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    Can't Decide on a Major? Not to Worry!

    Can't Decide on a Major? Not to Worry!
    Freshmen are like snowflakes. They all look the same, but each one of them is unique. They come to college with their unique dreams and fears, goals and ambitions, fears and anxieties. One size does not fit all, although many universities are now providing customized advising and helping freshmen transition through freshmen initiatives and programs. Here are a few tips: 1. ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    America’s Top 10 Community Colleges

    America’s Top 10 Community Colleges
    Community colleges are often forgotten in rankings. But, why? It really doesn't make sense, considering nearly half of America’s undergraduate students attend community colleges. They’re important, not only to students, but to the economy as well – training and providing education to prepare students for either a four-year school or a bright career path. Bankrate ranked America’s top two-year community colleges ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +26
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    Break the Mold: Unique College Choices

    Break the Mold: Unique College Choices
    During her first semester of college, Veronica Sorce and her dorm friends sat in the audience at the “Jerry Springer” show in Chicago. The college kids watched as couples on stage broke up and threw down. “The guys were getting in fights,” says Sorce, a graphic design major from Peoria, Illinois. Checking out the “Springer” show is just one of the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +18
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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 9 months ago | Rated: +22
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +24
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    Beyond the CLEP: More Options for Life Experience Credit

    Beyond the CLEP: More Options for Life Experience Credit
    If you are a returning student, a shortage of time and money might prohibit you from enrolling in college full time. However, you can gain college credit for what you already know by taking one of several exams that test your knowledge in a particular subject. While the best known credit-by-examination program is the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), there are three ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +9
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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
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +20
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    What Your GRE Score Means

    What Your GRE Score Means
    A month after taking the GRE, what I remember most is the GR part. (“Grrrrr” n. 1. exclamation indicating extreme frustration, 2. sound a bear makes.) You see, I’ve gotten my scores. I’m in the 91st percentile on verbal, which means only 9 percent of this year’s test takers scored higher than me. (I am also in the 91st percentile for ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Q&A: How Many Schools Should Your Student Apply To?

    Q&A: How Many Schools Should Your Student Apply To?
    Q: How many schools should my junior apply to? Is there really such thing as a “safety” school? What does that mean? A: Trying to decide how many and which colleges to apply to can be one of the most challenging aspects of the admissions process. Fortunately, by beginning this process in the junior year, your son or daughter has more ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Deal with Drop-Off Day

    Deal with Drop-Off Day
    After more than a year of campus touring, application editing and financial aid wrangling, you'd think dropping your child off at college would be the easy part. But move-in day on college campuses is a high-stress, emotionally-charged event. There are cars to unload, orientations to attend, roommates to meet and goodbyes to say. Fastweb consulted Christine Schelhas-Miller, the author of Don't ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +25
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    Taking Time Off from School: Interim Programs

    Taking Time Off from School: Interim Programs
    While most 18-year-olds were packing bags for college, Bathsheba Demuth was packing bags for the Yukon. "I had spent my entire life studying," Demuth said. "I wanted to take a break and do something different." That "something different" was an interim program. Taking time off between high school and college, she lived with the Vuntut Gwitch'in people in Old Crow, Yukon, ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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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 5 months ago | Rated: +32
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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 9 months ago | Rated: +19
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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 3 years ago | Rated: +32
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    Understanding the Rise in Rejection Rates

    Understanding the Rise in Rejection Rates
    You may have seen the headlines: College Rejection Rates at Record Highs. With schools like the University of Pennsylvania and Pomona College admitting less than two out of every 10 people who apply, you may think you'll never get into your top-choice school. Don't despair. The headlines appear daunting, but there's more to rejection rates than these headlines would lead you ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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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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    How to Fail an Exam

    How to Fail an Exam
    If you don’t care about your college career or passing your exams, feel free to follow these steps, so you can develop poor test-taking habits and start to fail all of your quizzes, midterms and final exams. From there, you can be sure to fail pretty much all of your classes. We’re not really sure why that would be your goal ...
    Published 1 day ago | Rated: +30
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    5 Things Students Shouldn’t Base College Decisions On

    5 Things Students Shouldn’t Base College Decisions On
    Making a college choice is a big deal – not that you don’t know that already. Nobody can give you the right or wrong answers; it’s up to you to make the final decision, after loads of research and deliberation. What others can do however, is suggest what you should consider in making your college decision. You've likely found that people ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +25
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    How to Impress an Admissions Officer

    How to Impress an Admissions Officer
    It’s September and the start of another busy fall semester. If you are a Junior or a Senior, you know that this is the time of year when college representatives are in your hometown. They are either visiting your school, having evening receptions, or attending local college fairs. This is an excellent way to get information without visiting the campus. It ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +33