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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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When Do College Acceptance Letters Arrive for Regular Decision? For Early Decision or Early Action?

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 18, 2021 1:32:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

Applying to college is a confusing and stressful process, but waiting to hear back from the colleges you applied to can be just as anxiety-inducing. When do college acceptance letters arrive?

In this guide, we explain when to expect to receive your college decision notifications. We also give you a chart of estimated college acceptance dates for 2022 and offer helpful tips on what to do as you wait for your college acceptance letters.

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Coalition vs Common App: Which Should You Use?

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 16, 2021 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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Penn State vs UPenn: Which Is Ivy League?

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 14, 2021 5:00:00 PM

College Info

The University of Pennsylvania vs Penn State University: you've likely heard of these schools (and maybe even thought they were the same thing!). But do you know the basic differences between them? In addition, many people are aware that one of these schools is part of the Ivy League, but which one is it? Is Penn State Ivy League? Or is Penn Ivy League?

We answer all these questions here in our complete UPenn vs Penn State guide. We'll then go over the pros and cons of attending each university and provide you with key tips for figuring out which school is a better match for you.

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Are There Any Good For-Profit Colleges? Top 8 For-Profit Colleges

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 14, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Info

For-profit colleges have a pretty poor reputation in the academic world—and generally for good reason. But are there any good for-profit colleges out there that aren't as bad as the rest? Should you ever consider going to one?

In this guide, we introduce the top for-profit colleges, which we determined based on factors such as graduation rate, net cost of attendance, and student reviews. We also go over the biggest pros and cons of attending a for-profit college. But first, let's look a little more closely at what for-profit schools actually are and how they work.

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The 13 Best Universities in the UK

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 11, 2021 5:00:00 PM

College Info, General Education

What are the best universities in the UK? If you're a US or other international student thinking of attending college in the UK, then it'll help you immensely in your search to have an idea of what the best universities in the UK are based on reputation, selectivity, and student satisfaction.

We'll go over the six biggest potential benefits for US students studying in the UK and then provide you with a list of the 13 best universities in the UK. After that, we'll look at a quick comparison of the best colleges in UK and the best US schools before giving you some critical tips for finding the best UK institution for you.

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What Is a Dual Degree Program? Should You Do One?

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 11, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Info

You've probably heard of a double major, but have you heard of a dual degree? In a dual degree program, you'll study two academic fields at once, earn you two separate degrees.

Below, we explain what a dual degree is and show you several examples of the different types of dual degree programs available. We also go over the pros and cons of getting a dual degree, and give you tips to help you decide whether a dual degree is right for you.

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UC vs CSU: What’s the Difference? Which Is Better?

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 10, 2021 4:00:00 PM

College Info

UC vs CSU: they might have similar letters, but they're definitely not the same thing! The University of California and the California State University are two highly regarded public university systems based throughout California. But what is the difference between UC and CSU? How are the UC and CSU schools different and how are they alike?

In this UC vs CSU guide, we give you a comprehensive comparison of Cal State vs UC and go over what these differences and similarities mean for you and your college choices. First, though, let's take a look at what the UC schools and CSU schools actually are, starting with the UC system.

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The 9 Best Jesuit Colleges

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 10, 2021 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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What to Do If You Get Rejected From Your Dream College

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 10, 2021 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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The 9 Best Criminal Justice Schools

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 9, 2021 6:00:00 PM

College Info, General Education

Are you passionate about law and preventing crime? Curious about how punishment and prisons work? Then a criminal justice degree would probably be a good fit for you. But how can you find good criminal justice schools to apply to?

In this article, we go over what criminal justice schools are, why people choose to earn degrees in the field, and how you can learn to identify top criminal justice schools, both in-person and online. We then give you a list of our picks for the nine best criminal justice schools.

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The 30 Best Psychology Master's Programs and How to Pick

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 8, 2021 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Regardless of whether you majored in psychology as an undergrad or are just now realizing you have an invested interest in the field, a psychology master's program could be a great fit for you, especially if you're not sure about pursuing a doctorate.

In this guide, we look at what kinds of psychology master's programs are out there and what the point of these programs is in terms of how they help you build a career. Moreover, we'll present you with a list of the best psychology master's programs for various kinds of psychology.

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College Waitlist: What Are Your Chances of Getting In?

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 7, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Getting waitlisted at a college certainly isn't a bad thing—your application was good enough to not get rejected!—but it's definitely an uncomfortable place to be. After all, when you're on the college waitlist, you don't know whether you'll be admitted or not, and that alone is anxiety-inducing.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to increase your odds of getting off a waitlist. In this article, we explain how the college waitlist works, what steps to take if you've been waitlisted, and how to raise your college waitlist chances so you can attend your dream school.

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How to Get Into USC: 5 Expert Admissions Tips

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 5, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Info

The University of Southern California (USC) is a highly-ranked private school located in Los Angeles, and, as a result, it draws thousands of qualified applicants each year. If you're applying here, you are probably wondering what the USC admissions requirements are and what you'll need to stand out as an applicant.

In this article, we explain how to get into USC, offering you specific tips for what you can improve in your application. But first, how hard is it to get into USC?

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The 12 Best Universities in Canada

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 3, 2021 10:00:00 AM

College Info, General Education

Thinking of attending college in our friendly neighbor to the north? Whether you're a US or other international student, if you're considering heading to Canada to continue your education, you'll definitely want to know what the best universities in Canada are.

We'll explain the biggest benefits of attending a Canadian school before introducing our picks for the 12 best universities in Canada. We'll then go over how these top schools differ from the top schools in the US and explain the six factors you need to consider before you apply to a university in Canada.

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Which Coalition Essay Prompt Should You Choose? 2021-2022

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 1, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you're submitting a college application through the Coalition Application, you likely already know that you'll have to write a personal essay. The purpose of the Coalition Application essay is for you to showcase a side of yourself that colleges don't get to see through your transcripts and test scores alone. There are five Coalition essay prompts to choose from. So which one should you pick?

In this article, we go over what the Coalition Application essay is and take a look at all five Coalition essay prompts. For each prompt, we give you potential topics you can write about and key tips for answering it effectively.

Keep reading to learn which Coalition essay prompt might be the best fit for you!

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