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Help Your Student with Summer Plans

Help Your Student with Summer Plans

As a parent, you likely want to encourage your student to get the most out of their time, experiences and, of course, work towards success.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published March 28, 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 March 22, 2017
America’s Top 10 Community Colleges

America’s Top 10 Community Colleges

It really doesn't make sense that community colleges are often ignored in rankings, considering nearly half of America’s undergraduate students attend community colleges.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published March 13, 2017
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 March 9, 2017
8 Ways to Get More Out of Your College Visits

8 Ways to Get More Out of Your College Visits

Go beyond the typical campus tour! Arrange to do these things to get a better idea of campus life.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published March 6, 2017
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 March 6, 2017
Master These Skills Before College

Master These Skills Before College

Start learning these skills now so you can practice for the remainder of your high school career.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published March 6, 2017
College Search Advice Myths - Revealed!

College Search Advice Myths - Revealed!

Take advice with a grain of salt and be aware of these myths!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published March 6, 2017
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
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
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 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
Have You Considered Work Colleges?

Have You Considered Work Colleges?

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

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published August 12, 2016
Simplify the Admissions Process

Simplify the Admissions Process

You have two choices: the easy way or the hard way. Why not make things easier on yourself with these four steps?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published August 8, 2016
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 July 18, 2016