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Four College Admissions Myths and Reality

Conventional wisdom from friends and family on the college admissions process is often wrong. Four common college admissions myths and the truth follow. College Admission Myth One: It Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College A common refrain from peers and sometimes parents is that education is basically the same everywhere and you will get […]

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How to prepare for your college admissions interview

College interviews are often an integral part of the application process at colleges with competitive admissions processes. College admissions interviews don’t have to be tough! Here’s some help for that all important admissions interview. Four ideas for a successful admissions interview follow. 1. Be an Interesting Interviewee by Getting Out of the Typical Teen-Age Comfort […]

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The Best Ways to Write a Strong College Admissions Essay

(Ten Recommendations for Writing a Strong College Admissions Essay) The prospect of writing multiple college admissions essays may appear to be overwhelming. It can be managed effectively, however, with organization and deliberation. Recommendations which will assist you in writing strong admissions essays follow. 1. At the Start of the Process, Make a Chart of Required […]

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The Best Tips for Choosing a College

Families are bombarded these days with fancy brochures, slick web-sites, and savvy college representatives singing the praises of their institutions. How do you separate hype from reality and focus on what is really important in a college education? Seven recommendations for choosing colleges the right way follow. 1. Avoid Official Campus Tours and Class-room Visits, […]

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How do the best colleges select applicants for admissions?

So, what are the standards for choosing students to gain admission? And how do the best colleges select applicants – what criteria is applied in the admissions process? There are different college application admissions systems, but elite national institutions generally use the following criteria: 1. Grades and Rigor of Course Work (Honors, Advanced Placement, and […]

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Advice for High School Freshman on College Preparation

Here are some helpful tips for high school freshmen: You have just entered high school and you’re overwhelmed by the number of students, all of those course options, and more clubs than you could have imagined. Settle down a little and after you’ve found your feet, it’s time to start preparing for the future. An […]

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How Much Can You Earn Over A Lifetime With Your Degree?

A recently released study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and The Work-Force traces median life-time earnings by highest educational attainment. Results of this study follow. Median Life-Time Earnings by Highest Educational Attainment: Less Than High School $973,000 High School Diploma $1,304,000 Some College/No Degree $1,547,000 Associates Degree $1,727,000 Bachelor’s Degree $2,268,000 Masters Degree $2,671,000 […]

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Score Choice on the Common App: New Version!

Change in Question on Test Scores on the Common Application The Common Application, now accepted by 415 schools, provides students with the opportunity to submit one application as opposed to individual applications for each school. This year’s version of the Common Application went live on the web on July 31 and includes a change in […]

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What High School Juniors Should Do to Prepare for College Applications

High School Junior Year College Application To-Do List As the academic year approaches, it’s time for rising juniors to start thinking about their college application to-do list. A list of steps to be taken follows. Throughout your junior year: -Find a test preparation and college advising service such as Top Test Prep to begin early […]

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The Top 10 Graduation Rates for America’s Most Competitive Colleges and Universities

A recent American Enterprise Institute study identified the highest and lowest graduation rates for America’s institutions of higher learning. It’s “most competitive college” category consisted of colleges requiring “high school rank in the top 10-20 percent, grade point averages of a B+ to an A, and median test scores between 655-800 on the SAT and […]

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