What is the National Merit Scholarship?

The National Merit Scholarship program began in 1955. Since then, it has become known as one of the most prestigious academic awards a student can earn – and with good reason: Just a small percentage of test takers will become finalists in the competition. The scholarship itself is worth $2,500, a relatively small sum considering the annual tuition at many selective c…

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Posted September 14th, 2017

Webinar – Planning Your College Application

There are two things that are clear when it comes to college admissions: They're confusing They're complicated It's hard to know exactly what you're supposed to do and keep track of all the moving pieces along the way. Join us on Wednesday, September 20, 8PM EST (5PM PST) as Jesse Pizarroa, C2's Teacher Trainer, gives you a plan for the entire process of …

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Posted September 11th, 2017

Your Ultimate Guide to the PSAT

Next month, schools will offer the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT to 10th and 11th grade students nationwide. What do you need to know about the 2017 PSAT? Who takes the PSAT? The PSAT/NMSQT is open to both 10th and 11th grade students. While many 10th graders take the test, most test takers will be juniors because 11th grade students who take it compete for the coveted National Merit …

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Posted September 7th, 2017

Read These Examples of Top College Essays

For many high school students, writing an essay is one of the most daunting parts of the college application process, especially when students are unsure of each university's expectations. Going over top college essay examples is a great way for students to learn more about expectations for essay submissions. Check out these tips for ideas and inspiration, and read these…

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Posted August 18th, 2017

Applying to College: What You Need to Know

  Road signs and mailboxes may be literally melting in the summer heat in some parts of the country, but for rising seniors, summer break is over. It’s time to start working on those college applications. We’re here to help! Keep reading for tips and tricks to get you through the college application process.   The Common App: What is it and how can it he…

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Posted August 9th, 2017

10 Tips For A Great College Application Essay

  Sometimes the blinking cursor on the screen can seem like a curse (pun intended). It just keeps flashing, on and off, on and off, mocking you. Never is this truer than when you’re trying to start your college admission essay, a high-stakes writing task unlike anything you’ve ever had to write before. Don’t let the blinking cursor get you down – we’ve g…

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Posted July 11th, 2017

Social Media and College Admissions

  This week, Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to ten prospective students after discovering some truly terrible social media behavior. This should serve as a reminder to all students that what you do online is never private and it never goes away. In a “private” group chat that was spun off of the Harvard Class of 2021 Facebook group, the stu…

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Posted June 15th, 2017

Get Ahead of the College Admissions Process During Summer Break

With just weeks to go before the end of the school year, students across the country are dreaming of long, lazy days free from the demands of teachers and school work. Although every student deserves a break now and then, high school students have at least one concern that should motivate them to keep busy during summer break: College admissions. Summer break offers ton…

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Posted May 19th, 2017

15 Top Summer Programs for High School Students Still Accepting Applications

  Although summer break seems pretty far off, students who plan to use their summers wisely need to start making plans now. Summer offers a lot of unique opportunities for college-bound students to explore their options, familiarize themselves with college life, and boost their college applications. While application deadlines for a lot of programs have already pas…

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Posted March 23rd, 2017

College Admission News Roundup: February, 2017

  Whether your college applications are still months or years away, or whether you’re scrambling to meet a looming application deadline, here are two great articles about college admissions to check out: What the People Who Read Your College Application Really Think, NPR NPR looks behind the curtain at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachuset…

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Posted February 24th, 2017