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Summer is Primetime for Writing College Application Essays
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Summer is Primetime for Writing College Application Essays

As the school year winds down and summer season begins, it’s important for rising seniors and parents of college-bound high school students to understand the necessity of writing the college application essay during these sunny months. In this article, we’ll explore why tackling this crucial task early on can lead to a smoother application process and increase your chances of standing out among your competitors.  Beat the Fall Rush: Start Crafting Your College Application Essay Now Waiting until the last minute is a recipe for stress and mediocre essays. Writing your essay during the summer allows you to beat the business of the fall. Many students wait until the last minute to start their essays, which leads to unnecessary stress and compromises the quality of their work- when the school...
Digital SAT vs ACT: Which Should You Take?
College Planning

Digital SAT vs ACT: Which Should You Take?

Choosing whether to take the SAT or ACT for college admissions has always been tough. But now that the SAT is switching over to a digital format, there’s even more to consider!  In this article, we’ll give you the info you need to choose the best college entrance exam option for you. We’ll:  Explain how the transition to the digital SAT, or DSAT, impacts your decision-making Provide a complete comparison between the DSAT and the ACT (nifty chart included!) List the reasons you might prefer the ACT over the DSAT, or visa versa  Give you a quick, five question quiz to help you decide whether the DSAT or ACT is right for you Are you ready? Let’s dive in! Note: ACT, Inc. is running a small pilot in December to test out a digital version of their test, so some of this is subject to change an...
The Smallest Colleges in the United States
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The Smallest Colleges in the United States

You might be interested in going to a small college, but just how small is "small," exactly? In general, schools that are considered "small" have fewer than 5,000 students in total. However, quite a few schools are actually less than 1/10 that size! In this article I'll describe the characteristics of small colleges and then provide a list of the smallest colleges in the nation by category. That way you can decide if going to a small school really is the right decision for you.   List of the Smallest Colleges in the US These are the smallest four-year, non-profit colleges in the nation sorted by type and enrollment number. This list includes schools with fewer than 500 students but more than 50 students because colleges with fewer than 50 students are extremely rare and not relevant to e...
Are Ivy League Schools on The Common Application?
College Planning

Are Ivy League Schools on The Common Application?

September 15, 2023 All eight Ivies use The Common Application. Five Ivies also use The Coalition Application. Over 1,000 colleges and universities are members of The Common Application, the most widely used college application platform. Over 1,000 colleges and universities are members of The Common Application, the most widely used college application platform.  As there are only around 50 highly selective universities in America, suggesting an array of schools use the platform in their admissions processes would be an understatement. But, among the elite universities, do they all use The Common Application? Let’s dive in! Which Ivy League Schools Are On The Common App? All eight Ivy League sc...
Is Early Action Binding?
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Is Early Action Binding?

Applying to college early can be a good idea for a lot of reasons. Acceptance data shows that students who apply through early action have a slightly higher chance of being accepted. And once accepted, you can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the rest of your senior year. But is early action the same as early decision? And if you're accepted through early action, is it binding? Let’s take a look at what early action is, how it works, which schools offer early action, and just how soon you have to get your applications in. (more…)
The Best UC Schools, Ranked By Experts
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The Best UC Schools, Ranked By Experts

Choosing a college in California can be tough, especially since there are so many great options available. One of the best school systems to choose from is the University of California. In this article, we’ll provide a complete, ranked list of the best UC schools, give you information about each. We’ll list the campuses, give you important stats like how much each costs…and so much more! That way, you can pick the UC school that’s best for you. Let’s get started! (more…)
Understanding the Common App: A Step-by-Step Guide for Students and Parents
College Planning

Understanding the Common App: A Step-by-Step Guide for Students and Parents

As the back-to-school season kicks off, students and parents of college-bound students are gearing up for one of the most crucial aspects of the college planning process: the application itself. One of the most popular (and common) application tools is the Common App. Developed to simplify the application process for students, the Common App has become widely used by more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the United States and around the world.  The Common App allows both first-time students and transfer students to apply to multiple colleges at once, eliminating having to repeat some of the most tedious parts of the application. However, navigating this platform can be daunting, especially for first-time parents. Fear not! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the...
Research Underway by Gates Foundation Partners to Better Understand Test-Optional Admission
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Research Underway by Gates Foundation Partners to Better Understand Test-Optional Admission

iStock NACAC, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and several other organizations, is carefully exploring admission policies and practices in an increasingly test-optional or test-free environment. In a previous post, we provided an overview of the project, which is grounded in the work that the Task Force on Standardized Admission Testing for International and US Students completed in 2021. “The task force observed that if standardized testing perpetuates or worsens inequities, and if it is to remain a part of the undergraduate admission process at all, it must receive the most stringent of reviews,” according to the task force’s report on standardized testing. As an extension of this thinking, the committee recommended that colleges’ decisions about their tes...
How To Find a College That Fits You Perfectly
College Planning

How To Find a College That Fits You Perfectly

With nearly 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, the choices can be overwhelming, to say the least. There’s so much to think about when deciding where you will spend the next four years of your life, and it’s sometimes difficult to narrow down the choices. In choosing your best fit college, it’s best to consider as many variables as possible. If you’ve thought through various possibilities and reflected on what you’re looking for in a school, you'll know you’ve chosen the best fit when it’s time to sign your letter of acceptance. The best fit school is one that suits your personality, matches the goals you have for yourself, will help you reach those goals, and will meet your other needs and wants when it comes to social atmosphere, extracurricular opportunities, and acad...
Wesleyan president discusses why he ended legacy admissions
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Wesleyan president discusses why he ended legacy admissions

When Michael Roth announced two weeks ago that Wesleyan University was doing away with legacy admissions preferences, he braced himself for a bombardment of criticism from alumni. None came. The president of the highly selective institution in Middletown, Conn., said he’s received “uniformly positive” feedback from constituents. He thinks he’ll even be able to raise money off the decision. “The response I’ve gotten from scores of alumni is heartwarming,” he said. “These are people who might have kids—some of them do—and are saying, ‘My kid is applying, but I’m still happy.’” Most Popular Stories Most Popular The announcement went markedly better than his past attempts to put the kibosh on legacy preferences, a move he’s supported for years. In 2018, Roth, who has led Wesleyan ...
2 Admissions Experts Weigh In on Affirmative Action
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2 Admissions Experts Weigh In on Affirmative Action

In the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark college affirmative action decision, our head of admissions, Eren Harris, sat down to chat with two of the members of our Admissions Advisory Panel: Dr. K.E. Carver, a metaphysics researcher and former admissions officer at Harvard, and Brandon Mack, an experienced college counselor and former admissions officer at Rice University. Their wide-ranging conversation covers how this decision changes admissions, what diversity really means to colleges, and what students need to do going forward.    Despite this landmark Supreme Court decision, colleges aren’t going to suddenly give up on recruiting and admitting a diverse class of students, right? What are some of the ways they are going to try to meet these goals? The part of the ruling about e...
What Does It Mean to Be a Transfer Student [+ FAQ]
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What Does It Mean to Be a Transfer Student [+ FAQ]

It can be difficult to choose where to go to college, and it sometimes happens that a student realizes their current school isn’t working for them. Or perhaps a student starts out at a community college before continuing on to a four-year school to finish their degree. Whatever the reason, transferring to another school is always an option. If you’re considering a transfer to another school, you are not alone.   What Is a Transfer Student?A transfer student has completed at least 12 credit hours at one college or university but has since dropped enrollment at that institution and enrolled at a different school to continue their education. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as seeking a better academic, social, or environmental fit.   Before transferring, it’s important to under...
Which Is Right For You?
College Planning

Which Is Right For You?

If you have your sights set on Los Angeles for college, the University of Southern California and the University of California Los Angeles are two great options to choose from. But when it comes to USC vs UCLA…what are the differences and which is better? We’re going to break down both of these schools and what they have to offer, including campus sizes, the majors they offer, and how much tuition costs. Information is power, and once you have all the fact, you can make the best decision for you.   Ready? Let’s get started.  Royse Hall, University of California, Los Angeles (Satyricony/Wikimedia Commons)   What Is UCLA? The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public university part of the University of California system, founded in 1919. It’s a large university wi...
Top 10 Free Software for Data Visualization
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Top 10 Free Software for Data Visualization

The good news is that numerous free online data visualization tools can help you turn your data into meaningful and impactful visualizations. Whether you’re a business analyst, marketer, student, or someone interested in data, these free tools offer a wealth of options for creating high-quality visualizations.In this article, we’ll explore the top free online data visualization tools, their features and limitations, and how you can use them to communicate your data insights effectively.Free online data visualization tools often have limited features compared to paid ones and may have limitations on data storage and sharing options.Paid data visualization tools typically offer more advanced visualization options, customizability, and technical support. However, the specific comparison wil...
Does Early Action or Decision Increase Your Chances of Admission?
College Planning

Does Early Action or Decision Increase Your Chances of Admission?

You might have heard that getting into college is more competitive than ever. Students are applying to college in ever greater numbers, and many apply to multiple colleges, making the pool of applications even deeper. As a result, you are likely looking for anything that will help you edge out the competition. Your counselors or friends might have suggested applying early action or early decision to increase your chances of being accepted. But does applying early raise the odds of being accepted to the college of your choice? While not all schools offer these options, about 450 colleges across the U.S. offer one or both early admission option, according to College Board. Many popular and competitive colleges fall into this category, offering one or the other, or both. Read on for an expl...