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Justin Berkman

Justin has extensive experience teaching SAT prep and guiding high school students through the college admissions and selection process. He is firmly committed to improving equity in education and helping students to reach their educational goals. Justin received an athletic scholarship for gymnastics at Stanford University and graduated with a BA in American Studies.

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Should I Go to One of the Big 10 Schools?

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 21, 2021 6:30:00 PM

College Info

The Big Ten is one of the most prestigious intercollegiate athletic conferences in the country. It has 14 member schools, most of which are located in the Midwest. While they're all unique, Big 10 schools have many commonalities and are known for emphasizing both athletics and academics.

In this article, I'll do the following:

  • Give you the names of all of the Big Ten universities and provide information about each school
  • Describe the attributes of Big Ten colleges
  • Detail possible advantages and disadvantages of attending a Big Ten school
  • Explain how to decide if you should attend one of the Big Ten schools
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All the College Ranking Lists You Should Read

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 21, 2021 1:30:00 PM

College Info

People love ranking lists. There are tons of TV shows and articles ranking something, from the prettiest celebrities to the best songs of the 1980s. The fascination with college ranking lists has been around for over 30 years, ever since the U.S. News & World Report debuted its list in 1983. There are quite a few college ranking lists out there, but which ones are the best ones? Which ones should you look at?

Honestly, all overall college ranking lists are flawed, and you should spend more time researching and visiting colleges than obsessing over college rankings to determine which college you should attend. However, in this article I will detail the pros and cons of different college ranking lists and of college ranking lists in general. You can obtain some worthwhile information from these lists, so don't completely dismiss them.

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When Is the FAFSA Deadline for 2022? Federal and State

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 18, 2021 5:30:00 PM

Financial Aid

To be considered for federal financial aid, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Most states, colleges, and universities also use the FAFSA to award other types of institutional financial aid, including state- and college-sponsored financial aid, such as grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.

If you don't get your FAFSA submitted by the deadline, you might be missing out on free money. Don't do that. Make sure you know all the applicable federal, state, and college deadlines. Get that money!

In this article, we'll discuss when you should submit the FAFSA and how to ensure you don't miss any important deadlines. We'll also explain the financial aid process after you submit your FAFSA.

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What Are HBCU Colleges? Is One Right for You?

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 17, 2021 3:30:00 PM

College Info

HBCUs, meaning historically black colleges and universities, have existed since Cheyney University in Pennsylvania was founded in 1837. Many well-known scholars, entrepreneurs, and entertainers have graduated from HBCUs, including Toni Morrison, Sean Combs, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr., Taraji P. Henson, and Oprah Winfrey.

Are you considering attending an HBCU? We'll go over what HBCUs are, pros and cons of attending, and list some important facts about the schools.

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The Complete List of NCAA Division 3 Colleges (Updated)

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 13, 2021 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The NCAA—the major governing body for intercollegiate sports—separates its member institutions by divisions. Division III colleges are generally the smallest and have the fewest resources for their athletic teams; however, Division III is the biggest division in terms of number of schools and student-athletes. Many Division III schools take pride in their sports teams, and athletes comprise a significant percentage of the student population.

In this article, I’ll give you a basic understanding of Division III as well as a complete list of current Division III schools, organized by state.

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What Are the US Military Colleges? Should You Go?

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 13, 2021 8:00:00 AM

College Info

For those students who aspire to get military training and earn a college degree, there are a number of colleges in the United States that are designed for you to pursue your military and educational goals simultaneously. There are three primary types of US military colleges: service academies, Senior Military Colleges, and Military Junior Colleges.

In this article, I'll describe each type of military college and explain the differences between them. Furthermore, I'll help you determine which type of college may be best for you.

 

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The Complete List of NCAA Division 1 Colleges (Most Recent)

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 4, 2021 9:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The NCAA, the major governing body for intercollegiate sports, separates its member institutions by divisions. Division I colleges are generally the biggest. They have the largest athletic department budgets and their sports teams generate the most revenue. All of the schools that participate in bowl games and March Madness are Division I schools. However, there are some regional colleges and smaller private schools you may not be familiar with that are also classified as Division I. In this article, I’ll give you a basic understanding of Division I and a complete list of current Division I schools by state.

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The Complete List of NCAA Division 2 Colleges (Most Recent)

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 4, 2021 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The NCAA, the major governing body for intercollegiate sports, separates its member institutions by divisions. Division II colleges are generally smaller and have fewer athletic department resources than Division I schools, but they're larger and more well funded than Division III institutions.

While Division II schools may not have the money or get the publicity of Division I institutions, many Division II colleges have passionate fan bases that show enthusiastic support for their sports teams, especially for those teams that regularly compete for championships.

In this article, I'll give you a basic understanding of Division II and a complete list of current Division II schools by state.

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Complete List of SUNY Schools: How to Pick the One for You

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 3, 2021 12:38:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

If you're interested in going to college in New York, you may want to consider a State University of New York school. Unlike The City University of New York (CUNY) colleges, the majority of SUNY schools are outside of New York City, and many of them are in rural areas.

In this article, I'll describe the SUNY system, profile the 4-year SUNY schools, and explain how to decide which SUNY to attend.

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20 Top Party Colleges: Can You Still Get a Good Education?

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 29, 2021 9:00:00 AM

College Info

In popular culture, college life is often portrayed as a nonstop party full of fun, bacchanalian times. While these portrayals are a bit exaggerated, some colleges have garnered reputations as being particularly festive. This raises the following questions: should you go to a party school? And can you get a good education at a party school?

In this article, I'll define what a party school is, provide party school rankings, and explain how you can still get a quality education from a college known for its epic parties.

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The 7 Steps of the College Application Process

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 26, 2021 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

If you want to successfully complete the college application process and make yourself as competitive for college admission as possible, you’ll be directly or indirectly working on your college applications well before the deadlines approach. In fact, if you have any intention of applying to selective colleges, this process can really begin as early as your freshman year.

Getting ready to apply to college can feel intimidating, but if you follow some tried-and-true advice, you’ll be ready to knock your college applications out of the park! In this article, we’ll describe all of the tasks you should complete to maximize your chances of getting into the best possible college, including how to do the following: 

  • Choose the best classes to take during high school
  • Prioritize getting good grades
  • Excelling in extracurriculars
  • Acing standardized tests
  • Getting superb recommendations  

We’ll also explain when you should start researching colleges and complete these tasks so that you’re able to stay on top of the application process.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

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Complete List: Open Admission Colleges With 100% Admission

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 4, 2021 10:00:00 PM

College Info

If you’re worried about getting into college, we're here with some news that may ease your mind: There are open admission colleges (aka open enrollment colleges), colleges that offer admission to all students provided that they have a high school diploma or GED. Regardless of your GPA or standardized test scores, you can have the opportunity to pursue a college degree at one of these schools.

In this article, we'll define open admission colleges, explain the pros and cons of attending a college with open admissions, and provide you with a list of four-year colleges with a 100% acceptance rate.

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The Ultimate Guide to Cal State Schools: How to Pick

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 3, 2021 7:00:00 PM

College Info

The California State University (CSU) system consists of 23 college campuses throughout California. Cal State colleges provide higher education to hundreds of thousands of students from California and the rest of the country and world.

In this article, I will describe the CSU system, profile each of the CSU colleges, and explain how to choose which CSU school to attend.

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The 21 Best Video Game Design Schools in the US

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 10, 2021 5:00:00 PM

College Info

Are you a gamer who dreams of one day getting paid to create video games? Have you ever played a video game and thought that you could do a better job coming up with the characters, dialogue, or rules? Maybe you should consider studying game design and entering a growing and lucrative field.

In this article, I'll explain game design, provide a list of the best video game design schools, and let you know how to use the list to help you find the right college for you.

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What Is EOP? Your Guide to Educational Opportunity Programs

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 2, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Traditionally, low-income students have been excluded from higher education, or they have faced obstacles that make graduating from college extremely difficult. Programs like the Educational Opportunity Program are designed to provide the necessary support to disadvantaged students to enable their success in college and beyond.

In this article, I'll describe EOP, detail the advantages of participating in an Educational Opportunity Program, and let you know how to enroll.

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