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The College Application Folder

If your transcript and test scores are perfect, why should you spend time on your application? Is anyone going to read your essays? Will anyone notice that you visited three times and interviewed once? The answer is yes. Here is what schools are looking for: Essay “The essay is both a writing sample and an indication of the student’s personality,” [...]

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College Application Do’s and Don’ts

Do yourself a favor: Before you send in your application, proofread! Nothing will make admissions officers dump your application in the reject pile faster than a sloppy, illegible or error-ridden application. A Persistent Myth Admissions committees seek to recruit well-rounded students. This is NOT necessarily true. What they’re usually looking for is a well-rounded student body comprised of students with [...]

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Overview of the US University System

There are many types of colleges and universities in the United States, and several different ways in which Americans identify them. Classification can be based on whether a school is financially supported by a state or not, the history of a school, how and when it was first established, or how the school primarily functions now. International students – coming [...]

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SAT – The Top 100 Vocab Words

Extensive reading is the best way to develop your command of tough vocabulary. But cramming Shakespeare and Milton before the test is not very practical. So, we’ve done a little investigating and have compiled the top 100 vocabulary words of all time. Use this list to strengthen your vocabulary and prepare for the test day challenge. abbreviate: (v) to shorten, [...]

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SAT or ACT, Which Test Should one Take?

There are two major college entrance examinations administered in the United States today: the SAT and the ACT. Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT are designed to allow college admissions officers to judge all students by a common measurement. Scores on these tests can compensate for differences in high school curriculum, grade inflation, and quality of teaching. In addition, [...]

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Show Purpose on you Statement of Purpose

Most universities require a statement of purpose as part of the college application process. This is an important way for a student to put a personal touch to his or her application compared to impersonal factors like test scores and grades. If you are applying to a top university you will compete with other students with great scores and marks [...]

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Writing the College Essay

Bates College gives some very useful tips regarding the college application essay. Short, sweet, and very effective! What’s the purpose of this essay? One purpose, obviously, is to give us a sample of your writing. Liberal arts colleges place a premium on strong writing skills. We look for a mastery of the mechanics of writing (grammar, syntax, and organization) as [...]

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Do Extracurriculars Really Count in College Admissions

Extracurricular activity gives insight into the non-academic interests of an applicant, and ultimately a glimpse into student motivation. While not the most important consideration of an admission committee at Carnegie Mellon, understanding how a student spends time outside the classroom can be an interesting consideration which adds value to building a diverse freshman class. “It is typically not the quantity [...]

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What they don’t tell you in the Brochures

Relationships and Romance College is a giant fishbowl. Some are guppies, some are sharks, and some are the kin of Jaws (usually basketball players). What I mean is that keeping your high school sweetie safe from all these predators is a tough task and not everyone can do it. Most pre-college relationships are challenged during that first year, so you’ll [...]

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Five Ways to Impress Your Professor

Respect Getting in good with your professor, is a fantastic failsafe should you find yourself in a tight spot sometime during the semester. Whether you’ve missed a quiz due to illness, don’t understand the material and need extra help, or have a similar quandary regarding your academic success, being able to approach your professor regarding the problem can make it [...]

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