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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 You Go to College? 4 Pros and 3 Cons

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Info

 

The decision to attend college is a big one. Getting a college degree takes time: at least four years for most people. Getting a college degree also costs money: tens of thousands of dollars for most people. You might be asking yourself, "Is it worth it? Should I go to college?"

In this article, I'll explain the benefits of going to college and detail some of the potential drawbacks. Furthermore, I'll give you all the information you need to decide whether or not you should pursue a college degree.

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You Can Get Into These Highest Acceptance Rate Colleges

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 15, 2018 8:30:00 AM

College Info

Colleges with high acceptance rates can be good options for you when you’re selecting schools you want to apply to or attend. If you have low grades, standardized test scores, or you need to add safety schools to your list of colleges, these schools can give you more confidence that you’ll be able to gain admission to a 4-year college.

In this article, I’ll give you the list of colleges with the highest acceptance rates, explain why they have such high acceptance rates, and offer pros and cons of attending these schools.

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

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 12, 2018 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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The Complete List of NCAA Division 1 Colleges (Most Recent)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 1, 2018 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 3 Colleges (Updated)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 1, 2018 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The NCAAthe major governing body for intercollegiate sportsseparates 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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The Ultimate Guide to Cal State Schools: How to Pick

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 23, 2018 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 collegesand explain how to choose which CSU school to attend.

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All the College Ranking Lists You Should Read

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 16, 2018 1:30:00 PM

College Info

People love ranking lists. It seems that the majority of articles posted on social media and television shows on basic cable are ranking something, from the prettiest celebrities to the best songs of the 1980's.  The fascination with college ranking lists has been around for over 30 years 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 you shouldn't completely dismiss them.

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What Are the US Military Colleges? Should You Go?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 16, 2018 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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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To? Expert Guide

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Many students stress over the same question: "How many colleges should I apply to?" How many is too many? How few is too few? There is so much disagreement on this topic, even among experts, that many students are left confused and unsure.

In this article, I’ll clear up this confusion. I’ll give you an idea of how many schools you should apply to and explain the factors to consider when deciding how many colleges to apply to. After reading this guide, you'll feel confident about crafting your own college list and how long it will be.

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The 20 Best Video Game Design Schools in the US

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 13, 2018 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 Are Good Questions to Ask in a College Interview?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 8, 2018 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

 

College interviews are becoming increasingly common, especially among selective colleges. Many students go to interviews ready to answer questions but forget that it’s important to ask interesting questions as well.

In this article, I’ll establish the basics of how to prepare for college interviews and explain what questions you should and shouldn’t ask during an interview, so you feel totally ready on the day of.

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Ultimate Guide to the University of California Schools

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

College Info

 

The University of California schools are widely regarded as some of the best public universities in the nation. Because I have provided college counseling to hundreds of students in California and chaperoned college visits to UC campuses, I’m very familiar with these colleges and know people who have attended each of the nine UC schools that offer undergraduate education.

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

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How to Ace the SAT: 6 Expert Tips and Strategies

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 28, 2018 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

If you want a top SAT score, you need more than a desire to succeed. Determination and hard work are two vital ingredients for acing the SAT, but also you need to use effective study strategies to help you reach your goal.

I've helped hundreds of students prepare for the SAT, and I know the best methods to utilize to conquer this exam. In this article, I'll explain exactly how to ace the SAT, including how long you need to study, the best SAT prep strategies, and key test-taking tips.

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Ivy League Rankings: Which Ivy League School Is Right for You?

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 16, 2018 8:00:00 PM

College Info

Many of the Ivy League schools are extremely similar. They’re private schools of similar sizes with excellent academic reputations. In addition, they are all located in the same region of the US, they all have large endowments, and they all tend to offer generous financial aid.


If you’re interested in attending an Ivy, you’ll have to do extensive research to determine which Ivy League school is right for you. You can use college finders, search websites, guidebooks, and other ranking lists to try to find the best Ivy for you.

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Ivy League Rankings: What Do They Really Mean?

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 16, 2018 8:00:00 PM

College Info

  

Ivy League colleges are often viewed as the gold standard of colleges in the US and worldwide. While most people know that all Ivy League schools are good, which are the best Ivy League schools? Now you can find out with my exclusive 2019 Ivy League rankings. Get excited!

In this article, I'll rank the Ivy League schools. Furthermore, I'll describe what makes the Ivy League unique, explain how to find the Ivy League school that's right for you, and give you advice on how to decide whether you should pursue an Ivy League education.

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