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The 50 Best U.S. Community Colleges

The 50 Best U.S. Community Colleges

Cost, location and admissions are only some of the factors you should consider in making the decision of what type of college will suit you best.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 14, 2017
Just Released: 2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

Just Released: 2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

Now is the time to start thinking about how you’ll approach the essay prompts – it’s never too early to start thinking about college admissions!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 9, 2017
Road Trips 101: Visiting Colleges Over Spring Break

Road Trips 101: Visiting Colleges Over Spring Break

Since most colleges have schedules that differ from high schools, visiting on your spring break is a great tactic because you'll get to see the school while there's still life on campus.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 7, 2017
Help Your Student Find a Summer Job

Help Your Student Find a Summer Job

You know you can help – but how much is too much?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 6, 2017
Top 10 States with the Cheapest In-State Public College Tuition

Top 10 States with the Cheapest In-State Public College Tuition

When it comes to paying for college, public colleges often offer the most affordable tuition prices. Some states, however, offer better deals than others.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 26, 2017
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 January 17, 2017
How to Take a Fresh Approach to ACT/SAT Prep This Year

How to Take a Fresh Approach to ACT/SAT Prep This Year

Unless you earned a perfect score on the ACT or SAT last time, you might benefit from a revamped and redesigned approach to test prep this year.

By Tiffany Sorensen, Varsity Tutors’ Contributor
Published January 3, 2017
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 December 22, 2016
January College Checklist for High School Juniors

January College Checklist for High School Juniors

January is the start of a New Year and 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 20, 2016
Winter Work for High School Juniors

Winter Work for High School Juniors

As a high school junior, you've got a lot going on - and even more ahead.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 7, 2016
College Care Package Ideas

College Care Package Ideas

Any college student across the nation would love to receive a subscription box or a delightful one-time delivery from someone who cares.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published November 8, 2016
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 24, 2016
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 24, 2016
How to Help Your Student Minimize Exam Stress

How to Help Your Student Minimize Exam Stress

While you can’t take the exams for them (yes, we know you’ve thought about it) you can help ease their exam anxieties in other ways.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 22, 2016
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 September 28, 2016
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 September 28, 2016
September College Prep Checklist for Parents

September College Prep Checklist for Parents

You should be thinking about college...

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published August 26, 2016
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 August 15, 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 August 14, 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 August 14, 2016