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    What Are Colleges Looking For?

    What Are Colleges Looking For?
    A rigorous course schedule through high school is important. Good grades are key. High SAT/ACT test scores certainly don't hurt. But what else are colleges looking for in students? Genuine interest in the school Colleges want students who show genuine and well-researched interest in their school. "A student who has gone beyond name recognition and reputation and has decided that the ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +63
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    What is Early Decision/Early Action?

    What is Early Decision/Early Action?
    You've written the college essay, signed the application and sealed the envelope, all before the deadline. Now, you'll spend the next four months wondering if you'll be accepted to the college you love, or if you'll need to rely on your safety school. Fortunately, many schools permit students to apply for "early decision" or "early action." Both options allow students to ...
    Published 1 day ago | Rated: +61
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    Five Myths about Community Colleges

    Five Myths about Community Colleges
    Like most misconceptions, community college myths are based on elements of truth. But like most misconceptions, these myths lead to mistaken beliefs that could warp your ability to choose the right post-high school educational path. “There are many wrong assumptions about community colleges, but the top students at community colleges are among our country’s greatest assets,” says Joshua Wyner, vice president ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +60
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    Warm Winter College Choices

    Warm Winter College Choices
    With most of the country covered in snow, your college search may have taken a turn. If you’re a fair-weather kind of student, you should consider some of the hottest college campuses in the country…literally. These colleges aren’t just a draw for their warm weather either. Some are hot spots for brainiacs and others bring in a big crowd because of ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +58
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    To Supplement or Not to Supplement

    To Supplement or Not to Supplement
    You’ve put the finishing touches on your essays and resumes and you’ve sent your transcripts and test scores. So you think the application process is over, right? Maybe not. Should you send additional materials (e.g. essays, letters of recommendation, photographs, etc.) to make your admissions folder heavier? In most cases, this will work to your disadvantage. As some say in admissions, ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +58
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    Moving Past the College Rejection Letter

    Moving Past the College Rejection Letter
    Warren Buffet. Meredith Vieira. Ted Turner. Tom Brokaw. Besides being very successful, these famous business moguls and television personalities have something else in common. They were rejected from their first choice colleges. While you may think your rejection letter is signaling the end of the world, it’s not. Just consider it a speed bump in the admissions process and look forward ...
    Published 5 months ago | Rated: +57
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    Writing the Perfect Admissions Essay

    Writing the Perfect Admissions Essay
    When it comes to writing college admissions essays, the task can be daunting. Strategizing is key and some essay-writing tips can help to do so. Utilize these essay-writing tips to write a winning essay. Don’t Re-purpose Content Colleges can see right through a generic essay, so personalize it based on the school where you’re applying. There’s nothing wrong with having a ...
    Published 5 months ago | Rated: +56
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +54
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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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    Summer SAT/ACT Prep You Can Do at the Beach

    Summer SAT/ACT Prep You Can Do at the Beach
    Summer break may be on the horizon, but don’t forget that the standardized tests are, too! Whether you’re taking the SAT or ACT for the first, second or third time around, you still need to start preparing as early as possible. Your summer break is the perfect time to brush up on your testing skills. This, however, does not mean you ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +48
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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 5 months ago | Rated: +48
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    College Planning for High School Seniors

    College Planning for High School Seniors
    It's your final year of high school, which is not only the time to celebrate your achievements but bulk up your resume and course schedule to show colleges and universities that you're a worthy candidate. Senior year is easily the most overwhelming for high school students but staying organized will guarantee a solid finish, a good chance at your top choice ...
    Published 9 days ago | Rated: +48
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    First Things First: Passion or Practicality?

    First Things First: Passion or Practicality?
    "What do you want to be when you grow up?" This was easy to answer when we were kids: "I want to be a ballerina. An astronaut. A racecar driver. A doctor. A teacher. Superman." As we get closer to becoming adults, people expect our answers to that question to be more realistic. We are supposed to be practical rather than ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +48
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    Does Your Minor Matter?

    Does Your Minor Matter?
    Many students spend so much energy deciding on college majors that they sometimes overlook a related – and sometimes equally important – question: What minor, if any, should you choose? As with so many career issues you'll face during the college years, there is no straightforward correct answer. Insofar as prospective employers are concerned, it all depends. But one thing is ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +47
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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 6 months ago | Rated: +47
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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 4 months ago | Rated: +46
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    Standardized Test Checklist

    Standardized Test Checklist
    Hopefully, you’ve already been studying for your upcoming standardized tests for many weeks and months. But even hours of preparation can be undone on test day by forgetting a calculator or losing the testing center’s address. Mapping out the details beforehand (i.e. what to bring and what not to bring) will ensure you do your very best on test day. Here’s a ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +46
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    Master's Degree or PhD?

    Master's Degree or PhD?
    Graduate school requires a lot of hard work, a lot of time and a lot more money. So it's important to consider these issues when deciding whether or not to pursue a graduate degree, and just what level of degree you want to attain. General Definitions A general master's degree can either be a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +45
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    Why Does My Child Need the iPad?

    Why Does My Child Need the iPad?
    As Apple continues to revolutionize the way we work and play, their products become not only more appealing but practical as well. Whether your child is in high school or enrolling in college, the Apple iPad works to educate, organize, and entertain during those much-needed study breaks. Prices for the iPad begin at $499 with free shipping for students. Need an ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +45
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    3 Signs You’re Ready to Commit to a College

    3 Signs You’re Ready to Commit to a College
    It's about to be May 1, National Decision Day which means that the next four or five years of your life needs to be figured out sooner than later. At this point, you probably have a lot of questions tumbling around your head, along with calculus equations, scholarship essay answers and graduation plans. Where will you attend? What will you major ...
    Published 4 months ago | Rated: +45
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