Posts in College Admissions
The 15 Most Expensive Colleges in the U.S. - 2019 Edition

The cost of higher education continues to rise. If you’re curious, here are some of the top 15 expensive schools in the nation. We’ve updated fees to reflect this year’s costs based on each college’s list of tuition, fees, room, and board. However, be sure to double check as you’re narrowing down your colleges.

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The Do's and Don'ts for Proofreading Your Child’s Admissions Essay

College application season is stressful for students and parents alike. As a parent, you wonder if your questions are overbearing, or whether you should be more involved in the planning process. You wonder where the line is between support and taking control. If you’re going to help proofread your child’s admissions essay, there are some important tips to keep in mind.

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7 Crucial Tips to Writing a Solid “Why This College” Response (+ 4 Sample Prompts!)

With the Common App, it’s easy to apply to a number of schools with the click of a button. Colleges want to know that you’re not just applying to their school for the sake of applying. The “Why This College” essay prompt is your opportunity to demonstrate exactly who you are and how the specific college fits your interests and career goals.

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How to Decide Which SAT Subject Tests to Take?

While various colleges and programs have different requirements for which Subject Tests you should take, some colleges recommend taking the Subject Test without specifying their preference. In that case, give yourself one less thing to stress about and sign up for a Subject Test that you actually enjoy. Regardless of what you want to study.

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Breaking Down How to Contact Admissions Officers - Tips for Emailing, Calling, and Meeting In-person

Out of all the parts of the application process that usually cause a little bit of stress, communicating with admissions counselors doesn’t have to be one of them. Whether you’ve already established communication with an admissions counselor or you’re about to visit the college for the first time

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How to Write the College Admissions Essay: 7 Tips to Help You Stop Stressing and Get it Done

In the past, you’ve probably leaned on procrastination to write your English essay at the 19th hour. Nothing beats writing under pressure, right?

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How to Get Ahead Before You Get Behind: 3 Ways to Balance School and Extracurricular Activities

Senior year is a juggling act. You’re involved in extracurriculars or busy with your part-time job. You’re managing a full course load, with exams and essays and projects galore. Add college applications into the mix and everything starts to feel off-balanced.

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6 Simple Ways to Save Money on Your College Applications

It’s no secret. Between tuition, room and board, and books, college costs add up. The expenses begin even as you’re applying to college, with test and application fees, and a few surprise costs in between. Find out how to save money when applying to college below.

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The Basics of Early Action Admissions -- Not for the Faint of Heart.

In the college admissions cycle, we could all use a little more peace of mind. Even though applying Early Action means getting your essays and applications together in a shorter timespan, the work upfront turns out to be worth it. In the long run, you can rest assured once you submit your applications, knowing that you’ll get a response sooner than you would have with regular or rolling admissions.

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50 Questions to Ask Next on Your Next College Tour

A college tour is your opportunity to get to know the campus and start picturing yourself as a student there. You can research colleges for weeks on end, but nothing beats the experience of walking on campus and seeing the college with your own eyes. Many students know as soon as they step foot on campus whether or not they see themselves attending.

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Thinking about Applying Early Decision? Here’s Everything You Need to Know about How ED Works

Around 450 colleges have Early Decision. For  When you’re certain about where you want to go and wanting to avoid the added stress of waiting for an admissions decision, applying ED might be the way to go. Find out more about ED below.

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Rising Seniors: Essential Resources, Dates, and Deadlines to Gear Up for College Application Season

We don’t want to think about summer ending either. But to make sure you’re ready for what’s ahead, we broke down some of the resources and important dates for you to be aware of as we enter the college application season.

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What is a Holistic Review? All Your Questions Answered

At this point, most US colleges have implemented a holistic approach to their college admissions process. Instead of focusing on a number, admissions committees aim to understand who applicants are as individuals, specifically what they’re going to bring to the classroom and the campus community.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Brainstorming and Starting Your College Essay

We’ve put together a guide to simplify the college essay writing process. Writing your college essay is a gradual process that takes a lot of reflection and time. These steps aren’t intended to be completed in one day or even one week. By following these steps, the writing process will be less stressful. If you’ve been procrastinating, our step-by-step guide will help you get started.

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College Admissions 101: What You Need to Know about the Universal Common Application

Decisions, decisions. Throughout the college application process, it starts to feel like everywhere you turn there’s another decision waiting for you. Of all the decisions, choosing between application types doesn’t have to be stressful. Most of the time, the decision might be made for you, especially if the college you’re interested in only offers one type! Here’s everything you need to know about the Universal Common Application.


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Closing the Opportunity Gap: How QuestBridge is Helping Low-Income + “A” Grade Students Beat Admissions Odds

Did you know that the majority of low-income, qualified students don’t apply to top colleges? With high grades and academic achievements, many would be as competitive as their peers at the most selective schools, including Ivy League institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Yet, a number of socioeconomic factors either dissuade or prevent low-income students from applying to these schools. In comes QuestBridge.

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Making the Most of Your Summer: 10 Must-Reads for Rising Seniors

Summer is the perfect time to give reading a second chance. Even if you’ve been overwhelmed by your high school reading requirements and swore you’d never read again, there’s something magical about getting engrossed in a new book. I promise.

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College Admissions Explained: Breaking Down the SAT’s New Adversity Score

Among some of the most selective institutions, low-income students have a low representation--a fact that’s “relatively unchanged from 20 years ago.” The adversity score has been created perhaps in response to this achievement gap and in an effort to support students who are beating all odds by applying to college in spite of their circumstances.

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Q&A: Will a High SAT Score Counter a Low GPA?

A: Your GPA is just one factor among a dozen or so colleges use to evaluate applicants. In many ways, I view course rigor and other academic indicators as important, if not more important, than having an incredibly high GPA (3.75+). Still, GPA does matter in the long run.

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