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    College Choice Questions

    College Choice Questions
    Eureka! The perfect college – but is it too good to be true? Maybe it’s the pessimist in you, but you want answers and you want them NOW. Some are harder to find than others, especially in those oh-so-impressively-glossy brochures. So, where can you get the answers? Contacting the school and asking the right questions in the right way will give ...
    Published 2 months ago | Rated: +78
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    Do Families Ultimately Choose a Student's College?

    Do Families Ultimately Choose a Student's College?
    When I was little, my parents would never allow me to make decisions. At restaurants, I had to eat the vegetable medley instead of those delectable french fries. When we went shopping, we had to buy life’s necessities instead of going to the toy store. At the movie theater, I couldn’t see those PG-13 movies which looked so cool. Eventually, I ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +30
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    Go to College for $0 – 13 Free Tuition Options

    Go to College for $0 – 13 Free Tuition Options
    Throughout the past decade, the average cost of tuition has been steadily increasing at 5.6% each year, according to College Board. College costs continue to outpace inflation rates, causing families to make tough calls when searching and choosing the best education experience. Sometimes it results in students having to sacrifice their first choice. Other times, the decision is even more difficult, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +227
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    Exploring Winter Term

    Exploring Winter Term
    Winter Term may be a foreign concept to you, but the trend is catching on at colleges across the country. Some college students don't jump right back into economics and art history at the beginning of January. Instead, they're encouraged to take part in Winter Term, which offers students the chance to explore education outside of the classroom. In fact, Winter ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +22
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    5 Black Colleges That Changed America

    5 Black Colleges That Changed America
    “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King Jr. February is Black History Month, and MonsterCollege is celebrating the event by taking a look at the most famous black colleges in the nation. Long before Barack Obama was President, these ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +268
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    How to Narrow Down College Choices

    How to Narrow Down College Choices
    One of the most important steps in applying to college is figuring out which ones you're going to apply to (go figure). I haven't made up an official list of colleges I'm applying to yet, but I do know what I'm interested in. My views have gone through a long evolution, and if you look at the past three years, I've ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +393
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    Epiphany at the Bookstore

    Epiphany at the Bookstore
    On one very lazy Sunday afternoon, I went shopping at one of my favorite stores, Barnes and Noble. I could get lost and spend hours looking at random books, CDs, journals and other various accessories in this magnificent store. However, the biography section of the bookstore caught my immediate attention during this shopping trip. On each biography, I saw the pictures ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +69
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    Top 10 Fall College Campuses

    Top 10 Fall College Campuses
    There’s a saying that if you visit a campus in the fall, you’re sure to “fall for it.” While that may be true, the chance that you might sell your soul to a school too early shouldn’t keep you from visiting college campuses. In fact, the fall semester is the best time to visit, whether you’re a junior or senior in ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +21
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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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    Behind the Rankings

    U.S. News & World Report. The Princeton Review. The sheer number of college rating systems published around this time of year can be downright dizzying. Some rankings rate doctoral programs. Others focus more on careers. Some take a look at do-good colleges. Others focus more on faculty. Some shine a spotlight on academic programs ... and so on. What’s a curious, ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Going to an All-Women's College

    During my senior year of high school, I was very thorough in my college search. There were many important factors for me to consider when choosing a college: location, cost, size and enrollment, professor/student ratio, resources, opportunities to study abroad and athletics, just to name a few. I looked at everything from public universities, to technical schools, to private institutions with ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +8
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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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    Your Turn: A Word to the Freshman Class

    Your Turn: A Word to the Freshman Class
    This December, I'll be graduating from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, with a B.S. in Health Communications with minors in public relations and chemistry. It's been a long road but the reward is in sight. It's such a feeling of accomplishment to know you've succeeded in meeting one of your goals and that you're qualified to enter the field ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +30
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    Reaching and Playing It Safe: Choosing Colleges

    Reaching and Playing It Safe: Choosing Colleges
    Are you a realist or a go-getter? The answer could define your strategy for selecting your college of choice. There are three legs on the college application stool. You could apply to a "reach" school -- one you might get in. You could apply to a "safety" school -- one that you should easily get in. Or you could go after ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +87
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    Obstacles to Hispanic Higher Education

    Obstacles to Hispanic Higher Education
    While some 98 percent of Hispanic high school students say they'd like to attend college, according to a new study, only 25 percent of Hispanics are currently enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. There are many reasons for the low numbers. But one of the main factors is the responsibilities many Hispanic students say ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +24
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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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    Are You Ready to Answer the Question?

    Are You Ready to Answer the Question?
    "Where are you applying?" This is a question I have to answer multiple times a week. Both of my parents ask once a week or so, and usually some friend's parent asks me at some point in the week. And of course I'm asking myself the same question numerous times a day at this point. I get so frustrated when people ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +13
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +10
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Returning Students: Finish Your Undergraduate Degree

    Returning Students: Finish Your Undergraduate Degree
    Life on a college campus is a relatively carefree time for students entering from high school. But there's a more stressful side to campus life for transfer or returning students -- many in the midst of career changes and some with families -- who enter with partial degrees from other schools or completed preliminary work at a community college. Shelly Brown, ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +16