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    Springing Forward and Looking Back: A High School Senior Reflects

    Springing Forward and Looking Back: A High School Senior Reflects
    Time is such an ambiguous thing. At some times in life, it seems to go too slow (e.g., chemistry class). At other times it goes too fast (e.g., hanging out with friends). Right now, though, I am caught in an awkward mix of feeling as though time is going both too slow and too fast. On the one hand, I can't ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Beyond the CLEP: More Options for Life Experience Credit

    Beyond the CLEP: More Options for Life Experience Credit
    If you are a returning student, a shortage of time and money might prohibit you from enrolling in college full time. However, you can gain college credit for what you already know by taking one of several exams that test your knowledge in a particular subject. While the best known credit-by-examination program is the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), there are three ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +9
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    Break the Mold: Unique College Choices

    Break the Mold: Unique College Choices
    During her first semester of college, Veronica Sorce and her dorm friends sat in the audience at the “Jerry Springer” show in Chicago. The college kids watched as couples on stage broke up and threw down. “The guys were getting in fights,” says Sorce, a graphic design major from Peoria, Illinois. Checking out the “Springer” show is just one of the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Q&A: How Many Schools Should Your Student Apply To?

    Q&A: How Many Schools Should Your Student Apply To?
    Q: How many schools should my junior apply to? Is there really such thing as a “safety” school? What does that mean? A: Trying to decide how many and which colleges to apply to can be one of the most challenging aspects of the admissions process. Fortunately, by beginning this process in the junior year, your son or daughter has more ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +19
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    How to Impress an Admissions Officer

    How to Impress an Admissions Officer
    It’s September and the start of another busy fall semester. If you are a Junior or a Senior, you know that this is the time of year when college representatives are in your hometown. They are either visiting your school, having evening receptions, or attending local college fairs. This is an excellent way to get information without visiting the campus. It ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +33
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    What to Do If You Want to Transfer

    What to Do If You Want to Transfer
    So you are halfway through freshman year or maybe you’re even a sophomore and you’re thinking, “Hmm, I really don’t like it here- should I transfer?” Maybe your ‘dream’ school is not as dreamy as you first thought, maybe your grades slipped senior year and you ended up at your 10th choice, maybe you realized you don’t want to be an ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +28
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    Top 10 States with Most Affordable Tuition

    Top 10 States with Most Affordable Tuition
    There are no if’s and’s or but’s about it – college is downright expensive! Thankfully, a little research goes a long way and, with a lot of help from the internet, you can find information on college affordability, financial aid and, even which colleges offer the best bang for your buck. College is so expensive that gaining the benefit of in-state ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +25
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    Deal with Drop-Off Day

    Deal with Drop-Off Day
    After more than a year of campus touring, application editing and financial aid wrangling, you'd think dropping your child off at college would be the easy part. But move-in day on college campuses is a high-stress, emotionally-charged event. There are cars to unload, orientations to attend, roommates to meet and goodbyes to say. Fastweb consulted Christine Schelhas-Miller, the author of Don't ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +25
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    What Your GRE Score Means

    What Your GRE Score Means
    A month after taking the GRE, what I remember most is the GR part. (“Grrrrr” n. 1. exclamation indicating extreme frustration, 2. sound a bear makes.) You see, I’ve gotten my scores. I’m in the 91st percentile on verbal, which means only 9 percent of this year’s test takers scored higher than me. (I am also in the 91st percentile for ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +12
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    How Parental Involvement Can Help in the Applications Process

    How Parental Involvement Can Help in the Applications Process
    Question: What part should my parents play in my college application? Parental involvement in the college admissions process varies from family to family, and is sometimes a point of conflict. At the very least, your parents will have to fill out financial aid forms so that your application process can be completed. Parents can perform other valuable tasks for your application ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Taking Time Off from School: Interim Programs

    Taking Time Off from School: Interim Programs
    While most 18-year-olds were packing bags for college, Bathsheba Demuth was packing bags for the Yukon. "I had spent my entire life studying," Demuth said. "I wanted to take a break and do something different." That "something different" was an interim program. Taking time off between high school and college, she lived with the Vuntut Gwitch'in people in Old Crow, Yukon, ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +19
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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 4 months ago | Rated: +17
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    AP Courses - Accept the Challenge

    AP Courses - Accept the Challenge
    Need a bigger challenge from your high school classes? Ready to delve more deeply into your favorite subject? Want to save money and advance more quickly once you enter college? It's time to check into AP classes. AP stands for "Advanced Placement," a series of 37 college-level courses available to high school students looking for a head start. AP courses cover ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +28
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    College Essay Editing Tips for Parents

    College Essay Editing Tips for Parents
    Yep, you’ve got a brilliant student on your hands – nobody knows it more than you. But, no matter how sharp your student, it’s likely that he or she is going to have a little trouble coming up with the perfect college admissions essay. Don’t worry! It’s completely normal – after all, that’s a lot of pressure on someone faced with ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +15
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    Help Your Student with Summer Plans

    Help Your Student with Summer Plans
    As a parent, you likely want to encourage your student to get the most out of their time, experiences and, of course, work towards success. If you student doesn’t have a summer plan yet – or, perhaps if their summer plan is loafing around by the pool, then you may want to help them get their summer priorities on track. Here ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +27
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    Understanding the Rise in Rejection Rates

    Understanding the Rise in Rejection Rates
    You may have seen the headlines: College Rejection Rates at Record Highs. With schools like the University of Pennsylvania and Pomona College admitting less than two out of every 10 people who apply, you may think you'll never get into your top-choice school. Don't despair. The headlines appear daunting, but there's more to rejection rates than these headlines would lead you ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Find a College That Fits Your Schedule

    Find a College That Fits Your Schedule
    Maybe you're planning to go to school at night while you work a full-time job. Or maybe you're scheduling class time around daycare for your preschooler. Or perhaps you're going back to school after a stint in the military. If any one of these describes you, you're part of one of the fastest-growing groups on college campuses. Non-traditional students include a ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Common Application is Out – Ready, Set, Apply!

    Common Application is Out – Ready, Set, Apply!
    On July 31, the Common Application became available to students all over the country applying to college for the 2013 – 2014 school year. According to the Common Application website, the application was launched four hours ahead of schedule, and within 30 minutes, approximately 300 individuals had set up an account. The Common Application enables prospective students to fill out one ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Top Five Tasks for College-Bound Juniors Right Now: Staying Focused in Feb. & March

    Top Five Tasks for College-Bound Juniors Right Now: Staying Focused in Feb. & March
    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 5 months ago | Rated: +47
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    How to Weigh College Rankings

    How to Weigh College Rankings
    If you're like most people, you flip to your prospective school when you see the college ranking editions of U.S. News, The Princeton Review and other publications. We all want to see how our choices measure up. But what do those numbers mean? How big of a role should a college's ranking play when selecting a school? Wealth of Information Want ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +106
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