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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: +43
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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: +53
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    Reaching and Playing It Safe: Choosing Colleges

    Reaching and Playing It Safe: Choosing Colleges
    Are you a realist or a go-getter? The answer could define your strategy for selecting your college of choice. There are three legs on the college application stool. You could apply to a "reach" school -- one you might get in. You could apply to a "safety" school -- one that you should easily get in. Or you could go after ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +87
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    Should You Submit an Early Application?

    Should You Submit an Early Application?
    Sometimes the college application process can feel like a smorgasbord of confusing acronyms, deadlines and restrictions. Not only do you have to understand what ED I, ED II, EA, RD and REA stand for, but you also have to make various decisions concerning these acronyms, decisions that could affect your entire college application process. Are you sure you know which type ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +324
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    CLEP: College Credit for Life Experience

    CLEP: College Credit for Life Experience
    The CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) is a test that grants college credit to students based on knowledge learned through professional experience, independent study, adult courses or advanced high school courses. The CLEP is recognized by about 2,900 colleges and universities, and is administered by the College Board. The CLEP is comprised of 33 different tests in a variety of subjects, much ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +26
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    You've Applied. Now What?

    You've Applied. Now What?
    January, February and some of March aren’t just dull months in terms of weather but also in the admissions process. After months of standardized testing, campus visits and arduous applications it feels a bit odd to sit and do nothing. But your applications are in – what can you do?! You can start by filling out the FAFSA. This first “to-do” ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +124
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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +48
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    Stuck Between Two Schools

    Stuck Between Two Schools
    It's almost spring and you've got a lot on your mind as a senior in high school. Plenty of reports and projects are due, Prom may be coming up and you're beginning to realize that you'll be leaving your friends in a few short months. On top of all that, colleges are asking for deposits for enrollment. Your problem is you ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +76
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    Gear Up for National Decision Day

    Gear Up for National Decision Day
    May 1st is National Decision Day which means the pressure is on for high school seniors to make final college decisions. That's why we thought it might be helpful to create a list of Fastweb users' all time favorite articles that detail guides on how to make better college decisions. That way, you'll know you're making the best decision possible! Here's ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +19
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    The ACT: Why You Should Consider This SAT Alternative

    The ACT: Why You Should Consider This SAT Alternative
    For years the ACT has existed in the shadow of the more popular SAT. This may now be changing. Find out why you should pay attention to the ACT. The ACT Can Get You In The ACT emerged in 1959 as an alternative to the SAT, which has been in existence since 1926. The ACT has never gained the level of ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +100
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    The Collegiate Matchmaker

    The Collegiate Matchmaker
    So many schools! So many choices! Take it step by step to find the right college for you. Step 1: Develop your ideal college profile You can't find your perfect college until you figure out what you want. Start by breaking it down. Make a list of the characteristics you want in a college. Think about: Size: Large schools can offer ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Deal with Overcoming a Low SAT or ACT Score

    Deal with Overcoming a Low SAT or ACT Score
    1. Take it again. Some colleges will accept the higher score. Some will combine your scores for the best possible number. If you didn’t do as well as you could have on the SAT or ACT, call your prospective college for advice: Should you retake it? If the college rep says you may be eligible for more scholarships or a better ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +42
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    Six Ways to Bomb an Interview

    Six Ways to Bomb an Interview
    Are you intent on making a bad impression in a job or college admissions interview? Take a look at these six ways to get immediate rejection—and then read on for what our experts have to say about the right way to act. 1. Have no knowledge of yourself or the organization. Before walking in, make sure you have no idea about ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +35
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    What to Pack for Study Abroad

    What to Pack for Study Abroad
    The staples of packing well are comfortable shoes. I know that most students want to look good, but comfort needs to come before style when studying abroad. You are going to walk a whole lot more than you think, and you need to be prepared. It’s also important to pack light. While it is a scary thought to have to pack ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +43
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    5 Signs You Shouldn't Enroll in Graduate School

    5 Signs You Shouldn't Enroll in Graduate School
    There are good reasons to go to grad school – to pursue an interest you’re highly engaged with or to take the next step necessary to meet your career goals. There are also bad reasons to go to grad school. Think twice about earning an advanced degree if one of your primary motivations for going to grad school falls into one ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +21
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    Big vs. Small, Urban vs. Rural: Consider College Campuses

    Big vs. Small, Urban vs. Rural: Consider College Campuses
    While not as attention-getting as academic quality or price tag, the size and location of a college have a big impact on your college experience. Take time to evaluate the pros and cons. Large Schools vs. Small Schools One size doesn’t fit all. Don’t expect college life at a school of 50,000 to be the same as life at a campus ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +27
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    Know Your Grad School Exams

    Know Your Grad School Exams
    Most students who pursue graduate school must first take one of the following tests: LSAT, MCAT, GMAT or GRE. The required test depends on the type of grad school students plan to attend. Consult your prospective school to find out which test you should take. Learn more about each of the tests: LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) Required for: Law school ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +21
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    Choosing Colleges: The Alumni Interview

    Why are you applying to this college? That is one of a few standard questions former Harvard alumni interviewer Gerald Bradshaw used to ask recent high school grads hoping to get into the Ivy League school. It seems like a simple question – most questions in the alumni interview are – but the question and the interview itself have tremendous impact ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +31
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    Can Colleges Take Back Their Offers?

    Can Colleges Take Back Their Offers?
    You're halfway through your senior year and you've been accepted into the college of your dreams when suddenly everything goes awry. One slight misstep and you begin to wonder: Have I really risked everything I've ever worked for because of one silly mistake? Is this possible or is it an urban legend? Students often wonder: once accepted into a college, is ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +17
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    How Will College be Different From High School?

    How Will College be Different From High School?
    You’ve read the books, you’ve heard the advice, and you think you have a fair enough handle on what to expect when you get to college. Sure, you may have heard all the advice about hectic schedules and immense freedom, but there are some things that the experts just can’t tell you. Like how, now that you’re responsible for your own ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +30
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