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    The Legacy Factor in College Applications

    The Legacy Factor in College Applications
    As I relax during my deeply cherished winter break, I watched one of my favorite films, Gladiator. Not only do I love the film for its superb action sequences, but I also find the semi-accurate story of a power struggle quite compelling. At the beginning of the film, Emperor Marcus Aurelius chooses between a courageous general and his son, the legacy ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Campus Tour: Let Your Mind Breathe in the Pacific Northwest

    Campus Tour: Let Your Mind Breathe in the Pacific Northwest
    As our green conscientiousness soars with rising gas prices, it could be fun to take your road bike to visit some of the country’s most distinctive colleges. Instead, we recommend that you take the whole family for a ride in your rented hybrid and make the 283-mile drive from Eugene, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. Make sure that you pack rain jackets ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Playing It Safe in Facebook's Wild, Wild West

    Playing It Safe in Facebook's Wild, Wild West
    Parents, in case you haven’t heard, college admissions officers may or may not be cyber-scrutinizing your children. That’s big news in the world of college admission. But it shouldn’t be. College admissions officers are savvy and (like prospective employers) they can get a little curious about students. I’m not saying we have a breaking and entering situation here -- quite the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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    The Dos and Don’ts of Requesting College Recommendations

    The Dos and Don’ts of Requesting College Recommendations
    Some college applications require you to submit recommendations. Because this is such an important part of your application, you should be as organized as possible. To help you with this process, here is a list of things you should and shouldn’t do when asking for a recommendation. DO begin early. Most recommenders need at least two weeks, to write recommendations, maybe ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Know Your Tests: College Entrance Exams

    Know Your Tests: College Entrance Exams
    As you prepare for college, you'll encounter at least one (and probably more than one) of the following college entrance exams: PSAT/NMSQT: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Assessment Test SAT Reasoning Test ACT SAT Subject Tests (formerly the SAT II) Admissions requirements vary from school to school. Consult your prospective school when deciding which test to take. Learn more ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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    So Whose Life Is It?

    So Whose Life Is It?
    Parents pay a lot for their children's college educations, and so they often feel they ought to help select their children's occupations. Sometimes it's subtle, and sometimes it's in-your-face coercion. In my experience, arranged careers almost never work out. If you're going into accounting, consulting or law school because your folks think that would be great for you rather than because ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Packaging Academics with Excellence: Find the Right Fit

    Packaging Academics with Excellence: Find the Right Fit
    The road to college is an exciting journey, but for the uninformed traveler, it is one that can be filled with risk and consequences. The savvy student-athlete needs first to establish a road map for her future. He needs to research, investigate, and explore a multitude of college options before deciding which offers the right fit. Just as an astute homebuyer ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Updates to the GRE Program

    Updates to the GRE Program
    For students looking into attending graduate or business school, updates have been made to the GRE® Program. Beginning July 1, 2013, students taking the GRE® revised General Test will be able to retake the exam as often as once every 21 days and up to five times within a continuous year. The GRE® revised General Test is available at nearly 700 ...
    Published 11 months ago | Rated: +14
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    What to Keep in Mind While You're Keeping in Touch

    What to Keep in Mind While You're Keeping in Touch
    You may be dropping your child off for college in a few weeks but you’ll by no means drop them from your life. Knowing what’s happening in your son or daughter’s life at school is more important than ever. They’re meeting new friends, taking on different interests, and challenging themselves in a unique academic setting. To combat these big changes, they ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Drop In On a College During Vacation

    Drop In On a College During Vacation
    Key West. Myrtle Beach. Yosemite National Park. A college admissions office. Maybe that last one isn't a top vacation destination but it's worth a visit. Just as you wouldn't waste precious vacation minutes sitting in a hotel room figuring out what attractions are in the area, some planning before you head for campus will help you maximize your visit. Pick Up ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Up Close and Personal with Campus Tours

    Up Close and Personal with Campus Tours
    You've thumbed through the glossy brochures and visited the Web sites. But beyond the pictures, what's life on a college campus really like? The best way to get the inside scoop is to go offline and take a campus tour. After all, there's nothing virtual about your college choice. Scheduling Your Trip Pick a normal school day when the regular flow ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Last-Minute PSAT Prep

    Last-Minute PSAT Prep
    Test day is fast approaching, but there's still time to study. Whether you're well-prepared, semi-prepared or not at all prepared, we have several last-minute prep strategies that can help you boost your score. Your Preparedness Level: "PSAT? What PSAT?" With limited time, the best way to prepare is to use a PSAT review book. Kaplan and Princeton Review offer books on ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    SAT Study Tips

    SAT Study Tips
    You've got a lot of pressure to do well on the SAT - it's one of the biggest exams of your life. You know you need to prepare, you know you need to study, but you don't know exactly how to go about doing it. Don't stress, here are five easy ways you can approach the exam preparation process: 1. Practice ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +13
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    Homeschooling and College Admissions

    Homeschooling and College Admissions
    As a homeschooled student, your trek to college has taken you off the beaten path. But even if you don't have the "typical" credentials colleges are looking for, you can still impress admissions counselors with a dazzling—and unique—application. Keep a Portfolio and a Logbook Without a transcript, it's hard for colleges to know about your academic background. So prepare a portfolio—a ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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    ACT Reports Only 1 in 4 High School Students Ready for College

    ACT Reports Only 1 in 4 High School Students Ready for College
    The ACT does more than just provide students with a standardized test score to use in the admissions process. Each year, it’s looking for key indications of college readiness on the whole. Last week, the ACT unveiled the results from last year’s testing. Once again, the results showed that only one in four students are meeting all college readiness benchmarks in ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +13
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +13