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Top 10 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges by Their Contribution to the Social Good

Recent years have witnessed a proliferation of university and college evaluation systems using criteria which differ from the highly visible and academically geared US News and World Report ratings. Washington Monthly magazine has come out with an interesting ranking system focused on which colleges do the most for the public good. The three broad criteria […]

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Start your College Applications with these Admissions Tips…

The summer is a good time to acquire work experience, take a course or two, and chill out. You can do this, however, and still get a head start on your college applications. What steps can you take to be ready for fall and the college application season? (1) Narrow Your Colleges of Interest List […]

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Tips on Completing the College Application Personal Statement

The summer is an ideal time to get a head start on college application personal statements. Tips for writing a strong essay follow. (1) Be Personal and Display Growth Essay writers want to know about an interesting experience in your life, but they need to know what you did with that experience to change your […]

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How Parents Can Help Their Kids with College Applications…

Here are some guidelines for parents who want to assist their kids in the college app process: The media have recently highlighted “helicopter parents” who seize control of the college application process from their kids. They fill out their college applications, sit in on college interviews, and attend college events designed only for prospective students. […]

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How many APs should you take in High School, and how do AP courses help with admissions?

The question of how many APs (Advanced Placement courses) one should take in high school is one of the most commonly asked questions from students enrolled in Top Test Prep’s private admissions counseling program. I would say that the number of APs you take in high school should depend on where you’re applying and whether […]

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Should American College Students Study Abroad in England/UK? What are the benefits?

If you’re considering studying abroad, read this: Competition for a small number of slots at elite American universities has escalated in recent years with acceptance rates at the most sought after institutions now in the single digits. With large applicant pools of gifted students, the application process increasingly resembles the lottery. As America’s forefathers looked […]

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Can you transfer into top colleges from a lower ranked school?

Things to know about this college transfer admissions strategies… As a long-term university employee and the parent of a college student, I have often seen parents adopt an application strategy of starting students off at a less competitive college on the assumption that they can transfer to a better one. The goals are often to […]

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Where to Search for Information on Colleges: A Guide to Getting Started

If you’re searching for information on colleges, hopefully this article will give you a good start. You’ve given thought to the size, region, cost, acceptance standards, and academic offerings of the college you would like to attend. Where do you go for more information? STEP ONE: Examine US News and World Report’s College Rankings and […]

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How to Start Your College Search: A Summer Strategy

How to Start Your College Search before applying to colleges… It’s hot outside and you’re hanging out with friends, perhaps taking some courses and working before heading back to school in the fall. It is also a great time, however, to invest in your future and start the ball rolling on your college search. Whether […]

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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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