Saying No to a Dream College

Apr 24 5:11pm The College Solution
Will your child end up going to his or her dream school? The odds are that your child won’t if the college or university is a rankings alpha dog. And that’s especially true if you don’t enjoy a powerful hook such as being a celebrity or a one-percenter kid, a legacy or an athlete. The […] The post Saying No to a Dream College appeared first on The College Solution.
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School Spotlight: University of New Mexico

Apr 24 3:55pm 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 New Mexico appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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On Track to College: How to Teach Children about Higher Education

Apr 24 12:43pm Peterson's Blog
Most parents want their children to go to college. Unfortunately, figuring out how to talk to them about it can be difficult. Fortunately, there are three things you can do to make sure your child is taught about higher education in a way that will help you both. Set Expectations What does higher education mean to your family? It can be difficult for a child to start thinking about college if he or she hasn’t had anyone to model expectations. If you expect that your child will go to college, start talking about it early More…...
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College Visit Tip: Go Off Course and Script

Apr 24 10:40am Blog – JLV College Counseling
Official college tours are great, but things will be left out. Go off course and script to learn more about the colleges you are considering.
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A busy bees guide to surviving the city

Apr 24 9:00am NYU Admissions Blog
During my three years at NYU, I have kept myself extremely busy: I’ve taken 18 units every semester and held internships and on-campus jobs since freshman year. I’ve also spent the past seven months as an RA, on top of the … Continue reading →...
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Celebrating Allison Legge 2017 Massey Award Winner!

Apr 24 8:56am Admissions Blog – UNC Admissions
“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve,” said Chancellor Folt, quoting Martin Luther King, Jr.,... The post Celebrating Allison Legge – 2017 Massey Award Winner! appeared first on UNC Admissions.
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Scholarship Spotlight: Pink Tractor Scholarship

Apr 23 3:44pm 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: Pink Tractor Scholarship appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Scholarship Saturday April 22, 2017

Apr 22 8:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
This edition of Scholarship Saturday features 127 college scholarships and contests closing soon. There is a lot of scholarship money available – apply today!...
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Top 4 Reasons a Medical Degree Is an Excellent Education Choice

Apr 21 2:06pm Peterson's Blog
When a child gets asked about what they’d like to be when they grow up, a common answer is a doctor. When the follow-up question is asked, a child usually reasons that doctors help people. This is what makes this career path attractive to many. Well, this is true. Doctors do a lot to help people and a medical degree is an excellent educational choice to consider if you’d like to work in health care. There are plenty of reasons why it’s a great idea to pursue a medical degree as an educational option. Consider More…...
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Will Dual-Enrollment Student Lose Out on Freshman Scholarships?

Apr 21 11:46am Ask The Dean
Question: I am finishing 10th grade now and am planning to take Dual Credit courses at a community college next year, but some friends have told me that if I take these courses, I could lose the chance to get some scholarships in my first college year. This because of the fact that when I... READ MORE » The post Will Dual-Enrollment Student Lose Out on Freshman Scholarships? appeared first on Ask The Dean.
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Considering an Education in Law? 5 Things to Know First

Apr 21 10:00am Blog – JLV College Counseling
Are you considering law school? Guest Blogger Dixie Somer shares five things to know about when thinking about law school...
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10 Signs You Belong at NYU

Apr 21 9:00am NYU Admissions Blog
So. You’ve written the essays, taken the SATs, and sent off all your applications. You’ve waited (and waited, and waited, and waited) around for those dreaded admissions letters. And finally, the day came–you’re admitted to NYU!   Now what?! Looking … Continue reading →...
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The Magic is in You (Part 2 of 2)

Apr 21 8:37am Georgia Tech Admission Blog
In case you’re just joining us: to recap our Disney trip: we had a plan, we had a vision, and ultimately our experience was completely different than what we thought our day would look like. You can read the details of that in Part 1, but the bottom line is while our day diverged from our initial concept, it was indeed magical, largely because our kids were thrilled with rides and experiences that we had not included in our original plan. That being said, if you are a parent of a senior and you’ve had less than a Disney-rific college admission experience, this blog’s for you (isn’t that how the saying goes?). Anyway, we’re going to keep it very simple: One question, one favor, and one suggestion. A Question:  Who is more disappointed, angry, hurt, frustrated or embarrassed? Space Mountain is closed. Repeat: Space Mountain is closed. It’s tough to watch your kid cry. It’s tough to see others walk onto the ride who are no smarter or capable or talented. I get that. But before you go berating a “gate agent” or calling the folks you know “at Disney” or pulling out a checkbook or making threats and spewing […]...
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How Much is too Much to Borrow for College?

Apr 20 8:46pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
It’s a great question, isn’t it? I’m sure many students are asking themselves this question right now, as they compare aid offers and decide where to enroll. Unfortunately, I can’t answer it for you—only you and your parents can make a decision about how much is too much for you and your family to borrow. [...] The post How Much is too Much to Borrow for College? appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Inside Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania; Plus, Finance and Admissions Listener Questions

Apr 20 4:23pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
Admissions, Penn Style Ever wonder how admission officers at the most selective universities read applications? In the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Elizabeth Heaton launched the second installment in the series looking at how admissions decisions are made at a variety of institutions. To help her discuss admissions at the [...] The post Inside Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania; Plus, Finance and Admissions Listener Questions appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Guest Blog: The Campus Experience

Apr 20 3:27pm Undergraduate Admission Blog
Hi everyone!  Check out this week’s blog from a current USC student majoring in Dance in the Kaufman School.  Our students find tons of ways to get involved whether they are dancers, engineers, or philosophy majors.  Rebecca’s experience mirrors many of our students throughout every college at USC.  Check it out and enjoy!...
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Yale-NUS

Apr 20 1:38pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Yale-NUS Yale-NUS College, which is based in Singapore, recently reported that its admission rate — not for the Class of 2021 but for the Class of 2020 (hey, they’re a bit behind with their announcements…it takes a while for word to travel from Singapore maybe?) stood at 5\%. In all, students Read More Ivy Coach...
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Transfer Admissions What you need to know

Apr 20 11:27am The Vandy Admissions Blog
We are thrilled to have just sent out our first wave of transfer decisions yesterday – congratulations to our newly admitted Commodores! Your stories, life experiences, academic achievements, and potential to contribute to our campus community were exciting to see in your applications. You possess many of the same impressive traits we see in our...
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8 Tips for an Excellent Dissertation Proposal

Apr 20 11:00am Peterson's Blog
The dissertation proposal is a notice of the intention to conduct a research. Students with research courses prepare dissertation proposals the previous semester. They get the approval for doing the research if they satisfy the required criteria. The tutor you get will be responsible for recommending corrections if there are errors. Undertaking research can be a daunting task and it dictates that a student should prepare well enough. Objectivity of the research is outlined by how well the proposal is prepared and presented. This process can be quite challenging to a lot of students, especially More…...
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My Daughters College Admissions Journey

Apr 20 10:29am College: Admission Possible
After a year plus-long process of preparing for the SAT and ACT—numerous visits to U.S. News & World Report’s ranking site, writing and rewriting the application essay, and securing letters of recommendation from the teachers who know her best—my daughter made her choice of what college to attend. In the fall, she will be part […] The post My Daughter’s College Admissions Journey appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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13 Reasons Why Parents Should Pay Attention

Apr 19 2:04pm Parents Countdown to College Coach
My teenagers are now adults. Thankfully, they both survived being a teenager and came through it unscathed. I was never more thankful than after I watched “13 Reasons Why”. This is not an entertainment review blog. That’s not the reason I’m discussing the Netflix series here today. Although it was an excellent series with some […]...
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Preparing Students for College

Apr 19 1:46pm Parents Countdown to College Coach
High school students have to be prepared before going to college. This period in the educational journey of students has to be productive enough to gain the right amount of knowledge and skills. College is the real thing. This is where the students will build their dreams. It is where they can look forward into […]...
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Graduating from College? How to Write a Cover Letter

Apr 19 12:33pm CollegeBasics.com Blog
The cover letter is not a formality. It is your first chance to stand out among those you’re vying with for a job. Employers do not look at your resume first; they look at your cover letter first, and that’s where you give them your fist impression. So how do you make a good first […]...
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Think of ACT / SAT Scores Like Another Class Rank

Apr 19 12:06pm College Prep Results
April ACT scores were released yesterday. I got a lot of emails and texts from students. Some were thrilled to share the good news; others wanted to make plans to improve when they retake the exam in June. I also got a lot of messages from parents wanting to know “is this score good enough?” […]...
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Common App Essay: Choose Your Own Topic

Apr 19 12:03pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
Not sure what to write about for your Common Application college essay? Never fear: you can write about virtually anything--as long as your essay contains fundamental elements. Read Mark's tips here.
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15 things to do after submitting your tuition deposit

Apr 19 10:55am Blog – JLV College Counseling
You've submitted your deposit - now what?...
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So you want to be a woman in STEM?

Apr 19 9:00am NYU Admissions Blog
I was the girl who got a chemistry set when she was 10, and spent weeks viewing dirt samples under a microscope and counting constellations. The girl who got 1st place at the fifth grade science fair because she spent hours recording … Continue reading →...
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Should You Pursue the College Dream at All Costs?

Apr 18 9:08pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
As students make sense of the admission decisions they’ve received these past few weeks, some families might be feeling not only excitement but dread—excitement for prospective dreams fulfilled, but dread when contemplating the cost. Numbers once considered hypotheticals are now becoming hard and fast expenses. While we’re often told, “pursue the dream and things will [...] The post Should You Pursue the College Dream at All Costs? appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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I Got My Test Score BackNow What?

Apr 18 12:55pm College: Admission Possible
It’s April, and you’re finally getting your SAT/ACT test scores back. You’re either super excited about how you’ve done or are thinking of ways to do better. Either way, be sure to give yourself a pat on the back for even getting through it. No matter what test score you received, you’re awesome for taking […] The post I Got My Test Score Back…Now What? appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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Great College Essay Advice for the Common App The Personal Growth Prompt

Apr 18 12:10pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
Mark offers expert college essay advice. Here he dissects the Common Application prompt focused on an accomplishment, event, or realization that led to personal growth.
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Great College Essay Advice for the Captivating Activity Prompt

Apr 18 11:50am Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
Great College Essays start with great topics. Here Mark decodes the Common Application prompt that focuses on an interest that you find particularly captivating.
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6 Tips for Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay

Apr 18 11:15am Parents Countdown to College Coach
Essays are the mainstay of scholarship applications, and being able to write essays that stand out and woo the reader are key to winning scholarships. Scholarship essays aren’t the typical English class essay, though. You don’t get a grade based on your work, there are no good efforts in scholarship writing; you either get the […]...
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New York Just Became the First State to Offer Free-Tuition for College

Apr 18 10:45am Blogs – College Raptor Blog
  Last week, at a news conference in Albany, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of a bill that will bring free tuition at four-year state universities and colleges to some Empire State families. Backed by prominent politicians, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Cuomo touted the program as a stepping …...
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Prepping for College: How to Ready Yourself for Choosing a Degree

Apr 18 10:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
Guest Blogger Kara Masterson gives some tips to make sure you are choosing the right major.
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Brown University Letter

Apr 18 10:28am Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Brown University Letter It’s no secret that America’s universities tend to be liberal. And it is not secret that the Ivy League universities are among the most liberal of the bunch. Does that mean that these institutions don’t seek out opposing viewpoints? They certainly do. Admissions officers at Ivy League colleges are drawn to Read More Ivy Coach...
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College Admissions: Profiting From Rejections

Apr 18 9:09am Blog – Top Tier Admissions
Receiving a rejection letter is bad enough but then you recall the amount of money you doled out during the college admissions cycle and the taste in your mouth turns sourer. And for good reason… Nationally, college applicants and their […] The post College Admissions: Profiting From Rejections appeared first on Top Tier Admissions.
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Do Your Summer Plans Include Taking the SAT?

Apr 17 5:47pm Blog – Compass Education Group
Calendaring test dates can involve navigating a tricky set of logistical challenges. Getting it right is an important strategic component of good test preparation and guidance. As the inaugural “Summer...
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10 Study Hacks That Will Help You Ace Your Final Exams

Apr 17 4:42pm Peterson's Blog
Every student knocks just how much the stress piles on when it comes up to exam times. The classic method of coping is drinking mountains of energy drinks and staying up for hours on end, but what if there were some more productive, and healthy, hacks that can help you ace your exams? These 10 study hacks might just be perfect for you. 1. Reward Yourself Rewarding yourself is a really important trick when you’re studying. When you know you are going to reward yourself, you give yourself something to work towards. So when you’re More…...
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School Spotlight: DePauw University

Apr 17 4:40pm 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: DePauw University appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Five Fabulous College Campus Spring Traditions

Apr 17 3:57pm Blogs – College Raptor Blog
Every school has their own set of traditions throughout the year. We’ve talked about some of the stranger ones, and many of the holiday ones. Here are some that occur in the spring semester. Liquid Latex at Brandeis University – Waltham, Massachusetts This tradition has been going on for over 15 years at Brandeis University. …...
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Sending a Deposit While on a Wait-List

Apr 17 2:21pm Ask The Dean
Question: My daughter is on a wait list at her first-choice college which, in recent years, has accepted a number of students from this list. But she has been told not to expect an update until after May 1. Meanwhile, she is supposed to make a deposit at her #2 college by May 1. Can... READ MORE » The post Sending a Deposit While on a Wait-List appeared first on Ask The Dean.
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Write a Great College Essay for the Common Application: The Solve a Problem Prompt

Apr 17 12:11pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
What problems interest you? Why do these problems interest you? Answer these questions in a great college essay for the Common Application.
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2017-2018 Common App Changes

Apr 17 11:42am Ivy Coach Blog – Ivy Coach
2017-2018 Common App Changes We previously reported on the change to the Common Application Personal Statement prompt for the 2017-2018 college admissions cycle. Common App. decided to bring back the “topic of your choice” prompt. We’re still applauding. It was the right move, Common App. You did good, you did good. But we figured we’d report on Read More Ivy Coach...
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ScholarPrep 5 Day Challenge for Parents and Students

Apr 17 10:45am Parents Countdown to College Coach
  Every parent wants to know how to help their college-bound teen with college prep. But where do you begin and what steps should you take to help? Jordan Schanda, Founder and Owner of ScholarPrep, has created a FREE 5 day challenge for parents and students to help them stand out on their college application. […]...
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Why Having A Mentor In College Is So Important

Apr 17 10:36am Blogs – College Raptor Blog
A mentor can have an indelible impact on the life of a student in many different ways. Check out some of the reasons why having a mentor in college is so important. Gives Your Confidence A Boost When You Need It Most With a rigid curriculum, nonstop exams and assignments, and plenty of studying, it’s …...
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5 Reasons to Notify Colleges You Will Not Be Attending

Apr 17 10:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
There are more reasons than being the nice thing to do.
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Finding Your Community Through Service

Apr 17 9:00am NYU Admissions Blog
On December 13th, 2013, I received my offer of admission to NYU–and I knew that my life would never be the same. While the classes I have taken, the clubs I am active in, and the all-nighters I have pulled … Continue reading →...
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The Productivity Project (Ep. 155)

Apr 17 7:00am Blog – College Info Geek
In this episode, we’re talking about 6 lessons we learned from reading Chris Bailey’s The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy. Consider this the podcast sequel to the 5 Lessons I Learned from “The Productivity Project” by Chris Bailey video. Featured Book The main thesis of Chris’ book is that […] RSS is cool and all, but you can also view the original post here: The Productivity Project (Ep. 155)...
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Scholarship Spotlight: Life is Good T-Shirt Art Contest

Apr 16 9:10am 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: Life is Good T-Shirt Art Contest appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Dartmouth College May Have Found a Way to Eliminate Fraternities

Apr 15 7:42pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
Mark reports on the possible demise of the fraternity system at Dartmouth, based on a recent ruling by the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
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Brown Class of 2021

Apr 15 10:52am Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Brown Class of 2021 In the Regular Decision round, 2,027 students were offered admission to Brown University to be members of the Brown Class of 2021. It was a banner year for the Providence, Rhode Island-based university with a Regular Decision admit rate of 6.5\% and an overall admit rate of 8.3\% (including Early Read More Ivy Coach...
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Seriously, Who Gets Into Harvard? Part 3

Apr 15 9:09am The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
If you’ve been following Elizabeth Heaton’s Huffington Post series Who Gets Into Harvard?, you know that a stellar high school transcript and equally compelling standardized test scores are crucial ingredients in a successful bid for admission to an Ivy League college, but are high grades and SAT scores enough?  No.  The most selective colleges are [...] The post Seriously, Who Gets Into Harvard? Part 3 appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Mom, Can You Pick Me Up? Im Scared: My #NYUDay1

Apr 15 9:00am NYU Admissions Blog
I dreamt of going to NYU since I was a sophomore in high school and went on my first tour. My room was plastered with photos and words cut from admissions brochures–I went to bed every night under a map … Continue reading →...
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Scholarship Saturday April 15, 2017

Apr 15 8:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
This edition of Scholarship Saturday features 110 college scholarships and contests closing soon. There is a lot of scholarship money available – apply today!...
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What To Do If You Dont Know What To Major In

Apr 14 4:14pm Blogs – College Raptor Blog
You’re heading to college in a few months and you’re not quite sure what subject to major in. A lot of students actually find themselves in this position but you do have a few options! Here are just a few you might want to consider: Go Undeclared or Declare a Major and Change It Later …...
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Top Tier Admissions Success Story: Getting Into Yale

Apr 14 3:51pm Blog – Top Tier Admissions
We’re always delighted and thrilled when our students get into their school(s) of choice!  The many college applicants who have worked with us here at Top Tier Admissions can be very enthusiastic about their Ivy League acceptances too, like this Application […] The post Top Tier Admissions Success Story: Getting Into Yale appeared first on Top Tier Admissions.
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Why The New August SAT Test Date Is Awesome

Apr 14 3:05pm Blog - Streamline Tutors
The new August SAT date is awesome news for some students. Not only does it give students the opportunity to fully commit to prepping over the summer, but it also offers relief to a number of students in specific situations.
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College Admission for Student with No Foreign Language Classes

Apr 14 2:51pm Ask The Dean
Question: When I was in 9th grade, I had a rough year, earning mostly C’s and D’s, and was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. My school and I ruled that taking a language freshman year played a major part in my low grades, and I avoided languages ever since. I have since earned mostly high... READ MORE » The post College Admission for Student with No Foreign Language Classes appeared first on Ask The Dean.
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Asian American Discrimination in Admissions

Apr 14 1:02pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Asian American Discrimination in Admissions Bev Taylor, Founder of Ivy Coach, published a piece yesterday up on “The Huffington Post” that focuses on how the strategy that Asian American organizations are employing to go about trying to end the discrimination that Asian American applicants face in highly selective college admissions is not the correct strategy. Read More Ivy Coach...
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Write a Great College Essay for the Common Application About a Belief or Idea

Apr 14 12:15pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
How do your beliefs and ideas shape who you are as a person? The Common Application prompt that focuses on how those beliefs or ideas were challenged can reveal a lot about you.
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