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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 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    What to Do When You Make the Wait List

    What to Do When You Make the Wait List
    You finally get that long-awaited letter from your top-choice school and you’re not accepted or rejected. You've been wait-listed. It’s easy to view being placed on the wait list as a rejection but, honestly, it’s not the end of the world. While it’s not easy getting off the wait list, it’s not impossible either! Colleges use wait lists when they've accepted ...
    Published 2 months ago | Rated: +17
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +106
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    Registering for the GRE 2011 - 2012

    Registering for the GRE 2011 - 2012
    Graduate Record Examination or GRE is a standardized test that is an admission requirement for many graduate schools. Amongst individual schools, the importance of a GRE score can range from being an important admissions factor to being a mere formality. The exam consists of four sections. The first section is a writing section, while the other three are multiple-choice. One of ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +13
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Dollars and Decisions: Choose a College Based on Financial Aid

    Dollars and Decisions: Choose a College Based on Financial Aid
    My dad and my uncle were born and raised in Los Angeles and spent their whole childhoods rooting for UCLA in sports and thus treating the University of Southern California as their mortal enemy. When it came time for my uncle (who was the older sibling) to go to college, he applied and got into both schools, but USC offered ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +19
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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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 7 years ago | Rated: +16
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    10 Questions to Ask Before Accepting an Offer

    10 Questions to Ask Before Accepting an Offer
    The college you’re considering offers your major, a variety of extracurricular activities and the ideal social mix. You’ve done your research and checked out the school’s location, class size, teacher/student ratio and dozens of other factors. You’re ready to accept their offer to attend. However, before you mail the deposit, make sure you ask some questions that are frequently overlooked in ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Six Internship Job Search Tips

    Six Internship Job Search Tips
    Each year, students obtain interesting, substantive and career-related internships. The keys to their success: preparation and an early start in the internship search process. Your search for an internship or summer job should be conducted in the same manner. 1. Determine Your Priorities. Do you want career-related experience? The opportunity to travel? Funds to support tuition fees? 2. Identify Prospective Employers. ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Are You Ready to Answer the Question?

    Are You Ready to Answer the Question?
    "Where are you applying?" This is a question I have to answer multiple times a week. Both of my parents ask once a week or so, and usually some friend's parent asks me at some point in the week. And of course I'm asking myself the same question numerous times a day at this point. I get so frustrated when people ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Too Late to Intern?

    The job market is tough for recent college graduates. Many grads find it difficult to gain entry into the career of their choice. What can you do to raise your profile? Consider an internship. It's never too late to have an internship in order to gain experience in your field of interest. Many recent (and not-so-recent) college graduates arrange their own ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 7 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Find the Perfect Graduate School

    Find the Perfect Graduate School
    Whether you just finished your undergraduate work or have been in the job market for years, pursuing an advanced degree can further your academic and career goals. Your focus of study is more specific than when you entered your undergraduate college, and so will the process of selecting a graduate program. Consider these areas while searching for your perfect graduate program: ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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    How a Closed Door Can Change Your Outlook

    How a Closed Door Can Change Your Outlook
    The dreaded small envelope. It's white, thin and has no indication as to its contents except the return address of a college. For the high school seniors who receive it, it is almost always a rejection letter. I opened up my mailbox the other day and discovered a small envelope from Occidental College, a liberal arts school in Los Angeles that ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Don't Quit Your Day Job -- Study Part Time

    Don't Quit Your Day Job -- Study Part Time
    Working and going to school at night is no picnic: Getting a degree seems to take forever, and the toll on social and home life should not be dismissed either. Nonetheless, working and being a part-time student is the best option for many ambitious employees. Bring the Work World into the Classroom Many graduate programs prefer that students have some work ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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    The Applications are In, Now the Focus is on Financial Aid

    The Applications are In, Now the Focus is on Financial Aid
    Getting to college seems a lot like buying a new car. Before you can even think about buying a car, you have to have a good credit rating, which will mean a good loan. Then, you choose the car. Do you want black, green, red, silver, white? Do you want Honda, Hyundai, Acura, Toyota, Lexus? Do you want four-wheel drive, power ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Basics of Transferring from a Community College

    Basics of Transferring from a Community College
    Applying to college for the first time is complicated enough, but the process of transferring from a two-year to a four-year college can be dizzying. With little consistency in transfer policies from school to school, there’s a lot to keep track of when changing colleges. Use the tips below to make a smooth transition. Know When to Transfer Prepare for your ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +34
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    Time to Advance: What AP Can Do For You

    Time to Advance: What AP Can Do For You
    They can take you to the heights of the scientific revolution in Europe and the depths of slavery in America. You may choose to examine regression analyses and derivatives. You may learn the intricate differences between the subjunctive and future perfect tenses. But that's not why most people take Advanced Placement (AP)* courses, and although I'd like to say I'm just ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +30
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    Ten Tips for Parents of College Kids

    Ten Tips for Parents of College Kids
    Each year more than 17 million students enroll in college -- 5 million for the first time. For many, the difference between success and failure depends on what their parents do -- and don’t do. Here are our ten best tips for parents of new, and returning, college students (and if your kid isn’t yet in college, here’s a glimpse ahead ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +14