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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +49
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Five Ways to Narrow Down Your List of Colleges

    Five Ways to Narrow Down Your List of Colleges
    So many colleges, so hard to find the best fit. Most students find that creating an expansive list of schools they’d like to go to is easier than winnowing down the list. Here are some tips from Dr. Kat to help narrow your focus. *1. Make sure the list is balanced*. Have a conversation with your high school college counselor to ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +33
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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
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +51
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    Dr. Kat’s List: Top five schools to get a great academic and athletic experience

    Dr. Kat’s List: Top five schools to get a great academic and athletic experience
    It’s March Madness! As we fill in our brackets and enjoy buzzer beaters and Cinderella stories, it’s easy to forget that our favorite college basketball players are students first and foremost. Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of students looking for schools with a rigorous curriculum and successful sports teams. Colleges are often known for one or the other—rarely ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    College Rumors Busted

    College Rumors Busted
    If your roommate dies, you’ll get a 4.0. You know you’ve heard that rumor—and wondered if maybe, just maybe, it’s true. What about other college rumors? Our experts debunk these myths and give you the real scoop. Rumor: I can’t afford college.Busted: With scholarships and grants, few students pay the entire advertised sticker price of college. And with a little thought ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +190
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    College Questions for Students with Disabilities

    College Questions for Students with Disabilities
    Picking out the school that's right for you isn't always easy. If you're a student with a disability, you want to find out if the school provides the accommodations and resources to make your educational experience a success. Here are some questions to ask up front to make sure a college can meet your needs: Academics and Life After College Does ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +12
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    The College Admission and Application Glossary

    The College Admission and Application Glossary
    All the terms you need to know to help you get into college. American College Test (ACT) : One of the most common college entrance exams. The exam consists of four sections including math, science, English, and reading. There is an optional writing section that is usually taken for the first time in the spring of the junior year and again ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +12
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    The College Admissions Process

    The College Admissions Process
    Ah yes, the college admissions process can be considered a full-time job in itself. Between the deadlines, filling out the applications and deciding which school to go to — not to mention taking the SATs – prepping for college can be overwhelming to say the least. Surviving college is one thing. Surviving the college admissions and application process is a whole other ballgame. CampusCompare’s ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +23
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    Write a Great College Admissions Essay

    Write a Great College Admissions Essay
    Don't let the college admissions essay intimidate you. Remember, it's the part of your application that is fully under your control. Make it work to your advantage! Don't recycle essays. Nothing will land your essay in the circular file faster than an obviously recycled or "near match" essay. Be yourself. Choose a topic that is meaningful to you. Write in ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +72
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    The Online Application

    The Online Application
    Applying to college online can save you time and money. Online applications make submitting your application easy, but don't take them less seriously. Here's what you need to know about online applications. Good for Students, Good for Colleges When you apply online you get what you need instantaneously. Depending on the school, you might submit the required information directly through the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +21
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +22
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    Your Turn: The Perfect College - By Accident

    Your Turn: The Perfect College - By Accident
    I often get asked why I chose Dartmouth. In my mind, there are too many reasons to name. I guess I should start with senior year and the exciting, stress-free college application process. I had gone through high school with the dream/delusion that I would go to Harvard. I had been the classic overachiever in high school, taking part in everything ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +23
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    Your Turn: Attending a Community College

    Your Turn: Attending a Community College
    A huge advantage of living in a major metropolitan area is the opportunity to attend a community college (also called a junior or two-year college). There are a variety of reasons why someone decides to become a student at a two-year college: With comparatively low tuition rates and flexible class schedules, community colleges can suit people in a variety of different ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +42
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    What Does Liberal Arts Mean?

    What Does Liberal Arts Mean?
    Insects and people. Crop sciences. Cinema studies. What do these things have in common? All are classes taught in liberal arts and sciences colleges. Many students aren’t clear about the liberal arts and sciences—and why majoring in liberal arts may be advantageous to their careers. Most universities have a college of liberal arts and sciences that offer a wide range of ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +41
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Quality Versus Costs in College Choice

    Quality Versus Costs in College Choice
    As a student choosing a college to attend, you become a consumer. As you make this important decision in your life, you want to be aware of costs and attentive to your own needs. In order to assure that you will thrive at the college you select, you want to decide on a college with qualities that match your wants, needs ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +76
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    Down to the Wire

    Down to the Wire
    I couldn’t understand how my friends could be so carefree. Didn’t they know it was almost spring? Didn’t they have college decisions to make? Mine took over my life - monopolizing my thoughts, afflicting me with insomnia and making my head spin. While I wandered dazed through each day, they were acting like there wasn’t a problem in the world. Out ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +21