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    Ten Questions for Parents to Ask When Considering a College Offer

    Ten Questions for Parents to Ask When Considering a College Offer
    “If there’s one mistake my students make [when choosing a college], it’s not listening to their parents,” says Bruce Hammond, director of college counseling at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, N.M., contributing editor to the The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2006 and author of Discounts and Deals at the Nation's 360 Best Colleges. Parents can often balance the excitement students ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Dr. Kat’s List: Top five schools to get a great academic and athletic experience

    Dr. Kat’s List: Top five schools to get a great academic and athletic experience
    It’s March Madness! As we fill in our brackets and enjoy buzzer beaters and Cinderella stories, it’s easy to forget that our favorite college basketball players are students first and foremost. Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of students looking for schools with a rigorous curriculum and successful sports teams. Colleges are often known for one or the other—rarely ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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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 3 months ago | Rated: +17
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    Hispanic Friendly Colleges

    Hispanic Friendly Colleges
    Academics, living arrangements, and costs may be at the top of your list of factors in choosing the right school, but experts say you should pay attention to one more thing: a school’s efforts to welcome students of your heritage. "It is crucial for a college-bound student to select an institution that reflects his or her values, cultural heritage, and aspirations ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    The Future of Affirmative Action

    The Future of Affirmative Action
    With the first black president elected and affirmative action programs now defeated in four states, some are wondering the fate of the programs and how they'll be affected.  The programs, designed to level the playing field for perceived minorities, have been under attack for years, most actively by anti-affirmative-action guru Ward Connerly. In 2003, the Supreme Court affirmed the use of ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Surfing the College Website

    Surfing the College Website
    One of the best resources for students thinking about college is the college website (or portal). Here you’ll find the most distinctive and best features of each college – or at least what the college would like you to think are its best features. But no matter. With some skillful surfing, you’ll be able to examine the underbelly of that ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Accelerated Hybrid Class: A Saner Option

    Accelerated Hybrid Class: A Saner Option
    Last year at this time, I had just completed my first semester back in college after an eighteen-year break. I was worn down after a demanding holiday season coupled with a pressure-filled finals week. Although I survived the experience intact, I wondered if there might be an easier, less stressful way to do fall semester in the future. Fortunately, I discovered ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +17
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    The Unintended Stress from a Plate of Spaghetti

    The Unintended Stress from a Plate of Spaghetti
    On one not-so-different Friday evening, I glared at the computer with my eyes wide open. Exhausted from a strenuous week, I sat with a deep exasperation and wondered why my computer must warm up so slowly. On that Friday, I would learn whether the University of Florida accepted me. Recently, the competition has skyrocketed for that college, and many students from my ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Parents: Helping with the College Process - and Maintaining Your Sanity

    Parents: Helping with the College Process - and Maintaining Your Sanity
    Not to oversimplify the matter, but PEACE is the process during which your child starts the college search and application process. While one may take this aptly-named acronym literally, we have a few more tips that should serve as a guide while navigating your son or daughter through today’s tricky college admissions process. *P for Participate:* Be involved in your child’s ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    5 Testing Tips for Your Hardest IB Exams

    5 Testing Tips for Your Hardest IB Exams
    International Baccalaureate (or IB) courses are designed to be more rigorous than typical high school classes. This spring, thousands of students at nearly 3,000 high schools will face the ultimate challenge – acing their May IB exams. IB test scores are one of the main factors in determining your eligibility status for earning an IB diploma. College admissions officers tend to ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +17
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    How to Have a Productive Gap Year

    How to Have a Productive Gap Year
    It has become increasingly popular for new high school graduates to take a gap year before they begin their college careers. This gap year can be spent in a variety of ways, from interning to traveling the world. A gap year can help you determine what field you would like to study, as well as work in. This, in turn, can ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +17
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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 8 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Look Forward to Smelling the Roses

    Look Forward to Smelling the Roses
    One morning, a credit card in hand (and Handel’s “Halleluiah Chorus” playing in my mind), I gleefully clicked the ”Submit” button for my Common Application. After I paid the application fees and filled out the school transcript forms, I was finished with the whole process. The thing I was wondering about ever since I was six had reached its completion. As ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +16
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    My Life as an Imaginary Scholarship Provider

    My Life as an Imaginary Scholarship Provider
    As a college-bound student, I will admit that preparing for the college process takes more than good grades and activities. While students strive to find a place in the realm of academia, I believe that scholarships are a crucial element. Universally, most people concur that a decent education doesn’t come cheaply. Indeed, knowledge is power, but obtaining that power costs a ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +16
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Valuable Visits

    Valuable Visits
    Let's be honest, most college tours are standardized. The tour guides, though students, are most likely employed by the admissions department at the college and therefore are given instructions on what to do and say on the tours. While the information on tours is helpful, there is so much more to know about a school, especially if you’re seriously thinking about ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +16
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    The Myth of Multiple-Choice Methodology

    The Myth of Multiple-Choice Methodology
    Research Study: Benefits of Keeping to Instincts While Test Taking are Mythical There’s a new study in town that says, when it comes to multiple-choice questions, don’t go with your gut. It’s been pounded into our brains that our first instinct on test answers is the way to go but, according to new research data, test takers actually increased their scores ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +16
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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 almost 2 years ago | Rated: +16
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    A Window of Opportunity

    A Window of Opportunity
    As a kid, "The Sound of Music" was one of those movies I watched over and over again. There was something about the melodies of Rodgers and Hammerstein that fascinated me, and while my days of watching Julie Andrews as Maria are over, some of those lessons are still relevant today. At the beginning of the movie, Maria—a nun—gets kicked out ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +16
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    MCAT Test Information and Registration Dates 2011

    MCAT Test Information and Registration Dates 2011
    The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences. Medical colleges consider MCAT exam scores as part of their admission process. Almost ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +16
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