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What is Holistic Admissions? holistic admissions Nov 20, 2021

Colleges that practice holistic admissions consider factors beyond grades and test scores when making admission decisions. For most colleges, grades earned and courses selected make up the bulk of the admission criteria; selective colleges want to see evidence of high grades in a challenging...

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Merit Awards Make Private Colleges Affordable financial aid private colleges scholarships Nov 10, 2021

While the Ivies and other elite schools put their resources into need-based rather than merit aid, a majority of private colleges, in an effort to attract top students, award substantial scholarships or grants based on merit.

Merit scholarships are beneficial in attracting students whose...

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Why Are You Applying Here? essay prompts Nov 06, 2021

With so much competition for admission to selective colleges, students want to do everything right in preparing their applications. They often seek to write what they think admission officers want to read. Not a good plan. Students often think they need to impress the reader with their...

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Considering Majoring in International Relations / Political Science? major selecting a college major Oct 30, 2021

Although business is currently the most popular major, the social sciences account for the second most frequently chosen major. The social sciences address the problems and challenges that affect our world today and apply the knowledge and skills gained in these areas to nearly any career path...

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Volunteering Opportunities in a Pandemic volunteering Oct 23, 2021

Young people today are often characterized by social media as impatient, entitled, and easily distracted. However, that’s not what we see. A significant number of high school students enrich both their communities and their souls by volunteering for a plethora of projects. Today’s...

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How Many Applications? applying to college Oct 16, 2021

One question college advisors hear almost every week is, “How many colleges should I apply to?” There’s not one number that is right for everyone. Some students apply to as few as three or four colleges when the schools they are most excited about also happen to be schools where...

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The CSS Profile css profile financial aid forms Oct 09, 2021

The bulk of college financial aid money comes from the federal government; this aid is distributed by colleges using information supplied by families when they complete the FAFSA, beginning October 1st. However, about 400 colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use an additional form,...

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The Importance of Likely Colleges college admissions Oct 01, 2021

Most students add the names of a couple of likely' schools to their college lists without giving these 'safe' colleges much thought because the applicants don't imagine they may need to attend one of them. However, students should apply only to colleges they are willing to attend (and...

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How do College Admissions Work | clarkcollegeconsulting.com college admissions Sep 19, 2021

How do College Admissions Work?


Getting into college is a major milestone for many people. This part of life is becoming increasingly important in the modern world, with more and more employers requiring that their teams have degrees. But how can you make sure that you get into college? And more...

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Financial Matters: Get Ready to File the FAFSA fafsa financial aid Sep 17, 2021

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid. A small number of colleges will not even consider an applicant for merit aid unless that student has first submitted a FAFSA. Therefore, the FAFSA should be filed...

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Making the Choice to Apply Early Decision/ Early Action early action early decision Sep 11, 2021

Over 450 colleges offer Early Decision or Early Action application plans. Some offer both. Before deciding whether you should apply for Early Decision or Early Action, it’s important to understand the differences between applying through either one of these plans and applying in the...

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Majoring in Applied Math Sep 04, 2021

In an annual CareerCast.com survey of the best and worst occupations in the U.S., mathematicians often land in the top few spots. With an average annual income of about $95,000, enviable working conditions, and considerable autonomy, math majors don’t only rank high, but math-related...

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