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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 You Should Start the College Prep Process ASAP

Posted by Allison Wignall

Dec 28, 2016 2:06:22 PM

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There is a common myth floating around that serious college prep starts junior or even senior year—but this is a dangerous mindset that could make you late to the game. In truth, there’s no year “too early” to start preparing for a college education, and we’re here to prove that!

Crunch Time

One of the biggest benefits of starting the prep process early is that you don’t leave everything to the last minute. It can be a major pain to scramble around researching different colleges, compiling applications, writing essays, filing financial aid forms, studying for the ACT or SAT/PSAT (not to mention taking them), and keeping up with regular schoolwork while application deadlines approach.

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Topics: college application, financial aid, scholarships, college visits,, college application essay, PSAT, sat, ACT, College Essay

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation

Posted by Cynthia Miller Coffel, Ph.D

Feb 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

It’s easy to put off one of the key steps in the college application process : asking teachers for letters of recommendation. You know that your grades, test scores, and college essays are important, and you’ ve been working on those , but your letters of recommendation are important as well. You have it in your power to make sure these letters are great ones.   

Letters of recommendation tell the college what kind of worker you are, how you have grown as a learner, and how you have participated in the school community. Recommendations provide context for your transcript, essay, and standardized test scores. They are important because they provide a picture of you from particular people who know your work well.  

Read on to learn how to assure that your letters of recommendation are the best they can be. 

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Topics: college application, college admissions, recommendation letters

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

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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