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6 Famous Merit Scholarship Winners

6 Famous Merit Scholarship Winners

Could YOU be next?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 10, 2016
3 Ways Parents Can Support College Decisions

3 Ways Parents Can Support College Decisions

How to provide the support your child needs throughout the admissions process.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published February 9, 2016
Developing & Narrowing Down Your Potential Colleges List

Developing & Narrowing Down Your Potential Colleges List

These steps can help you create your own personalized snapshot of schools you’re considering and whether or not you should continue to consider them at all.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 4, 2016
You Registered for the SAT—Now What? 3 Things You Should Do Next

You Registered for the SAT—Now What? 3 Things You Should Do Next

By taking a few simple steps before the SAT, you can set your mind at ease and increase your chances of success.

By Tiffany Sorensen, Varsity Tutors' Contributor
Published February 2, 2016
5 Rewards of AP Courses

5 Rewards of AP Courses

By taking AP courses, you’re demonstrating to the college that you are able to handle a college level course while you’re still in high school.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 20, 2016
Academics Aside: 10 Factors to Consider in Choosing a College

Academics Aside: 10 Factors to Consider in Choosing a College

Academics are important, but they aren't everything!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 18, 2016
2016-2017 SAT & ACT Exam Dates

2016-2017 SAT & ACT Exam Dates

It’s important to find standardized test dates for the SAT and ACT that work for your schedule and sign up before the deadlines!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 6, 2016
January College Checklist for High School Juniors

January College Checklist for High School Juniors

January is the start of a New Year <i>and</i> a new semester. Which means, you have the unique advantage of a fresh start in more than one way! How cool is that?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 16, 2015
99 Colleges That Give ALL Students a Scholarship

99 Colleges That Give ALL Students a Scholarship

You've got 99 problems but tuition isn't one at these schools!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 14, 2015
Private Colleges Offering Record-High Tuition Discounts

Private Colleges Offering Record-High Tuition Discounts

Where can you find these discounted tuition prices? Apparently, the higher the acceptance rate, the better the odds of obtaining these tuition price deals.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 9, 2015
4 Things You Can Learn From Winter Campus Tours

4 Things You Can Learn From Winter Campus Tours

Take advantage of the winter to see what sort of temperatures you will likely battle, as well as how each campus defines the “winter blues.”

By Samantha Brody, Varsity Tutors’ Contributor
Published December 8, 2015
What to Expect from the New, Redesigned SAT

What to Expect from the New, Redesigned SAT

Take a look at what’s changing on the exam so you can be better prepared.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published November 4, 2015
November Checklist for High School Juniors

November Checklist for High School Juniors

You need to focus more than ever before on your studies, which classes you choose to take and how much you devote to preparing for standardized testing and college research outside the classroom.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 26, 2015
November Checklist for High School Seniors

November Checklist for High School Seniors

November is a pivotal time of year for high school seniors - and we’re not just talking turkey.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 26, 2015
Scores and Scholarships: Why the PSAT Matters

Scores and Scholarships: Why the PSAT Matters

Why should you prepare for the PSAT? The primary reasons are simple – to potentially gain scholarships and to definitely gain practice for your college entrance exams.

By Andrea Deck, Varsity Tutors’ Contributor
Published October 1, 2015
October Checklist for High School Seniors

October Checklist for High School Seniors

This year, take the time at the beginning of each month to evaluate what you can do to continue your focus on the college admissions process.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 1, 2015
October Checklist for High School Juniors

October Checklist for High School Juniors

Now is the time to evaluate what you can do this month to continue your focus on the college planning process.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 1, 2015
College Essay Editing Tips for Parents

College Essay Editing Tips for Parents

When he or she comes to you (as most smart students do) asking you to help edit his or her personal statement, don’t panic!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 16, 2015
Have You Considered These Work Colleges?

Have You Considered These Work Colleges?

Instead of going into debt, perhaps you should consider a work college.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 1, 2015
September College Prep Checklist for Parents

September College Prep Checklist for Parents

You should be thinking about college...

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published August 26, 2015