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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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    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 month ago | Rated: +39
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    College Planning for Rising Seniors

    College Planning for Rising Seniors
    As a rising senior, it's important to remember that the sooner you begin mapping out your own individualized plan for the college admissions process, the further ahead of the game you'll be and on your way to a successful college career. Yes, it is a daunting process that can take a lot of time and effort, but the earlier you put ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +23
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    September College Prep Checklist for Parents

    September College Prep Checklist for Parents
    Summer is over and a new semester has arrived. So, you're probably wondering: What should my student be doing to prepare for college? Here are some suggestions of what you can do to help your high school student prepare for college this September: 1. Start the college search or the college admissions process. There’s so much to do! But we know ...
    Published 6 days ago | Rated: +33
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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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    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 5 months ago | Rated: +38
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    Campus Tour Do’s and Don’ts

    Campus Tour Do’s and Don’ts
    The campus tour – your time for Q&A, to learn everything you have ever wanted to know from an insider that actually attends the college you’re thinking about. Keep in mind that this isn't an interview. They aren't deciding your fate; it’s really for your benefit. The tour is to see if you can actually see yourself living and learning on ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +22
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    College Search Advice Myths - Revealed!

    College Search Advice Myths - Revealed!
    There are so many facets to consider when it comes to choosing a college. Often times, it’s difficult to know who is truly helpful and who is just talking when asking for advice. Then, you keep hearing all this talk about going to the “best” schools – what does that even mean? Best price? Best graduates? Do you even know what ...
    Published 5 months ago | Rated: +42
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    This is Only a Test: Keeping College Exams in Perspective

    This is Only a Test: Keeping College Exams in Perspective
    Glancing up from my exam, I noticed two of my classmates handing in their blue books to the professor and leaving the classroom. We were only fifteen minutes into the testing period. Were they already giving up without a struggle? I was amazed that at least a third of the class hadn’t even bothered to show up. Several tardy students were ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +22
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    Understanding the Early Decision Debate

    Understanding the Early Decision Debate
    Several high-profile schools sparked debate recently by ending early admission. Why are schools like Harvard, Princeton and the University of Virginia abandoning these policies and what does this mean for you? Differences in Admission Colleges typically offer different admissions options. Early admission, which is at the center of the recent debate, has two forms: early decision and early action. Both allow ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +26
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    The Difference in Degrees

    The Difference in Degrees
    Do you know the difference between an AA, BA, BS, BFA or MFA? You should – especially if one is going to have your name on it in the near future! Distinguishing the different degrees can easily become alphabet soup, unless you understand what each really means. It’s easy to confuse bachelor’s degrees with one another, since the variations are comprised ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +24
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    College Fairs

    College Fairs
    When choosing a college, you need all the information you can get. But visiting each campus can be expensive. And who has time research hundreds of Web sites or call each school individually? That's where college fairs come in. "College fairs are a 'one-stop shopping' kind of experience," says Greg Ferguson, director of the National College Fairs program of the National ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +12
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    College Career Centers Provide More than Jobs

    College Career Centers Provide More than Jobs
    You may think your school's career center is only for senior year. But throughout college the career center can help you choose a major, secure a summer internship or find a job after graduation. Explore Majors and Careers "We help people look at themselves," says Jennifer Kimbarovsky, career counselor at Northwestern University's career development center. "We want to help students ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +6
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    America's Most Expensive Colleges

    America's Most Expensive Colleges
    It’s no secret that college is expensive, but would you go to a college that’s even more expensive than most? On top of the stress of getting into the school of your dreams is paying to go there – and these schools don’t make it easy. Sure, it’s possible with scholarships and financial aid, but you’d probably want those with the ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +34
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    Short Stints Abroad

    Short Stints Abroad
    In a perfect world you'd study in London, Paris - or maybe even Brazil - next semester. But your double major, extracurricular activities and half-empty bank account dictate otherwise. What's a would-be globetrotter to do? Don't despair. There are innovative programs designed just for students like you with little time, little budget and lots of dreams. Work abroad BUNAC offers students ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +13
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    College Touring Tips for Parents

    College Touring Tips for Parents
    You envision a college degree as part of your child's future. So choosing a college where they're comfortable, happy and can be successful is important. But you're also curious if that school's party reputation is deserved, and if your child really understands what it'll mean to be six states away in a town with no major airport. As you accompany your ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +13
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    April Checklist for High School Juniors

    April Checklist for High School Juniors
    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. For starters, check out the list of what you should be ...
    Published 5 months ago | Rated: +46
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    Are You Ready for Graduate School?

    Are You Ready for Graduate School?
    Earning a graduate degree can further your career and raise your salary. In fact, master’s degree holders earned an average of $10,000 more a year that those with only a bachelor’s degree, according to the US Census Bureau. It also demands a lot of hard work, a significant time commitment and substantial financial support. For some professions, like medicine and the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +32
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    Help Them Help You: The Secrets of a Great Recommendation Letter

    Help Them Help You: The Secrets of a Great Recommendation Letter
    When I first started working in the Brown Admissions Office, I assumed my primary responsibility was to select the strongest students. Instead, I soon discovered that my job was a combination of both gatekeeper and counselor. Even with a highly talented pool of students, my admissions colleagues and I spent many hours discussing how a student would make an impact in ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +49
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