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Applying to College

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

Stephen Secora | Posted 02.24.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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.

The College Olympics: How to Choose the Right College and How to Get the Right College to Choose You

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 01.11.2015 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

Finding the right fit for college is a complex process requiring considerable effort. While not for everyone, higher education will not only expand your earning power by developing your skills and intellect, but also open the doors and windows to the pleasures of reading and the joy of learning.

4 Ways To Deal With College Admissions Competition

| Posted 11.10.2014 | Teen

By Winnie Ma You used to be those friends: the ones who told one another everything, did everything together, laughed at the same things together a...

4 Secrets For Making Your Extracurriculars Look Best On Your College Apps

| Posted 11.06.2014 | Teen

You’ve probably been told all throughout high school to get involved and participate in clubs and extracurriculars. For many college admissions offi...

Help Out a School Counselor? I'm In, With #hscc2015

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Two dozen colleges know that in order for good college counseling to occur for everyone, the college conversation has to include everyone -- which means my fellow college guide authors and suppliers of college application support have some catching up to do.

Your Early Decision Applications Have Been Submitted... What Next?

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 01.03.2015 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

November 1st has come and gone, and with it your Early Decision applications. Before you tackle the rest of your application essays take stock of where you are in the process. Here are five tips to make the next eight weeks easier and stress-free (and have you done by Christmas).

5 College Tuition Hacks That Could Save You Thousands

Abigail Seldin | Posted 12.30.2014 | College
Abigail Seldin

Families shouldn't be left in the dark about what they'll pay for college. With admissions deadlines rapidly approaching, here is what you need to know.

How To Nail Your College Interview

| Posted 10.29.2014 | Teen

By Sara Heath After countless hours of SAT and ACT prep courses, endless drafts of personal essays and tackling the monster that is the Common App,...

The Truth About Counselor Recommendation Letters

| Posted 10.27.2014 | Teen

It’s that time of year again when you polish up your college essay, approach teachers for recommendations and get started on that dreaded Common App...