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Applying to College

The 7 People You Need To Talk To Before Making Your College List

| Posted 10.07.2013 | Teen

By Katherine Varga You’re a high school senior. It’s fall. You know what that means: it’s time to get started on applying for colleges. We d...

The Key to College Readiness

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If you want to be college-ready, it's time to go bowling. This isn't about adding one more extracurricular to your Common App, and this isn't a way to earn that PE requirement you somehow dodged in 10th grade. This is about getting a taste of college life here and now.

How to Write College Admissions Essays: A Letter to High School Seniors

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Kathleen Buckstaff

Unfortunately, family tensions often run high when it's college admissions' time. Phrases such as, "I don't need you. You're wrecking my life!" happen simultaneously as doors slam. I'd like to share with you my secrets on how to write a personal statement for college applications.

What The Common App Is (And How To Make Yours Amazing)

| Posted 09.26.2013 | Teen

By Nicole Knoebel Applying to college is a stressful whirlwind of trying to figure out where you belong, which programs best fit your academic goa...

The College Application Mistake That Will Kill Your Chances

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 11.25.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Colleges never ask for information they don't find useful. If a college really didn't care about what you see in their school, they wouldn't ask -- yet you just answered the question as if it didn't matter.

The 10 College Applicants You'll Meet

| Posted 09.24.2013 | Teen

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

10 Things NOT To Do When Your Child Applies To College

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 11.23.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Ah, Autumn. The leaves will start turning soon, there's a nip in the air, football, apple cider, pumpkins... And for parents of high school seniors, college applications.

Letters of Recommendation: The Real Icing on Your College Admissions Cake

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

While colleges will not be happy to have you brag about yourself on your applications, it is absolutely appropriate, if not essential, for recommenders to sing your praises as enthusiastically and with as much detail as they can.

How To Talk To Your Parents About Applying To College

| Posted 09.19.2013 | Teen

By Janine Ko College application season is in full swing! From Common App essays to what seems like a million supplements to fill in, applying to ...

Freaking Out About Applying to College? Don't Do That

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Seniors, it is September 18th. College doesn't start for 11 months. No college has closed admission, and one isn't likely to until November 30. After that, there will only be, oh, about 3000 other colleges to choose from.

The 7 Worst College Application Clichés (And How To Avoid Them)

| Posted 09.17.2013 | Teen

By Kate Moriarty Now that senior year is underway, only one thing stands between you and your totally awesome collegiette years: college applicatio...

Six Things a College Recruiter Won't Tell You

Dr. Mike Metke | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Dr. Mike Metke

Today's college-going students and the people who advise them know even less about college and careers than in my era, and college recruiters who visit schools aren't unbiased about where they want you to go to college.

Your Month-By-Month College Application Guide

| Posted 09.13.2013 | Teen

By Cameron Simcik Senior year: the last hoorah, the final stretch, the most stressful time of high school? With college applications taking over yo...

The 2013 School Counselor Honor Roll for College Counseling

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 11.09.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The truth is, you have at least two reasons to be grateful for your school counselor, and maybe three.

The Truth About Building a Balanced College List

Kat Cohen | Posted 10.27.2013 | College
Kat Cohen

It's not just about having a dream and safety school, especially in this highly competitive time. It's important for students to have realistic expectations about which institutions will be the best academic, financial, and social fit.

Mr. President, Here's the College Reform You Forgot

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 10.23.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Since public colleges tend to charge higher tuition for out-of-state residents, how will affordability be defined? Why will graduation rates matter at two-year colleges, since students attending those schools are often looking to update skills, not to earn a degree?

LinkedIn Opens The Floodgates To Teens

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 08.22.2013 | Technology

For high school students who want to know more about a college than where it stands on Princeton Review's annual ranking of top party schools, there's...

Why There's No Such Thing As The 'Best College In America'

Danny Licht | Posted 10.02.2013 | Teen
Danny Licht

The Best College in America does not exist. It's a myth. It would be too easy. Sure, it might be Stanford, as Forbes insists, but Forbes is only guessing. Consider the primary sources -- then ask yourself, not Forbes.

Common Application: Coming August 1 to a Computer Near You!

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's easy to understand why some students are looking forward to the CA4 launch like Obi-wannabes line up for a new Star Wars film, but there are some important precautions to keep in mind as well.

Why 'Being Yourself' Is Harder Than It Looks

Theodore Li | Posted 09.28.2013 | Teen
Theodore Li

"Write about your interests," they say. "Write about the programs you've attended," they say. But it's not that simple. It's never that simple.

Private College Admissions Consultants: Does Your Child Need One?

Ruth Starkman | Posted 09.21.2013 | College
Ruth Starkman

Does your high school student need a private admissions consultant? It depends on your situation. Can you afford one? It depends on the service, which can range from about $1000 to tens of thousands of dollars.

Countdown to August 1 for College Admissions Applicants: Common App Essays and Supplements Go Live

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 09.18.2013 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

In recent years, applying to college has become almost as daunting as going to college -- and maybe even more so. The pressure to write essay after essay can be stifling. It can be downright overwhelming.

July-to-January To Do's for Rising High School Sophomores

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Sophomore year is the time to get serious about academics and extracurricular activities. If your freshman experience was not what you hoped it would be, don't worry; you can get a fresh start as a sophomore.

Why Admissions Officers Are Smarter Than You Think

Nya Marie | Posted 09.07.2013 | Teen
Nya Marie

After four years of choosing the right classes, joining the right teams, trying to get leadership positions, waking up early on Saturday mornings to do community service and finally opening up the email that holds the decision, it's all over.

Forget About Writing Your College Application Essays This Summer. Have Fun Instead!

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 08.31.2013 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

If you want compelling, attention-grabbing essays that are the best reflection of who you are, having a fun, interesting summer and writing about these experiences in September best accomplishes this.