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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 6 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Tranferring from a Four-Year to a Four-Year School

    Tranferring from a Four-Year to a Four-Year School
    Do you feel like your classes aren’t much of a challenge? Is the social scene on campus not your style? It could be time to transfer. Transferring can disrupt your academic and social life, so spend time evaluating if it is the right move. Transfer students often have difficulty meeting people and getting involved in campus activities, according to a survey ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +25
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +22
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    39 Top Colleges Without Application Fees

    39 Top Colleges Without Application Fees
    Nowadays, it’s not only expensive to go to college, it’s also expensive to apply. College applications have increased in cost – some of them are upwards of $70! And, for students with limited funds, it can be cumbersome to apply to several colleges. While you are able to get around fees with financial need, there may be an easier way. Consider ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +30
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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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +15
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    May Checklist for High School Seniors

    May Checklist for High School Seniors
    It's May and your high school graduation is closer than ever! But, before you get too excited, remember that there are plenty of loose ends to tie up in high school...and there's plenty to think about for next semester as well. Speaking of which, you're about to embark upon the next phase in life and there's so much to prepare for, ...
    Published 2 months ago | Rated: +29
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Your SAT Essay Outline

    Your SAT Essay Outline
    The essay portion of the SAT is a welcome change in the eyes of colleges, but a scary uncertainty in the eyes of students and parents, because the essay can also be viewed by admissions officers during the application review. SAT takers have 25 minutes to read a prompt, formulate an opinion, create an outline and write a coherent, astute three- ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +24
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    The Most Demanding Majors

    The Most Demanding Majors
    How much time do you spend studying? It may depend on your major, according to a recent report. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) released an annual report, “Promoting Student Learning and Institutional Improvement: Lessons from NSSE at 13,” which details how much time students spend studying in comparison to their chosen majors. While we know that all majors require ...
    Published almost 2 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 7 years ago | Rated: -26
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    Help Your Guidance Counselor Help You

    When it comes to selecting and getting into a college, guidance counselors are invaluable. But they can't help you unless they know what you're looking for. Help them give the guidance you need by following these tips from counselors across the country. Visit early and often. Get to know your counselor during your freshman year. Check back with them at least ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +29
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    10 Completely False College Myths

    10 Completely False College Myths
    Whether you believe them or not, these myths are always lurking around the corners of college discussions. Academically-focused or regarding the college experience, these falsehoods detract students from great opportunities every day. It’s time to stop the lies and start getting real. We’d like to put some of these rumors to rest so that you can sleep soundly in knowing the ...
    Published 1 day ago | Rated: +39
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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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Do Your Homework Before Choosing For-Profit Career College

    Do Your Homework Before Choosing For-Profit Career College
    "Make the call that will change your life and get you on the right track toward a rewarding future." Sales pitches like that are helping to draw record numbers of students to for-profit schools that offer job training in everything from welding to massage therapy to medical billing. Buoyed by the recession, these money-making career colleges are filling a niche with ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +32
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    10 Highest & Lowest Paying College Majors

    10 Highest & Lowest Paying College Majors
    In this day and age, college is often considered a necessary investment in one’s future. But, are some students – perhaps even attending the same colleges – making better investments than others? Unbelievably, the answer may be yes, depending on their chosen majors. According to PayScale’s list of college majors and coordinating salary potential, certain majors pay off much faster, with ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +22
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    Grad School or the Real World?

    Grad School or the Real World?
    After finishing her journalism undergraduate degree in 2004, 24-year-old Laurie Duffy went straight to graduate school. On the other hand, 33-year-old Carolyn Kaufman worked in information technology for two years after completing her undergraduate degree and then went to grad school. Who made the better decision? It's impossible to be certain. Both Duffy, with a master's degree in corporate communication, and ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Letters of Recommendation for Your College Application

    One of the most important parts of your college application isn't written by you: the letter of recommendation. But that doesn't mean you're off the hook. Get the best recommendation you can to make a winning impression. Get Organized Organization is the key to making sure your recommendations get where they need to go on time. Make a chart of your ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +20
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    The Military College Drill

    Brian Donovan recently graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He made the decision in high school that he wanted to go to a military college. "I wanted to challenge myself," Donovan says. "I didn't want to be just a normal college kid. I wanted to do something different." Every year, thousands of students make the commitment to attend ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Gifts for the Graduate

    Gifts for the Graduate
    The time has come – your baby is graduating and headed off to college! We know you want to celebrate in style, which is why we've scoured the web for everything you need to give your grad the most thoughtful and useful gifts around. Your grad will simply adore going off to college, prepared with the best - although, when in ...
    Published 2 months ago | Rated: +40
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