October 29, 2019

 

How to Apply for College: A Downloadable Checklist

October 30th is Checklist Day! In honor of this momentous holiday, we’re going to talk about...

July 26, 2019

The entirety of senior year of high school feels like the eleventh hour. Everyone’s rushing to meet a deadlines every which way, this deadline for...

July 25, 2019

The entirety of senior year of high school feels like the eleventh hour. Everyone's rushing to meet a deadlines every which way, this deadline for...

July 25, 2019

 

The entirety of senior year of high school feels like the eleventh hour. Everyone's rushing to meet a deadlines every which way, this deadline...

January 4, 2019
Considering the amount of work that has to go into every application for each college or university (which should be at least 5!), the last thing you want to exert brain power on is which application platform you should use. We're here to make it easier for you by breaking down the three top application platforms: Common App, Coalition, and Universal.
October 17, 2018

 

There are a wide variety of reasons that students begin their postsecondary education at community colleges. Cost is certainly one of the primary motivations,...

September 18, 2018

Have your written your first college/university admission essay draft yet? Yes? Great! You’re in the right place.

Step One: Sleep On It

Editing directly after...

September 18, 2018

 

There are any number of formulas out there for writing personal statements for undergraduate applications. Some encourage you to stick to the traditional opening-body-conclusion ...

September 18, 2018

Waiting is the most difficult part of the college/university admissions process. There are a number of reasons to consider applying Early Action (EA) or Early Decision...

September 18, 2018

A resume can seem pointless when you’re still in high school. You’re likely imagining a stuffy document with a ton of impressive job titles and...

September 18, 2018

As application periods loom, it’s time to set criteria on how to judge the applications that come flooding in for early action or early decision...

September 18, 2018

Everyone talks about the waiting game for students, that period between submitting their application and hearing about acceptance. People often forget that once the students’...

September 18, 2018

You believe in your institution, and your goal is to bring in students that will most benefit from what your college or university supplies. As...

September 18, 2018

Anytime an admission statistic drops, it warrants a closer look. The last year has seen a significant decrease in International Student Enrollment. The cause has...

September 18, 2018

It’s crunch time. The last four years? They’ve been leading up to this. “This” being applying for college. You can feel the pressure with...

September 18, 2018

May 1 was Decision Day, the day that many students must decide which college or university they will attend in the fall (specifically, which schools require...

September 17, 2018

If you aced high school, will graduate with a stellar academic record and have top test scores, should you aim for elite schools? Plenty of high...

September 17, 2018

These insider tips can help you ace undergraduate interviews for highly selective colleges and universities.

Optional Interviews Aren’t Really Optional

Even if an interview is...

September 17, 2018

Every summer, high school students choose between internships, jobs and volunteer opportunities. All of these can be rewarding, but many students wonder what colleges and...

September 17, 2018

report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that 35% of undergraduate students transferred to a new school from 2004 to 2009. The report...

September 17, 2018

Are you applying to wrong schools for the wrong reasons? It happens all the time. A third of students at four-year colleges and universities transfer....

September 17, 2018

What is a legacy student, why does it matter, when does it matter and what should you do if you aren't one? Read on to learn...

September 17, 2018

Writer’s block can hinder even the best ideas for a college or university admissions essay. This is understandable, as there is a lot of pressure associated...

September 17, 2018

Getting into your top choice isn't impossible, but it will be challenging. To make the process easier, read these 12 tips to improve your odds...

September 14, 2018

Your vision of your undergraduate experience might differ from that of your parents. This disconnect can be a source of contention as college and university...

September 13, 2018

The Cappex Application reached the coveted second place among application platforms in its second year of operation. The Cappex Application is a free, standardized and easy-to-use...

September 11, 2018

 

It’s not uncommon for students with a learning disability to earn an undergraduate degree. One in five freshmen (22%) in a nationwide UCLA survey said...

September 11, 2018

 

Some students receive noncommittal letters in the mail, also known as a likely letters from colleges or universities. Although likely letters are positive, they...

September 7, 2018

 

Many high school students are focused on getting accepted to a college or university, but an increasing number of students are looking ahead and...

September 6, 2018

 

College admissions officers are now spending less time reviewing college applications. Admissions officers working in teams of two used to spend 12-15 minutes with an application, but...

September 6, 2018

 

Some colleges and universities offer a college admissions interview, which allows applicants to visit with admissions officers or alumni interviewers and discuss why they are...

September 6, 2018

 

Students who excel at one sport, hobby or club are more desirable to elite colleges and universities than students who join many activities. Admissions...

September 6, 2018

 

For high school students who want to earn some academic credit before college, taking summer classes at an established university is a great way...

September 5, 2018

 

Applicants who are dealing with difficult situations at home, such as a chronically ill parent or family hardship, should tell the admissions office about...

September 5, 2018

 

In that anxious period of time leading up to the release of college acceptance letters, students often wonder if they should contact the colleges...

September 5, 2018

 

What does it mean to be waitlisted? Most of the time, it means you have the academic credentials to be admitted, but for one...

September 5, 2018

 

Many colleges offer or require an admissions interview as a part of the application process. Many students, however, don’t realize that in addition to confidently answering...

September 5, 2018

 

You will be able to apply for a visa after you have been admitted to a college or university and accepted the offer of...

September 5, 2018

 

In March, college admissions officers make their final decisions, seal the envelopes and mail them to all of the eagerly awaiting applicants. Most students spend half of...

September 4, 2018

 

Admissions decisions arrive in the spring for students who applied regular decision or who were deferred from the early admission pool. This marks a...

September 4, 2018

 

Last year, more than 170 colleges from Harvard to Kalamazoo College pledged to consider service as a larger part of their application.

“Too often,...

September 4, 2018

 

An analysis of government data finds that high school seniors who meet with school counselors are more likely to file the Free Application for...

September 4, 2018

 

Colleges and universities with rolling admissions evaluate applications as they are received, instead of using a single admissions deadline. These institutions take applications until...

September 4, 2018

Internships provide out-of-classroom knowledge that is useful for college admissions and the professional world. Students who complete internships show initiative to future employers and colleges. Here...

August 30, 2018

 

Some colleges allow students to apply to school-sponsored gap-year programs. Students can receive funding to travel and work (or volunteer) abroad. Others receive college...

August 30, 2018

 

Before setting foot on campus, there are often application fees. Check these best practices to make sure you’re getting the most out of the...

August 30, 2018

Every year, one of the most rigorous parts of the college application process happens on Saturday mornings, the SAT and ACT test. Many students, however,...

August 29, 2018

 

Juggling multiple college application requirements, deadlines and fees just became a lot easier. Cappex has created the Application Manager to simplify the college admissions process, saving...

August 28, 2018

 

Our college expert Mark Kantrowitz answers your questions about college and financial aid.

Q: Some of the colleges I'm interested in require prospective students...

August 28, 2018

 

Our college expert Mark Kantrowitz answers your questions about college and financial aid.

Q: Some of the colleges that I'm looking at require an...

August 28, 2018

As you're getting ready to apply to college, you'll hear a lot about your transcripts. This can be a little intimidating, especially as most high...

August 28, 2018

If you're worried about all the words you don't recognize during the college application process, our admissions glossary is here to help. Review the glossary...

August 28, 2018

If you're struggling to comprehend all the unfamiliar words you come across in the college application process, you're not alone. Our admissions glossary covers the...

August 28, 2018

Our admissions glossary is here to make your application and enrollment as easy as possible. Be sure to review our complete glossary as you continue...

August 28, 2018

Need help better understanding all the complicated terms related to college admissions? Be sure to check out our full admissions glossary after you review G-I. 

GPA:...

August 28, 2018

Are you confused about the words you see as you apply to college? Here are some terms you'll need to know below, and be sure to review...

August 28, 2018

All of the various components of the college application process can be complicated. So read on for terms and definitions from A-C! This will ensure...

August 27, 2018

You probably planned a lot of fun activities with friends for the summer and maybe even a vacation! But don't let all the warm weather and outdoor...

August 27, 2018

There are multiple ways to earn a bachelor's degree and one of these options is to enroll in a community college following high school graduation. Once you’ve completed...

August 27, 2018

Have you thought about your freshman year goals yet? Maybe you haven’t, or maybe your main objective was just finding your classes the first week...

August 24, 2018

Have you met with your school counselor yet this year? So you can prep ahead, here are the best reasons for developing a good relationship...

August 24, 2018

You made it! Your last year of high school is here, and while it’s tempting to let senioritis get the best of you, don’t get...

August 24, 2018

How much do you know about letters of recommendation? Many colleges and scholarships require them with your application. So it’s time to brush up on the basics and...

August 24, 2018

There’s a lot you’ll need to do before you send off your college applications. What if you forget an important requirement and don't get into...

August 23, 2018

The Cappex College Admissions Counseling Survey asked counselors about the number of college admissions applications they recommend students submit and the actual number of applications...

August 23, 2018

It’s deadline time for early decision applications to college. Early decision is a college admissions process in which high schools students send their application to their...

August 23, 2018

It’s deadline time for early decision applications to college. Early decision is a college admissions process in which high schools students send their application to their...