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    A Writing Guide for College Essays

    A Writing Guide for College Essays
    Although Halloween usually marks the start of the holiday season for America’s retailers, if you are a Senior applying to college, the day signals the unofficial start of the college application season. Regardless of your grades or test scores, you will likely struggle writing your personal statement, commonly known as “the college essay.” Here are six tips that will help you ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +54
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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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    Are You a Helicopter Parent?

    Are You a Helicopter Parent?
    Do you hover over your kids with anxious anticipation of fulfilling an unmet need? Your intentions may be honorable, but the behavior may earn you an unwanted moniker – helicopter parent. Helicopter parents are obsessed with their children and become over-involved in their lives. They overstep their bounds, cross the line and downright break the sound barrier of acceptable parental participation. ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +11
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    CLEP: College Credit for Life Experience

    CLEP: College Credit for Life Experience
    The CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) is a test that grants college credit to students based on knowledge learned through professional experience, independent study, adult courses or advanced high school courses. The CLEP is recognized by about 2,900 colleges and universities, and is administered by the College Board. The CLEP is comprised of 33 different tests in a variety of subjects, much ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +26
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    Reaching and Playing It Safe: Choosing Colleges

    Reaching and Playing It Safe: Choosing Colleges
    Are you a realist or a go-getter? The answer could define your strategy for selecting your college of choice. There are three legs on the college application stool. You could apply to a "reach" school -- one you might get in. You could apply to a "safety" school -- one that you should easily get in. Or you could go after ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +87
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    Should You Submit an Early Application?

    Should You Submit an Early Application?
    Sometimes the college application process can feel like a smorgasbord of confusing acronyms, deadlines and restrictions. Not only do you have to understand what ED I, ED II, EA, RD and REA stand for, but you also have to make various decisions concerning these acronyms, decisions that could affect your entire college application process. Are you sure you know which type ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +324
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    Gear Up for National Decision Day

    Gear Up for National Decision Day
    May 1st is National Decision Day which means the pressure is on for high school seniors to make final college decisions. That's why we thought it might be helpful to create a list of Fastweb users' all time favorite articles that detail guides on how to make better college decisions. That way, you'll know you're making the best decision possible! Here's ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +19
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    Stuck Between Two Schools

    Stuck Between Two Schools
    It's almost spring and you've got a lot on your mind as a senior in high school. Plenty of reports and projects are due, Prom may be coming up and you're beginning to realize that you'll be leaving your friends in a few short months. On top of all that, colleges are asking for deposits for enrollment. Your problem is you ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +77
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    First Things First: Passion or Practicality?

    First Things First: Passion or Practicality?
    "What do you want to be when you grow up?" This was easy to answer when we were kids: "I want to be a ballerina. An astronaut. A racecar driver. A doctor. A teacher. Superman." As we get closer to becoming adults, people expect our answers to that question to be more realistic. We are supposed to be practical rather than ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +48
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    Deal with Overcoming a Low SAT or ACT Score

    Deal with Overcoming a Low SAT or ACT Score
    1. Take it again. Some colleges will accept the higher score. Some will combine your scores for the best possible number. If you didn’t do as well as you could have on the SAT or ACT, call your prospective college for advice: Should you retake it? If the college rep says you may be eligible for more scholarships or a better ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +42
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    The ACT: Why You Should Consider This SAT Alternative

    The ACT: Why You Should Consider This SAT Alternative
    For years the ACT has existed in the shadow of the more popular SAT. This may now be changing. Find out why you should pay attention to the ACT. The ACT Can Get You In The ACT emerged in 1959 as an alternative to the SAT, which has been in existence since 1926. The ACT has never gained the level of ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +100
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    Getting Into College with Bad Grades

    Getting Into College with Bad Grades
    Have bad grades? Believe it or not, it’s not always the end-all, be-all in terms of gaining entry into the college of your dreams. Don’t give up! Attempt to combat your admissions struggle by considering these helpful tips: Submit an explanation (in certain cases) - First, consider why your grades were, um, less than stellar. College admissions officers don’t want to ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +32
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    Six Ways to Bomb an Interview

    Six Ways to Bomb an Interview
    Are you intent on making a bad impression in a job or college admissions interview? Take a look at these six ways to get immediate rejection—and then read on for what our experts have to say about the right way to act. 1. Have no knowledge of yourself or the organization. Before walking in, make sure you have no idea about ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +35
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    The Collegiate Matchmaker

    The Collegiate Matchmaker
    So many schools! So many choices! Take it step by step to find the right college for you. Step 1: Develop your ideal college profile You can't find your perfect college until you figure out what you want. Start by breaking it down. Make a list of the characteristics you want in a college. Think about: Size: Large schools can offer ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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    What to Pack for Study Abroad

    What to Pack for Study Abroad
    The staples of packing well are comfortable shoes. I know that most students want to look good, but comfort needs to come before style when studying abroad. You are going to walk a whole lot more than you think, and you need to be prepared. It’s also important to pack light. While it is a scary thought to have to pack ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +43
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    College Planning for High School Seniors

    College Planning for High School Seniors
    It's your final year of high school, which is not only the time to celebrate your achievements but bulk up your resume and course schedule to show colleges and universities that you're a worthy candidate. Senior year is easily the most overwhelming for high school students but staying organized will guarantee a solid finish, a good chance at your top choice ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +48
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    What to Do While You’re Waiting to Hear from Colleges

    What to Do While You’re Waiting to Hear from Colleges
    February and March are tense times within the world of college admissions – for everyone involved – students, parents and admissions officials alike. Potential college students anxiously wait to hear back from their top colleges choices. The students’ angst is rising and parents feel powerless, wanting to end the madness of the waiting game. The colleges work around the clock, reading ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +33
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    Big vs. Small, Urban vs. Rural: Consider College Campuses

    Big vs. Small, Urban vs. Rural: Consider College Campuses
    While not as attention-getting as academic quality or price tag, the size and location of a college have a big impact on your college experience. Take time to evaluate the pros and cons. Large Schools vs. Small Schools One size doesn’t fit all. Don’t expect college life at a school of 50,000 to be the same as life at a campus ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +27
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    5 Signs You Shouldn't Enroll in Graduate School

    5 Signs You Shouldn't Enroll in Graduate School
    There are good reasons to go to grad school – to pursue an interest you’re highly engaged with or to take the next step necessary to meet your career goals. There are also bad reasons to go to grad school. Think twice about earning an advanced degree if one of your primary motivations for going to grad school falls into one ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +21
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    Know Your Grad School Exams

    Know Your Grad School Exams
    Most students who pursue graduate school must first take one of the following tests: LSAT, MCAT, GMAT or GRE. The required test depends on the type of grad school students plan to attend. Consult your prospective school to find out which test you should take. Learn more about each of the tests: LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) Required for: Law school ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +21
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