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Playing the Odds: College Admissions

Malcolm Gauld | Posted 05.29.2013 | College
Malcolm Gauld

Not only do today's high school seniors apply to as many as 12-15 colleges, they seem surrounded by adult "handlers." As we move into the highest anxiety phase of the annual college application cycle, I offer a few words of advice.

'I Just Want To Go To College Already!'

Anangie Martinez | Posted 05.27.2013 | Teen
Anangie Martinez

I just want to go to college already! I want to walk through the quad, make my own schedule and be freed of teenage angst. I want to listen to a lecture by a world-renowned scholar. I want to study abroad in Paris and drink café au lait. But alas, I'm still a high school senior.

High School Seniors: Deciding on One College From All of Your Choices

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 05.22.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

f you are unsure about which college you want to say yes to, this may signal that you don't have enough information to make a good decision or that the information you have is incomplete or possibly disorganized. Here is a list of things to do that will help you make a good choice.

How to Use Facebook to Get a Leg Up in College Admissions

Scott Weingold | Posted 05.21.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

You might not be surprised to learn that almost a full 25 percent of today's college admissions officers use Facebook when judging applicants.

Winning and Losing in Applying to College

Mindy Utay | Posted 05.17.2013 | College
Mindy Utay

With the Oscars behind us, it's time for America's next gladiatorial event: college acceptances and rejections.

How Should You Choose Your College Major? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Krystie Yandoli | Posted 03.15.2013 | Teen

Even after the college applications are completed, the acceptance letters have rolled in and you've decided upon your school of choice, there's still ...

March Madness for College Admissions Decisions

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.13.2013 | College
Rebecca Joseph

The seniors have dedicated so much time and effort into their high school experiences, their decisions of where to apply, and their actual applications. The waiting process naturally causes feelings of extreme doubt and stress.

How Pop Culture and Comedy Can Help Millennial Teens Ace the SAT

Jared Friedland | Posted 02.28.2013 | College
Jared Friedland

I've found that the most effective way to defuse test anxiety and boost scores is to coach students in a way they find appealing: with pop culture and comedy. Here are three tips if you or someone whose cell phone bill you pay is taking the SAT this spring.

Is It A Parent's Right To Read Their Kid's College Essay?

Shelley Emling | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

About six months ago, an unspeakable evil entered our house -- the college essay process. Until then, we'd always been a fairly typical family, neither sensational or completely unremarkable. Just typical, with three kids, a dog, a cat and a fish named Nini. But that was before the Essay. Oh, the Essay.

Applying to College? The Three Keys to Success

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

There may be fifteen weeks until June and much longer until fall, but now that the Class of 2014 has next year's plan on paper, the end of high school is in sight--and the start of college plans isn't far away.

5 Ways to Prep for College Right Now

GalTime | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents

College preparation does not begin with the student's senior year. Ideally, it should start their freshman year of high school.

The Dreaded Wait for College Admissions Decisions

Ishan Puri | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Ishan Puri

It is that time of the year: the wait after you have submitted your applications and before you hear back from colleges. That infamous time that we all go through as we think about our future and try to stay calm as high school seniors.

Research Debunks Common Standardized Test Taking Strategies

Alex Mallory | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Alex Mallory

Students' theories about standardized testing shortcuts are as numerous as they are incorrect, but they are usually easy to debunk with a little scrutiny.

A New World for College Applicants

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 04.08.2013 | College
Rebecca Joseph

For the first time in its recent history, the Common Application has changed its essay prompts for the 2013-2014 school year.

Four Tips for Finding Scholarships

Alberto Rangel | Posted 03.28.2013 | Teen
Alberto Rangel

Now that college applications are over, it is time to start looking for a way to pay for my education. That's right, I'm talking about scholarships.


Erica DeMichiel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Teen
Erica DeMichiel

One night, I snapped. In my fit of stress, I vowed to create a monster that could be programmed as the ideal college applicant: diligent, cerebral, outgoing, and, of course, very persuasive as an essayist.

Why the College Search Process Is Broken

Frank Palmasani | Posted 03.26.2013 | College
Frank Palmasani

By designating price as a key criterion at the earliest stages of the college search process, families can avoid taking on excessive debt to pay for college. It's simple. It's sensible. And it's not at all the way it's done now.

Sophomore and Freshmen January -- June Admissions To Do

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.25.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

There isn't a lot you need to do about college admissions during your freshman and sophomore years of high school. Nevertheless, this is a good time to start becoming informed about the process. It's never too early to do that.

When It Comes to College, Green Means Go

Nya Marie | Posted 03.25.2013 | Teen
Nya Marie

When you hit submit and the little green arrow appears next to the college's name, you know it's over. You know that all you can do now is wait.

Unacceptable Changes to the Common Application for College Applicants

Bev Taylor | Posted 03.24.2013 | College
Bev Taylor

Beginning this fall, the Common Application is imposing a strict 500-word limit on the personal statement.

4 Steps To Overcoming College Rejection

| Posted 01.19.2013 | Teen

By Sydney Nolan Rejection sucks. Whether it’s a guy, friend, or college telling you “no,” it’s bound to sting at least a little bit. Colle...

High School Junior January-June Admission To-Do's

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.16.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Do you wonder what all the buzz around junior year is about? Well, truth is that college admissions officers seem most interested in that year. This is the time to shine!

High School Senior January-June College Admissions To Do's

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.07.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For some seniors, all of the applications are done and gone. Yippee! For others, there are some left to complete. Either way, after you send in your final applications, there are a few more things to do to make sure you get into a college that's right for you.

Early Applications. Bad News: You Were Deferred. Good News: You Weren't Denied!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.02.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Congratulations if you have been accepted! Condolences if you have been denied. If you have been deferred, that's actually good news because it means that an admissions office has decided to postpone making a decision about your application until the regular admission cycle.

The Write Stuff

Alberto Rangel | Posted 02.19.2013 | Teen
Alberto Rangel

Essays: The one thing on college applications that everyone, including me, loves to hate. I hate the number of drafts it takes to make them perfect. I hate the length. I hate the questions.