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Attending a Private School CAN be Affordable


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For most high school students, the cost of college can be daunting. Students have to choose between in-state schools, public universities, religious colleges, and private colleges, all while weighing their options against their budget. Most...

High Impact Practices – the Keys to Your Future


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When I was in college, I studied abroad, spending 12 months in South America. The experience completely changed my attitude about why I was in college, what college was for, who I was, and what...

SAT and ACT Study Tips


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The SAT and ACT are more similar than you might think. There are minor differences between the two tests; the ACT has a science section and the SAT has a math section that doesn’t allow...

9 Wacky Scholarships Over $5,000


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Let’s start off by saying that this list could go on and on. There are so many scholarship opportunities out there that it would be unwise to enter college without applying for some kind of...

Which is Right for You: SAT or ACT?


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There are many factors that colleges look at when deciding if an applicant is a good fit for acceptance. Colleges look at GPA, class ranking, individual grades, social involvement, and of course, ACT and SAT...

Capstone Courses: What and Why


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After four (or five, or six) years of work towards a college degree, most students are very anxious to walk across the stage, grab their diploma, and be on their way into the working world....

Relevant and Raw: Global Education Helps Reinvent Higher Ed


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Is higher education in danger of becoming irrelevant? It has been suggested that colleges and universities are not adapting to the needs and pace of the world. The IBM Institute for Business Value calls upon...

A New Kind of College Entrance Exam


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You’re sitting in an unfamiliar classroom surrounded by nervous students just like you—pencils click incessantly, eyes shift to the clock every few minutes, erasers scrape against scantrons. You stare down at your test. You’re being...

Should You Apply to College Early?


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Students find many types of application options when researching colleges: early versus regular applications, single-choice early action, and rolling applications. So what are the differences, and which one is the best for you? Different Early...

How to Survive a Homework Marathon


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I can’t even begin to list all the things about college that are better than high school. The freedoms are worth celebrating, and the course material is much more engaging and interesting. That being said,...

New FAFSA Changes and What They Mean for You


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So you’ve already started exploring colleges and financial avenues for funding your continuing education – excellent! But what exactly is FAFSA, and how do the new rules and dates affect you? What is FAFSA?  ...

Understand Your Needs and Put Them First


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Colleges enjoy sharing what makes them stand out. They tell their narratives—the stories at the core of their institutional identities—with enthusiasm through marketing messages, on-campus experiences, and interactions with admissions representatives, current students, and others....

Making the Most of College Fairs


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The possibilities! The buzz and hum! People going every which way with smiles and expectations! It’s a college fair, and it could prove to be a very valuable step toward realizing your dreams of finding...

Jobs You Never Knew You Wanted


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How would you like to get paid for collecting artifacts, eating chocolate all day, or translating communications? Hard as it may be for many of us to believe, jobs such as these really do exist!...

What College is Best for YOU?


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When looking for the school that will become your home for the next four years, and your alma mater afterward, you want to concentrate on what matters most to you. This can be really difficult...

4 Tips for Choosing a Major


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Many a high school student looks back on the college planning process only to agonize over the selection of a college major. I have two words of advice on that topic. First, you probably are...

Is College Preparing You for Real Life?


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Many students today report their college degrees did not adequately prepare them for life after college. Expecting to find jobs in their chosen career, they are dissatisfied with their employment results upon graduation. According to...

So You Got Rejected from Your Dream School


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The human brain has a sadistically enormous capacity to hold on to clear, clear memories of life’s most difficult moments. It clings incessantly to tragedies such as the day your first goldfish died, that time...

The Top 6 College Search Sites


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With thousands of colleges out there, it can be overwhelming to pick the right one. How can you narrow down your options and pick the best school for you? There are a number of websites...

Things I Forgot to Bring to College



I thought I lived a simple life. I thought I’d grown to be perfectly minimalistic, impervious to the petty evils of material things. I thought I was all set to move to school with little...

Living-Learning Communities Grounded in Faith



A distinguishing hallmark of Catholic colleges across the nation is that students do not have to choose between changing the world and advancing their career goals. They can do both. With opportunities offered through global...

High-Impact Educational Practices


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Taken from High-Impact Educational Practices: A Brief Overview The following teaching and learning practices have been widely tested and have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds. These practices take many...

What Is College Today?



Higher education in the 21st century is a rapidly changing landscape. New technologies, shifting economic realities, and a boom in the college-aged population have altered a world that was once a bastion of predictable traditions....

What is a Living Learning Community?


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Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are residential programs that allow you to connect with diverse groups of students who share a common focus. Students live together and participate in shared courses, special events and service projects...

8 Great Reasons to Consider a Gap Year


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The gap year—taking a year off between high school and college—has recently come back into vogue. The idea of a taking a sabbatical of self-exploration first became popular in the 1970s, but this new generation of...

9 Tips to Help with Your College Applications


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College applications take time, and they should! After diligent research to find the colleges and universities where you can study, learn and grow for the next four years, it’s now time to explain to the...

A College Education is a Solid Investment


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Despite the rising cost of higher education and what many reports would have us believe, investing in a college education remains a solid, profitable investment. Students who take out loans to pay for college have...

Finding the Four Distinctions on Your College Visit


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The Four Distinctions There are so many pieces of information that bombard you when you’re researching a college! From intramurals to quantum physics, it’s hard to prioritize what’s important about a campus. Keeping the Four...

6 Tips for Presenting your Activity Résumé


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The activity résumé is a great opportunity for you to explain important activities and accomplishments to admissions committees. By offering concrete information about yourself in a concise form, you seem more real and more interesting...

Financial Aid Terms Defined


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Paying for college can be confusing if you don’t understand the terminology. Below are some helpful definitions to common financial aid terms. Bursar A college office that handles both the distribution of financial aid and...

The Write Stuff: Effective Inquiry Letters


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Inquiry letters have a number of advantages. Obviously, you are able to get specific information that will help you make the best decision. You may be able to contact an athletic department or find out...

Myths in the College Search Process


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One of the biggest challenges for counselors is helping students really match their interests to the colleges that suit them best. Students often rule out schools too early in the process, thanks to myths in...

Helping Students and Parents



Where do you begin? Are you a new college counselor and are not sure where to start? Are you a veteran looking to enhance your current college guidance program? Or, maybe you stepped into a...

Social Media and Your College Search


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Almost every college is building virtual communities through social media. As you conduct your search, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with the school, admissions counselors, prospective and current students, even alumni. You can...