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 formula,...

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

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

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

You should aim for your dreams in the undergraduate application process, but you can’t be certain of anything. It's important to apply to at least one college or...

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 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

Which of the following groups enjoys the greatest undergraduate admission advantage?

  1. Minority students
  2. Middle-income students
  3. Upper-class students

If you picked choice number three, then you...

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

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

For decades, anxious teenagers and their parents complained about the inability to take the SAT and ACT in summer. Finally, the test makers listened. Now,...

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 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

What is considered a good SAT score depends on the colleges and universities that you are applying to. The higher your SAT score, the greater...

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

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

September 11, 2018

When you discover where you get into school, let it sink in, be classy and be kind. Read on for some tips for handling your college...

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

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 a...

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 officers...

September 6, 2018

About 100 U.S. colleges and universities provide need-blind admissions for U.S. students. But some colleges that offer need-blind admissions do not meet the full demonstrated...

September 6, 2018

This is the time of year when plenty of super-achieving high school seniors are agonizing about their choices. Their parents are just as frazzled as...

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

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

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

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 reason...

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 all...

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

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

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 their...

September 5, 2018

U.S. colleges and universities are a popular destination for international students seeking to further their undergraduate and graduate education.

More than 1 million international students...

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 turning...

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, today’s...

September 4, 2018

If you always dreamed about attending one of the eight prestigious colleges that make up the Ivy League, you probably already know that admission to these...

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

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

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

College admissions committees value genuine interest in a few activities, or even just one that stands out. You don’t have to be involved in 15 different...

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 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

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 admissions...

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 you...

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 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

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

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

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 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

Most students will take the PSAT at some point, and it’s an important part of the college prep process. But that doesn’t mean everyone understands...

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

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 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

As you build your college list, you need to think about schools a little differently. Having a favorite school doesn’t always mean you’ll get in.

You may have heard...

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

Once you’ve found your dream school the question becomes: will I get in? It’s hard to predict accurately, but the college’s acceptance rates can give...