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Should You Complete an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program?

What Are Accelerated/Undergraduate Programs? Student interest in accelerated programs which offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees has increased exponentially in recent years. Spurred on by rising tuitions and pressures to establish academic specialties right off the bat, these programs often reduce the degree completion period by a year. At Drexel University in Philadelphia, a BS […]

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The New Common App: 2011-2012

With the newest version of the Common Application or “Common App” for 2011-2012, comes several major changes. We’ll discuss these updates below… The biggest changes to the Common App include the following: Common App “Demographics Section” (1) A new section on “Language Proficiency”, p. 1 of Common App. (2) Household “marital status” of “Civil Union/Domestic” […]

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Summer Test Prep Tips

Three Tips for Summer Test Prep Success… Top Test Prep’s team hopes you’re staying cool in this summer heat. We’d like to share three tips with you to stay prepared this summer – for fall grades and academic success. Also, you’ll find our Specials for the Month of June. Tip #1: Read one more book […]

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Sunny College Options: A Look at High Quality Colleges with Great Weather

You’re a high school student or a parent thinking about college options. Naturally, institutions with strong students and professors, classes where students count, and a staff, which goes the extra mile to retain them are appealing. Lifestyle is also important, however, and battling snowdrifts and months of freezing weather isn’t where you want to put […]

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How to Get off the College Admissions Waitlist, Tips and Strategies

How to Get off the College Admissions Waitlist: Tips and Strategies If you’re waitlisted to your top college and still would like some help getting into your top choice college, there is hope. With these four admissions tips, you can improve your chances of getting off the waitlist and gaining admission to college. (1) Follow-up […]

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Is an ‘A’ or an AP Course Worth More?

It’s no secret that admission counselors look at that small line on your transcript – your GPA. It’s just a number, but it contains quite a summary of your academic work. Of course adcoms will weigh your GPA relative to the overall intensity of your school. But the stronger your grades, the stronger your academic base […]

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How Students Choose Their Colleges

Talking to students informally about the rationale behind their college choices, one gets a wide array of answers including finances, academics, and climate. The University of California, Los Angeles’s Higher Education Research Institute has conducted a comprehensive survey of college freshmen for the past forty years which poses this question, among others, to students. The […]

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How to Select Your APs and Honors Courses in High School

How to select your APs/IBs and Honors Courses in High School…(and how many you should take) Recent studies including one conducted by the Department of Education have challenged the value of advanced high school courses. The lines of attack have varied somewhat, but the bottom line is that they don’t carry much “bang for the […]

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Parents: How to Tour a College with Your Student

Touring different schools is an essential part of the admissions decision. Parents and students often do visits and tours together, and a lot of attention is given to how students should behave on a tour – but how should parents act? The college admissions process contains hopes and dreams of the future, and perceptions between […]

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How to Negotiate Financial Aid Awards (College Admissions)

There’s much debate in the college admissions community about whether students accepted to colleges can negotiate their financial aid award.  First off, congratulations on even being able to consider such a task.  Now…let me be clear:  you absolutely can negotiate your financial aid awards.  Anyone who tells you something to the contrary is wrong.  Many […]

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