Applying to College Early: Is It Worth It?

Many students will start applying to college as early as next month through a variety of early application programs. But before you submit that early application, be sure to consider all of your options. Early Action vs. Early Decision: What's the Difference? The biggest difference between early action and early decision programs is your obligation: With early action prog…

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Posted October 9th, 2015

6 Ways to Boost College Applications Over Summer

Summer break is just around the corner -- do you have plans yet? Some students look forward to months of fun in the sun, and there's certainly nothing wrong with a little relaxation. But for students who want to improve their chances of getting into a dream college, summer is also a chance to bolster resumes and college applications. Although a lot of selective summe…

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Posted June 13th, 2015

It’s Not Too Late to Apply to College

At this time of year, many students who do not yet know where they will attend college begin panicking. Take a note from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: DON’T PANIC. Whether you’ve already applied to your top choice schools and haven’t yet received that coveted acceptance letter or you dropped the ball and haven’t yet submitted college applications, fear n…

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Posted February 4th, 2015

Top Tips When You’re Waitlisted

By now, most students who applied to college through early admission programs have learned their fates. Some are celebrating their good fortune; others are mourning the loss of their dream schools; and many, many others are likely stuck in waitlist limbo. If you’re among the many who have been waitlisted, here are our top tips – the do’s and don’ts of college wait…

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Posted January 24th, 2015

College Costs: When Money IS an Object

If ever there were a realm in which we might wish that money were no object, paying for college would be it. But in a time when student debt outnumbers all other consumer debt, money most certainly is an object. How can families ensure that they get the most college education bang for the buck? Several outfits have created tools to help families make smart comparis…

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Posted December 15th, 2014

College Rankings: Not Much Has Changed

Each year, when publications such as U.S. News & World Report release annual college rankings, we see little movement among the top colleges. The suspenseful rankings question isn't "I wonder which colleges will make the top 10?" but "Will it be Harvard or Yale at the top?" We know that the annual rankings don't seem to change drastically from one year to the next, bu…

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Posted August 16th, 2014

The Secret to Getting Into Harvard

Every student wants to know the magical formula that will get them accepted at Harvard – or Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, MIT, Brown, Dartmouth, or any of several other highly selective colleges. If I could just create a detailed checklist that would ensure your acceptance at one of these schools, I would. But I can’t. Such a checklist simply doesn’t exist …

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Posted July 1st, 2014

What the New SAT Means for Middle School Students

In March, the College Board announced massive changes to the SAT, a test that millions of college-bound students take each year. Most current high school students will still take the current version of the SAT, with 9th graders having the option of taking either test depending on when they time their testing dates. But today's middle school students will face an entire…

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Posted June 7th, 2014