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Applying to College

Advice for the High School Class of 2015

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

As is always the case with May Madness, there is rarely time for a proper goodbye and a dispensing of last words of college advice, so this will have to suffice. These bite-sized gems may not be as self-explanatory, but life will help you make sense of them at just the right time.

Applying to Columbia as a Survivor

Amelia Roskin-Frazee | Posted 04.21.2015 | College
Amelia Roskin-Frazee

I'm tired of feeling alone. I'm tired of not being surrounded by activists fighting for survivors like myself. I smiled at No Red Tape's protest for the same reason I almost started crying with joy when I was accepted to Columbia: I know that, come August, I won't be alone anymore.

Choosing a College? Don't Do This

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.21.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's getting down to the wire for members of the Class of 2016, who have until May 1 to put down a deposit at the one (and only one) college they'll be attending.

College Planning Checklist for High School Juniors

Abigail Seldin | Posted 04.10.2015 | Education
Abigail Seldin

The spring of junior year can be one of the most exciting and productive periods in the college search and admissions process. At most schools, it's the time when your high school guidance counselors finally start paying attention to you.

Skip the SAT? Why?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.09.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

I can't believe people are getting nervous about an exam that's going to be rolled out next month but not given until next year. Consider this.

Selecting the Class

Eric J. Furda | Posted 05.10.2015 | College
Eric J. Furda

We are heading into an intense and rewarding few weeks selecting the class of 2019. Our recruitment process is meaningful because it allows us to admit the broadest representation of intellectual and life experiences into this class.

SAT or ACT? College Testing Advice for Michigan's Tenth Graders

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.10.2015 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Tenth graders in Michigan were pushed into the mania of college testing a little early. The tumult began when the Michigan Department of Education announced it would be offering the SAT as the required state test for college admission, starting in the 2015-16 school year.

The College Search: Advice for You and Your College Roommate

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
W. Kent Barnds

Parents are not asking for the "inside scoop" or "the real story." Instead, they want to know what their role should be in preparing their kid to be successful and realistic. And, I must say that I appreciate the realism they bring to the conversation.

Are High School Students Applying to 'Too Many' Colleges?

Stephen Secora | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Stephen Secora

I fully realize that the days are gone when students applied to merely five or six colleges, but 15? Looking into it, I discovered that submitting 15 applications is probably not too far off the norm for college-bound students these days.

New College Cool: Women's Colleges

Diane Propsner | Posted 04.06.2015 | College
Diane Propsner

For the past two-years I've connected with women's colleges across the country as well as with their future students, current students, and recent alumnae intending to blog about my findings. During this time I learned about the many wonderful things going on in the world of women's colleges, all contributing to this cool influx.

Why You Shouldn't Set Your Heart On Your 'Dream' School

Amanda King | Posted 03.22.2015 | Teen
Amanda King

In February, UGA contacted me to let me know that I was wait-listed. By this time, I was really frustrated and disappointed. I decided right then, if this school did not admit me, it was not meant to be. That was the best decision I have ever made.

Am I Too Worried About College-Bound Seniors?

Beverly Low | Posted 03.18.2015 | College
Beverly Low

Will they be able to balance their new freedom and independence with academic and civic responsibility? Are they ready to confront their own values, background, and culture? Will they choose to speak up or follow the crowd?

Introducing: The College Essay Project

The Huffington Post | Taylor Trudon | Posted 01.15.2015 | Teen

Applying to college is more competitive than ever before. With elite schools rejecting up to 95 percent of applicants, there's a lot of pressure to ge...

The Essay About My Sexuality That Helped Me Get Into College

Posted 01.15.2015 | Teen

We believe your college essay is more than just a Word document saved on your desktop and deserves to be shared. That's why HuffPost Teen is featuring...

Flip the List

Eric J. Furda | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Eric J. Furda

It's January. In college admissions this is a period of time, stretching until May 1 (and beyond for wait list students) where many seniors have submi...

The Colleges I Do (Or Don't) Get Into Don't Define Me

Isabel Song | Posted 01.09.2015 | Teen
Isabel Song

Yes, I went into the application season with anxiety and stress, but I didn't going in with fear. I'm not going to be intimidated or afraid of any college. The colleges I do or don't get into don't define me. I define myself.

What Your College Application Says vs. What You Really Mean

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Teen

It's universal knowledge that filling out college applications can be a stressful experience. Even though you're proud of your accomplishments, you ma...

What Your College Application Decisions Won't Tell You

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 02.10.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Applying to college is a big deal, and there are a lot of people who love you for who you are. They hope it all works out for you when college decisions are announced. Whether it works out or not, they'll still love you for who you are.

6 Ways To Stand Out In Your College Interview

| Posted 12.08.2014 | Teen

By Megan Shuffleton Even though the college application process is probably wearing you down at this point, it’s no time to slack off! There’s ...

Better College Advice for Michigan Students Is a Phone Call Away

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 02.03.2015 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

It's been an incredible month for school counselors who help students and families make good college decisions. In mid-November, leaders from 30 stat...

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Stress About College Admissions

| Posted 12.08.2014 | Teen

By Katherine Varga You are going to be fine. Whether you’re still trying to finish your applications or you’re going through pints of Ben & ...

5 Ways To Keep The Morning Of The SAT Stress-Free

| Posted 12.02.2014 | Teen

By Sara Heath You’ve read all the prep guides, taken SAT/ACT prep courses and went to bed super early last night. But now it’s the morning of t...

Your Guide To Decoding College Websites

| Posted 12.01.2014 | Teen

By Brianna Susnak For high school seniors in the midst of the college application process (and juniors just beginning), navigating through the coun...

Your Ultimate Guide To SAT Subject Tests

| Posted 11.17.2014 | Teen

By Malone Ryan As an upperclassman in high school (soon to be collegiette!), you are likely berated with the same question from your teachers, pare...

A School Counselor's Updated Request to Michelle Obama

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Policy makers know improved college training is only one part of the solution to the challenges counselors face, but it's an important part. The San Diego summit can bring this vital element to life -- and that needs to happen in less than a year.