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    Parents: Helping with the College Process - and Maintaining Your Sanity

    Parents: Helping with the College Process - and Maintaining Your Sanity
    Not to oversimplify the matter, but PEACE is the process during which your child starts the college search and application process. While one may take this aptly-named acronym literally, we have a few more tips that should serve as a guide while navigating your son or daughter through today’s tricky college admissions process. *P for Participate:* Be involved in your child’s ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    What Should I Do on My Campus Visit

    What Should I Do on My Campus Visit
    Spring is a great time for high school juniors to visit college campuses. Here are some “Dos & Don’ts” that students and their parents need to know before visiting universities. 1. *Do visit campuses during your Junior year, but don’t miss any classes*. Holidays, spring break and weekends are a perfect time to plan those college road trips. Before you leave, ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +26
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    Campus Tour: Texas Pleasure Run – Saddle Up!

    Campus Tour: Texas Pleasure Run – Saddle Up!
    When in Texas, do as the Texans do. Eat BBQ, buy Lucasey boots, and listen to the country crooning of George Strait. Or don’t. Texas is a veritable melting pot of personalities. You can find anything from the largest rodeo in the country, The Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo, to one of the most comprehensive independent music scenes in the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Campus Tour: Let Your Mind Breathe in the Pacific Northwest

    Campus Tour: Let Your Mind Breathe in the Pacific Northwest
    As our green conscientiousness soars with rising gas prices, it could be fun to take your road bike to visit some of the country’s most distinctive colleges. Instead, we recommend that you take the whole family for a ride in your rented hybrid and make the 283-mile drive from Eugene, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. Make sure that you pack rain jackets ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Campus Tour: Manhattan, Your Kind of College Town

    Campus Tour: Manhattan, Your Kind of College Town
    Columbia, NYU, The Cooper Union, The New School. Four very different universities located in one very happening city. Most New Yorkers would promise that, in a city this big, there is something for everyone. However, any student looking for the simple life need not apply. Columbia University might offer the closest to an idyllic campus life in the city that never ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Seven Tips for Getting Your Money's Worth Out of College

    Seven Tips for Getting Your Money's Worth Out of College
    College education is one of the single biggest purchases that you’ll ever make. And yet, the average consumer knows more about buying a car or a washing machine. Why not get the most for your money? 1. Go see the prof. You might think that lectures and discussions are the main part of the college class. And you’d be right. But ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Gap Year Savings

    Gap Year Savings
    UntitledUntitledWe've offered plenty of advice throughout the past few weeks on how to save money for school: part-time jobs and deferring student loans…just to name a few. But here's something you never thought you'd hear: save money by skipping out on school for a year. Gap year: defined as the increasingly popular option to forego college or graduate school for a ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    The Future of Affirmative Action

    The Future of Affirmative Action
    With the first black president elected and affirmative action programs now defeated in four states, some are wondering the fate of the programs and how they'll be affected.  The programs, designed to level the playing field for perceived minorities, have been under attack for years, most actively by anti-affirmative-action guru Ward Connerly. In 2003, the Supreme Court affirmed the use of ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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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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    Beat the SAT Jitters

    Beat the SAT Jitters
    Q: “I get so nervous before a test. What can I do?” A: “The first time I took the SAT, I was so nervous, I couldn’t even remember what year it was,” says Lindy Robinson, who graduated in 2005 from the Detroit Country Day School in Michigan. “I’m not kidding! My hands began to shake right before time was called, and ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +40
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Questions for Student Athletes

    Questions for Student Athletes
    You're at the top of your game and schools are clamoring to recruit you to play on their teams. Before you sign on the dotted line, ask these questions to make sure you're picking the right athletic program for you! 1. Does the school offer the academic program that interests me? 2. What are the academic performance requirements to remain a ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +23
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    How to be Helpful During Your Student's Junior Year

    How to be Helpful During Your Student's Junior Year
    1. Start the academic year with a bang! If you don’t know what courses they’re taking this year, you should. If you get excited about learning they will too. Find out what is on their reading lists for English and history. Engage your child in conversations about the material he is studying at the dinner table. 2. Prepare for standardized tests. ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Campus Tour: Virginia is for Students

    Campus Tour: Virginia is for Students
    Is Virginia really for lovers? Yes, if they are lovers of knowledge. Teeming with campus folklore, arresting landscape and warm hospitality, Virginia has left its mark on higher education in the United States. A place of passionate tradition and enormous history, Virginia is perfect for the intellectually and socially attentive. The commonwealth is designed for students, so long as they are ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Involve Your Parents in the College Planning Process

    Involve Your Parents in the College Planning Process
    When Nancy Rodriguez began planning for college, she quickly noticed that her parents’ involvement in the process was limited. “They just knew about where I wanted to go,” says Rodriguez, a senior at the University of Southern California who grew up in Los Angeles’s inner-city community of Southgate. With two parents who worked constantly and viewed education differently than other parents ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Get Down in Chi-Town: A College Tour of Chicago

    Get Down in Chi-Town: A College Tour of Chicago
    We won't know if Chicago will be chosen for the 2016 Summer Olympics until October 2009, but that shouldn't stop you from exploring The Windy City as your choice for your college years. Start your day in Chicago's South Side and visit the University of Chicago. Count the gargoyles on your tour of this Gothic Revival-inspired campus but be sure to ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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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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    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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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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