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5 Strategies for Finding the Right College for You


There are around 5,000 colleges in the United States and hundreds of new schools open every year. How can you swim through such a vast sea of choices and land on the right college for...

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...

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...

Road Rules: Get the Most Out of a College Visit

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Pre Planning Call to schedule your college visit at least two weeks ahead of time Many people do not pre-plan their college visit and this can lead to an unproductive visit. If you call ahead...

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...

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...

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....

Why Should I Choose a Catholic College or University?


Whether or not you were raised as a Catholic, these schools offer some unique advantages beyond their special brand of theology. Many American Catholic colleges and universities match up with our Four Distinctions of Engaged...

Why Should I Choose a Public College or University?


Many of our Colleges of Distinctions are private colleges, but there are plenty of great public colleges and universities out there and we’ve found the best public schools that provide a private college feeling. Each...