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    What Are Colleges Looking For?

    What Are Colleges Looking For?
    A rigorous course schedule through high school is important. Good grades are key. High SAT/ACT test scores certainly don't hurt. But what else are colleges looking for in students? Genuine interest in the school Colleges want students who show genuine and well-researched interest in their school. "A student who has gone beyond name recognition and reputation and has decided that the ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +63
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    All About Career Schools

    All About Career Schools
    Ever wonder about those schools that advertise on daytime TV? Can you compare traditional American colleges to schools that say they will prepare you for a career in just a few months? As it turns out, you can. Francis Giglio, former director of Enhancement for the (ACICS), the accrediting body for many of these schools, offers some insights into the nature ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +27
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    Enrollment Choices

    Families face tough choices when acceptance and rejection letters arrive. "Any parent who's shopped for a prom dress can tell you, window shopping is easy. It's the actual decision that's difficult," says Sally Rubenstone, co-author of Panicked Parents Guide to College Admissions. Rejection letters, expensive tuition, wait lists, reluctance to attend and an absence of acceptance letters are some of the ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Types of Schools

    Are you interested in training to enter a trade, or do you want to pursue a broader academic path? Do you want to study with leading researchers, or with professors who focus on teaching? The kind of school you choose will help you pursue the course of study that suits you best. Vocational Training School Description: * Offers a more focused ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Playing the NCAA Game: Rules for Recruitment

    Just like the rules and regulations of any sport, the NCAA rules can be confusing. Check out the college recruiting game. The Recruitment Process So how do you become what the NCAA calls a "recruited prospective student-athlete"? You must be approached by a college coach or representative about participating in that college's athletic program. NCAA guidelines specify how and when you ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    College Prep for High School Juniors

    College Prep for High School Juniors
    The road to college speeds up significantly in your junior year. It's difficult to balance excelling in your classes with maneuvering through college exams, applications and deadlines. Stay on the college admissions track by following these steps. Plan for the Future Grades are important, but so is the difficulty of the courses you take. Instead of the easy "A," choose tougher ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +23
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    Women's Colleges

    When choosing a college, you want to pick the school that fits you best. Size, location and price are important factors to consider. But many female students are considering an additional option: whether to attend a women's college or university. With about 60 women's colleges across the country, chances are there's one that's right for you. Benefits of Women's Colleges ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Up Close and Personal with Campus Tours

    Up Close and Personal with Campus Tours
    You've thumbed through the glossy brochures and visited the Web sites. But beyond the pictures, what's life on a college campus really like? The best way to get the inside scoop is to go offline and take a campus tour. After all, there's nothing virtual about your college choice. Scheduling Your Trip Pick a normal school day when the regular flow ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    When picking out a college, you need to choose the institution that's best for you. Size, location and price are important. But for many black students graduating from high school today, an even greater consideration is whether or not to attend a historically black college or university. Check out the pros and cons to decide if one of these schools ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +10
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    College Touring Tips for Parents

    College Touring Tips for Parents
    You envision a college degree as part of your child's future. So choosing a college where they're comfortable, happy and can be successful is important. But you're also curious if that school's party reputation is deserved, and if your child really understands what it'll mean to be six states away in a town with no major airport. As you accompany your ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Find a Diverse College

    When it comes to diversity on a college's campus, enrollment percentages and brochures can't tell the whole story. How can prospective students dig deeper? Courses and Programs "Check the availability of different classes that reflect diversity, check out the student organizations," says John Kula, director of Penn State University's Upward Bound Program. Look for student-run clubs that interest you listed on ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +19
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +15
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    How to Nail Your College Admissions Interview

    How to Nail Your College Admissions Interview
    Does the prospect of talking face-to-face with admissions officers give you fits? Before your nerves get the better of you, learn what to expect - and how to ace your college interview. Understanding the Process There's no doubt that the college admissions interview causes a lot of angst. And yet, it's rarely the deciding factor in admissions. Many schools don't even ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +35
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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +31
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Homeschooling and College Admissions

    Homeschooling and College Admissions
    As a homeschooled student, your trek to college has taken you off the beaten path. But even if you don't have the "typical" credentials colleges are looking for, you can still impress admissions counselors with a dazzling—and unique—application. Keep a Portfolio and a Logbook Without a transcript, it's hard for colleges to know about your academic background. So prepare a portfolio—a ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +29
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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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