Safety Schools: Why Every Student Needs Them

There’s really no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to deciding how many colleges to apply to, but there is one hard and fast rule that applies to every student: Everyone should apply to a number of safety schools. What Is a safety school? Many people think that a safety school is a “bad” school, but this isn’t true at all! Sure, safety schools are les…

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Posted November 2nd, 2017

4 College Admissions Nightmares and How to Avoid Them

Getting into college used to be a relatively simple process. Because higher education was mostly reserved for privileged members of society, colleges tended to accept any high school student in good standing whose parents could pay the cost of tuition. (more…)…

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Posted October 31st, 2017

How to Choose Which Colleges to Apply To

There are thousands of colleges in the U.S, and it is your task to find the one that’s right for you. Sound overwhelming? It can be. Your college choice will determine the next four years of your life, and have a lasting impact beyond that. At college, you’ll make lifelong friends, establish your professional network, and begin to chart your career path. (more…)…

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Posted October 23rd, 2017

What College Admissions Officers Look For: Part 3

This month, we’ve been talking about the top three factors that college admissions officers consider when making admissions decisions. So far, we’ve covered the first two: grades and course rigor. Today, we tackle the third most important factor: SAT and ACT scores. Why are SAT and ACT scores important? With so many headlines about colleges that have dropped test…

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Posted October 19th, 2017

What College Admissions Officers Look For: Part 2

In Part 1 of our series, we talked about the top factor, student grades. Today, we’re covering the second factor that comes up year after year, course rigor. What exactly is strength of curriculum? The strength of curriculum, also sometimes known as course rigor, describes the types of courses you took in high school. Did you take a lot of lower level classes, non-…

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Posted October 12th, 2017

What College Admissions Officers Look For: Part 1

College admissions: confusing, complicated, not fun… These are just a few ways to describe the college admissions process. To help you out, we’ve created a three part series that will give insight into what colleges actually look for when deciding who they want attending their school. Enjoy! Every year, the National Association of College Admissions Counselor…

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Posted October 6th, 2017

Applying to College: When Should I Start?

When should you apply to college? It seems like such a simple question. I mean, obviously you’ll apply by the application deadline, right? But which deadline? Many colleges offer more than one application period: An early application process where applications are generally due between September and November and a regular application process where applications aren…

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Posted September 21st, 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

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