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How to Get Rewarded for Your Scores

The PSAT is not required for all students, but it should be considering the opportunities it offers. Every year, over 1.5 million students take the PSAT, which qualifies them for the National Merit Scholarship. The National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) awards nearly $35 million in scholarships to rising college students every year. There are only […]

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Where Should You Go?

You look forward to the day you get your decisions, thinking that it will all be over then: things will be decided and you can forget about college applications forever. For some lucky few, this is the case, but unless you’ve been admitted to your top choice, find that you still want to go there, […]

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The Top 5 Medical Schools for Your Major

The Association of American Medical Colleges projected that U.S. medical schools enrollment will increase by 30 percent from 2002 to 2017. More students are dedicating their studies to saving other people’s lives every year but not all of them are planning on being the typical family doctor. There are over 120 specialties and subspecialties within […]

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The #1 Application Trick

Okay, my title is a bit disingenuous, because the “trick” I have for you doesn’t really deserve the name. But that’s just because it’s doesn’t involve dissembling. Is it really a trick if it doesn’t involve deceiving your audience? My “#1 trick” for college applications is simple and honest: be yourself. This rule applies to […]

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Moving In Together

In the weeks leading up to the first year of college, there’s no shortage of excitement or anxiety. Perhaps the biggest change involved is moving into a strange place called a dorm. The living embodiment of that strangeness is the unknown person with whom you’ll share your 10ft. by 15ft. box: the college roommate, one […]

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Extracurriculars Tip #2

Here’s a tip about extracurriculars that’s related to an earlier posting. It’s for you younger high school students. If you’re application-minded, you may already be thinking about extracurriculars and how many you should have on your Common App. People will talk about a certain number you need, and about how a good balance of different […]

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What Kind of Campus Is Best?

Where do you want to go to school? To help yourself come up with a list, break the question down into components. One of the most important is the setting: whether you prefer an urban, suburban, or rural campus. The difference can be profound, and hard to grasp without in-person experience. If you have the […]

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College Application Resumes

If you already have a resume at seventeen, great. But: don’t send it off with all of your college applications automatically. Only send a resume if a school specifically requests one (most don’t) or if the Common App doesn’t convey everything about you that you believe is important for schools to know. Send other supplementary […]

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What’s a “Safe” Major?

What’s a “safe” major? These days, it is becoming more difficult to find a job after graduating from college. So much competition, such few spots! With unemployment rates remaining high, students are preparing earlier than ever to avoid this plight. The days of any guaranteed employment are over. More students are now choosing majors that […]

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What’s a Good SAT Score?

The straight answer is: it depends. It depends on where you want to go (or who you want to impress). According to the College Board’s table of 2013 SAT percentiles, the median SAT score for college-bound seniors was around 1500 combined. So maybe a ‘good SAT score’ is anything over that mark: you’ll be better […]

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