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What to Do If You Are Deferred

Jeannie Borin | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

A deferral means that you are qualified and that the admission officers will take another look at your application file during their regular admission period. So, what to do?

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

Catherine McDonald Davenport | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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?

Sound Advice for Parents in the College Search Process

Catherine McDonald Davenport | Posted 11.07.2014 | College
Catherine McDonald Davenport

If you listen closely, you can hear it. Parents pacing around their teenagers, the continuous hum of questions can be heard for miles. It's college application season and deadlines are looming.

The Hook-Up Culture and Alcohol: Recent Grads Share Their Wisdom with Freshmen Girls

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Kathleen Buckstaff

This fall I interviewed women who recently graduated from Arizona State, Cal, Dartmouth, Stanford, Tufts, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. Each woman offered practical wisdom and heartfelt advice.

20 Tips to Help You Ace Your Exams

Matthew Ogbeifun | Posted 12.20.2014 | College
Matthew Ogbeifun

We all dislike exams, and often times studying for them can be dreadful. But fear not, here are some effective study tips to help you ace your next exam!

60 Little Tips That Can Change A College Girl's Life

Lexi Herrick | Posted 11.04.2014 | Women
Lexi Herrick

Never feel pressured to do anything that you aren't comfortable with. You don't have to make up lies or excuses, you just have to be straightforward. The people who don't respect that don't deserve you.

Getting Into College Is Easier Than You Think

John Katzman | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
John Katzman

If you're shooting for an Ivy League school, the admission rates are dispiriting; last year, Stanford admitted only 5% of applicants, Harvard and Yale admitted 6%, and Columbia admitted 7%. As I explained recently, however, these numbers do not tell the whole story.

How Traveling During College F*cked Me Up and Forced Me to Follow My Dreams

Anita Wing Lee | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Anita Wing Lee

You can never predict where exactly your travels will take you but the most exciting and most rewarding moments happen when you take that leap, book that ticket, take that course, start that business and chase that dream.

6 Must-Have Pieces of Advice for College Graduates

Daffnee Cohen | Posted 11.13.2014 | College
Daffnee Cohen

As a fairly recent college graduate, there are a few lessons I have learned along the way that have truly helped me thrive in my professional career and garner the experience needed to keep moving forward and achieving my goals. If you're college bound, halfway through, or about to graduate, these tips are definitely for you.

Help for the 6 Most Confusing Parts of the New 2014-15 CommonApp

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.09.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Everyone -- students, parents, high school counselors, teachers and college admissions officers -- were all in agreement last year that the Common Application offered many challenges. Things seem to be much better this year; but here and there, directions are left out, and there are areas that are not explained as thoroughly as they might be.

A Crash Course on How to Maximize Your Freshman Year and Beyond

Chris Hickey | Posted 11.05.2014 | College
Chris Hickey

As the seasons are changing so are some people's lives as they prepare for college to hopefully pursue their scholastic and personal endeavors. Hopefully these nuggets of wisdom prove to be useful as well as the tips from some of my most trusted confidants.

5 Creative Ways To Say Goodbye Before Leaving For College

| Posted 09.03.2014 | Teen

You’re so close the best time of your life: college! This upcoming academic year is going to be awesome. You’re going to push yourself to accompli...

7 Unexpected Places To Meet Your College Friends

| Posted 09.02.2014 | Teen

College is a time to meet new people and try new things. From endless dining hall lines to club events to random orientation meetings, college was des...

How To Avoid Being That Freshman In College

| Posted 08.28.2014 | Teen

College is an exciting journey -- a time of self-discovery, relationship building and decision-making. Pre-collegiettes, we hope you are ready! But wh...

Why College Music School Rankings Are All Wrong

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
J Nelson Aviance

Having gone through several music programs and with friends still attending music programs, I can tell you that these ranking systems absolutely fail to address what is important as a developing musician seeking to make a career as a performer.

Advice for College Freshmen

Ronda Lee | Posted 10.12.2014 | College
Ronda Lee

Every August as a few students prepared to leave for college, I would give them a gift and a letter. My niece just arrived on campus for her freshman year. As I was preparing to send her this letter, I thought I should share it.

College Advice From the People Who Matter Most (Pt. II)

Josh Stephens | Posted 09.29.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Don't approach college like it's supposed to prepare you for anything. Take classes because they interest you, not because they'll check off some box in a future employer's job readiness assessment.

College Advice from the People Who Matter Most (Pt. I)

Josh Stephens | Posted 09.28.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

The world enjoys no shortage of advice, both good and bad, about how students can get into college. But for all the thousands of dollars that families spend on preparation, all of that support vanishes once students actually enroll.

12 Things I Would Whisper To A Newborn Child

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 09.13.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

Learning how to fly means learning how to let go of suffering and of people and things that drag you down. Learning how to fly is why you are here. Figure out what it means to you to fly. And then fly!

What Should Rising Seniors Do to Get a Jump-Start on the College Search?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 09.07.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

The time is now for rising seniors to get a jump-start on their college search. There is no doubt that fall semester will be a lot less stressful if the college search and application process is well underway when school begins.

18 Things You Need To Do To Be Happy In College

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.25.2014 | College

College students have a lot to deal with. Between balancing academics and social life, searching for summer internships and managing stress, “happin...

College Admissions Strategy

Jeannie Borin | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Select college essay topics that are unique. Present yourself as a diversified individual. Do not repeat what is elsewhere on your application. The essay is an opportunity to let admission officers know another side of you.

The 8 Most Important Lessons from My First Year Out of College

Nile Cappello | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Nile Cappello

During college, your hobbies are limited to drinking, eating, and maybe a small quotient of attending class. Not to say maintaining a good relationship with Netflix isn't a respectable way to spend your time... just maybe not all of it.

5 Truths About College Every Incoming Freshman Needs to Know

The Prospect | Posted 08.17.2014 | College
The Prospect

Looking back on my own freshman year, there are a ton of things I wish I'd known; they would've saved me a lot of anxiety and confusion. So, college freshmen, here's what you need to know before you head here in three months.

The One Piece of Advice Every College Graduate Needs to Know

Adam Smiley Poswolsky | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
Adam Smiley Poswolsky

The truth is that you are not screwed. No one ever tells you this at graduation, but it's okay not to know exactly what you want to do with your life. There is not only one answer or one career ladder.