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 honestly quite a few ways to go about visiting potential colleges and universities, so you can take advantage of as many as you...

September 18, 2018

Ah, standardized testing. We hardly look forward to it, but, in the American education system, there’s a heavy emphasis on taking them. The ACT and...

September 18, 2018

How to Take Useful Notes

If you think for a hot second that notes are something you won’t ever have to take again once you’re...

September 18, 2018

1. Take your classes seriously. Your GPA is one of the most important factors colleges and universities consider when evaluating your application. Although junior year is the most...

September 18, 2018

If you want to go above and beyond most of your peers, consider getting a jumpstart on your classes before they start. After all, many...

September 18, 2018

There’s a reason we all prize getting off on the right foot — it’s a lot easier to jump higher if you’ve pushed off from...

September 17, 2018

A guaranteed way to cut the cost of an undergraduate degree is to graduate in four years. But the vast majority of students do not manage...

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

When it comes to the SAT and ACT, high scores mean a greater chance getting into a college or university. Although there are many other...

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

If you're able to stay overnight at a campus you are interested in, that is a great opportunity to really imagine yourself living and studying there. Accordingly,...

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

You’ll have several presentations to make throughout your undergraduate years, but the prospect of public speaking combined with academic stress can terrify students. Here are...

September 17, 2018

Although you faced important exams in high school, college or university finals are more stressful and require more studying. Finals can make or break your campus...

September 17, 2018

After your first year of living on campus, you’ll have plenty of options for new living spaces like Greek housing, fancy dorms and off-campus housing....

September 17, 2018

Living in a dorm is a part of the quintessential campus experience, but movies and television shows have perpetuated a few misconceptions about dorm life....

September 17, 2018

A college or university tour will highlight the best things that a campus has to offer. You should ask questions beyond what’s presented in order to get...

September 17, 2018

Winter break are made of a few wonderful weeks of rest, catching up with family and meeting up with friends. Still, there’s plenty of preparation to...

September 17, 2018

Optimizing your study strategies can save hours of precious time. Studying efficiently will alleviate stress and leave you with more free time. Here are some...

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 14, 2018

Of all the factors that can make or break your first semester of living on campus, your roommate is among the most important. Just like your classes,...

September 14, 2018

You only get one freshman orientation, so you want to go with an open mind and enthusiasm. It’s a new and busy process, but making...

September 14, 2018

As high school juniors and seniors begin to craft lists of colleges and universities they’d like to attend, it’s important to remember that not every...

September 13, 2018

The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) is an association of 11 private liberal arts schools in New England, specifically Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New...

September 13, 2018

In many ways, the East Coast and the West Coast have completely different cultures and lifestyles. New England is very different California. Even so, there...

September 13, 2018

Many students expect to graduate from a college or university in four years, but, for a majority of students, that’s not the case. Did you...

September 13, 2018

You’re bound to make a lot of new friends in an undergraduate program, yet your peers aren’t the only ones on campus you should form...

September 13, 2018

Whether you’re studying in high school or an undergraduate program, group assignments are common. It can be intimidating to let others determine part of your...

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 13, 2018

Many potential artists pursue degrees in visual art or design at colleges or universities that offer non-related programs. Also, many schools allow students to pursue a...

September 13, 2018

Students who are single parents are much less likely to graduate than other undergraduate students. They also graduate with more student debt. Yet there are several...

September 13, 2018

When deciding which colleges and universities to apply to, it takes more than comparing each institution’s price to find the right pick. There are several...

September 13, 2018

Preparing for the ACT and SAT takes months. Students read and take practice tests, go to SAT prep classes and sometimes hire tutors to walk them through the process. For...

September 13, 2018

The sooner you decide on a major, the sooner you can land internships and ready yourself for a job by the time you graduate from a...

September 13, 2018

Do you have questions about SAT Subject Tests? If so, you are in the right place. Here are 10 things you need to know about SAT Subject...

September 13, 2018

There’s plenty to be done while you’re finishing your senior year of high school. So procrastinating the undergraduate application process can throw a wrench into...

September 13, 2018

By the end of your junior year or the beginning of your senior year of high school, you'll need to ask one to three of...

September 12, 2018

Some of my fondest memories are of late summer nights with my high school friends just before we left for our colleges and universities. High...

September 12, 2018

So you moved in, said sweet goodbyes to your family and finally met your new roommate. Your freshman year is in full swing, yet there are...

September 12, 2018

Some students experience senioritis after they submit their college or university applications. They will cut themselves slack after months of hard work in an attempt...

September 12, 2018

Unless you’re going to school in California, Florida or another sunny locale, it’s possible that your first campus winter will be a chilly adjustment. Here...

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 they...

September 11, 2018

College fairs are a great opportunity to meet with representatives of many schools all at once. But you will get more benefits from a fair if you...

September 11, 2018

Roughly three million college or university students have some type of learning disability, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. What is remarkable about...

September 11, 2018

College isn’t only about taking classes and earning a degree. It’s also an opportunity for you to be a part of groups and programs while...

September 11, 2018

Understanding the world of college financial aid can be difficult. To make the process easier, here are answers to some of the most common questions...

September 11, 2018

Before you apply for admission to a college or university, ask whether the institution and the specific degree program are accredited. Accreditation is a form...

September 11, 2018

When visiting a college or university campus, you need to stay long enough to ask a lot of questions. That means that you should not...

September 11, 2018

The Big Ten Conference is a bit of a misnomer, since it’s actually made up of 14 universities from across midwestern and eastern America. Each university...

September 11, 2018

What makes a university a research university? It's all about how the school prioritizes research, undergraduates and graduates. Read on to learn everything you need...

September 11, 2018

One thing that undergraduate applicants often forget to do is converse with students who are currently attending a college or university. By doing this, applicants...

September 10, 2018

Most students seeking a bachelor’s degree attend a university, not a college. Although Americans use the words university and college interchangeably, they are starkly different in many respects. When exploring your choices,...

September 10, 2018

High school students don’t have to step foot on campus to start earning their degree. Taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes or enrolling in college-level classes as...

September 10, 2018

Colleges that you’ve never heard of sometimes offer the most tantalizing bargains for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Plenty of families worry whether these colleges...

September 10, 2018

Summer is a great time for high school juniors to impress colleges. Here are a few activities that students can do to add some bling...

September 10, 2018

Students whose passions intersect in unrepresented ways sometimes create their own majors. By combining classes from various departments and proposing plans to their colleges or universities,...

September 10, 2018

Most community college students who would like to obtain a bachelor’s degree never do. Only 14% of students who start at a community college end up transferring and earning...

September 10, 2018

Every year, millions of students begin their college journey at community colleges. Did you know that 40% of undergraduate students get their start at a...

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 earning...

September 6, 2018

One of the most common high school rumors is the myth that there is only one perfect school for each student. So it is not...

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 currently...

September 6, 2018

College life comes with a lot of changes; more responsibility, a rigorous academic schedule and a host of new opportunities. One of the most significant, though,...

September 6, 2018

In the last several years, colleges have offered free online classes to anyone with an internet connection. These massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offer...

September 6, 2018

There are tempting benefits to taking some of your college classes online—taking tests at home in your pajamas, listening to lectures as you do your...

September 6, 2018

Although colleges across the country are required by law to provide services to students with disabilities, some go above and beyond. If you’re a student...

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 to...

September 6, 2018

College campus tours usually feature an upbeat and motivated college student decked out in spirit gear walking backwards on a manicured path through campus. These tour guides are...

September 6, 2018

The College Board made dramatic changes to the SAT and a slew of prep books are promising students success on the redesigned exam. Students should take...

September 6, 2018

If you benefit from live, discussion-based explanations and visual tutorials when studying, online SAT prep classes might be your best chance of improving your score. We’ve...

September 5, 2018

If you'll be a junior or haven’t yet finished your junior year, follow our advice for using this time to impress colleges and universities.

Challenge Yourself...

September 5, 2018

If you’re preparing to take the SAT, take a look at this advice for expanding your vocabulary with as little anxiety as possible.

Study the...

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 their...

September 5, 2018

Once you receive acceptance letters from colleges or universities, making the final decision is not easy. If you are accepted to two or more schools, which...

September 5, 2018

Choosing among two or more schools can be challenging. You might find yourself flipping from one to the next because each is the best according...

September 5, 2018

Maybe you read extensively about the college or university of your choice, or heard about it from current or former students. But nothing compares to seeing and experiencing a...

September 5, 2018

The option to take a class online is a somewhat new idea. As a result, there are a lot of opinions regarding the quality of...

September 4, 2018

Although earning a double major requires more work, you can walk away with two degrees. Take a look at these subjects that pair well for...

September 4, 2018

For many students who have a niche academic talent or who are applying as non-native English speakers, SAT Subject Tests are an excellent way to...

September 4, 2018

When a student visits a college or university campus, it demonstrates that the student is interested in the school. It also shows the admissions office...

September 4, 2018

International students must be able to listen, read, write and speak English well, or they will not be successful at a U.S. college or university....

September 4, 2018

Students (and their parents) often feel that they must choose the most prestigious college possible. But data demonstrates that you don’t need to enroll in a...

September 4, 2018

The number of international students attending U.S. colleges and universities has skyrocketed. We’ve compiled a list of five colleges that cater to international students.

Babson...

August 31, 2018

If you’re like many teenagers, your college goal is getting admitted.  What is far more important, however, is succeeding academically once the admission process is...

August 31, 2018

If you want to be successful in college and after you graduate, you need to start college with a blueprint for your life. As soon...

August 31, 2018

By your junior year of high school, you could have the option to study abroad or work as an intern. Opportunities like these often are during...

August 31, 2018

College-bound high school students (and their parents) are fascinated by college rankings, but college rankings do not help students find the right college for them....

August 31, 2018

For students trying to determine whether to sit for AP exams this spring or to sign up for AP classes, there are clear advantages to...

August 31, 2018

Deciding to double major is not an easy choice. There is a lot to consider, especially if you’re majoring in two unrelated fields. Double majoring...

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 credit....

August 30, 2018

Standardized testing is a way of life in the academic world, especially for those pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. The SAT and ACT can be...

August 30, 2018

One of the most common tools used by students to choose a college is a ranking system. College admissions counselors, however, warn students against giving...

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

The first step in achieving success after high school is to figure out which learning styles work the best for you. In order to reach...

August 29, 2018

Predictive analytics are becoming an increasingly important factor for college admissions modeling. They help predict the likelihood that a student will enroll if admitted. Predictive analytics can...

August 29, 2018

If you’re like many high schoolers, at one point you had a vision: you and your best friend, boxes in hand and your parents a...

August 29, 2018

These 12 test-taking tips will help you get a better score on the ACT, SAT and other college admissions tests.

1.Practice, practice, practice. Practice improves...

August 29, 2018

Admissions test scores can affect whether a student is admitted to selective colleges or qualifies for academic scholarships. Students with higher test scores are more...

August 29, 2018

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

Q: What should I do during my college visits to get the...

August 29, 2018

High school students are given plenty of opportunities to jumpstart their college career. There are so many ways to get ahead that it can be...

August 28, 2018

Your senior year of high school is the perfect time to prep for your next four years at a college or university. So there's a...

August 28, 2018

Your junior year is the most important time for college prep. It’s the time you’ll choose colleges to apply to, take admissions tests and decide what you...

August 28, 2018

College preparation starts early. From the first day of high school, everything counts towards college. Here's what you do can do make sure your freshman year...

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 to...

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 interview....

August 28, 2018

Student loans are confusing; repayment plans, forgiveness and deferral can spark anxiety in even the most financially-savvy grads. So let's dive right in: there are...

August 28, 2018

Taking advanced placement (AP) classes can have big advantages. AP classes demonstrate to schools that you're a hard worker and high academic achiever. They're also...

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 27, 2018

Choosing a major is a huge decision because it will impact your college years, internship options and your future career. That means it's not a decision...

August 27, 2018

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

Q: How do you raise your GPA over 4.0? Some people I...

August 27, 2018

Textbooks are a sore subject for most college students, as they're known for being expensive, and some students complain that their professors barely use the...

August 27, 2018

College is exciting for a lot of reasons; you’re on your own, you feel like an adult and you’re meeting new people and learning new...

August 27, 2018

Community colleges offer plenty of benefits; the costs are far below what you’d pay at a private school and often in-state public schools, they’re close to home and they...

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

When you’re a freshman or sophomore in high school, it feels like you have forever until you need to start thinking about college. However, the...

August 27, 2018

Social media is a big part of everyday life. You use it to bond with friends, keep in touch with family, and even learn more...

August 27, 2018

Sometimes it feels a little awkward to build a relationship with an adult who isn’t a relative. However, finding a mentor during high school is...

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 27, 2018

No matter if you're taking your finals or midterms, it’s important to do well on these tests! So here are some tips to ensure that you...

August 27, 2018

Transitioning from middle school to high school can be rough. What if most of your middle school friends ended up in a different high school,...

August 27, 2018

Your college search comes with a lot of questions. For example: what’s the difference between public and private schools? How can I get scholarships? How are community...

August 24, 2018

Many high schoolers worry about their GPAs. Your grade point average is an important part of your college applications, so it's definitely something you should...

August 24, 2018

Women’s colleges have grown and changed over time. They’re no longer finishing schools for southern belles – they’re fun, academically challenging environments for strong, independent...

August 24, 2018

Do you know your grade point average (GPA)? If you can’t answer that question off the top of your head, you aren’t paying enough attention....

August 24, 2018

Have you been to a college fair yet? If not, it’s time to start thinking about attending one! College fairs are beneficial for all high...

August 24, 2018

Private vs. public, junior college vs. four-year university, for-profit vs. non-profit; this college jargon is enough to make anyone’s head spin! Here’s a rundown of...

August 24, 2018

Chances are, you’ve thought about your college major. But what about your minor? While it’s not typically required to graduate, getting a minor in college...

August 24, 2018

Some of us are certain we want to be doctors or lawyers from a very young age. But what if you’re not one of those...

August 24, 2018

You know your academic history is a big factor in whether or not you’ll get into your dream school. So how can you choose classes...

August 23, 2018

You've heard it since elementary school: plagiarism is never acceptable. But knowing it's wrong doesn't mean you haven't done it-many of us don't fully understand...

August 23, 2018

What are the highest-paying college majors? You may have heard STEM fields are where you want to look if you’re seeking a lucrative degree, but...