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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 9 months ago | Rated: +79
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    You've Applied. Now What?

    You've Applied. Now What?
    January, February and some of March aren’t just dull months in terms of weather but also in the admissions process. After months of standardized testing, campus visits and arduous applications it feels a bit odd to sit and do nothing. But your applications are in – what can you do?! You can start by filling out the FAFSA. This first “to-do” ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +124
  • +76

    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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +76
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    My Divine Comedy: Part III

    My Divine Comedy: Part III
    When I picked up Dante’s “Paradiso” of The Divine Comedy a semester ago, I expected the souls in heaven to live the good life. I anticipated the stereotypical floating souls to eat endless buckets of fried chicken and live a carefree existence. Instead, I found Dante’s work very philosophically abstract and difficult to comprehend at times. Therefore, when I started comparing ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Why We Chose the Colleges We Chose

    Why We Chose the Colleges We Chose
    What should you consider as you make the big decision on where to go? We asked high school and college students what they looked for in a college. Academic Programs "The thing I found most important in selecting a college was the types of programs available for my major. Were they accredited? Was the school known for their program in that ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +26
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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 over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
  • +6

    Trading Pastry for Fried Green Tomatoes

    During my spring break last year, I felt a little out of place at the airport. Most people migrated south for the lovely delights of sun-kissed beaches, refreshing gelatos and flip-flops. However, I, the high school junior, headed up north with my ski jacket to visit some potential college choices. When my dad drove our rental car through the thick, snowy ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +21
  • +23

    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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +23
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +33
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Dollars and Decisions: Choose a College Based on Financial Aid

    Dollars and Decisions: Choose a College Based on Financial Aid
    My dad and my uncle were born and raised in Los Angeles and spent their whole childhoods rooting for UCLA in sports and thus treating the University of Southern California as their mortal enemy. When it came time for my uncle (who was the older sibling) to go to college, he applied and got into both schools, but USC offered ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +19
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    10 Questions to Ask Before Accepting an Offer

    10 Questions to Ask Before Accepting an Offer
    The college you’re considering offers your major, a variety of extracurricular activities and the ideal social mix. You’ve done your research and checked out the school’s location, class size, teacher/student ratio and dozens of other factors. You’re ready to accept their offer to attend. However, before you mail the deposit, make sure you ask some questions that are frequently overlooked in ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +5
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    What to Do While You’re Waiting to Hear from Colleges

    What to Do While You’re Waiting to Hear from Colleges
    February and March are tense times within the world of college admissions – for everyone involved – students, parents and admissions officials alike. Potential college students anxiously wait to hear back from their top colleges choices. The students’ angst is rising and parents feel powerless, wanting to end the madness of the waiting game. The colleges work around the clock, reading ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +21
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    How Will You Remember College?

    Close your eyes. Picture yourself four years from now, standing in front of friends and family on your graduation day, waiting in line to receive your diploma. As you wait for the line to move forward, you begin to think about the four years you've spent at college, how much you've experienced, and you say to yourself, "My college experience ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    The Unintended Stress from a Plate of Spaghetti

    The Unintended Stress from a Plate of Spaghetti
    On one not-so-different Friday evening, I glared at the computer with my eyes wide open. Exhausted from a strenuous week, I sat with a deep exasperation and wondered why my computer must warm up so slowly. On that Friday, I would learn whether the University of Florida accepted me. Recently, the competition has skyrocketed for that college, and many students from my ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    The Flamboyantly Orange Unisuit

    The Flamboyantly Orange Unisuit
    Life can give you moments of various emotions. Personally, I tend to cherish my moments of happiness, inspiration and laughter. These emotions came to me when I first made a soufflé rise, single-handedly mastered a tough calculus problem, or laughed at a horrible movie with my friends. However, I often wince or laugh at my less-flattering moments when I felt sad, ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +13
  • +14

    Drop In On a College During Vacation

    Drop In On a College During Vacation
    Key West. Myrtle Beach. Yosemite National Park. A college admissions office. Maybe that last one isn't a top vacation destination but it's worth a visit. Just as you wouldn't waste precious vacation minutes sitting in a hotel room figuring out what attractions are in the area, some planning before you head for campus will help you maximize your visit. Pick Up ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +14
  • +23

    College Planning for Rising Seniors

    College Planning for Rising Seniors
    As a rising senior, it's important to remember that the sooner you begin mapping out your own individualized plan for the college admissions process, the further ahead of the game you'll be and on your way to a successful college career. Yes, it is a daunting process that can take a lot of time and effort, but the earlier you put ...
    Published 4 months ago | Rated: +23
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    A Time to Reap and a Time to Sow

    A Time to Reap and a Time to Sow
    A personal account of how the student/parent relationship changes during the college application process The only time I have seen my mom so irate at my dad that she physically assaulted him was in December of my senior year.   My father had read an article stating that Harvard had rejected a high number of students who had perfect SAT scores.  My ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +11
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