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    What Are Colleges Looking For?

    What Are Colleges Looking For?
    A rigorous course schedule through high school is important. Good grades are key. High SAT/ACT test scores certainly don't hurt. But what else are colleges looking for in students? Genuine interest in the school Colleges want students who show genuine and well-researched interest in their school. "A student who has gone beyond name recognition and reputation and has decided that the ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +63
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    The Common Application

    The Common Application
    You've narrowed your choice of colleges down to seven different schools. Now comes the fun part: filling out seven different applications. This means entering your name/address/school data over and over and writing multiple personal essays. And if you can't apply online, this means reacquainting yourself with a typewriter. At long last, an alternative is gaining momentum: the Common Application. What Is ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +15
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    The Applications are In, Now the Focus is on Financial Aid

    The Applications are In, Now the Focus is on Financial Aid
    Getting to college seems a lot like buying a new car. Before you can even think about buying a car, you have to have a good credit rating, which will mean a good loan. Then, you choose the car. Do you want black, green, red, silver, white? Do you want Honda, Hyundai, Acura, Toyota, Lexus? Do you want four-wheel drive, power ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Top Five Tips for Back to High School

    Top Five Tips for Back to High School
    *Learn about your schools* The best applicants know their top choices-the name of the library, where students hang out for coffee after class, a star professor they'd love to take a class with. Go beyond the basics of class size and location and find out what makes your school special. The extra effort will shine through in your application. *Make friends ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +29
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    To Supplement or Not to Supplement

    To Supplement or Not to Supplement
    You’ve put the finishing touches on your essays and resumes and you’ve sent your transcripts and test scores. So you think the application process is over, right? Maybe not. Should you send additional materials (e.g. essays, letters of recommendation, photographs, etc.) to make your admissions folder heavier? In most cases, this will work to your disadvantage. As some say in admissions, ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +58
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    Best Gift for the Holidays? Time--Give Yourself Some

    Best Gift for the Holidays? Time--Give Yourself Some
    The holidays are about giving and sharing. In light of recent belt tightening, forget about hitting the mall to buy a sweater or a gift card.  The best gift you could give yourself and others is time. Time to enjoy the company of family and friends, time to spend cooking your favorite dishes with your parents, time to create long lasting ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Applying to College is More Complicated than It Seems

    It's December. All remnants of turkey and stuffing have been expunged from the fridge. The days are getting shorter and temperatures are dipping lower. Wal-Mart is drenched in red, white and pine needle green. Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" is being piped endlessly through every department store PA system on this side of the Rio Grande. But those familiar Christmas jingles mean ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    College Admissions Checklist

    College Admissions Checklist
    Junior Year Start thinking about college choice. Make an appointment to talk with your guidance counselor. Register with www.fastweb.com to find the money you need for college. Plan to take your PSAT during your junior year and start studying for the ACT or SAT. Summer after Junior Year Visit college campuses and ask friends in college for their advice. Request applications ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +18
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    FastWeb Student Tips: Admissions

    We asked FastWeb users to share their advice on college admissions, based on their personal experiences. Here's what they said: "Keep your options open and don't plan your whole life around one college. It will make it a lot easier if you don't get accepted. And if you don't get accepted, your world isn't over. There will be other colleges for ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Maximizing Your College Admissions Application

    College admissions offices are busy places. Think about an admissions office receiving 5,000 to 10,000 or more applications. That is a lot of reading. What will make your application stand out? How colleges decide Before we address that question, let’s look at the process in general. I don’t believe any two admissions offices do everything alike, but there are similarities. Most ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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    College Admissions Glossary

    College Admissions Glossary
    Acceptance Form: This form documents the student's receipt of an award letter. The form usually includes a space to indicate acceptance of offered aid, declination of all or part of the package and some means for requesting an appeal to modify the award. Acceptance letters and award letters are frequently combined into a single document. Admit-Deny: Some schools will admit marginal ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Can Colleges Take Back Their Offers?

    Can Colleges Take Back Their Offers?
    You're halfway through your senior year and you've been accepted into the college of your dreams when suddenly everything goes awry. One slight misstep and you begin to wonder: Have I really risked everything I've ever worked for because of one silly mistake? Is this possible or is it an urban legend? Students often wonder: once accepted into a college, is ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +17
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    November Checklist for High School Juniors

    November Checklist for High School Juniors
    November is an important prep time for high school juniors, and we’re not just talking about turkey dinner, either. From this point on, every move you make matters. Not that it didn't before - but, what we’re referring to here, are your academic footprint and your decision making processes. You need to focus more than ever before on your studies, which ...
    Published 5 months ago | Rated: +36
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    Creating a College Essay Outline

    Creating a College Essay Outline
    Many students balk at the idea of creating an essay outline since, at first glance, it may seem like additional work. So, for starters, let’s examine the question: Why create an outline? Surely, there are alternative options, such as using a pre-set template or just diving in. However, an outline may be the most appropriate option for you. Why Create an ...
    Published 4 months ago | Rated: +19
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    15 Crazy College Application Essay Questions

    15 Crazy College Application Essay Questions
    College application essays don’t have to be a drag – and these schools prove it. They’ve created some of the most outlandish, thought-provoking and original essay questions out there. Here are the 15 schools that think outside the box, when it comes to admissions essay, with some examples of our favorite questions they’re asking on The Common Application this year. Now, ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +20
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    April Checklist for Juniors

    April Checklist for Juniors
    OK, juniors, it’s time to begin organizing and getting ready for the lengthy college application and admissions process. Your senior year of high school is just around the corner and things will become chaotic quite quickly come fall, so the more prepared you are for it, the more ahead you’ll be. Here's a useful college checklist high school juniors can utilize ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +25
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    January College Checklist for High School Seniors

    January College Checklist for High School Seniors
    January is the start of a New Year and a new semester. Which means, you have the unique advantage of a fresh start in more than one way! How cool is that? Make sure you utilize this clean slate because it's not often that we're given such chances in life. Here's a checklist to follow with suggestions of ways you can ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +32
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    Over 275 Colleges Accepting Late Applicants

    Over 275 Colleges Accepting Late Applicants
    Did you miss the boat on National Decision Day? Don’t worry – you can still attend college this fall! Most institutions require that application submissions by January and that all accepted applicants send in their enrollment deposits by May 1, National Decision Day. However, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, known as the NACAC, there are still plenty ...
    Published 11 months ago | Rated: +29
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    School of Style

    School of Style
    Listen up, fashion-loving Fastwebbers! There’s a new school in season and it’s got a big name backing it. Condé Nast, the London-based magazine publisher, has opened Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design. Like the publisher, the school is based in London, but students from all over the world are invited to apply for their available 10-week Vogue Fashion Certificate course. ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Getting Ahead Over Summer Break

    Getting Ahead Over Summer Break
    Going into your senior year can be stressful, but it becomes a whole lot easier if you’re prepared for the road ahead. Preparing will make your senior year much more enjoyable and decrease the work you’ll need to do in addition to your schoolwork, stopping you from getting overwhelmed. Utilize the summer between your junior and senior year in high school ...
    Published 12 months ago | Rated: +37
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