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    The Admissions Glossary

    The Admissions Glossary
    Admit-Deny: Some schools will admit marginal students, but not award them any financial aid. Very few schools use admit-deny, because studies have shown that lack of sufficient financial aid is a key factor in the performance of marginal students. Associate Degree: A degree which is granted to a student who has completed a two-year program (64-66 credits) and is equivalent to ...
    Published 3 days ago | Rated: +23
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    20 Rules of the Application Road

    20 Rules of the Application Road
    It's a long and bumpy road. It's a challenging road. It's definitely wide open for you to travel. Getting through the college application process involves a lot of time and effort, but the results can generate a significant investment in you. Use these tips to get moving on the path to college success. Rule #1 Adhere to the NACAC (National Association ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    College Application & Admissions FAQ

    College Application & Admissions FAQ
    Don’t know your SATs from your EDs…Here are some of the most popular questions when it comes to Admission and Application. Everything from campus tours to test scores to letters of recommendations. What does a campus visit consist of? A good time to get started with the college campus visit is the summer before senior year. The first step? Check the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +16
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +63
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    Top 10 Tips for Admissions

    Top 10 Tips for Admissions
    Take a strong course schedule. Your class record is a big part of your college application. Don't take courses that simply pad your GPA. Challenge yourself. Take AP, IB or honors courses. If your school doesn't offer them, see if your local community college or university does. Do volunteer work. Make a difference and volunteer for activities that reflect your personality ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +44
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    College Admission & Application Checklist

    College Admission & Application Checklist
    Why attend college? You will learn skills that will help you both on and off the job. A person who attends college generally earns more than someone who doesn’t. How can I go about choosing a college? Colleges are located in big cities, suburbs, and small towns throughout the country. Some enroll tens of thousands of students; others enroll only a ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Common College Application Mistakes

    The best mistakes are those you learn from. Below, guidance counselors and admissions counselors from around the country reveal the most common college application errors. Follow Directions A lot of mistakes can be easily avoided by following directions. All college applications may look the same, but read the directions carefully — they can be quite different. Keep a sharp lookout for ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Deal with the Approaching Deadline

    It's the last day of school before a weeklong Thanksgiving break, and I'm frantically running around school delivering recommendation packets to my teachers and counselor. (The packets include teacher evaluation sheets from different schools and a "brag sheet" detailing everything I've done in high school.) I get a packet to my counselor, and another to my junior year English teacher. I ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    For High School Students, "College Season" is in Full Swing

    Labor Day, in all its barbecue and lawn chair glory, has passed, which means everyone is back in school. School in my district started on August 14, so we’ve been here a while. It’s usually good to go back to school because for most of us boredom doesn’t take long to set in after summer begins. Although it did start to ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Top Five Tasks for College-Bound Juniors: Staying Focused in February

    Top Five Tasks for College-Bound Juniors: Staying Focused in February
    It’s understandable to get early-onset senioritis come February - after all, it is contagious, isn’t it? But, in all seriousness, the holidays have passed and there’s just one last semester standing between you and that glorious senior year of high school. And, while senior year of high school is likely going to be one of the best of your life, preparing ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +26
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    Senior Year Blog: Archive Nov. 8 - Jan. 11

    A High School Senior Shares is experiences preparing for college. Different Year, Same Old Blog Jan. 11, 2006 Ahoy, my friends! Happy belated new year to you all! It's 2006 and you know what that means….absolutely nothing! That's right, it's a different year but it's still the same old song and dance here on my quaint little blog. Now that it's ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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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 month ago | Rated: +17
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    What High School Seniors Should Do Right Now

    What High School Seniors Should Do Right Now
    Your senior year of high school is coming to an end and you may think you’re in the clear regarding the college admissions process. While it is mainly over, you’re not quite finished yet. There are still a few loose ends to tidy up and now is the time to do so. Here is your current “to do” list, starting this ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +21
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    Get a Head Start on Fall College Applications

    Get a Head Start on Fall College Applications
    Your junior year is crucial both academically and socially – and while it may not seem like it, college application season is right around the corner. Want to get a head start? Consider the following questions as you delve into your late spring and summer activities. Where Are You Heading? You may have started to narrow down what you intend to ...
    Published 15 days ago | Rated: +18
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    Colleges Freeze Tuition Rates for 2013-14 School Year

    Colleges Freeze Tuition Rates for 2013-14 School Year
    It seems as though all that’s ever reported is the rising cost of college tuition rates. While there is truth to that claim, many colleges are working towards making college more affordable or, at the very least, stopping rates from becoming even less affordable for students. Critics of tuition cuts or freezes question whether or not the quality of education will ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +16
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    A Guidance Counselor’s Secrets

    A Guidance Counselor’s Secrets
    Early decision deadlines are almost within sight. Now, more than ever, is the time that rising juniors and seniors need to take advantage of summer break to visit college campuses. We’ve said that and you’ve probably heard it from your parents, teachers and counselors as well. But what haven’t you heard? When it comes to college admissions, your guidance counselor may ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +20
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    10 Completely False College Myths

    10 Completely False College Myths
    Whether you believe them or not, these myths are always lurking around the corners of college discussions. Academically-focused or regarding the college experience, these falsehoods detract students from great opportunities every day. It’s time to stop the lies and start getting real. We’d like to put some of these rumors to rest so that you can sleep soundly in knowing the ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +19
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    Simplify the Admissions Process

    Simplify the Admissions Process
    The entire college admissions process is daunting – to say the least. What if, instead of getting overwhelmed and anxious, there was a better way? Good news, Fastwebbers! There is a better way! Here are four steps you can take to ease the stresses of the college admissions process, making your experience much simpler and more efficient. [gate] 1. Time Management ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +19
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    The Top 10 Most Expensive Colleges in America

    The Top 10 Most Expensive Colleges in America
    Everything comes at a price and education is no exception. While most colleges are costly, these schools really break bank. The following schools are the top ten most expensive in America, according The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Almanac of Higher Education.” 10. University of Chicago Cost: $57,711 Tuition, room/board and other fees cost $57,711 in 2012-2013 at University of Chicago, according ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +23
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    Writing the Perfect Admissions Essay

    Writing the Perfect Admissions Essay
    When it comes to writing college admissions essays, the task can be daunting. Strategizing is key and some essay-writing tips can help to do so. Utilize these essay-writing tips to write a winning essay. [gate] Don’t Re-purpose Content Colleges can see right through a generic essay, so personalize it based on the school where you’re applying. There’s nothing wrong with having ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +36