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The Most LGBTQ+ Friendly Colleges in The Country

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 1, 2021 3:00:00 PM

College Info



In general, colleges are consistently becoming more LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) friendly. Young people are more accepting of different sexual orientations and gender identities, and those attitudes are reflected at a growing number of U.S. colleges.

However, there are still many college campuses that have reputations for not being inclusive or safe for members of the LGBTQ+ community. If it's important to you to be at a school with a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, you should consider looking at specifically LGBTQ-friendly schools.

In this article, we'll do the following:

  • Define an LGBTQ-friendly (or LGBTQ-accepting) school
  • Explain why you should consider an LGBTQ-friendly college
  • Provide lists of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities
  • Give advice for how to use those lists and do effective research to determine if a school is LGBTQ-friendly
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How to Apply for College: Complete Expert Guide

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jun 1, 2021 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Applying for college is a complex process with a lot of moving parts. However, the process doesn't need to be confusing! While technically your application is made up of a few required materials, it's actually shaped by what you do and accomplish throughout all four years of high school.

By learning about each step and starting early, you can navigate your applications like a pro. This comprehensive guide will go over the ABC's of how to apply to college, from each requirement to what you can be doing as early as freshman year to start planning. We'll go over: 

  • Getting an early start on the application process
  • Making the most out of your high school career, including choosing extracurriculars and doing well on standardized tests 
  • Putting together your college list
  • Gathering materials and writing your college applications 
  • Actually applying for college and keeping track of application deadlines

That's a lot of ground to cover, so let's get started! 


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Complete Guide to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

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Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | May 31, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

The Florida Bright Futures scholarship programs are great resources for Florida students who plan on staying in-state for college. To date, the Bright Futures program has helped 725,000 Florida students go to college!

As with any scholarship program, though, there's a lot of information to process about the awards. Just sifting through all the eligibility requirements and award limitations can be overwhelming, never mind figuring out how to actually submit an application.

In this guide, we've compiled all the information you need about the Bright Futures scholarships. We'll talk about the different award programs, their eligibility requirements, the application process, and strategies to help you win your own.

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The 20 Best Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities

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Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | May 31, 2021 11:00:00 AM

College Info

Figuring out which colleges you're interested in is arguably the most difficult part of the college application process. There's so much information to sift through—how could brief campus visits and informational brochures really tell you where you'll be most successful?

This process is even harder for students with learning disabilities. You want to make sure there are programs in place to help you be the best you can be no matter where you go to school.

If you want to apply to colleges for students with learning disabilities, this article is a great place to start your college search. We'll start off by talking about what these specialty programs have to offer before getting to the rankings. Afterward, we'll discuss the next steps to take if you decide a learning disability program is right for you.

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How to Create a Perfect Bright Futures Application

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Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | May 30, 2021 3:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

The Florida Bright Futures scholarships are great funding options for Florida residents who want to stay in the state for college or vocational school. All four awards are easily renewable, which means you could significantly cut your college expenses for several years.

You might think there’s some complicated paperwork involved in submitting the Florida Bright Futures scholarship application. As it turns out, much of the process is streamlined and automated —you actually don’t have to jump through too many hoops to apply. The eligibility requirements are a bit of a different story, but once you meet those, the application process should be pretty easy.

In this post, we'll briefly explain about eligibility requirements before moving on to the application timeline. We end with tips and strategies you can use to submit the best possible Bright Futures application.

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Is the ACT Required for College?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 25, 2021 1:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics, ACT Strategies

If you're planning on going to college, is the ACT required? The rise of different university testing policies has made the question more complicated to answer in recent years. Read this article to learn if the ACT is required for college, what different college testing policies mean, and why your ACT scores--even for colleges that don't require them--can still be the factor that gets you accepted.

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Book Review: The Official SAT Study Guide, 2020 Edition

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Posted by Dora Seigel | May 24, 2021 6:00:00 PM


The most recent edition of the College Board's official SAT prep book is The Official SAT Study Guide (2020 edition). What's the book like? Is it helpful? In this review, I'll break down the strengths and weaknesses of this newest edition of the official guide, discuss how students feel about it, and tell you whether it's ultimately worth buying.

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How to Pay for College Without Parents' Help

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Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | May 23, 2021 9:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Paying for school is daunting enough when you have the financial support of your family. But for students whose parents can't or won't contribute to expenses, figuring out how to pay for college on your own becomes a whole different challenge.

In this guide, I'll lay out everything you need to consider about how to pay for college without parents and all the steps you need to take.

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How to Win the Gates Scholarship

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Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | May 23, 2021 6:48:00 PM

Financial Aid


The Gates Scholarship is a program with a huge impact. Launched in 2017, the program's mission is to give opportunities to outstanding minority students to reach their highest potential.

In this guide, I'll go through all the details of the scholarship and the application protocols. After that, I'll give you expert tips and strategies for putting together the strongest Gates Scholarship application possible. Read on to learn more!

Note: The Gates Scholarship was established in 2017 as a replacement for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, which reached its goal of 20,000 scholars in 2016.

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Should You Go to a Public Ivy? 5 Factors to Consider

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Posted by Laura Staffaroni | May 23, 2021 12:00:00 PM

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Most people have heard of the illustrious eight private schools that make up the Ivy League. But what about high-quality public universities, or "Public Ivy League" schools? Are there any public schools out there that can match the caliber of top private schools?

Find out what the Public Ivies are and why you should consider applying to them.

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The 9 Best Film Schools in the US

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Posted by Dora Seigel | May 23, 2021 9:00:00 AM

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In the past few years, applying to film school has gotten extremely competitive: top schools like USC's School of Cinematic Arts now boast lower admission rates than the Ivies. Simultaneously, the number of film programs has grown—rising from about 300 in 2006 to almost 400 today.

With so many programs available and so much competition for the top spots, where should you apply? In order to help you find the right school for you, I've compiled a list of the best film schools in the US, based on my experience as a film student and actress in LA.

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How to Win a Tylenol Scholarship

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Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | May 22, 2021 4:30:00 PM

Financial Aid

If you're planning on pursuing an education or career in health care, you should definitely check out the Tylenol Future Care Scholarship, a merit-based award meant for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in any of a wide variety of health care programs, including public health, health education, med school, nursing, and even pharmaceuticals.

I'll talk about the eligibility requirements and the application process first before discussing tips and strategies you can use to optimize your chances of winning a Future Care Scholarship.

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Is the SAT Required for College? Your FAQs Answered

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 21, 2021 6:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

Taking the SAT can be a super intimidating process. The test is known for being tough and tricky, so it’s not surprising that many students ask themselves, “Is the SAT required for college admission?” And you’re not alone: up to 40 percent of all students experience some form of test anxiety

If you’re worried about the SAT and wondering, “Are SAT scores required for admission to every college,” then this article is here to help. We’ll go over: 

  • Are SATs required for college
  • General information about whether the SAT is required for college admission 
  • The history of the SAT...and why some universities are dropping it
  • Four different types of SAT testing policies 
  • Four reasons to take the SAT no matter what 

Keep reading to see whether you need to take the SAT!


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Do SAT and ACT Scores Matter? Here's What You Should Know

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 21, 2021 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions have gone to a test-optional admissions model, where students won’t be penalized for not submitting test scores as part of their application. And over recent years, some universities have adopted a permanent test optional policy. 

So if many colleges aren’t requiring test scores…do SAT scores matter? Do ACT scores matter? And should you take a standardized test at all? 

The good news is that this article will help you understand the general importance of SAT/ACT scores and whether you should take the SAT or ACT. We’ll go over:  

  • What test-flexible, test-optional, and test blind admissions policies are
  • Why schools care about standardized tests...and why they can be controversial
  • Four tips to decide whether you should take the SAT and ACT

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


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Do You Have to Take the ACT?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 20, 2021 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies, College Admissions

For many high school students, taking standardized tests has been one of the key requirements of applying to colleges. However, with the rise of test-optional schools and other ways of evaluating college applicants, do you have to take the ACT? This guide will answer that question by explaining circumstances when the ACT is required, why fewer students need to take the ACT these days, and how you can decide what to do. By the end of this guide, you'll be able to know for sure whether or not you should take the ACT.

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