frank Bruni, op-ed columnist for the NY Times, says it best in his new book, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be.” He reminds students that “an openness to serendipity” and “a nimbleness in adapting to change, a willingness to shoot off in a new direction” are important factors that shape who you will be. I have learned in my own life that you can make well-laid plans, but often the opportunity to discover your passions and tap into your unique talents takes forms (and sometimes schools) that you had not anticipated.

The trajectory of your lives will take forms that you cannot yet imagine, and that is both exciting and frightening. Embrace the unknown and be open to the possibilities that you don’t understand yet.

Congrats to the class of 2015!


Zahra F. Rasul – Owner and Director


See below for the impressive list of schools that our students were accepted to.

US Schools International Schools (mostly law)
Arizona State University University of Birmingham
Bates College Bristol University
Boston University University of Buckingham
Bowdoin College City University London
Brown University Durham University
California Institute of Technology University of Exeter
Carleton College Kings College London
Chapman University University of Liverpool
Colby College London School of Economics (PPE)
Colgate University Univeristy of Manchester
Cornell University Queen Mary University of London
Duke University University of Reading
Emory University RCSI (medicine)
Franklin and Marshall College Royal Coolege of Surgeons in Ireland
George Washington University University of St. Andrews
Georgia Institute of Technology St. Georges University (medicine)
Hamilton College Yale -NUS College (Singapore)
Harvard University University of York
Haverford College
Hofstra University
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Middlebury College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Pitzer College
Rollins College
Santa Clara University
The New School (Eugene Lang College)
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Arizona
University of California Berkeley
University of California San Diego
University of California Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Illinois
University of San Diego
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
Washington University in St. Louis
Wesleyan University
Yale University

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Having Trouble Getting Started on that Essay?

Check out some tips from US News and World Report on how to tell your story. This can be a daunting task for International students applying to US institutions, especially if English is not your first language.  Some tips include:

1. Wait until the end to write your first sentence

2. Write your story the way you would tell it to a friend

Read the full article here. For more inspiration, contact your Rasul Learning Group specialist today to get the brainstorming started!

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Expanding College Access to Low Income Students

“Over his or her lifetime, a U.S. college graduate earns nearly $3 million more than someone who has not graduated from college.”

President Obama is dedicated to lowering the cost of education for all students, including low income families in the US. As the selectivity of these institutions becomes more and more exclusive, the President is pushing collaboration between non-profits, high schools and colleges in order to tackle this issue.

Click here to read the full Reuters article.

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Rasul Learning Group featured on Global News

Zahra F. Rasul, Owner and Director of Rasul Learning Group, was featured in last week’s Global News article on “Back to School Tips for Educational Success At Any Age”.

Take a look at the article for advice on early childhood development, tips on elementary and secondary school success, as well as ways you can help your children through the university and college transition.

Rasul Learning Group focuses on students of all ages, with services targeted at admissions for PK-12, undergraduate Canadian and US Colleges, as well as Master program applications. Zahra F. Rasul has a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Education and is a double doctorate PhD student in Women’s Studies and Education. Read more about her background and education here.

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RLG wishes congrats to all the graduating Seniors! We have had the pleasure of attending numerous graduations over the past couple of weeks. We are so proud of all our students accomplishments, many of whom won awards for their various talents and academic pursuits.

We are also excited about all our rising Seniors who are preparing for the biggest summer and Fall of their lives to date… there is a lot of work ahead as we chart the path to college/ university applications, but this time next year, you’ll be feeling the same sense of accomplishment and euphoria as those who have just graduated!


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At Rasul Learning Group, we have a small group of talented, smart and well-read educators who have interesting conversations about a whole range of subject on a daily basis.

We would like to invite you to join our conversations and dialogue with us!

Over the coming weeks, we will have our blog up and running, and we look forward to hearing from you about things that you thing are pressing, cool, or just want to know more about.

We look forward to dialoguing with you!


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Our new website launch!

Welcome everyone to the new Rasul Learning Group website. We’re presently finalizing content but in the meantime feel free to take a browse through the site and learn more about the many services we offer.

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