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Do You Need ACT Scores to Transfer Colleges? A Guide
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Do You Need ACT Scores to Transfer Colleges? A Guide

One of the most complicated parts of transferring colleges is determining what the requirements are, especially when it comes to standardized tests. Unfortunately, there's no simple answer to the question of whether you need to take the ACT as a transfer student, but this guide will walk you through how different school policies vary and explain how much SAT and ACT scores count when applying as a transfer.   Do You Need ACT Scores to Apply to College as a Transfer Student? The short answer is that it varies. What's required of transfer applicants differs depending on the school you're interested in and how many credits you've completed so far. Generally speaking, the smaller and more selective the school and the fewer credits you've completed, the more likely it is that you'll need to s...
All the College Ranking Lists You Should Read
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All the College Ranking Lists You Should Read

People love ranking lists. There are tons of TV shows and articles ranking something, from the prettiest celebrities to the best songs of the 1980s. The fascination with college ranking lists has been around for over 30 years, ever since the U.S. News & World Report debuted its list in 1983. There are quite a few college ranking lists out there, but which ones are the best ones? Which ones should you look at? Honestly, all overall college ranking lists are flawed, and you should spend more time researching and visiting colleges than obsessing over college rankings to determine which college you should attend. However, in this article I will detail the pros and cons of different college ranking lists and of college ranking lists in general. You can obtain some worthwhile information ...
Ultimate Guide to the University of California Schools
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Ultimate Guide to the University of California Schools

The University of California schools are widely regarded as some of the best public universities in the nation. Because I have provided college counseling to hundreds of students in California and chaperoned college visits to UC campuses, I'm very familiar with these colleges and know people who have attended each of the nine UC schools that offer undergraduate education.In this article, I will describe the UC system, profile each of the University of California colleges, and explain how to choose which UC school to attend.Keep in mind that University of California schools are still accepting AP, IB, TOEFL, IELTS, and other international test scores. However, note this important change: Because the College Board has discontinued SAT Subject Tests and adopted a test blind policy for the SAT...
How to Pick the One for You
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How to Pick the One for You

If you're interested in going to college in New York, you may want to consider a State University of New York school. Unlike The City University of New York (CUNY) colleges, the majority of SUNY schools are outside of New York City, and many of them are in rural areas. In this article, I'll describe the SUNY system, profile the 4-year SUNY schools, and explain how to decide which SUNY to attend.   About the SUNY System The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. SUNY colleges are New York public colleges; there are 64 SUNY institutions of various types and sizes.In this article, I'll focus on the independent 4-year SUNY colleges with baccalaureate programs that you can enter as a freshman student. There are 25 SUNY scho...
The Best Small Colleges in the United States
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The Best Small Colleges in the United States

If you're interested in attending a small college, you may be wondering which schools offer the most rigorous academic experience combined with the best quality of life. In this article, I'll give you a list of the best small colleges in the nation based on student reviews and academic ratings, as well as some more specific great small college options.   What Is a Small College? For the purposes of this article, I'll define "small" colleges as colleges with undergraduate student enrollments below 5,000. These colleges are characterized by small class sizes, close student communities, and professors who engage directly with students. Attending a small college is sort of like being a part of a big family that's brought together through shared experiences and pride in the school. You ca...
The 17 Best Fine Arts Colleges in the US
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The 17 Best Fine Arts Colleges in the US

If you're interested in attending a fine arts college, your college search may be trickier than the average student's. It's relatively simple to compare standard undergraduate degree programs, but fine arts schools can be so different: they have different specialties, different facilities, and different curricula. How do you know which fine arts colleges are the best, and how do you know which ones would be good fits for you? I've taken the first step for you by compiling a list of the top fine arts colleges and bachelor's programs in the country. Each one offers something a little different, making this ranking list a bit more unique (and a bit more interesting) than your average college ranking list. Because it's difficult and perhaps unhelpful to give these schools a definite rankin...
What’s the Average College GPA? By Major?
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What’s the Average College GPA? By Major?

If you're still in high school, you might be curious about how college GPAs work and what you can expect for grades given your major of choice. Just like high schools, colleges vary in how they calculate GPA. Grade inflation also significantly affects college GPA at most schools, causing many students to end up with higher GPAs in college than they had in high school. In this article, I'll give you the facts about average GPAs at different types of colleges and within a variety of college majors.   What's the Average College GPA? The average GPA for students at four-year colleges in the US is around 3.15, or a B average. This is much higher than it's been in the past, a trend that demonstrates that grade inflation is a very real phenomenon for colleges. For example, a C used to be th...
4 Tips for Writing Perfect USC Essays
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4 Tips for Writing Perfect USC Essays

So you have your heart set on going to the University of Southern California. That's great—it's one of the best schools in the country! Unfortunately, that makes it tough to get into: only 12% of applicants are admitted each year. But don't worry. This guide will teach you everything you need to know to write an outstanding USC Writing Supplement. We'll answer all of your questions, including the following: What is the USC supplement? What are the questions, and how do I answer them? Are there tips and tricks for knocking your USC essays out of the park? What steps do I take to finish my USC application? Let's get started! What Is the USC Supplement? The USC Writing Supplement is an additional part of the USC application that you fill out on the Common App website. The supplement i...
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...
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...
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...
The 2022 Counselors That Change Lives Awards – Colleges That Change Lives
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The 2022 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. Jesse Bowen — Woodward Academy (GA)Nominated by Jade Domingue of Agnes Scott CollegeJesse changes lives both in his direct work with students and via his advocacy on their behalf. He champions liberal arts colleges and challenges himself to stay updated and engaged so that he can better direct more of his students to them. He is a cheerleader and ambassador for both his students and the colleges he believes are best for them. Jesse writes highly personalized recommendati...
The 21 Best Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities
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The 21 Best Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities

Figuring out which colleges you're interested in is arguably the most difficult part of the college application process. There's so much information to sift through—how could brief campus visits and informational brochures really tell you where you'll be most successful? This process is even harder for students with learning disabilities. You want to make sure there are programs in place to help you be the best you can be no matter where you go to school. If you want to apply to colleges for students with learning disabilities, this article is a great place to start your college search. We'll start off by talking about what these specialty programs have to offer before getting to the rankings. Afterward, we'll discuss the next steps to take if you decide a learning disability program ...
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A Liberal Education is a Practical Education – Colleges That Change Lives

Table 4 from the latest AAC&U Report, How College Contributes to Workforce Success: Employer Views on What Matters Most As I consider the excitement and challenges for high school students this month, I want to share a message primarily for juniors and seniors, since both groups of students are likely highly engaged in the college search – either at its beginning or in its final stages: Wherever you go, whatever you study, I hope you will seek out an education for the whole person that will last a lifetime. In other words, please consider a liberal arts education! A “liberal” education has nothing to do with political parties and everything to do with preparing for more than a specific job. A liberal arts education teaches students to understand and see connections between cause a...
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Ready, Set, Go! How to Begin a College Search – Colleges That Change Lives

For some, the path to their perfect school is easy and straightforward. For others, the process is a bit more convoluted, perhaps even confusing. Whatever path you’re on, I’m here to tell you it will be ok. No one expects students to have all the answers, and there are steps that can help you gain—and maintain—momentum in the journey to find the best college fit. Take a breath and dream a little. There is plenty of time to research, plan, apply, and decide. At the beginning, you don’t need to have a lengthy college list, decide on a major, or know what questions to ask at a college fair. Instead, you want to set the foundation for your college search by thinking about what you hope to get out of college and imagining what that experience might look like. Then make the time to discov...