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The 11 Best Pre-Med Schools to Help You Become a Doctor
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The 11 Best Pre-Med Schools to Help You Become a Doctor

Choosing an undergraduate school is the first major step any student will make on the path to becoming a physician. If you're an aspiring pre-med student, you'll want to give yourself the best opportunities and support networks in college and beyond. Applying to (and succeeding in) medical school is a grueling process, so you'll need to be prepared. Here, I'll talk about what actually makes a school good for pre-meds before getting into the good stuff: the list of best pre-med schools.   What Makes a School Good for Pre-Meds? 6 Key Factors Pre-med students need a lot of specialized resources and opportunities as undergraduates in order to boost their med school applications. It's important that aspiring physicians attend schools that aren't only highly ranked but that also provide un...
Potential Recession Evokes Graduation Worries
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Potential Recession Evokes Graduation Worries

Imagining life after graduation is understandably stressful for many college students — particularly for the 55% of undergraduates who’ll be leaving with student loan debt. Yet, amid today’s struggling economy, it’s not just student borrowers who have some apprehension about what comes next. The latest Student Loan Hero survey of more than 1,000 U.S. undergraduate students reveals that 46% of college students are worried they’ll graduate during a recession. But despite this real worry, their optimism appears to win out: 59% think college has prepared them for a career and 74% are confident they’ll find a job in the field they’ve chosen. Here’s what else we found. Key findings 46% of college students are worried they’ll graduate during a recession. This jumps to 5...
Full List of 1,000+ Colleges That Don’t Require ACT Scores
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Full List of 1,000+ Colleges That Don’t Require ACT Scores

Applying to college usually means writing some essays, asking for letters of recommendation, and submitting your transcripts. But what about the ACT and SAT? Is the ACT required for college? The answer is, not necessarily! In this guide, we explain what test-optional colleges are and give you the complete list of 1,000+ colleges that don't require ACT scores from applicants. We also offer a few tips for what to do with these ACT-optional college lists. Note: for a list of schools temporarily not requiring test scores due to COVID-19, read this article instead. Otherwise, read on to see which schools are always test-optional, test-flexible, or test-blind.   Is the ACT Required for College? Not Necessarily First off, is the ACT required for college in the United States? Or not? Though ...
What Is the SAT Waitlist? Should You Get on It?
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What Is the SAT Waitlist? Should You Get on It?

Did you miss the registration deadline for the SAT test date you wanted? Don't fear—you still might have a chance to take the test if you get on the waitlist. In this article, we give you instructions on how to register for the SAT waitlist, followed by some advice on whether it's the right choice for you. (more…)
Colleges Not Requiring SAT Scores
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Colleges Not Requiring SAT Scores

Not all admissions processes are created equal. One major point of difference among colleges these days is how admissions officers consider your SAT scores. More and more schools are de-emphasizing SAT scores as part of your application with test-optional and test-flexible policies. Some colleges has even eliminated SAT scores completely! There are now more than 1,000 accredited, bachelor-degree granting institutions that have changed their approaches to standardized test scores. Keep in mind that the majority of colleges, especially the more prestigious schools, do still require (and strongly consider) SAT scores. Let's take a look at the different score policies and the schools that no longer require applicants to submit their SAT scores for admission. Schools Temporarily Going Test O...
14 Summer Engineering Internships for High School Students
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14 Summer Engineering Internships for High School Students

Want to be an engineering major in college? A great way to set yourself up for success before you even begin your freshman year is to do an engineering internship or camp as a high school student. However, summer engineering internships for high school students can be tough to find. That's where we come in! We've compiled a list of the 14 best engineering opportunities for high schoolers, including some that pay you to participate!   How Can High School Students Learn About Engineering Careers? If you're interested in a career in engineering, there are multiple ways you can get more knowledge and experience in the field before even graduating high school. Below are the three best ways high school students can get engineering experience.   Job Shadowing Job shadowing is where you spend a ...
The 12 Best Journalism Schools
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The 12 Best Journalism Schools

It can be hard to find good information on the strength of journalism undergraduate programs. To help you get your college search going, we've rounded up a list of the best journalism schools for aspiring writers, editors, and reporters.   Ranking Criteria for Top Journalism Schools College ranking lists can be really helpful if you're just starting your college search—they're great if you want to get a general idea of what schools are out there and whether they fit your interests and criteria. The danger comes with using them as the be-all, end-all source of info about college quality—ranking organizations all use different methods for coming up with these lists, and they're not always transparent about the process. Although this ranking list should also just be used as a jumping-of...
How To Apply for Student Loans
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How To Apply for Student Loans

You may find you need to apply for student loans to help cover the rising cost of college tuition. After all, about 55% of bachelor’s degree recipients in 2020 graduated with at least some student loan debt. This step-by-step guide breaks down how to apply for federal and private student loans, as well as additional funding sources to consider. Note that federal student loans are generally better than private ones since they offer lower rates and flexible repayment terms. But if you need additional funds, private student loans can help. Before you begin: Gather the paperwork You’ll need to gather essential financial information when applying for college loans. The exact forms will vary based on the lender, but preparing in advance can help the process go as smooth...
Can You Reapply to a College After Getting Rejected?
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Can You Reapply to a College After Getting Rejected?

You've been denied admission to your dream college, but is there still hope? Can you reapply to a college after getting rejected? The short answer is, yes! You can reapply to the vast majority of colleges; however, it's often not your best option. In this article, we walk you through what your choices are and how you can make the right one for you.   Can You Reapply to a College After Getting Rejected? If you aren't accepted by a college the first time, can you wait a year and reapply? Technically, yes. Almost every college will allow you to apply again as long as you still meet the basic requirements for applying as a freshman applicant. Generally, this means you've graduated from high school but haven't enrolled in college classes beyond AP classes or community college classes taken wh...
9 Amazing Legal Programs and Law Internships for High School Students
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9 Amazing Legal Programs and Law Internships for High School Students

If you’re a high school student who’s interested in becoming a lawyer, you can actually start preparing for your future career now by participating in high school law internships and other law-focused programs.  High school law internships, summer programs, and law volunteer opportunities for high school students all allow you to explore legal careers before you ever even get to college. We’ll explain everything you need to know about these programs, including: The types of law programs available to high school students  Real-life examples of law programs for high school students Tips for including your law experience on college applications  Keep reading to learn more!      What Programs and Law Internships for High School Students Are Out There? When it comes to opportunities to exp...
On Affirmative Action | Ivy Coach
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On Affirmative Action | Ivy Coach

July 27, 2022 An op-ed writer for The New York Post makes a ridiculous argument against the merits of Affirmative Action. In an op-ed for The New York Post, a conservative-leaning daily newspaper, a writer argues that our nation’s elite colleges essentially have a moral imperative to end Affirmative Action so various under-qualified underrepresented minority students who earn admission don’t have to struggle to succeed academically once they matriculate. It’s an argument we, of course, find absolutely preposterous. But, hey, while we don’t agree with this argument one bit, we believe in sharing diverse perspectives on all topics related to college admissions, including the controversial topic of Affirmativ...
AP Test Dates 2023: Complete Calendar
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AP Test Dates 2023: Complete Calendar

Looking for the 2023 AP exam dates? We have the complete 2023 AP test dates as well as advice for getting through the busy May exam season. Keep reading to stay on top of your 2022-2023 study schedule and to get tips for dealing with the stress of endless AP tests! (more…)
Why Academic Administrators Should Learn Business-speak
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Why Academic Administrators Should Learn Business-speak

Which college majors are, on average, the smartest? Philosophy majors, followed by physics and astronomy, economics and math majors, score the most standard deviations above the mean on the GRE. Which college majors make the most money midcareer (who have not earned a graduate or professional degree)? Economics, engineering and math majors rank highest, followed, yes, by philosophy majors. Which college majors experience the fastest salary growth? Philosophy majors, naturally, trailed by math, econ, poli sci and, believe it or not, art history majors. As Matthew Yglesias, the widely read economics and policy blogger and journalist with a Harvard B.A. in philosophy, has observed, a philosophy degree signals intelligence, which is why leading tech firms like Google often hire philosophy majo...
The Best 13 Math Competitions for High School Students
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The Best 13 Math Competitions for High School Students

Math competitions are a fantastic extracurricular activity for high school students. Math competitions help students improve their math skills, earn scholarships, and stand out as college applicants.  If you are interested in getting into high school math competitions but aren’t sure where to begin, this article is for you. We’ll give you all the details on 13 math competitions for high school students, including the eligibility requirements and cash prize opportunities for each competition.  We’ll also briefly explain how to decide which math competition is right for you and how math competitions can help you shine as a college applicant. So let’s get started!     How to Use This List We know that different students have unique reasons for wanting to participate in high school math...
American Express Student Loan Alternatives
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American Express Student Loan Alternatives

American Express offers a variety of financial products to its customers — but there’s no such thing as an American Express student loan. If you’re looking to cover educational costs, you could in theory use your Amex card or take out a personal loan, but is either option the best for you financially? Although American Express student loans may not be an option, alternatives are available that won’t require you to max out your credit card or take out a high–interest loan. Here are a few options if you need money for school. Alternatives to American Express student loans Some students manage to pay for their education by receiving gift aid (such as scholarships), working to increase their income and asking for help from f...