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    Seven Tips for Getting Your Money's Worth Out of College

    Seven Tips for Getting Your Money's Worth Out of College
    College education is one of the single biggest purchases that you’ll ever make. And yet, the average consumer knows more about buying a car or a washing machine. Why not get the most for your money? 1. Go see the prof. You might think that lectures and discussions are the main part of the college class. And you’d be right. But ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Gap Year Savings

    Gap Year Savings
    UntitledUntitledWe've offered plenty of advice throughout the past few weeks on how to save money for school: part-time jobs and deferring student loans…just to name a few. But here's something you never thought you'd hear: save money by skipping out on school for a year. Gap year: defined as the increasingly popular option to forego college or graduate school for a ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Your SAT Essay Outline

    Your SAT Essay Outline
    The essay portion of the SAT is a welcome change in the eyes of colleges, but a scary uncertainty in the eyes of students and parents, because the essay can also be viewed by admissions officers during the application review. SAT takers have 25 minutes to read a prompt, formulate an opinion, create an outline and write a coherent, astute three- ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +24
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    Beat the SAT Jitters

    Beat the SAT Jitters
    Q: “I get so nervous before a test. What can I do?” A: “The first time I took the SAT, I was so nervous, I couldn’t even remember what year it was,” says Lindy Robinson, who graduated in 2005 from the Detroit Country Day School in Michigan. “I’m not kidding! My hands began to shake right before time was called, and ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +40
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    Top Ten Questions to Ask Your School Counselor

    Top Ten Questions to Ask Your School Counselor
    Your guidance counselor is your ally in the college search process. Ask your counselor some of the questions on this list and you'll be amazed at what they can offer you. 1. What classes should I take? This question can encompass several things, including whether to take AP courses, what classes colleges want to see on a transcript, what electives it ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Questions for Student Athletes

    Questions for Student Athletes
    You're at the top of your game and schools are clamoring to recruit you to play on their teams. Before you sign on the dotted line, ask these questions to make sure you're picking the right athletic program for you! 1. Does the school offer the academic program that interests me? 2. What are the academic performance requirements to remain a ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +23
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    How to be Helpful During Your Student's Junior Year

    How to be Helpful During Your Student's Junior Year
    1. Start the academic year with a bang! If you don’t know what courses they’re taking this year, you should. If you get excited about learning they will too. Find out what is on their reading lists for English and history. Engage your child in conversations about the material he is studying at the dinner table. 2. Prepare for standardized tests. ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Campus Tour: Virginia is for Students

    Campus Tour: Virginia is for Students
    Is Virginia really for lovers? Yes, if they are lovers of knowledge. Teeming with campus folklore, arresting landscape and warm hospitality, Virginia has left its mark on higher education in the United States. A place of passionate tradition and enormous history, Virginia is perfect for the intellectually and socially attentive. The commonwealth is designed for students, so long as they are ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Involve Your Parents in the College Planning Process

    Involve Your Parents in the College Planning Process
    When Nancy Rodriguez began planning for college, she quickly noticed that her parents’ involvement in the process was limited. “They just knew about where I wanted to go,” says Rodriguez, a senior at the University of Southern California who grew up in Los Angeles’s inner-city community of Southgate. With two parents who worked constantly and viewed education differently than other parents ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Get Down in Chi-Town: A College Tour of Chicago

    Get Down in Chi-Town: A College Tour of Chicago
    We won't know if Chicago will be chosen for the 2016 Summer Olympics until October 2009, but that shouldn't stop you from exploring The Windy City as your choice for your college years. Start your day in Chicago's South Side and visit the University of Chicago. Count the gargoyles on your tour of this Gothic Revival-inspired campus but be sure to ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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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 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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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 5 years ago | Rated: +49
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    What You Need to Know Before You Go

    What You Need to Know Before You Go
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) studies and measures how students interact and engage with their colleges, specifically academic programs and extracurricular activities that can be found on campus. Drawing from their experiences in observing how students can get the most of their total college experience, NSSE has developed a series of questions to ask prospective colleges as you make ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Five Ways to Narrow Down Your List of Colleges

    Five Ways to Narrow Down Your List of Colleges
    So many colleges, so hard to find the best fit. Most students find that creating an expansive list of schools they’d like to go to is easier than winnowing down the list. Here are some tips from Dr. Kat to help narrow your focus. *1. Make sure the list is balanced*. Have a conversation with your high school college counselor to ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +33
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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 5 years ago | Rated: +33
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +51
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    College Rumors Busted

    College Rumors Busted
    If your roommate dies, you’ll get a 4.0. You know you’ve heard that rumor—and wondered if maybe, just maybe, it’s true. What about other college rumors? Our experts debunk these myths and give you the real scoop. Rumor: I can’t afford college.Busted: With scholarships and grants, few students pay the entire advertised sticker price of college. And with a little thought ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +190
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