September 18, 2018

There are always some mixed emotions about visiting a college or university that you’ve been daydreaming about when you’re supposed to be paying attention to...

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.
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

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

Good question. I mean, obviously, the tests change every year, but we can logically look at each section, as well as previous tests and give it...

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

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

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 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 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

Small colleges and universities, or institutions with 1,000 students or less, offer students a more intimate experience. Classes are small and less likely to be...

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

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

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

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 14, 2018

Students spent an estimated $470 million on application fees for undergraduate admissions in 2015, based on data from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The...

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

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

Whether you’re an incoming freshman looking to make some extra spending money or a rising high school junior hoping to get some experience in 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

The following is a short list of colleges and universities that are well known for the strength of their transfer programs. Additionally, these institutions consciously maintain...

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

Many high school students wonder about the importance of Advanced Placement (AP) classes and test scores when applying to an undergraduate program. The answer largely depends on the...

September 12, 2018

During your junior year of high school, you probably are starting to think about going to a college or university. Although most of the application...

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

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 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

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 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

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

So you found an undergraduate school that you think would be a good match, went for a tour and maybe even spent the night with 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 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

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

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

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

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

The Simplified Needs Test and Auto Zero EFC are simplified versions of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that are available to some...

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 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...

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 29, 2018

 

From the FAFSA to your GPA, so many factors are taken into account when applying for college or university scholarships, grants, loans and work-study...

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

 

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...

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

 

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

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 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

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

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...