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Social Media DOs and DON'Ts During College App Season

Posted by Kristen Steinbeck

May 26, 2017 10:57:19 PM

One question that’s come up more often in recent years: Colleges don’t actually spend time looking at everyone’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc – right? 

Well, not all of them. But according to a recent study by Kaplan, 35 percent of colleges do look at your pages. The good news is that of that 35 percent, 47 percent reported reacting positively to the students’ pages. Alternately, 42 percent found the pages to have a negative impact on the applications. OK, so should you or shouldn’t you comb through your social media before applying? Here’s what we think:

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Topics: college admissions process, college application, college admissions

Why Volunteering Matters for the College Admissions Process

Posted by Julia Wasson

Oct 26, 2016 3:56:47 PM


The competition for admission to many four-year colleges is fierce and getting tougher each year. High school students feel intense pressure to make their applications stand out among all the others on the desks of college admissions officers. 
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Topics: college admissions process, college admissions, volunteering


Posted by Julia Wasson

Apr 8, 2015 1:38:00 PM

How to keep your application active and improve your chances of admission

’Tis the season when high school seniors are receiving acceptance and rejection letters from the colleges they’ve applied to. These letters are easy to understand — either you’re in or you’re out, right?

Actually, there’s another possibility: the “wait list.” If you receive notice that you’ve been “wait-listed,” what does this mean exactly, and what can you do about it?

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Topics: college admissions process, wait list

Social Media Spring Cleaning: Polishing Your Online Persona

Posted by Karen Nichols

Feb 26, 2015 12:36:00 PM


College admissions officers look at more than just applications, transcripts, and test scores when deciding who will get a thumbs up in the college admissions process. They also increasingly look at applicants’ online presence. It is not uncommon for promising applicants to be rejected based on a negative impression from their online activity alone. As you prepare your college applications, be sure to set aside time to clean and polish your online persona. Here are a few guidelines to help you spruce up.

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Topics: college admissions process, college application, social media

Improving Your Chances After the College Application Deadline

Posted by Julia Wasson

Feb 18, 2015 6:32:00 AM

What to Do While You Wait

Once all of your college applications are in, the waiting game begins. What should you do now, besides checking your mailbox every day? First, you can take a few simple steps to increase your chances of acceptance. Then, you can begin to ease your upcoming transition to college life. Here are a few suggestions for how to spend your time while you wait.

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Topics: college admissions process

Applying to College: Community College vs. a Four-Year College or University

Posted by Julia Wasson

Oct 21, 2014 3:37:00 PM

When your teen begins the process of applying to college, it’s important to consider the differences between a two-year and a four-year education. There are benefits and drawbacks to attending either a community college or a four-year college or university.

Benefits of a Community College:
  • Low college tuition and convenient locations
  • Open admissions that require only a high school diploma
  • Two-year programs for job-specific training
  • Flexible schedules to accommodate work and family obligations
  • Local campus options that may not require residence away from home
Benefits of a Four-Year College or University:
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Topics: college admissions process, college application

College Prep: How Do You Know If Your Teen Is Ready for College?

Posted by Julia Wasson

Oct 14, 2014 8:37:00 AM

As you and your teen begin the transition to college, it’s easy to get caught up in the flurry of college prep courses, ACT or SAT practice tests, and college admission and student loan applications. However, have you stopped the cyclone of the college application process to consider if your offspring is truly ready for college?

The statistics are shocking enough: It’s predicted that half of the incoming freshman class will fail to graduate in four years. Consider the following questions to help determine if your student is ready for the responsibility and workload a college education requires:

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Topics: college admissions process, college application

Paying for College Without Sinking the Family Ship

Posted by Julia Wasson

Oct 7, 2014 7:32:00 AM

According to Gallup’s recent annual Economy and Personal Finance poll, more than one in five adults aged 18 to 29 mentions “paying for college” as the biggest financial problem their families are dealing with.

Part of the college admissions process is figuring out how to pay for college tuition. Though college is becoming increasingly expensive, tuition assistance is available, as are simple ways to reduce college costs.
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Topics: college admissions process, college tuition, college application

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