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Hannah Muniz

Hannah received her MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. From 2013 to 2015, she taught English in Japan via the JET Program. She is passionate about education, writing, and travel.

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The 9 Best Jesuit Colleges

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Interested in attending a Jesuit college? You’ve probably come across a few in your college search and didn’t even know it. Jesuit colleges are private colleges affiliated with the Jesuit order (a form of Catholicism). However, you don’t need to be a Jesuit or a Catholic in order to attend one of these schools—or to get the most out of your experience at one.

If you’re strongly considering going to a Jesuit college, you're probably wondering just how good these colleges really are, academically speaking. In this guide, we introduce our picks for the top nine Jesuit colleges in the US. We then offer some tips on whether you should attend one or not.

Before we go over our list of Jesuit colleges, though, let's briefly go over what a Jesuit college is.

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Is Stanford an Ivy League School? Is Duke? MIT?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Most people have at least heard of the Ivy League, but not everyone knows which schools belong to the venerable group. Is Stanford Ivy League? Is Duke Ivy League? Is MIT Ivy League?

In this article, we'll answer these questions and more as we take a look at which schools comprise the world-renowned Ivy League and which schools are most often mistaken for Ivy League institutions. We'll also explore what being in the Ivy League means for schools and how Ivy League schools compare with those not in the Ivy League in terms of national rankings and selectivity.

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4 Tips for Writing Stellar UGA Essays

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 15, 2019 5:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

The University of Georgia is an excellent public school ranked in the top 50 universities nationwide. If you’re applying here, you’ll need to submit two amazing essays. So what are the UGA essay prompts? And how can you ensure your UGA essays will make you stand out?

In this in-depth guide, we give you all the current UGA essay prompts and tips for choosing and approaching the best prompt for you. We also look at an actual UGA application essay example to give you an idea of what your own essay can and should look like.

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4 Tips for Writing a Great UIUC Essay

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 15, 2019 1:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

Thinking of attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? Then you've come to the right place. For this highly ranked public school, you'll need to submit a personal statement with your application. But what should you include in your UIUC essay to make you stand out?

Read on to learn what the current UIUC essay prompt is and how to write a great UIUC essay. We also show you a real UIUC essay example to give you an idea of what a great statement looks like.

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Ivy Day 2020: What Is It, When Is It, and What to Do Next

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 15, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

If you’ve applied or are currently applying to Ivy League schools, you’ve likely heard the phrase "Ivy Day." Ivy Day, or Ivy Admissions Day, is when all the Ivy League schools announce their admissions decisions for regular decision first-year applicants.

Keep reading to learn more about what to expect on Ivy Day, when Ivy Day 2020 will be, and what to do with your admissions decision(s) once Ivy Day is over.

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4 Tips for Stand-Out Carnegie Mellon Essays

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 15, 2019 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 application—with 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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How to Write a Diversity Essay: 4 Key Tips

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 15, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you’re applying to college, you've probably heard the phrase "diversity essay" once or twice. This type of essay is a little different from your typical "Why this college?" essay. Instead of focusing on why you've chosen a certain school, you'll write about your background, values, community, and experiences—basically, what makes you special.

In this guide, I explain what a diversity college essay is, what schools are looking for in this essay, and what you can do to ensure your diversity essay stands out.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for 2019?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 13, 2019 2:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Taking the 2019 PSAT? Then you’ll want to have a decent grasp of what a good PSAT score for 2019 is. There are three main ways you can define good 2019 PSAT scores: (1) using percentiles, (2) using National Merit score cutoffs, and (3) based on the SAT scores you’ll need for colleges.

In this guide, we start by going over how PSAT scoring works and the most important information you'll see on your PSAT score report, from scores and subscores to percentiles. Then, we dive into our three definitions of what good 2019 PSAT scores are.

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Coalition vs Common App: Which Should You Use?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 8, 2019 2:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

When it comes to college applications, you have a few options for how you can apply. Two of these are the Common Application (or Common App) and the Coalition Application (or Coalition App).

In this extensive guide to the Coalition vs Common App, we’ll go over the major features of the two application systems and take a look at their biggest pros and cons. We’ll then review the colleges that don’t accept either application system, and offer you tips on whether you should choose the Coalition or Common App.

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3 Tips for Writing a Stellar Georgia Tech Essay

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 8, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

Before you envision yourself getting settled in at Georgia Tech, you must get over the hurdle of writing the Georgia Tech essays. The Georgia Tech supplement requires you to write a short essay specifically for Georgia Tech, in addition to the standard Common/Coalition App essay. What is this essay prompt? And what should you include in your Georgia Tech essay? 

Keep reading to learn exactly what the Georgia Tech essays are, what kinds of topics you can write about (and what kinds of topics to avoid), and how to ensure you’re submitting a quality essay.

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How to Write the Perfect Harvard Essay: 3 Expert Tips

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 8, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

Aiming for the world-renowned Harvard University? As part of the application to this prestigious Ivy League school, you'll have the option to submit a supplemental essay. But what should you write about for your Harvard essay? What are the different Harvard essay prompts to choose from, and how should you answer one so you can give yourself your best shot at getting in?

In this guide, we give you advice for each Harvard essay prompt as well as tips on whether you should choose a particular prompt. But before we look at the prompts, let's go over what Harvard actually requires in terms of essays.

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The Complete Guide to the Princeton Supplement

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 8, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

Got your heart set on Princeton—the #1 ranked university in the US? Then you'll need to learn how to write amazing Princeton essays for your Princeton Supplement, a key part of your application for admission.

In this detailed guide, we go over the different types of essays you'll be required to write for your Princeton application and provide you with some expert tips on how to write your most effective and unique essay possible.

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What Are Good SAT Scores for Colleges? 101 Schools + Advice

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 8, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

As you apply to college, it's important to understand how high of an SAT score you will need to aim for on test day. This raises the question: what are good SAT scores for colleges? And not just any colleges, but your colleges specifically?

In this article, we’ll examine the SAT scores needed for college and how these scores can vary due to differences in factors such as school prestige and competitiveness. We’ll then show you how to look for average SAT scores for colleges and how to set your own SAT goal score.

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What to Do If You Get Rejected From Your Dream College

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

You've sent out your applications and can't stop envisioning yourself at your top-choice school. But then the unthinkable happens: you get a college rejection letter. You start to wonder: what went wrong? What do I do now? Is it still possible to attend my top-choice school?

The truth is that I've been in this exact same situation. In 2008, I got rejected from my top-choice school, Stanford. Though the rejection letter hurt, on the plus side, it taught me a lot about what I did wrong, both in my application and my overall high school career.

In this article, I use my own rejection experience as a guide to explain how likely a college rejection is for you, how to avoid getting rejected from college, and the steps to take in case your top-choice school just isn't that into you.

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5 Tips for Writing the Perfect Rice Essay Supplement

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Aug 25, 2019 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 scores—you 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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