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Needed: A True Diversity Map for America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.

How Many Colleges Should You Really Apply to?

John Katzman | Posted 02.04.2015 | College
John Katzman

The best way to gain acceptance to a school where you will be happy and successful is to be yourself on your application and do enough research that your list contains only colleges that are genuinely a good fit.

Aiming for Harvard? A Perfect SAT Score Can Actually Backfire

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 02.04.2015 | College
Elizabeth Dankoski

These 5 steps will lead your child directly into a path of unstoppable success -- and significantly boost the chance of acceptance into a top choice school.

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 & ...

How Applying To College Made Me Grateful For The Little Things

Morgan Levy | Posted 01.27.2015 | Teen
Morgan Levy

This Thanksgiving weekend, I encourage all the seniors to turn off your laptop and put away those applications for a little bit. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family; don't spend your whole weekend holed up in your room writing supplements.

Counselor and Teacher Relationships: Thinking Ahead to College Admissions

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 01.24.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

It behooves you to develop good relationships with a number of teachers throughout your four years of high school so that when it comes time to write a recommendation they know you both as a student and a person.

19 Tips in 19 Tweets: College Selection Advice for the Class of 2019

Catherine McDonald Davenport | Posted 01.21.2015 | College
Catherine McDonald Davenport

The college search and application process for prospective students is really picking up speed, especially for the class of 2019. Maybe you are feeling a bit overwhelmed -- sifting through all that information?

The College Applicant's Best Asset: Self-Motivation

Josh Stephens | Posted 01.19.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

We teachers should tell students to be on the lookout for academic fields that they love. We should encourage them to discuss their interests and share their feelings. Kids should be encouraged to develop their own ideas and act on them.

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...

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...

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...

When Does It Make Sense for You to Apply Early Action or Early Decision to College?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 12.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Early decision is a binding program that stipulates that if accepted to a college, you are obligated to attend. Given that stipulation, it really behooves you to be very sure that an ED college to which you apply is a hard and fast first choice. Once accepted, there is no turning back.

College Visit With My Firstborn

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

Last week, my son and I did what many have done before us: We visited a college campus. We spent the night in a hotel, took a tour the next day, spoke to some students and ate some college food.

7 Cliché College Application Essays You Should Avoid

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

So how do you distinguish yourself from the sea of other applicants in your personal statement? It all starts with the right topic that simultaneously shows your ability to write well while painting a picture of who you are in a simple and authentic fashion.

Do This to Improve Your College Chances

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.17.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's time to stop thinking about getting into college, and start thinking about going to college. Do the schools on both lists offer the same majors? Have about the same class size? Do the students at all schools care equally about learning, or thinking, or Friday night?

Ask, Memory: Interrogation and the College Essay

Josh Stephens | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Interrogation differs from reflection. Reflection has a dreamy quality to it, where memories drift in as if harnessed to clouds. Reflection relies on chance. Interrogation is forceful. It's deliberate. It exposes every fact, feeling, and idea that it can.

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...

How To Manage The College Admissions Frenzy

Jeannie Borin | Posted 11.29.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Students now apply to an average of a dozen universities to assure acceptance into a college because of the competitive nature of admissions. What has created this competitive environment and how are students empowered to take charge?

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...

6 Tips to Help Veterans Choose the Best College

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 11.24.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

Most people head to college in their late teens and early 20s, right after high school and before finding their first full-time jobs. But for those who've served in the military, the path to higher education has a few more twists and turns.

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...

Understanding Early Action, Early Decision, Restricted Early Action and Rolling Admission

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Before you decide to apply "early" to a college, it's a good idea to understand what that means. Like so many other areas of college admissions, it's not exactly straightforward.