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    What Colleges Want

    What Colleges Want
    There's a reason college applications are comprised of more than your GPA and test scores. Admissions officers utilize all aspects of the application to assess if you’re right for the school you’re applying to. Who you are and the qualities you possess are important because you’ll become a part of the school, bringing any unique aspects of your individuality along with ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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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 2 months ago | Rated: +26
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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 5 years ago | Rated: +16
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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 6 days ago | Rated: +34
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    Can You Beg Your Way Off the Wait List?

    Can You Beg Your Way Off the Wait List?
    Most people will agree that one of the most frustrating things in life is waiting for an answer. Yes, patience is a virtue, but what about when you’re waiting to hear about your own future and you receive a “maybe?” Many students find themselves in this difficult position after being wait-listed by the college of their choice. You can sit back ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +16
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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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    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 27 days ago | Rated: +24
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    The College Admissions Process

    The College Admissions Process
    Ah yes, the college admissions process can be considered a full-time job in itself. Between the deadlines, filling out the applications and deciding which school to go to — not to mention taking the SATs – prepping for college can be overwhelming to say the least. Surviving college is one thing. Surviving the college admissions and application process is a whole other ballgame. CampusCompare’s ...
    Published about 5 years 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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    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 9 months ago | Rated: +20
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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 7 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 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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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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    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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    The Era of the New Super Student

    Personally, I think it is reasonable to assume that most Americans can shamefully (or proudly, in some cases) admit that they have watched a teen flick. Whether the movie is Clueless, High School Musical, Mean Girls or Napoleon Dynamite, they all have that same cafeteria scene. The stock characters isolate themselves in their cliques at the lunch tables while appeasing their ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +9
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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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    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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    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 2 months ago | Rated: +20
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    The Online Application

    The Online Application
    Applying to college online can save you time and money. Online applications make submitting your application easy, but don't take them less seriously. Here's what you need to know about online applications. Good for Students, Good for Colleges When you apply online you get what you need instantaneously. Depending on the school, you might submit the required information directly through the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +21
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    College Planning for High School Freshmen

    College Planning for High School Freshmen
    You just started high school, is it really time to begin planning for college? The answer is "yes" and "no." While you should focus on having fun and making good grades for the sake of your high school career, you should also keep in mind that everything you do in high school will be examined during the college admissions process. Follow ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +17