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Applying to College

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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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...

5 Do's and Don'ts of College Confidential

The Prospect | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
The Prospect

Despite its elitist, overzealous reputation, there are ways that any student can get something out if it-- if you use it correctly.

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

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 10.23.2014 | 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.

With College So Expensive, How Do You Choose Where to Visit and Apply?

Eric Greenberg | Posted 12.20.2014 | College
Eric Greenberg

How do you know which colleges to visit? When? What to do? Here's how to choose the right college amidst fierce competition and rising costs and how to determine the ROI (return on investment) of a college education.

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?

Didn't Apply in July? It's All Good

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's chillier in most places now that it was in July, but that doesn't mean a college gets to leave you out in the cold.

5 Reasons Why You Should Apply to a Women's College

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

ith such a high volume of women already exceeding the rigorous demands of higher education, why should young women consider attending an all-female college? Here are the top five benefits of attending a women's college.

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.