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

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

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

Colleges and universities take every form you could imagine, from compact city buildings to spread-out rural campuses. Living in an entirely new environment is thrilling,...

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

Many schools, especially those in smaller conferences, allow students to try out for athletic teams in a process called walking on. Walk-on tryouts demand a lot of time...

September 17, 2018

Every college or university with a Greek life program handles it differently, but many students have false perceptions of fraternities and sororities because of pop...

September 17, 2018

It can be difficult to will yourself to work out after a day filled with lectures, obligations and studying. The good news is you don’t...

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

Finals week is nearly here and the prospect of spring break is the only thing motivating you to study. Yet a new problem dawns on...

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 17, 2018

Taking a leadership role is a great way to build a resume or gain experience. There are several ways to go about taking a leadership...

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 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

Deciding which fraternity or sorority chapter to rush can be just as difficult as deciding to join Greek life in the first place. Going Greek can be...

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 12, 2018

 

Colleges and universities offer a wide range of options for students looking to play sports. In theory, you can play as an up-and-coming all-star...

September 12, 2018

 

It can be daunting to head to campus while knowing only few people, or no one at all. So you should take advantage 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....

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...

September 12, 2018

 

As much fun as living on campus is, here are a few rules to keep you safe if you venture out on a weekend....

September 12, 2018

 

Getting involved on campus is fundamental to the undergraduate experience. You can build your resume, make new friends, contribute to a great cause and...

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....

September 12, 2018

 

Picking your freshman year residence hall is a decision that can shape your entire first-year college experience. Here are some tips on how to...

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...

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...

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

 

Taking a walk around the town or city that surrounds a campus is almost as important as touring the school itself. Here are some...

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...

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,...

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...

September 7, 2018

 

The perfect remedy for a homesick college student is to take a break and go home for the weekend. But if home is too far...

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

 

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...

September 6, 2018

 

Attending a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor’s degree costs thousands of dollars. So students should consider the free services their potential...

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...

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

 

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

 

Well-honed skills and hobbies are a viable way to earn scholarships. If you play an instrument, take a look and see which scholarships you...

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,...

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...

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

 

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

 

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...

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...

September 4, 2018

 

International students sometimes are confused by American culture, especially if their understanding of American culture is based on American films and a few boisterous...

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

 

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...

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...

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

 

For some people, a gap year might be necessary. For others, it’s a desirable option before heading to college. If you are taking a...

August 30, 2018

 

Beyond tuition, books, room and board, a student living on campus while attending a four-year public school will still spend about $3,270 on expenses...

August 29, 2018

 

Choosing to go to the same college or university as your high school best friend can be an incredibly fun experience. It can also...

August 29, 2018

 

Attending a college or university will lead to a career in which you can succeed and love what you do. But school is so much 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...

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...

August 28, 2018

 

Even brand-new dormitories can be a little short on space, which can be a challenging when you're trying to fit multiple people into one...

August 28, 2018

Many high schoolers take on part-time jobs to help pay for entertainment expenses, get work experience and save up for college. Learn how to do...

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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...