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College Application Process

The Truth About Name Brand Colleges: Why Fit Matters More Than Prestige

Kat Cohen | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Kat Cohen

Just like anything else in life, when something is a good fit, it works. Students that attend colleges that match their academic, social and financial needs, while still providing an academically challenging environment, are more likely to thrive and graduate on time.

Choosing the Right Path to College

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.30.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Together with where to go and how to pay for college, there is an even more pragmatic, philosophical and important question. Within the available options, what is the best route to a four-year college degree?

Surviving the College Admissions Hype

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Over the next several weeks, thousands of high school students will hear back from colleges with one of three results: accepted, waitlisted or rejected. High school seniors and their parents are anxious for the fated emails from universities.

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...

College Rejection Doesn't Have to Mean Frustration

Josh Stephens | Posted 02.12.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Students can do a great deal, both before and after applying, to ensure that they maintain their sanity, embrace colleges' decisions, and actually increase their chances of getting into their favored schools.

10 Colleges Where Applicants Are Least Likely to Get In

us news | Devon Haynie | Posted 12.12.2014 | College

This article comes to us courtesy of U.S. News & World Report, where it was originally published. The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overa...

Advice from College Students on Writing the College Application Essay

David Ongchoco | Posted 02.07.2015 | College
David Ongchoco

Writing the college essay is easier said than done so I went ahead and asked current college students and College Admission Mentor for Peers (CAMP) Philippines mentors for advice on writing the dreaded college application essay.

Why The College Admission Process Is Bonkers

Ann Lewis Hamilton | Posted 01.18.2015 | Fifty
Ann Lewis Hamilton

It's a life lesson for my daughter, that's what I try to tell myself. This is how the world works. Just because you have a high grade point average, excellent test scores, a myriad of extracurricular activities, hundreds of hours of community service, and you're a legacy at your top pick college -- all those things might count for doo doo squat.

College Applicants: What Matters Is Not What You Think!

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
Dr. Victor Schwartz

Stop worrying about getting into that special elite school. Take a deep breath. It will not make as much difference as you think. There are plenty of schools at which you will receive an excellent and well-rounded education.

Save Your Pennies: The Cost to Apply to College Adds Up

Mary Johnson | Posted 12.24.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

High school students and their families getting ready to apply for college are probably most focused on the cost of attending, but they also should be aware of the hefty costs associated with just applying to college.

My First Born Ad Campaign Is Heading to College

Greg Schwem | Posted 12.10.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

My daughter sat on her bed, awash in a sea of glossy college brochures filled with photos of smiling sorority girls, strapping football players and freshmen chemistry students who, judging by their joyful expressions, had just cured the Ebola virus. "Made a decision yet?" I asked.

The 7 Worst College Application Clichés -- And How to Avoid Them

| Posted 09.30.2014 | Teen

Now that senior year is underway, only one thing stands between you and your totally awesome collegiette years: college applications. Sure, they may s...

10 Ways For Parents To Stay Sane During The College Application Season

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.26.2014 | Fifty

If there is a more stressful time in a parent-of-a-teenager's life than the college application season, we don't know about it. How can parents turn i...

The 10 Types Of College Applicants You'll Meet

| Posted 09.23.2014 | Teen

Between your common application, your list of prospective colleges and the number of schools you get accepted to, no two college application processes...

8 Things Not To Do When Your Kid Is Applying To College

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.23.2014 | Fifty

The 2015 college application season has officially opened. But in our desire to help our kids navigate this land-mine-fraught road, we might actually ...

Common Application Makes Changes After Tough Year

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.09.2014 | Teen

WASHINGTON (AP) — Creators of the Common Application for college admissions said Friday they have made changes that should prevent snags that had th...

Saying Goodbye To My College-Bound Daughter

Laura Munson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty
Laura Munson

This is for all the parents out there whose child is going to college for the first time this fall...

Helping High School Students Find the Best College Match

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.06.2014 | Education
MeiMei Fox

Approaching that process with candor, humor, and compassion, Lanita guides her students in connecting authentically with who they are as young adults and who they wish to be. She then helps them discover their best college fit based on this knowledge.

International Students: Top 10 Tips for U.S. College Applications

Josh Stephens | Posted 06.18.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

The reward comes long after you've done the work. Don't wait until the night before -- or the month before -- to create a game plan.

Dear Family Whisperer: My Parents Are Ignoring Me!

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Applying for college is very stressful -- not just for your sister, but also for your mom and dad. If they're like most parents I've met, who spend a lot of time and energy helping their kids, it might feel as if they are being judged.

My Personal, Never-ending March Madness

Casey Miller | Posted 06.05.2014 | Teen
Casey Miller

This March was one of the most stressful, hectic months of my life. I feel like everything was either beginning or ending for me, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to decide what I should be letting go, what I should be working hard on and what I must learn to laugh off.

6 Ways To Decrease SAT Test Stress

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Put the day and test into perspective. This test will NOT determine the rest of your life.

In Defense of the SAT Essay

Josh Stephens | Posted 05.17.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

The ability to understand a question and come up with a reasonable argument -- often under time constraints -- is not exactly an esoteric skill.

Essential Reading for Writing the College Essay

Josh Stephens | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Fortunately, Orwell, Zinsser, Lamott and all the rest demonstrate that high school doesn't necessarily matter. The process of learning to write never ends.

6 Things To Do Instead Of Worrying About Your Future

Jackson Barnett | Posted 05.04.2014 | Teen
Jackson Barnett

I have now realized that there is absolutely nothing I can do about my college stress until that ever-so-far-away day in March when I find out where I've been accepted. If you're like me, maybe this will help.