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How to Become a National Merit Semifinalist

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Nov 13, 2022 10:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies, College Admissions

Every October, about 1.6 million juniors across the country take the PSAT. Those who score in the top 1% achieve the distinction of National Merit Semifinalist. Most of these students move on to become National Merit Finalists, with some winning scholarship money for college.

Being named a National Merit Semifinalist is a huge achievement along the path to college. Let’s take a look at what you need to do to become a National Merit Semifinalist.

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4 Tips for Writing Stellar Dartmouth Essays

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Nov 12, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, is one of the best universities in the world. A member of the Ivy League, Dartmouth has notable graduates, top-of-the-line programs, and a minuscule admissions rate.

If you want to be one of the 7.9% of students accepted to Dartmouth every year, you'll need to write some amazing essays as part of your application's Dartmouth supplement.

In this post, I'll talk about what the Dartmouth essay prompts are, which essays you can choose to write, and how to craft standout responses that'll help ensure your admission.

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College Essay Prompts: Complete List, Analysis, and Advice

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Posted by Alex Heimbach | Nov 3, 2022 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions, College Essays

When talking about college essays, we tend to focus on the Common Application prompts, and it's true that many students will need to write a Common App essay. However, there are actually quite a few schools, including both public and private universities, that don't use the Common App and instead ask applicants to respond to their own college essay prompts.

Luckily, college essay prompts tend to be pretty similar to each other. In this guide, I'll list all the college essay questions for popular schools in the US (and a few abroad) and then break down the patterns to help you brainstorm topics and plan how to approach multiple essays efficiently. After reading this guide, you'll be able to strategize which essays you'll write for which colleges.

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The Best Small Colleges in the United States

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 24, 2022 6:30:00 PM

College Admissions

If you're interested in attending a small college, you may be wondering which schools offer the most rigorous academic experience combined with the best quality of life.

In this article, I'll give you a list of the best small colleges in the nation based on student reviews and academic ratings, as well as some more specific great small college options.

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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 24, 2022 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 2023 and offer helpful tips on what to do as you wait for your college acceptance letters.

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When To Apply For College: Complete Timeline

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Oct 23, 2022 5:30:00 PM

College Admissions

Many students start college in the fall after they graduate high school, but their planning and applying starts years before. Application deadlines may be in the fall or winter of senior year, and completing each step on the path to college might start as early as freshman year.

This article answers all your questions about when to apply for college: when do you complete each step of the process, and when are your college deadlines? After reading this, you'll know exactly when to apply to college and what steps are needed.

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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 23, 2022 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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What Is a Priority Deadline for College? Is It Important?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 23, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Are you applying to a school that uses priority deadlines and are unsure what that means? What is a priority deadline, and how does it differ from a regular deadline? Do you need to apply by a priority deadline? What happens if you don't? Read this article to learn the answer to each of these questions and understand how to make priority deadlines work for you.

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The Best Colleges With Low GPA Requirements

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Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 16, 2022 9:22:00 PM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

Do you have a low GPA? Are you wondering what colleges you can get into despite your low GPA?

Out of all the schools in the country, we've compiled a complete list of colleges with low GPA requirements and ranked the best ones. Even if you have a low GPA, that doesn't mean a great education is out of reach for you. Keep reading to figure out what your options are for higher education.

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4 Tips for Writing a Stellar Boston College Essay

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 9, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Essays

Ranked among the top 40 colleges nationwide, Boston College is an excellent college choice, especially if you're hoping to attend a Jesuit institution. As part of the application process, you'll need to submit a Boston College essay. So what should you write about in your essay to raise your chances of getting admitted here?

In this guide, we closely analyze all Boston College essay prompts, providing you with our best tips and advice. We'll also take a look at real Boston College essay examples to give you an idea of what a successful Boston College essay can look like.

So let's get started!

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How to Write a Great College Essay, Step-by-Step

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Posted by Alex Heimbach | Oct 9, 2022 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Essays

Writing your personal statement for your college application is an undeniably overwhelming project. Your essay is your big shot to show colleges who you are—it's totally reasonable to get stressed out. But don't let that stress paralyze you.

This guide will walk you through each step of the essay writing process to help you understand exactly what you need to do to write the best possible personal statement. I'm also going to follow an imaginary student named Eva as she plans and writes her college essay, from her initial organization and brainstorming to her final edits. By the end of this article, you'll have all the tools you need to create a fantastic, effective college essay.

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What's a Good SAT/ACT Score for the Ivy League? What's the Lowest Score I Can Get in With?

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Sep 27, 2022 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

Are you aiming to attend an Ivy League school? What ACT/SAT scores do Ivy League universities—Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Penn, and Yale—expect? Here, we look at what test scores these eight highly selective schools consider good, as well as what scores are considered borderline.

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Complete List: BA/MD and BS/MD Programs in the US

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 22, 2022 9:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Do you dream of becoming a doctor? If you're set on going to medical school, then a combined BS/MD or BA/MD program might be for you. The majority of these combined programs allow motivated high school students to go right from undergraduate to medical school without having to go through another application process.

While there aren't a ton of spots available in combined programs, there are schools throughout the country that offer them. Before we look at those, however, let's review what BA/MD and BS/MD programs entail, as well as the pros and cons for high school and young undergraduate applicants.

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What's Brown PLME? Acceptance Rate, Requirements, and How to Get In

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 20, 2022 3:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

Have you heard of the Brown University PLME program and want to learn more about it? As the only BS/MD program in the Ivy League, the PLME program can be a great way to attend excellent schools for both undergrad and med school without worrying about med school applications down the line.

However, the Brown PLME program is quite unique in its academic requirements (or, rather, lack of requirements), and it's definitely not the best choice for everyone. How can you know if it's right for you?

Read this guide for everything you need to know about the PLME program, including what it is, the Brown PLME acceptance rate, the questions to ask yourself before applying, and what your application needs to shine.

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Coalition vs Common App: Which Should You Use?

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 19, 2022 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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