American Grad Students Studying Abroad

Mar 23 7:12pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
American Grad Students Studying Abroad Ivy Coach is featured in today’s “Wall Street Journal.” A piece by Jillian Berman entitled “For U.S. grad Students, Overseas Schools Beckon” focuses on how some American students have chosen to pursue graduate degrees outside of the United States. And why? Because there are more English-language graduate school programs abroad Read More Ivy Coach...
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GUEST BLOG: March is my Favorite Month

Mar 23 6:19pm Undergraduate Admission Blog
So much happens in March. Not only do we spend much of the month meeting with high school juniors during their spring breaks, but we’re also on the road ourselves, visiting high schools, as well as reading and discussing applications; which is why I’m writing today. You heard it here first: USC admission decisions are in the mail and most of our first-year applicants should receive an information packet or letter from us within the next 48-72 hours.
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Fun Spring Activities on College Campuses

Mar 23 3:43pm Blogs – College Raptor Blog
The sun is shining, the weather is warming up, and it’s time to get outdoors! Being active, especially on campus, is what spring is all about! If you’re ready to get some fresh air and help bring in the sunshine at your school, here are nine spring activity ideas to get you started. Spring Cleaning …...
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Luck and Friendship

Mar 23 9:00am NYU Admissions Blog
Let’s talk about serendipity. Serendipity is: a) a fairly well-known movie with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale that takes place partially in… b) the restaurant Serendipity 3, an NYC landmark I highly recommend, and c) an aptitude for making desirable … Continue reading →...
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Exploring State Systems: SUNY Plus Listener Q&A

Mar 22 8:21pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Beth Heaton welcomed guests to talk about both the SUNY (State University New York) system and to answer our listener’s questions. SUNY System First, Beth welcomed College Coach educator Lisa Albro to explore the public universities in the state of New York. The [...] The post Exploring State Systems: SUNY – Plus Listener Q&A appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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International Applicants to US Universities

Mar 22 2:15pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
International Applicants to US Universities Over the years, folks have written in with comments to our posts about international applicants to U.S. universities in which they’ve argued that international applicants make it more difficult for American applicants to get into America’s most highly selective universities. Some of these folks articulate that it’s unfair these international Read More Ivy Coach...
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MIT Admissions and Superheroes

Mar 22 1:52pm Educational Consultant and College Planner | Great College Advice
You don’t have to be a superhero to get into MIT, but you might have a classmate who is! Each year, MIT produces a video to let applicants know when admissions letters will be delivered. The videos are released on March 14 (3/14… also known as Pi Day), and this year’s features someone that comic […]...
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9 Reasons Not To Choose a College

Mar 22 12:58pm Blog – JLV College Counseling
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Dos and Donts for Writing Your College Application Essay

Mar 22 11:33am Peterson's Blog
Too often are college application essays neglected for their role in the admission process, while all of the focus is put on the student’s grades and tests scores. But your application essay can actually play a pivotal role as it gives the admission board a sense of who you are, reveals why you’re motivated and what sets you aside from all the other top scorers and exemplary students. You should consider your application as a chance to present yourself and the elements that make you truly unique. While most colleges require only one essay, depending More…...
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College Admissions Tests

Mar 22 11:03am CollegeBasics.com Blog
SAT and ACT scores are very important in the college admission process. But, while students are taking these tests which will help determine their futures, they are also keeping up their grades, staying involved with activities, trying to enjoy their senior year, and doing all the other things required to apply to colleges. How can […]...
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A Beginners Guide To Money Management In College

Mar 22 10:09am Blogs – College Raptor Blog
Your first few months of college can be a whirlwind of emotions and activity, especially if you’ve never lived away from home before. You’ll find yourself solely responsible for your time, your work, your meals, and—perhaps most importantly—your money. The stereotype of the “broke college student” might be as old as the institution of college …...
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Kaplan Survey: Parents May Be Too Involved in College Admissions

Mar 22 8:30am College: Admission Possible
If you’re a parent of a future college applicant, or your child is about to start hearing back from the colleges to which he or she applied, college admission officers have some advice for you: Let your child sit in the driver’s seat. In a recent Kaplan Test Prep survey of admissions officers from over […] The post Kaplan Survey: Parents May Be Too Involved in College Admissions appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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Youre In! Now What?! 3.22.17

Mar 22 7:00am The College Planning Blog
By Peter Van Buskirk Within the next week, the annual college admission lottery will finally be played out. After months of waiting, most applicants will find out where they have been admitted to college. And, by the time all of the mail is open, you should have options—quality options. Some will include scholarships or special [...]...
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[Video] Top Things to Do on a College Tour

Mar 21 8:37pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
A lot of families of high schoolers take advantage of spring vacation weeks to visit college campuses.  For high school juniors and their parents, this may be the last opportunity they have to visit campuses while school is actually in session before applying to colleges in the fall.  So what’s a student to do with [...] The post [Video] Top Things to Do on a College Tour appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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MIT Class of 2021

Mar 21 5:52pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
MIT Class of 2021 Decisions are out for the MIT Class of 2021. College admissions enthusiasts know that decisions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology come out annually at the same exact time on the same exact date (Pi Day). After all, MIT is a fairly renowned institution when it comes to mathematics so Read More Ivy Coach...
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Join Us for Kaplans ACT Prepathon and Train Your Brain for Test Day

Mar 21 11:29am College: Admission Possible
As you’re gearing up for ACT Test Day, Kaplan is here to help you get in the best possible shape with a full day devoted to intense ACT training. To make sure you’re you’re in a competitive position for the April 8 administration of the ACT, join us this Saturday, March 25, beginning at 12 p.m. ET for our free, […] The post Join Us for Kaplan’s ACT Prepathon and Train Your Brain for Test Day appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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School Spotlight: Millsaps College

Mar 20 9:28pm 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: Millsaps College appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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If You Didnt Have to Repay Student Loans, What Fun Things Would You Do with Your Money?

Mar 20 5:15pm Blogs – College Raptor Blog
Student loans can be harsh. The average debt for college students is currently up to $37,000. But if that were all suddenly forgiven, what would you do with the money? That amount could easily purchase a new car, or put a down payment on a house. But let’s have some fun and see what $37,000 …...
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Admission Testing Resources Quick Reference

Mar 20 4:48pm Blog – Compass Education Group
The following is a quick reference guide to Compass admission testing resources: 1. Guide to Testing This 80+ page free resource serves as a single source of answers for any...
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15 Helpful Online Writing Tools for Students

Mar 20 11:11am Blogs – College Raptor Blog
Talent and effort are two major features of every successful writer. It goes without saying that if you want to write a good piece you need to have some talent and invest a lot of effort into your work. Also, you need to have an extensive vocabulary and your grammar has to be on a …...
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15 Questions to Ask About Financial Aid Before Committing to a College

Mar 20 10:51am Blog – JLV College Counseling
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Women: Advance your Career before Donning the Cap and Gown

Mar 20 10:26am Peterson's Blog
For most college students, graduation can’t come soon enough. This is especially true for young women eager to show the men of the world that they are every bit as capable in their chosen careers. However, in a time when employment rates are at historic lows, snagging a position is easier said than done. On average, bachelor’s-degree-holding young adults job hunt for six months. In male-dominated industries, such as construction and finance, that search can last considerably longer. According to Kiplinger Editor Janet Bodnar, teenagers have difficulty walking into entry-level opportunities as many experienced candidates More…...
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You Can Afford to Catch Your Breath

Mar 20 9:00am NYU Admissions Blog
My three-year-old black Vans high-tops are, undeniably, the bane of my existence. They are tattered, unruly, and covered in dusty stains. The sole on the bottom of the right shoe is ripped in half. There are loose threads hanging from … Continue reading →...
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Mixing Paper and Digital Note-Taking Systems (Ep. 151)

Mar 20 7:00am Blog – College Info Geek
Sometimes it can feel like we wished for technology on a monkey’s paw. We have untold connectivity and conveniences, but we’ve traded a lot of focus and connection to the present. The simple pleasures and feedbacks of writing on paper, for example, are lost if you want the benefits of near-unlimited storage and searchability. Or […] RSS is cool and all, but you can also view the original post here: Mixing Paper and Digital Note-Taking Systems (Ep. 151)...
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Scholarship Spotlight: American Fire Sprinkler Association

Mar 19 4:34pm 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: American Fire Sprinkler Association appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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A Hero of March Madness

Mar 18 3:57pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
A Hero of March Madness Regular readers of our college admissions blog know that we write about March Madness because how deep a team advances in the NCAA Tournament can have a major impact on the university’s application numbers the subsequent admissions cycle. So to all you Northwestern fans, you bet we anticipate a surge Read More Ivy Coach...
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Scholarship Saturday March 18, 2017

Mar 18 8:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
This edition of Scholarship Saturday features 125 college scholarships and contests closing soon. There is a lot of scholarship money available – apply today!...
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GMAT Tip of the Week: The Song Remains the Same

Mar 17 9:05pm Veritas Prep Blog
Welcome back to hip hop month in the GMAT Tip of the Week space, where we’re constantly asking ourselves, “Wait, Read more » The post GMAT Tip of the Week: The Song Remains the Same appeared first on Veritas Prep Blog.
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Do You Need Luck to Get Into College?

Mar 17 3:00pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
It’s that time of year again: people wearing green and raving about the luck of the Irish, as the celebration of St. Patrick makes everyone nostalgic for the leprechaun and his pot of gold. With admissions decisions coming out shortly, luck starts cropping up in our conversations here at College Coach as well. “She’s so [...] The post Do You Need Luck to Get Into College? appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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International Applicant Numbers

Mar 17 1:59pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
International Applicant Numbers There was a piece in “The New York Times” yesterday by Stephanie Saul that focused on the impact of the Trump presidency on the wave of international applicants coming to American universities. In the piece entitled “Amid ‘Trump Effect’ Fear, 40\% of Colleges See Dip in Foreign Applicants,” Saul writes Read More Ivy Coach...
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Moving To College? 4 Necessities You May Not Have Thought Of

Mar 17 10:30am Blog – JLV College Counseling
When packing for college, don't forget these commonly forgotten items - Guest blog by Emma Sturgis...
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Surprising Insights from the 2018 U.S. News Ranking of Top Business Schools: Stanford Drops to #4

Mar 16 6:52pm Veritas Prep Blog
Admit it: In today’s online world, we just can’t peel ourselves away from top-10 lists of anything! And the world Read more » The post Surprising Insights from the 2018 U.S. News Ranking of Top Business Schools: Stanford Drops to #4 appeared first on Veritas Prep Blog.
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Determine Your Future Path by Trusting Your Instincts

Mar 16 5:36pm College: Admission Possible
At some point in your high school development, you may have been told to follow your dreams—but it can be a challenge to know exactly how to do that. It’s easy to get lost in the ambient noise and forget how to listen to your own instincts. I’ve spent most of my academic life pursuing goals I didn’t […] The post Determine Your Future Path by Trusting Your Instincts appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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Turning a Bad Semester Around Before Its Over

Mar 16 5:31pm Blogs – College Raptor Blog
It doesn’t matter what point you’re at, sometimes life gets in the way. When you’re in school – whether it’s junior high, high school, or college – this can have a detrimental effect on your grades. Maybe you had to miss classes because of mono, or a close family member died, or your mental health …...
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A New Approach to College Funding to Pay for College

Mar 16 5:07pm Parents Countdown to College Coach
With the season of acceptance letters upon us, it’s nerve-racking enough wondering where students are going to be spending the next several years of their lives. Worrying about how to pay for college shouldn’t have to be a part of it. This is where TakesaVillage.com steps in. As a new and innovative college funding website, […]...
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How to Network in High School and College

Mar 16 4:53pm Blogs – College Raptor Blog
Networking is often a tool used by professionals, but it’s never too early to start building connections. High school and college can present plenty of opportunities to network. Here are some tips to start furthering your career before you’ve even earned your Bachelor’s. Network with Parents’ Friends and Friends’ Parents While you’re still in high …...
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Donors to Stanford

Mar 16 3:04pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Donors to Stanford We know we’re a bit late to the party with our comments on Malcom Gladwell’s three-part series related to colleges and college admissions on his “Revisionist History” podcast but we figure better late than never, right? His July 2016 episode entitled “My Little Hundred Million” is wonderfully entertaining and we Read More Ivy Coach...
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UPenn Makes Admissions Decisions in 4 Minutes

Mar 16 2:28pm Blog – Top Tier Admissions
We’ve been saying for years that admissions officers have about 5-18 minutes MAX to review an application. Every year parents and students are quite surprised to hear this. In years past the process has been that one officer typically does the […] The post UPenn Makes Admissions Decisions in 4 Minutes appeared first on Top Tier Admissions.
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The Waitlist well.

Mar 16 12:35pm Georgia Tech Admission Blog
Freshman admission decisions are out at Tech, and will soon be out at many other schools across the nation (if not already). As we mentioned in last week’s blog, emotions run high during this time of year, and it can be a stressful time for students, families, counselors, and admission staff. When it comes to dealing with a decision of “waitlist,” there’s only so much to say… and last year Rick covered most of it in our 3-part series, “The Waitlist Sucks.” We hope you’ll check it out and learn more about the waitlist from college perspective, the student perspective, and tips on what to do next. The Waitlist Sucks If you would like to subscribe to receive blog entries when they post, please enter your email address above, or click the “Subscribe” button in the header at the top of this page. We also welcome comments or feedback @gtadmission on Twitter.
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Whats the Deal with TAs?

Mar 16 12:05pm Undergraduate Admission Blog
Ah, spring time! The lilies are blooming, the robins are singing, and many students are using their spring breaks to visit colleges. At nearly every one of the college information sessions you attend, you are likely to hear that ubiquitous phrase spoken with pride, “No courses are taught by TA’s!” This is a point commonly made by admissions representatives, so it made me wonder...what do TA’s actually do?? (And why are we supposed to dislike them?)...
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Simplify Your Education: 4 Tips for Easing School Stress

Mar 16 11:44am Peterson's Blog
Almost everyone finds school somewhat stressful, and managing stress is essential for success in both school and at work. However, there are ways to mitigate school-related stress and make difficult times a bit more tolerable. Here are four tips for easing school stress. 1. Set a Schedule Procrastination is the main enemy of students, even those earning advanced degrees. Treat school like a job, and force yourself to clock in at predetermined times. Cramming for tests can be exceedingly stressful, and feeling that you’re falling behind can cause you to fall in a vicious cycle More…...
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Finding My Team

Mar 16 9:00am NYU Admissions Blog
When you think of NYU, you probably don’t think of sports. Yes, it’s true that we don’t have a football team, and almost all of our varsity athletic teams are Division III (except NYU Fencing – they’re D I!). However, … Continue reading →...
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Deciding Between the SAT and ACT: Which Test is Right for You?

Mar 15 9:54pm Veritas Prep Blog
Choosing the right standardized test for you can make an enormous difference to your college application experience: working with subjects Read more » The post Deciding Between the SAT and ACT: Which Test is Right for You? appeared first on Veritas Prep Blog.
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Discussing: Scholarship Renewals, College Essays, and the New Common App Prompts

Mar 15 8:56pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
Beth Heaton returned as host for this episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, incorporating a wide range of timely topics. Covering information about scholarship renewal, the new Common Application essay prompts, and how to begin the essay writing process, this episode is packed full of great information! Renewing College Scholarships Did you know [...] The post Discussing: Scholarship Renewals, College Essays, and the New Common App Prompts appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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BCF Readers Forum 3.15.17

Mar 15 4:33pm 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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How to Be a Highly Successful Online College Student

Mar 15 3:00pm Peterson's Blog
Today, students have multiple opportunities to get higher education and now they don’t even need to move to another country to study at the university of their dreams. Online education diminishes all borders and reveals more opportunities to everyone. However, not all students use this opportunity. Most of them know about online education, but they don’t feel confident enough to study without visiting classes and directly interacting with the professors and other students. That’s why they give preference to classic education. For many students, interaction with students and professors is of the primary importance. They More…...
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Pitfalls of Student Loan Repayments

Mar 15 2:42pm CollegeBasics.com Blog
If you have Federal Student Loans, you are likely to be able to navigate the repayment system quite well. These loans come from the Department of Education and are serviced through the National Student Loan Data System. All you have to do is sign up online after you graduate. If you have private student loans, […]...
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Waitlisted Applicants

Mar 15 1:36pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Waitlisted Applicants After all of these months of waiting, it can be frustrating when students find out that they’ve been neither accepted nor denied admission. We feel for waitlisted applicants, students placed in limbo until the colleges to which they’ve applied are ready to render a verdict. But while the jury is Read More Ivy Coach...
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Meaningful Summer Experiences

Mar 15 12:00pm Blog – Admitster
Colleges are increasingly looking for students who have “real world” experiences, such as those who have pursued internships, interesting summer opportunities, and engagement with volunteer programs that have challenged them and fostered in them a greater sense of self-understanding and worldly awareness. Colleges are also increasingly valuing students who have an abundance of experience in... Read more...
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May 2017 Scholarships

Mar 15 11:35am Blog – JLV College Counseling
Big list of scholarships with May deadlines!...
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How to Pay for All Four Years of College

Mar 14 8:36pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
It’s that time of year again- families are receiving scholarship and financial aid awards and comparing net costs at different schools. And while it’s certainly important to read the fine print of an award letter, understanding what you are going to pay for one year is just the beginning. How do you make a financial [...] The post How to Pay for All Four Years of College appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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A Salute to Vassar College

Mar 14 5:26pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
A Salute to Vassar College We recently came across a podcast on college admissions that aired last year — and we just have to share it with our readers because it is, in a word, phenomenal. And do excuse us for being late to the dinner party on this one occasion. It’s the “Food Fight” Read More Ivy Coach...
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School Spotlight: University of Oklahoma

Mar 14 3:51pm 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 Oklahoma appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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3.14 Reasons to Love Pi

Mar 14 3:23pm Veritas Prep Blog
Every March 14, numerically expressed as 3/14, math nerds and test prep instructors celebrate the time-honored tradition of “Pi Day,” Read more » The post 3.14 Reasons to Love Pi appeared first on Veritas Prep Blog.
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SAT Subject Test Requirements and Recommendations

Mar 14 1:30pm Blog – Compass Education Group
Updates for the class of 2018 Brown University requires the SAT with writing or the ACT with writing. They recommend, but do not require, the submission of two SAT Subject Tests...
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Whats on Your Test Prep Pi Chart? Celebrate Pi Day with Kaplan

Mar 14 10:47am College: Admission Possible
Irrational or not, one of Kaplan’s favorite annual holidays is here—Pi Day, which falls every year on March 14, or 3.14. We know that studying for the SAT or ACT isn’t quite as easy as pie, but we’re doing our part to make it as irresistible, delectable, delicious, and mouthwatering as possible (are we stretching this metaphor?) […] The post What’s on Your Test Prep ‘Pi Chart’? Celebrate Pi Day with Kaplan appeared first on College: Admission Possible.
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Beware of Assuming in GMAT Critical Reasoning Options

Mar 13 9:08pm Veritas Prep Blog
Sometimes, while evaluating the answer choices in in strengthen/weaken questions, we unknowingly go beyond the options and make assumptions about what Read more » The post Beware of Assuming in GMAT Critical Reasoning Options appeared first on Veritas Prep Blog.
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FAFSA Security Issue: What Families Need to Know

Mar 13 8:17pm The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool: What You Need to Know The Department of Education Federal Student Aid (FSA) division announced late last week that they have temporarily shut down the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) option on the FAFSA.  The shutdown was in response to security concerns identified by the Internal Revenue Service and is [...] The post FAFSA Security Issue: What Families Need to Know appeared first on The Insider: Your Expert Guide to College Admissions.
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Highly Selective Colleges in March Madness

Mar 13 5:50pm Winning the College Admissions Game | The Ivy Coach Blog
Highly Selective Colleges in March Madness Each and every March, we write about college basketball. And why? Because a university’s success in March Madness can have a major impact on the school’s admissions statistics the subsequent admissions cycle. Should a powerhouse basketball program go out in the first round, applications are unlikely to spike the next year Read More Ivy Coach...
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