What Are the Essay Prompts for the 2017-18 Common Application?

Feb 21 8:28pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
Mastering the 2017-2018 Common App Essay Don’t worry, juniors. No one is asking you to write your college application essays just yet. After all, you still need to focus on final exams (they’ll be here before you know it!), end of the year research papers, and everyone’s favorite standardized tests…the SAT or ACT. But sometime [...] The post What Are the Essay Prompts for the 2017-18 Common Application? appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Quarter Wit Quarter Wisdom: How to Read GMAT Questions Carefully

Feb 21 7:42pm Veritas Prep Blog
We all know that we need to be very careful while reading GMAT questions – that every word is important. Read more » The post Quarter Wit Quarter Wisdom: How to Read GMAT Questions Carefully appeared first on Veritas Prep Blog.
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Is Indie Film-Making an Application-Worthy Extracurricular?

Feb 21 6:27pm Ask The Dean
Question: My son has a passion for film making. he has taken classes in both school and in the summer and has made films. However, he has never submitted them for festivals or awards. is this still a good extracurricular. He is considering submitting a film to the schools to show what he is working... READ MORE » The post Is Indie Film-Making an Application-Worthy Extracurricular? appeared first on Ask The Dean.
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Engineering Degree for Former Voke Student?

Feb 21 4:55pm Ask The Dean
Question: I Graduated High school 6 years ago, with no intentions of going to college afterwards. I had taken vocational classes and thought Id be alright going straight into the working world, and that Id be able to get by doing that. A lot of this time has made me realize that was a big... READ MORE » The post Engineering Degree for Former Voke Student? appeared first on Ask The Dean.
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ACT Announces New July Test Date Starting Summer 2018

Feb 21 4:46pm Blog – Compass Education Group
In a recent press release, ACT announced that it will be adding a test date in July, starting with summer 2018. The new date will increase ACT test date options from...
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What A Likely Letter Means

Feb 21 4:35pm Ivy Coach Blog – Ivy Coach
What A Likely Letter Means What does a Likely Letter mean, you ask? Some of our students have begun receiving what is known in college admissions parlance as Likely Letters. A Likely Letter usually starts with a big congratulations. And why? Because what the college admissions office is articulating to the applicant is that, based Read More Ivy Coach...
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Pick B for Boris: Is the SAT or ACT Easier?

Feb 21 2:08pm College: Admission Possible
When I host one of Kaplan’s free events, I like to ask my students, “What have you heard? Which test is easier, the SAT or ACT?” Most students say they’ve heard the ACT is easier, though a few say the SAT is easier. Some say the tests test different things, while others give a qualified […] The post Pick B for Boris: Is the SAT or ACT Easier? appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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School Spotlight: University of Colorado-Boulder

Feb 21 1:06pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each [...] The post School Spotlight: University of Colorado-Boulder appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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How I went from Over-parenting to Hands-off Parenting

Feb 21 11:51am Smart College Visit
Over-parenting -- starts sooner than you think. The post How I went from Over-parenting to Hands-off Parenting appeared first on Smart College Visit.
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Choosing the Right Degree: When it Matters and When it Doesnt

Feb 21 11:24am Peterson's Blog
Picking the right degree in college can be a difficult decision. After you graduate, you will want to be happy with your decision and be able to get a job in a career field that you enjoy. However, you don’t necessarily have to make the decision right away. Most colleges will want you to declare your major by the end of your second year, so you’ve got some time to explore your options. Take an aptitude test. Every college will have an advisor’s office, and I would be surprised to hear if everyone didn’t offer More…...
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Hiding Between the Lines in the Award Letter

Feb 21 10:00am Parents Countdown to College Coach
It’s financial aid award season. Students and parents have either received or will soon receive the award from the colleges that offered admission. How will this aid factor in to your student’s final decision? But lurking between the lines in these award letters are some practices colleges use when offering admission and financial aid. Colleges […]...
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Parents, Money and Minors: Credit, Cash and Your College Bound Kid

Feb 20 12:26pm Parents Countdown to College Coach
  Getting your kids through college is always going to be a financial challenge for many parents and there are plenty of decisions that have to be made about how much monetary support you should provide and when they need to take up the slack. Here is a look at some of the answers to […]...
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College Admissions Decisions Are Coming Soon

Feb 20 11:48am Blog – JLV College Counseling
College Admissions Decisions Are Coming Soon...
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Medicine Could Be the Cure for Your Students Career Confusion

Feb 20 11:44am Parents Countdown to College Coach
  If you’re still in high school trying to decide what you should study at college, the answer might be simpler than you think. Instead, of looking at random and weird choices, perhaps you should consider one of the most popular industries in the world: medicine. We think there’s a pretty basic reason why some […]...
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Should You Take an Unpaid Internship? (Ep. 147)

Feb 20 7:00am Blog – College Info Geek
The unpaid internship: the universe’s method of mocking those who have finally been offered a summer job. An unpaid position can have unexpected benefits down the road, but it can also be a huge waste of time. If you have to consider taking an internship pro bono, how can you tell the difference? In this […] RSS is cool and all, but you can also view the original post here: Should You Take an Unpaid Internship? (Ep. 147)...
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Scholarship Spotlight: The NEACAC Annual Essay Contest

Feb 19 4:43pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your [...] The post Scholarship Spotlight: The NEACAC Annual Essay Contest appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Scholarship Saturday February 18, 2017

Feb 18 8:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
This edition of Scholarship Saturday features 75 college scholarships and contests closing soon. There is a lot of scholarship money available – apply today!...
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ACT Vocabulary Tricks and Tips

Feb 17 10:43pm Veritas Prep Blog
Studying vocabulary should be on your schedule of things to do as you prepare for the English and Reading sections Read more » The post ACT Vocabulary Tricks and Tips appeared first on Veritas Prep Blog.
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Class of 2021 Early Decision Summary Statistics

Feb 17 5:59pm The Vandy Admissions Blog
We’ve finished the Early Decision phase of our admissions process for the Vanderbilt Class of 2021, crunched the numbers, and now we have some summary statistics about our newest ‘Dores. Our Early Decision admits are an incredibly talented, diverse, and engaged group, and we are thrilled they’ll be joining our campus community this fall. Judging...
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5 Great Colleges for Foodies

Feb 17 5:23pm Blogs – College Raptor Blog
  Who doesn’t love good food? Sure, we need it to survive, but there are some of us out there who yearn to explore all sorts of different foods. Thankfully, there are plenty of college towns out there (and college campuses) who happily cater to our needs. Here’s just a short list to get you …...
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Ask Better Questions

Feb 17 12:53pm Georgia Tech Admission Blog
In the world of college admission there is always debate about the “best school” in the nation. As quickly as someone holds up Stanford or Harvard, someone else will poke holes in the methodology, or challenge that they may not be tops for  every major, and so on and so forth.  There are so many varying “sources” online these days that almost every school can tout a high-ranking or review in one area or another. “We’re among the nation’s best in ROI, or in STEM fields,” “We are the nation’s Greenest college” or “We have the best ice cream.” There is almost never a consensus or agreement on who really is “the best.” Perhaps that’s the beauty of this field– lots of great options and a desire to be the best in one thing or another, but clearly there is not a unanimous #1. But in the world of...
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Top of the Class: Why Diversity Matters in Your Classroom

Feb 17 12:43pm Peterson's Blog
Learning the importance of diversity should be a part of every child’s education. There are several ways that diversity could benefit your students’ experience. Here are a few of the main reasons why diversity matters in your kid’s classroom and what you can do to encourage more. Cultural Awareness If your classroom is full of kids from other cultural backgrounds, they will have a better opportunity to learn about the world. Learning about different languages, traditions, and other important cultural aspects can shape any child’s mind for the better. And what better way to learn More…...
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Practice Makes Purpose: Kaplan SBAs Share Memories About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Feb 17 11:07am College: Admission Possible
Last month, we talked about how practice is good for you—and how it’s even better when it’s free, helps others, and promotes a purpose. That’s why Practice with a Purpose, launched by Kaplan Test Prep and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, helps you get free practice options from the leader in test prep while […] The post Practice Makes Purpose: Kaplan SBAs Share Memories About Boys & Girls Clubs of America appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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4 Opportunities You Should Avoid Missing Out On In College

Feb 17 10:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
4 Opportunities You Should Avoid Missing Out On In College - Guest Blog by Meghan Belnap...
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How To Handle College Rejection Letters

Feb 17 9:32am College Prep Results
Every spring thousands of students receive rejection letters from colleges and universities. While it is disappointing, particularly when a top choice school sends a rejection letter, there are steps students can take to manage upsetting news and move forward in … Continue reading →...
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Quarter Wit, Quarter Wisdom: Solving the Fuel-Up Puzzles

Feb 16 10:58pm Veritas Prep Blog
We hope you are enjoying the puzzles we have been putting up in the last few weeks. Though all of Read more » The post Quarter Wit, Quarter Wisdom: Solving the Fuel-Up Puzzles appeared first on Veritas Prep Blog.
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[Video] Advice for Waitlisted Students

Feb 16 9:03pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
Over the next couple of months, high school seniors will be receiving lots of college admissions decisions—some good news, some bad news, and some… waitlists?  It’s hard to know what to make of a waitlist decision.  Can a student increase her chances of moving her application from the waitlist into the admitted students’ pile?  Or [...] The post [Video] Advice for Waitlisted Students appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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5 Colleges for Mathletes and Math Lovers in General

Feb 16 4:49pm Blogs – College Raptor Blog
Does the thought of solving complicated equations make you giddy? Do you enjoy problem solving in your spare time? Do you have the first hundred decimals of Pi memorized – for fun? Then you, my friend, might be enamored by mathematics! There are, of course, many career options for people who enjoy math, and therefore …...
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Should You Postpone College? Plus College Visits and Financial Aid Appeals

Feb 16 4:00pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
Ian Fisher stepped in to host last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Conversation to address three important (and sometimes difficult) topics for families. If you are worried about whether college is the immediate right next step for your child, need help planning college visits, or are facing a financial aid award that just [...] The post Should You Postpone College? Plus College Visits and Financial Aid Appeals appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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An Easy and Fun Way To Pay for College Tuition

Feb 16 2:36pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
What's the easiest and most fun way to avoid student debt and college loans then you can't pay tuition for a dream school? Check out this upcoming movie.
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Whats Next for Transfer Applicants?

Feb 16 2:06pm Undergraduate Admission Blog
Congratulations, transfer applicants! You have all submitted your USC applications at this point and are likely a few weeks into your spring semester. After putting so much effort into getting your application materials together, your wheels may still be spinning a bit. Thankfully, you can pull back a little now, but here are some next steps for you to keep in mind as you settle into the spring:...
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Early Admission Policies

Feb 16 1:10pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Early Admission Policies Have you read a lot of criticism directed at Early admission policies of late? If so, stick around because there’s another side to the story — a side we have long argued is the absolute correct side. Every now and then we come across an editorial on highly selective college admissions Read More Ivy Coach...
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Test Stress Relief Tips for Students

Feb 16 11:34am Parents Countdown to College Coach
  These days, a lot of kids feel pressured to perform academically. Getting into a good college generally requires superior high school grades, and that means passing tests. Even junior high schoolers and kids in lower grades can feel stressed about school, especially right before an important test. In the interest of calming pre-test jitters […]...
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21 Best #NYU2021 Reactions (EDII Edition)

Feb 16 11:16am NYU Admissions Blog
Happy February 16th! Two months ago we welcomed our EDI class (you can view their reactions here). Yesterday, we gave belated valentines to more than 1400 students to join our growing class of 2021. And let’s celebrate their excitement with … Continue reading →...
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Personal Development Part 2: Setting Goals That Stick

Feb 16 10:00am College: Admission Possible
When it comes to making progress, both in and out of school, setting goals is only half the equation. You must also know how to set the right goals, which will determine whether or not you are able to stick to them. After all, success in high school, college, and beyond is achieved by focusing […] The post Personal Development Part 2: Setting Goals That Stick appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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Renewable Energy: Red Hot College Majors to Investigate

Feb 16 10:00am Parents Countdown to College Coach
  Too many parents complain that their student’s college major is unemployable after graduation. With the cost of college rising, it means families are conscious of the value of higher education and it’s ROI (return on investment). Even though ROI is not the most crucial criteria for choosing a college and a major, it should […]...
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Why 4 months of tutoring for the SAT/ACT?

Feb 16 9:27am Blog - Streamline Tutors
Some parents rush to sign up for SAT/ACT prep a month or two before the test, but the reality is that dramatic score improvements typically occur with 4 months of tutoring.
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How to Manage Your Personal Finance While Studying Abroad

Feb 15 5:01pm Blogs – College Raptor Blog
Studying abroad has its own advantages and disadvantages. It sure is a delightful opportunity for a student to make the most use of studying in a reputed college in a foreign country. Amidst all this excitement comes the question of a mammoth financial investment which takes a huge toll on your pocket. It is an …...
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BCF Readers Forum 2.15.17

Feb 15 3:37pm The College Planning Blog
Periodically, I use this space to respond to questions I have received via email or during programs. My intent in sharing both questions and answers is to provide insight into the college-going process and stimulate conversation that leads to informed decision-making with regard to educational futures. As always, your comments are very much valued. To [...]...
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Can You Apply to College Late?

Feb 15 3:08pm CollegeBasics.com Blog
College applications have deadlines that run from October 1 to February 15. And, it is not wise to apply late. But sometimes, there are circumstances that demand a late application. Luckily there are some colleges that have a rolling admission policy. Although rolling admission does not extend application dates indefinitely and competition gets more intense […]...
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Take a look at the 2017-2018 Coalition Application essay prompts!

Feb 15 12:07pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
The Common Application essay prompts came out last week; today, we wanted to take a look at a list of the Coalition Application essay prompts. The Coalition Application website recommends that each prompt be answered in  300-400 words, and strongly recommends that you do not exceed 500-550 words. Here are the prompts: Tell a story from your life, […]...
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Ivy League Fee Waivers in Admissions

Feb 15 11:11am Ivy Coach Blog – Ivy Coach
Ivy League Fee Waivers in Admissions Members of the student governments of all eight Ivy League institutions in addition to Stanford University, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago have banded together in an effort to make it easier for first generation and low-income applicants to apply to these schools without having to worry about the costs Read More Ivy Coach...
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Early Decision II: Decisions Available Online February 15

Feb 15 10:54am The Vandy Admissions Blog
As of 5:30 p.m. Central Time Wednesday, February 15, admissions decisions for applicants through the Early Decision II plan will be available online through MyAppVU. See below for details on checking your decision online. You may already know that MyAppVU is the best way to keep track of your application status. You should also know...
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April 2017 Scholarships

Feb 15 10:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
Just under 300 college scholarships and contests with April deadlines...
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5 Reasons to Love the College Admissions Process

Feb 14 3:31pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
I can vividly remember sitting at my desk in the fall of my senior year of high school and being so nervous I could barely breathe. I’d been on dozens of college tours, spoken with countless students, and interviewed endlessly. But I still hadn’t found “the one.” I hadn’t experienced that “eureka” moment. You know, [...] The post 5 Reasons to Love the College Admissions Process appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Its a Match: Fall in Love with Your 2nd Choice College

Feb 14 12:33pm Parents Countdown to College Coach
  This article was originally published on Smart College Visit as part of my Parent College Coach tips. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to repost it.   A song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Love the One You’re With”, brings me back to my teen years. Yes. It dates me. But it reminds […]...
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Finding Oneself in the Liberal Arts

Feb 14 12:08pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
An international student describes the difficulties of his complex origins, and the solace he found in a liberal arts major.
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11 Educational YouTube Videos That Will Blow Your Mind!

Feb 14 12:04pm Blogs – College Raptor Blog
With the latest advancement in technology, it is now easy to record a video and post it on YouTube Channels. The network has proved relevant for the educational environment and most educators have created millions of educational videos that can be used for educational purposes. Both teachers and students can use these videos for research …...
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Applying to Harvard

Feb 14 10:31am Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Applying to Harvard Students applying to Harvard this coming year and in subsequent years might be frightened by a piece up on “Business Insider” by Abby Jackson entitled “Nearly 40,000 people applied to Harvard this year — experts say it’s harder than ever to get into elite schools.” But these student’s shouldn’t be Read More Ivy Coach...
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Major Decisions: Best Resources for High School Students Trying to Choose their Path in Life

Feb 14 10:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
Major Decisions: Best Resources for High School Students Trying to Choose their Path in Life - Guest Blog by Hannah Whittenly...
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Why Students Love Reviewing for the SAT and ACT: Part 2

Feb 14 10:00am College: Admission Possible
Today is Valentine’s Day and we at Kaplan are passionate about one thing: test prep! We interviewed elite SAT/ACT Kaplan instructor Stephanie Jolly to find out what subject she just loves to teach and what topics her students simply love to review. Yesterday, we discussed the SAT/ACT topic that you love teaching. Is there a […] The post Why Students Love Reviewing for the SAT and ACT: Part 2 appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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Applying to Business School with a Gap in Employment on Your Resume

Feb 13 10:08pm Veritas Prep Blog
One of the biggest red flags Admissions Committees encounter during the business school application process is an employment gap on Read more » The post Applying to Business School with a Gap in Employment on Your Resume appeared first on Veritas Prep Blog.
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School Spotlight: Cooper Union

Feb 13 9:09pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each [...] The post School Spotlight: Cooper Union appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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10 Best Educational Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Feb 13 5:20pm Blogs – College Raptor Blog
If there is one thing that’s amazing about being a college student nowadays, it’s fact that there are so many different tools and resources at your disposal if you want to learn. Of course, being a college student should be about more than just cramming all day long, but when you do decide to study, …...
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Global Gap Year Fellowship Application Now Open

Feb 13 4:51pm Admissions Blog – UNC Admissions
Are you an admitted student interested in taking a gap year and enriching your life before... The post Global Gap Year Fellowship Application Now Open appeared first on UNC Admissions.
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5 Things To Do Before Committing to a College

Feb 13 1:53pm Blog – JLV College Counseling
5 Things To Do Before Committing to a College...
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What Is a Research University?

Feb 13 12:37pm The College Solution
Most students who hope to earn a bachelor’s degree will enroll at a university. The schools that students dream of attending are almost always research universities. It’s far less common for teenagers to end up at a college. I find that reality unfortunate because a college can often provide a better education for undergraduates than […] The post What Is a Research University? appeared first on The College Solution.
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Lehigh University Plans Building Boom as St. Josephs College Closes

Feb 13 12:23pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
Lehigh University aims to grow, while St. Joseph's College closes its doors.
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Calhoun College at Yale

Feb 13 12:20pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Calhoun College at Yale Calhoun College at Yale University, named after John C. Calhoun, the seventh vice president in American history, will be renamed after Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, it was announced today. Calhoun was an ardent supporter of slavery and so many in the Yale community, over the years but particularly over the Read More Ivy Coach...
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Why I Love Teaching the SAT and ACT: Part 1

Feb 13 11:49am College: Admission Possible
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we at Kaplan are passionate about one thing: test prep! We interviewed elite SAT/ACT Kaplan instructor Stephanie Jolly to find out what subject she just loves to teach and what topics her students simply love to review. Stephanie, you enthusiastically teach all components of the SAT and […] The post Why I Love Teaching the SAT and ACT: Part 1 appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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