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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 about 3 years ago | Rated: +51
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    Fall 2012 Must-Dos for High School Students

    Fall 2012 Must-Dos for High School Students
    Last spring, we identified the must-dos for students in high school at all grade levels, and what better way to start the new school year than similar guidance for the fall. The start of the school year provides a clean slate – so brush off last year if it wasn’t so stellar or build off of it if it was particularly ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Early Decision Commitment: 5 Signs that You’re Not Ready

    Early Decision Commitment: 5 Signs that You’re Not Ready
    By now, you’re probably familiar with early decision deadlines in the admissions process. And if you’re not, it’s a pretty simple concept. If you apply early decision to a school by submitting your application before the ED deadline, you are letting that college know that if you are accepted, you are 100% committing to that school. Essentially, the decision is binding ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +34
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    Getting Into College with Bad Grades

    Getting Into College with Bad Grades
    Have bad grades? Believe it or not, it’s not always the end-all, be-all in terms of gaining entry into the college of your dreams. Don’t give up! Attempt to combat your admissions struggle by considering these helpful tips: Submit an explanation (in certain cases) - First, consider why your grades were, um, less than stellar. College admissions officers don’t want to ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +32
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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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    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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    Tuition Discount Secrets Revealed!

    Tuition Discount Secrets Revealed!
    When it comes to college, cost is a key factor for most students. As a result, many students only consider in-state colleges, since in-state tuition, on average, can cost $10,000 less than out-of-state tuition! But, did you know it’s possible to pay in-state tuition, even if you’re an out-of state student? There are all sorts of exceptions and programs offered so ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +16
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    How to Spend a Productive Summer

    How to Spend a Productive Summer
    At last, summer's almost here! After a school year full of hard work, you can finally put away your books, break out your bikinis, and soak up the sunshine. This is not only what you deserve but in fact what you need: If you have been working to your maximum level during the school year, you owe your body about two ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +23
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    The Importance of Class Size

    The Importance of Class Size
    Before you start researching the average class sizes at your top choice colleges, you should assess your own learning style. Do you prefer a small environment with an emphasis on discussion? Or would you rather be in a large class with a lecturing professor? Both class sizes have their advantages and disadvantages, and knowing the style that fits you can help ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +18
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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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    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 7 months ago | Rated: +46
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    Why We Chose the Colleges We Chose

    Why We Chose the Colleges We Chose
    What should you consider as you make the big decision on where to go? We asked high school and college students what they looked for in a college. Academic Programs "The thing I found most important in selecting a college was the types of programs available for my major. Were they accredited? Was the school known for their program in that ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +26
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    Ask an Expert: Will My Degree Get Me a Job?

    Ask an Expert: Will My Degree Get Me a Job?
    Will a business degree get me a job? And if so, what types of business degrees should I look into? Answer: No degree will get you a job all by itself. It will most certainly HELP you get a job; it just won't GUARANTEE you a job. If you're already in college -- or you soon will be -- this is ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +37
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    Undecided is Not a Major

    Undecided is Not a Major
    Ready to head off to college? Ready to be independent? Looking for some fun: football games, meeting new friends, parties, maybe pledging, certainly dating? It’s going to be exciting, challenging and mind expanding. Oh, and by the way, have you decided in what you are going to major? Any idea what courses you want to take; where they will lead; what ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -31
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    Gap Year: Are You Ready to Take a Break?

    Gap Year: Are You Ready to Take a Break?
    Katy Jane Tull of Austin, Texas, dreaded an overwhelming college experience after breezing through high school. So she took a year off to pursue other interests instead. You’ll be surprised, and maybe relieved, to learn that the European tradition of a "gap year" is gaining ground in the United States. "Gap year changed my life in ways I don’t even know ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +22
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    Virtual Campus Tours

    Sometimes traveling halfway across the country to check out all the campuses on your college list isn't possible. You can still learn your way around the quad and see what dorm rooms really look like with online college tours. in Ithaca, New York, offers slide shows, video tours, audio clips and commentaries from students on topics ranging from academics to social ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -26
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    Career Decision-Making Traps

    Career Decision-Making Traps
    Deborah Schneider spent far more time researching the $15,000 car she once bought than she did on a slightly larger purchase -- her $90,000 law degree. "Years later, I realized how common that is," says Schneider, who coauthored Should You Really Be a Lawyer? with Gary Belsky and produces its accompanying Web site. "Each year, many college students spend more time ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    A Fast Way to Get a Prestigious College on Your Resume

    A Fast Way to Get a Prestigious College on Your Resume
    Unfortunately, brand names count. When employers decide whom to interview, seeing school names they recognize can be a plus. One way to add a better-known name to your resume is to complete a university extension certificate program. Many top colleges, such as Berkeley and Harvard, offer them. Harvard, for example, offers one-year programs in administration/management, public health, museum studies, publishing ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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    The Common Application

    The Common Application
    You've narrowed your choice of colleges down to seven different schools. Now comes the fun part: filling out seven different applications. This means entering your name/address/school data over and over and writing multiple personal essays. And if you can't apply online, this means reacquainting yourself with a typewriter. At long last, an alternative is gaining momentum: the Common Application. What Is ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Get into Graduate School

    Bridget Kulla If you’ve decided to head back to the classroom for an advanced degree, get ready to face some competition. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of masters degrees granted is expected to increase by 35 percent. To stand out from the pack, get organized to make your graduate application shine. Graduate school applications generally require: Transcript GRE or other ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +12
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