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Yale, Brown, and Dartmouth End Test-Optional — Will Other Schools Follow?
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Yale, Brown, and Dartmouth End Test-Optional — Will Other Schools Follow?

  In February 2024, Dartmouth and Yale — two Ivy League universities — announced that they were returning to their previous policies of requiring SAT or ACT test scores as part of their admissions processes. Brown followed suit in March 2024, announcing their decision to return to requiring standardized tests as well.   For the past few years these schools have been “test optional,” meaning students could choose to send test scores, but they weren’t required for admission. This signals a major shift in the college admissions landscape as other U.S. universities weigh if they should follow suit.  So how does this change impact students applying to Brown, Yale, or Dartmouth? And does this signal a larger trend in the admissions landscape?  Let’s find out.  Dartmouth is one of...
15 Google Meet Ideas For Teachers
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15 Google Meet Ideas For Teachers

You can make the most of Google Meet with your students with the best and most fun Google Meet Ideas for Teachers to lighten up your online classes. Even after the Pandemic, teachers and students still interact with Google Meet but not as it was at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Google Meet is a video conferencing service that serves various purposes, especially student-teacher interaction. Individuals and business owners also use Google Meet to hold important video and audio meetings. In this article have taken time to discuss the 15 Google Meet ideas for teachers that you can follow to illuminate your educational game and make distance learning for kids fun. What Is Google Meet? According to Wikipedia, Google Meet is a video communication service developed A...
Complete List of 900+ Schools
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Complete List of 900+ Schools

SAT and ACT scores are common admission requirements for college. But what if I told you that you could get into a great school without taking either of these exams? Behold test-optional colleges. Colleges that are test optional don't require you to submit SAT or ACT scores but will consider them if submitted. In this guide, we'll explain what "test optional" means for different schools before providing you with a comprehensive list of test-optional colleges and universities in the US. The first two lists will cover the best test-optional colleges and universities (i.e., those ranked in the top 100), and the last list will include all other test-optional colleges in the country. Along the way, we'll also give you a few key tips on when you should and should not send your SAT/ACT test scor...
Navigating Early Decision and Early Action Deadlines
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Navigating Early Decision and Early Action Deadlines

  As the college application season kicks into high gear, parents of college-bound students may find themselves trying to figure out which of the various deadline options are best for their student. Two of the most common application deadlines are Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA). Understanding these options, their differences, benefits, and important deadlines is crucial to help your student make informed decisions about their college journey. In this article, we’ll break down the distinctions between Early Decision and Early Action and provide you with the key dates to keep in mind.   Early Decision (ED): The Binding Commitment Early Decision is a college application process that offers a unique advantage and, at the same time, requires a significant commitment. Here’s what you...
The 13 Best College Essay Tips to Craft a Stellar Application
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The 13 Best College Essay Tips to Craft a Stellar Application

In many ways, the most labor-intensive part of your college application process is the essay. It’s not just about forwarding transcripts or entering a list of extracurricular activities—you have to craft something personal and compelling to show the admissions committee who you are beyond your resume. (more…)
The 2023 Counselors That Change Lives Awards – Colleges That Change Lives
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The 2023 Counselors That Change Lives Awards – Colleges That Change Lives

The Counselors That Change Lives Award recognizes those whose dedication to the college counseling profession reflects the CTCL ideals. By helping students frame their search beyond the ratings and rankings to find a college that provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life, these counselors change lives. Ana Almeida — Onward We Learn (RI)Nominated by Christopher Muñoz-Calene of Clark UniversityAna demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to understanding and representing her students’ experiences and perspectives while growing as a college access professional. She believes that authentic conversation, connection, and partnership with admission professionals and their colleges and universities is necessary to create greater opportunities for the college bound. Because she i...
Colleges With No Application Fee (Updated)
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Colleges With No Application Fee (Updated)

Trying to save money on college applications? Good news! There are actually quite a few colleges that allow you to apply for free. In this article, I'll provide some general information about application fees along with a comprehensive list of all the schools that offer free applications.   Application Fees at a Glance Most colleges charge application fees in the $50-60 range, but they can sometimes be as high as $90 (looking at you, Stanford). Many top schools charge application fees of $75 or more. To put this in context, suppose you are applying to five different schools. If three have $50 application fees and two have $75 application fees, you'll be spending $300 on applications alone. (And that doesn't include the cost of any ACT or SAT scores you might send as well.) That's not sma...
Scholarship Displacement: the Potential Downside to Outside Scholarships
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Scholarship Displacement: the Potential Downside to Outside Scholarships

There are many scholarship dollars available to college applicants. You expect they will ease the burden of paying for college, but beware: the hard work you put into researching and applying for outside scholarships may not ultimately be beneficial if the college to which you are applying  practices “scholarship displacement.” It is important to understand why scholarship displacement is an element of the college application funding process and how it may impact you and your parents. You also need to know potential ways to avoid its ramifications. What is scholarship displacement? Scholarship displacement is when a  school reduces, or “displaces,” the financial aid they have awarded you by the amount of an outside scholarship. Let’s say your award letter says you are eligible for $10,000...
SAT Test Dates for 2023-2024
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SAT Test Dates for 2023-2024

If you are in your junior year, you’ve probably been told a dozen times that this is the most important year of high school. One reason is because this is the year you will take the SAT – maybe once, or maybe a few times. And as you know, standardized test scores are an important component of your college application. (more…)
Thanksgiving Break College Application Tips
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Thanksgiving Break College Application Tips

Thanksgiving break is the perfect opportunity for high school seniors to catch their breath and tackle important college application tasks. With Early Action 1 deadlines in the past, Early Action 2 deadlines quickly approaching, and admission results on the horizon, it’s a critical time for college-bound students. As parents, you can help your child make the most of this break with some practical advice. In this blog post, we’ll outline Thanksgiving break college application tips to ensure your child’s time off is productive and well-spent. Organize Your Application Materials Your child is in the midst of college applications. This is likely the first time that they are dealing with piles of important paperwork. Help them get and stay organized. Collect all necessary documents, including ...
What Is a Good SAT Score for 2024?
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What Is a Good SAT Score for 2024?

The 2023-2024 college application season is in full swing, which means you’re probably taking standardized tests. Will your scores get you accepted to your top colleges? And if your scores aren’t high enough, what can you do to give your SAT scores an added boost?  We’ll walk you through how to decide if your SAT scores are good enough for your college admissions goals. We’ll: Answer the question, “What is a good SAT score for 2024?” Explain everything you need to know about overall average SAT scores in 2024 Show you how to figure out if your SAT score is high enough Ready? Let’s dive in! If you want to hit the bullseye with your college application, you need to understand what makes a good SAT score first.    What Is a Good SAT Score for 2024 Overall?  A good SAT score in 2024 is on...
Best Online Universities in 2023-2024
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Best Online Universities in 2023-2024

Deciding to attend school online can be a tough decision. Though the benefits of online programs—convenience, flexibility, accessibility—are highly appealing, the thousands of online program options can be overwhelming. How do you know which program you want to pursue? Which schools offer the accreditation and modules you need, and how do you know which one is right for you? We’re here to simplify the decision for you. Explore this list of some of the best online colleges to find programs offering bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, and postgraduate certificates. The Best Online Universities in 2023 2 ...
Financial Aid

A Student’s Guide to Finding the Best College Scholarships

Raising money for college can seem daunting with tuition, textbook fees, and living expenses to consider. Receiving scholarships and grants can make a big difference toward defraying the high cost of college. College financial aid packages typically don’t cover all costs and often include student loans. Applying for scholarships and grants takes time and patience, but has significant long-term benefits. These awards will help you pay for college without the financial burden created by student loans because unlike student loans, scholarships and grants don’t require repayment. Any funds you receive from these programs are considered gift aid. There are a wide range of scholarships and grants, including need-based awards, merit-based awards, and more. Here are a few simple ways to optim...
What’s the Difference? Weighted vs Unweighted GPA
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What’s the Difference? Weighted vs Unweighted GPA

Most students think a lot about their GPA in high school. There's no doubt that GPA is one of the most important pieces of information colleges will consider in your application. However, GPA can vary drastically in the way it's calculated at different schools. Some high schools use unweighted GPAs and some use weighted GPAs. I'll give you an overview of the differences between the two and what each type of GPA might mean in the context of your personal experiences. (more…)
Is Early Decision Binding?
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Is Early Decision Binding?

If you’ve been thinking about college applications, you might also be thinking about applying early. You’ve likely heard that early action applications are an option and that there are benefits to applying early. And if you’ve done some checking, you’ll notice that some schools offer early action, some offer early decision, and some offer both. While early action means you apply early and hear the college’s decision early, some confusion exists around early decision. So let’s clear that up now.   What Is Early Decision? And Is Early Decision Binding? If you are considering applying early, and there is one school that really stands out to you as your clear, first-choice school, then early decision might be for you. Early decision is not just an application. It’s a contract stating that i...