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College Campus Tours: Are They Useful?

You’ve looked through the brochures.  You’ve seen all the campus pictures. You’ve read the U.S. News college rankings.  So why bother scheduling a campus tour when you’ve read everything about the colleges you’re applying to?  Believe it or not, seeing the college campus for yourself can determine whether or not it’s the right fit for […]

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I finally submitted my college applications! Now what?

    The essays are done. The scores are in. Your college application is signed, sealed, and delivered to the schools of your dreams. And now, the hard part. The wait until Spring for college decisions may seem overwhelming, but there are a few things you should do in the meantime. Maybe they’ll take your […]

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Meet the SAT Subject Tests, aka SAT II’s

With the SAT coming up, students may also be contemplating about taking the SAT II‘s.  What are these exams, and how are they different from the SAT? SAT Subject Tests, also known as SAT II’s, are one-hour multiple-choice exams offered by the College Board, the same company that brought you the infamous SAT.  Each exam […]

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How to Highlight Your Other Strengths to Admissions Officials

It’s a common experience: Some students study as hard as they can and can’t seem to raise their standardized test scores. Luckily, college admissions officers take a holistic review of your accomplishments. There’s no need to apologize or make excuses for your standardized test scores. By emphasizing your strengths in other sections of your application, […]

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Planning Your Senior Year of High School

There’s a lot going on during everyone’s senior year of high school, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed. While you have some free time this summer, take a minute to plan out your college admissions calendar, paying attention to the application deadlines at the colleges on your list. Here is a basic outline of the […]

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3 Mistakes to Avoid in Private School Admissions Essays

Private school admissions essays can seem daunting, but avoiding these most common pitfalls will get you through the process with ease. The most common mistake is when students attempt to tailor their application to show that they are the type of student the admissions committee seeks. What they often fail to realize is that admissions […]

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Can I Get Into College If I Can’t Afford Tuition?

College can get expensive. According to the College Board, a moderate college budget for an in-state public college is $22,261. That figure rises to $43,289 for a private college. These numbers can be intimidating, and some prospective students find these figures to be deterrents from applying, believing that they would not be accepted to a […]

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3 Mistakes to Avoid in College Admissions Essays

3 Mistakes to Avoid in College Admissions Essays Over the years, colleges have dramatically changed the formats for their admissions essays. Whether your dream college asks you to write a lot of short ones or a few long ones, make sure you keep these tips in mind so that you avoid some of the most […]

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3 Tips for Your Secondary Medical School Applications

With medical school application season in full swing, anxiety levels are noticeably high–I can personally attest to the stress of waking up for two months with the “Did I get an interview e-mail?!” alarm going off in my head. As you start putting together your secondary applications, there are some core principles you should follow. Now, I’m […]

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What ACT Score Do I Need? The Magic Number

More and more, colleges are beginning to consider students holistically. Admissions committees acknowledge and reward a breadth of interests, like athletic achievement, artistic endeavors, or other activities. Your application includes a variety of information: personal statements, academic records, and recommendations all play important roles. In light of this, you may wonder how important are your […]

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