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3 Key Tips for Writing Successful Tufts Supplemental Essays

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 11, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Tufts University has a selective acceptance rate—right around 14 percent in 2016. You'll need a strong application to stand out from other applicants, including stellar essays. Luckily, this guide is here to help you out!

In this blog post, we'll cover everything you need to know about the writing portion of Tufts University's application, including what prompts are available and how to answer them. 

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How to Get Into UC Berkeley: 4 Steps to a Stellar Application

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 10, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Wondering how to get into UC Berkeley? Getting accepted to Berkeley can be tough. How hard is it to get into Berkeley? In 2018, UC Berkeley received 85,615 applications, and it admitted 13,558 of those applicants, for an acceptance rate of 15.1%.

This makes UC Berkeley a “strongly competitive school”: it’s not quite as competitive as Ivy League schools, but you’ll need to have a strong application across the board in order to get accepted. In the rest of this guide, we’ll explain the UC Berkeley admissions requirements, when and how you should apply, exactly what Berkeley looks at when they review your application and how you can create the strongest application to maximize your chances of getting into Berkeley.

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College Interview Attire: What to Wear to Your Interview

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

As if college applications aren't stressful enough, an interview with the admissions department can ramp anxiety up to eleven. Though an interview is a great way to make a lasting impression, it also introduces some new things to worry about in addition to your application, such as what you're supposed to wear. 

Like all parts of the college application process, you want to make a good impression, but also be yourself. Not everyone is a fashion maven, and there are additional barriers for students experiencing academic hardship.

If you have questions about what to wear to a college interview, you're in luck—we've got answers. From how to style yourself to how to afford business casual on a budget, this guide will help you look sharp and feel confident during your college interview.

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4 Tips for Writing Stellar Dartmouth Essays

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Dec 6, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, is one of the best universities in the world. A member of the Ivy League, Dartmouth has notable graduates, top-of-the-line programs, and a miniscule admissions rate.

If you want to be one of the 11% of students accepted to Dartmouth every year, you’ll need to write some amazing essays as part of your application’s Dartmouth supplement.

In this post, I’ll talk about what the Dartmouth essay prompts are, which essays you can choose to write, and how to craft standout responses that’ll help ensure your admission.

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How to Write an Excellent “Why Tufts?” Essay

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 5, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you're applying to Tufts University, you should already have an answer to "Why Tufts?" But answering the "Why Tufts?" essay question as part of your application requires more than acknowledgement that it's a good school.

Whether you attend because Tufts has some of the happiest students or because you want the prestige of attending a well-regarded research university, this guide to the "Why Tufts" essay prompts will guide you through the requirements, expectations, and strategies you need to write an exemplary essay.

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How to Get Into West Point: 3 Key Tips

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Dec 4, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Located in West Point, NY, West Point is also known as the United States Military Academy.

West Point is one of the most prestigious universities in the country and is extremely competitive to get into. It also has an in-depth application process with some unique requirements that you won’t see at non-military colleges and universities.

In this article, we’ll cover exactly how to get into West Point, from the test scores you should aim for to the logistical requirements of your application.

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4 Tips for Duke Essays That Will Get You Accepted

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Dec 2, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Do you want to be a Blue Devil? If so, you’ll need to submit strong Duke essays as part of your application.

Duke requires its applicants to answer two to four essay and short answer questions when they apply. In this article, we’ll break down each of those questions and explain exactly what you need to do to write amazing Duke supplement essay. 

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7 Steps to a Successful MIT Application

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 30, 2018 12:30:00 PM

College Info, College Admissions

In 2018, MIT admitted only 6.7% of students who applied to the school. With such a low admissions rate, it may seem like getting accepted is close to impossible, but we’re here to help!

In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know to complete the MIT application, including when every important MIT application deadline is, what exactly you need to submit with your application, what admissions officers are really looking for when they review your application, and how you can make each part of your MIT application stand out from the pack.

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What Is Federal Work Study? How Does It Work?

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Nov 28, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info

You’ve been accepted into your dream college! Congratulations! Now comes an entirely new challenge: figuring out how to pay for your education.

College is expensive and becoming more so every year. If you don’t have a small fortune to fall back on (and most students don’t), you’ll need to put together a financial aid package that covers your tuition, room & board, and other expenses.

One common financial aid program is work study. In this article, we’ll answer the question “What is work study?” and discuss who qualifies for it, how much money you can earn, and whether or not you should take a work study job.

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4 Tips for Stand-Out Carnegie Mellon Essays

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Nov 27, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Carnegie Mellon is ranked among the top 25 universities in the nation, so you’ll need to have an impressive applicationwith stand-out essays, of course!in order to get admitted. Applicants must submit a total of four Carnegie Mellon essays, three of which comprise the Carnegie Mellon supplement.

Keep reading to learn what the current Carnegie Mellon essay prompts are, what topics you could write about, and what qualities make for a great Carnegie Mellon essay.

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5 Tips for Writing the Perfect Rice Essay Supplement

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Nov 26, 2018 12:30:00 PM

College Essays

Rice is one of the top 20 universities in the nation, and to get in, you need more than just awesome grades and test scoresyou need a compelling Rice essay. The Rice application requires several essays depending on the school you’re applying to at the university. So what should you write about for each Rice essay to make your application as strong as it can be?

We'll explain what the Rice supplement is and go over the Rice University essay prompts you’ll see on your application. After, we'll give you expert tips on how to answer each essay prompt so you’ll have an even better shot at getting accepted to this prestigious university!

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How to Be Successful in High School: Complete Guide

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Nov 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School

There's a lot of pressure in high school to prepare for the future, but between classes, extracurriculars, and trying to have a social life, thinking about what comes after high school can feel like being told to climb a mountain with no help.

Instead of fixating on the future, success in high school means thinking about what you can do now. Being on top of things in high school is a great foundation for success in the future. 

But what does being successful mean? How can you get started today? What should you worry about, and what should you let slide?

This guide will help you learn how to be successful in high school no matter where you are in your education. With tips and goals to strive for, you'll be prepared for the future at any point in high school—it's never too late to start getting a plan together.

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3 Tips for Writing Stellar Yale Supplement Essays

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Nov 23, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Yale admits just under 7% of their total applicant pool every year. If you want to be one of those admitted students, you’ll need to write amazing Yale essays as part of your Yale University application.

In this article, we’ll outline the different types of essays you need to write for your Yale University application and teach you how to write a Yale supplement essay that will help you stand out from the thousands of other applicants.

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How to Get Into Columbia: 3 Key Tips

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Nov 22, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Columbia University is a prestigious school, not just because of its low acceptance rate or high starting salary for graduates. It’s one of the oldest colleges in the US, and has had huge numbers of well-known graduates, including Founding Fathers, famous directors, and politicians.

Like any Ivy League, Columbia is a place for both education and networking, creating a solid foundation and social circle for your future career. But first, you have to know how to get into Columbia. And with a school and selective as Columbia, that’s going to be difficult—but not impossible. 

Follow this guide to get your college application in shape for a Columbia acceptance!

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Here's Exactly What to Wear on Your College Visit or Tour

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Nov 21, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

A college tour is one of the best opportunities you have to learn about what a campus is really like. Reading promotional material, or even student blogs, isn't the same as seeing and experiencing it for yourself, but, like any other aspect of applying to college, you need to make sure you're prepared for a college visit—and that means wearing the right outfit!

Most of the time, dressing for a college tour is a casual affair. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the best way to go about it—comfort and classiness are key.

This guide will walk you through the best way to dress for many different college visit scenarios. A bit of planning will help you have the best possible experience, as well as prepare you for interviews, auditions, and just exploring your dream campus. Read on to find out how!

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