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America’s Best Public Universities Increasing Admissions of Out-of-State Students

Background to the Trend and How Families Can Take Advantage of It… Students and families seeking an edge in the increasing competitive world of college admissions should take note of an emerging trend which has received little publicity. In response to diminishing support from financially strapped state legislatures, many of America’s top public universities have […]

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The Pros and Cons of Applying Early Decision vs. Early Action

In recent years, many colleges including the most competitive have been filling 30 to 70 percent of their freshman class through early decision or early action. Consequently, students who wait to apply during regular decision are competing with far more students for a smaller number of seats. Last year, the University of Pennsylvania filled about […]

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Top 10 Factors to Consider in Your College Search

Ten Factors to Consider in Your College Search High School juniors should be picking up their college search and seniors should be putting it into high gear. What should you be looking for? Important factors in your search follow for those applying to colleges. Factors in Your College Search 1. Liberal Arts College or Research […]

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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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Top Ten Colleges for Smartest Professors, Most Flexible Curriculums, and Best Course Variety

The online service College Prowler conducts student surveys on a wide variety of topics including college and university facilities, atmosphere, overall experience, and perceptions of campus men and women. Its most recent survey results for student views of academics on their campuses are listed below. It uses a seven point scale with a seven being […]

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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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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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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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