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College Admissions Trends for 2011: Strategies to Gain Admission in the Most Competitive Times

As college commencements end across the country and we head into those sultry summer months, it’s important to note admissions trends and the best strategy for getting into your top choice college. The admissions market is tough for competitive colleges, but families who plan prudently can increase their odds of gaining admission to the best […]

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How to Write the Best Personal Statement Admissions Essay

So, maybe you’re struggling to create a college admissions essay that will knock the socks off the admissions offices. Doubts grow as you ponder how you can come up with an original insight or an idea separating you from the pack. It’s now time to formulate a game plan for a college essay that will […]

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Helpful Tips for Creating a College Admissions Brag Sheet

How to Create A College Brag Sheet What Is a College Brag Sheet? Brag sheets are a student’s resume and are designed to assist teachers in writing recommendations and to accompany college applications. A brag sheet can help you gain admission to some of the best colleges in the country. It’s your chance to highlight […]

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Summertime = Essaytime

Internships, jobs, camp, test prep courses, a few trips to the beach or mountains… and essay writing! Yes, summer vacation is on its way. Juniors, this is the perfect time to begin drafting college admission essays. Preparing your essays now will help you substantially in the fall when admissions crunch time comes. How can you best utilize […]

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Should you get a US Degree or study abroad? Things to consider…

Recent years have witnessed a proliferation of full US degree programs abroad conducted in English. According to the British-based Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, there are close to eighty US degree programs overseas where English is the language of instruction.  Over three quarters of them have opened since 1999.  Florida State University in Panama City […]

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When to Apply Early Decision vs. Early Action to Colleges

In this article, we discuss when it’s better to apply early decision vs. early action to colleges, and some things for you to consider when applying… What is Early Decision? Recent buzz about the advantages of applying early decision as opposed to regular decision has created confusion among students and their families. They are interested […]

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How Early Should You Prepare for the SAT?

Language flashcards for two-year-olds may seem crazy, but test-taking is an essential skill for a student´s entire academic life. Learning how to take standardized tests will help students at every grade level, but the SAT is the pinnacle and highest stakes test for most students. So how early should students prepare for the SAT? Last […]

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How to Compare Research Universities and Small Liberal Arts Colleges

How to Compare Research Universities vs. Small Liberal Arts Colleges:  A guide for applicants    You’re a student or a parent weighing the merits of applying to small liberal arts colleges or larger research universities. A campus visit is crucial as you narrow down your application list. If watching Division I football or finding a […]

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The US News and World Report, Teaching Quality in Rankings: What it Means for Parents

The following article provides information on the US News and World Report Rankings, more specifically "teaching quality"…. The criteria used in college application decisions vary. Status, size, location, fields of study, cost, and social life are considered. Too often, the most important college mission, teaching, is overlooked or misunderstood. Strong teaching is a pre-condition for […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Study Abroad in High School

Thinking about studying abroad in high school? Want to learn in a new place with a different culture? Or are you interested in English literature or drama and can see yourself in London for a semester? Whatever your reasons, studying abroad can help you immensely. Studying abroad is a huge step – but the benefits […]

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