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How to Get Into Cornell: 4 Expert Tips

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Dec 13, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell University is a member of the Ivy League and one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Every year, Cornell accepts several thousand new students as members of its incoming freshmen class. If you’re hoping to be one of them, you’ll need to make sure that your application is up to snuff. In this article, we’ll teach you exactly how to get into Cornell and talk about Cornell admission statistics so you know how you measure up against other applicants.

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How to Get Into UC Berkeley: 4 Steps to a Stellar Application

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 10, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Wondering how to get into UC Berkeley? Getting accepted to Berkeley can be tough. How hard is it to get into Berkeley? In 2018, UC Berkeley received 85,615 applications, and it admitted 13,558 of those applicants, for an acceptance rate of 15.1%.

This makes UC Berkeley a “strongly competitive school”: it’s not quite as competitive as Ivy League schools, but you’ll need to have a strong application across the board in order to get accepted. In the rest of this guide, we’ll explain the UC Berkeley admissions requirements, when and how you should apply, exactly what Berkeley looks at when they review your application and how you can create the strongest application to maximize your chances of getting into Berkeley.

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College Interview Attire: What to Wear to Your Interview

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

As if college applications aren't stressful enough, an interview with the admissions department can ramp anxiety up to eleven. Though an interview is a great way to make a lasting impression, it also introduces some new things to worry about in addition to your application, such as what you're supposed to wear. 

Like all parts of the college application process, you want to make a good impression, but also be yourself. Not everyone is a fashion maven, and there are additional barriers for students experiencing academic hardship.

If you have questions about what to wear to a college interview, you're in luck—we've got answers. From how to style yourself to how to afford business casual on a budget, this guide will help you look sharp and feel confident during your college interview.

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4 Tips for Writing Stellar Dartmouth Essays

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Dec 6, 2018 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 miniscule admissions rate.

If you want to be one of the 11% 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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How to Get Into West Point: 3 Key Tips

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Dec 4, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Located in West Point, NY, West Point is also known as the United States Military Academy.

West Point is one of the most prestigious universities in the country and is extremely competitive to get into. It also has an in-depth application process with some unique requirements that you won’t see at non-military colleges and universities.

In this article, we’ll cover exactly how to get into West Point, from the test scores you should aim for to the logistical requirements of your application.

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7 Steps to a Successful MIT Application

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 30, 2018 12:30:00 PM

College Info, College Admissions

In 2018, MIT admitted only 6.7% of students who applied to the school. With such a low admissions rate, it may seem like getting accepted is close to impossible, but we’re here to help!

In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know to complete the MIT application, including when every important MIT application deadline is, what exactly you need to submit with your application, what admissions officers are really looking for when they review your application, and how you can make each part of your MIT application stand out from the pack.

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How to Get Into Columbia: 3 Key Tips

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Nov 22, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Columbia University is a prestigious school, not just because of its low acceptance rate or high starting salary for graduates. It’s one of the oldest colleges in the US, and has had huge numbers of well-known graduates, including Founding Fathers, famous directors, and politicians.

Like any Ivy League, Columbia is a place for both education and networking, creating a solid foundation and social circle for your future career. But first, you have to know how to get into Columbia. And with a school and selective as Columbia, that’s going to be difficult—but not impossible. 

Follow this guide to get your college application in shape for a Columbia acceptance!

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Here's Exactly What to Wear on Your College Visit or Tour

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Nov 21, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

A college tour is one of the best opportunities you have to learn about what a campus is really like. Reading promotional material, or even student blogs, isn't the same as seeing and experiencing it for yourself, but, like any other aspect of applying to college, you need to make sure you're prepared for a college visit—and that means wearing the right outfit!

Most of the time, dressing for a college tour is a casual affair. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the best way to go about it—comfort and classiness are key.

This guide will walk you through the best way to dress for many different college visit scenarios. A bit of planning will help you have the best possible experience, as well as prepare you for interviews, auditions, and just exploring your dream campus. Read on to find out how!

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How to Get Into NYU: 4 Key Tips to Build a Great Application

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Nov 18, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

If you want to go to NYU, you’ll need to make sure your application is strong enough to stand out from the crowd of other applicants. NYU’s acceptance rate is falling every year, so you’ll need all parts of your application to be competitive if you hope to be admitted to NYU.

In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to get into NYU. First, we’ll talk about how hard it is to get into NYU in the first place, taking a look at the average test scores and grades of admitted applicants. Next, we’ll discuss NYU’s admissions requirements and essays. Finally, we’ll give tips to teach you how to get into NYU.

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How to Get Into UCLA: 5 Key Tips

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Nov 15, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Are you hoping to get into UCLA? If so, this article will help you learn everything you need to know to become one of UCLA’s accepted applicants this year.

We’ll discuss how hard it is to get into UCLA, what UCLA is looking for in its students, the test scores and GPA you need to stand out from other applicants, and how to ace your UCLA essays.

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The 15 Best Music Schools in the US

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 9, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info, College Admissions

Many students learn some kind of musical instrument in elementary school. Some continue through high school, and some even plan on continuing to do some kind of musical activity in college.

For a small fraction of students, though, music is not only something they want to continue studying, but it is the only thing they want to focus on studying in college.

If you're one of these students who wants to go to music school, then this article is for you. We'll go over what kind of experience you can expect to have at the best music schools and what you should look for in a top music school. We'll also introduce to you to our ranking of the best music schools in the US (for undergraduates).

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The 5 UC Application Tips You Need to Get Into University of California

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 11:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Info

If you’re applying to one or more of the UC schools, you want to make sure you get the application right. This step-by-step guide will walk you through everything you need to know about the UC application, from the time you decide to apply to a UC school to when you submit the final piece of the application.

Keep reading to learn when the most important UC application deadline is, which documents you need to submit to complete your application, if you need a separate application for each UC school, and how you can make sure every part of your application sets you apart from the crowd.

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10th Grade College Planning: 7 Early Steps

Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 4, 2018 10:03:00 AM

College Admissions

In your sophomore year, you may start to feel anxiety about college, or you may believe that you don't have to think about college yet. While I'm not a proponent of intense worrying and don't think stress is healthy, you should start planning for college in 10th grade.

In this article, I'll walk you through the steps you should be taking in 10th grade to maximize your college options and reach your college goals. Also, I'll let you know which aspects of the college process you don't have to worry about yet.

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What Is a Safety School? How Should You Choose Yours?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 3, 2018 3:30:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

For those of you who have started researching college admissions, you may have heard of the concept of a “safety school.” What is a safety school? Simply, a safety school is one in which your odds of getting in are extremely high. Everyone who applies to college should apply to safety schools. Why? You don’t want to risk getting rejected from all the schools you apply to.

In this article, I'll define and explain the concept of a safety school. Furthermore, I'll discuss how to identify your safety schools and determine the number of safety schools you should apply to.

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What Exactly Is a Target School? How to Find Yours

Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 1, 2018 12:00:00 AM

College Admissions

 

If you have researched the college application process, you may have heard about the concept of a “target school.” What is a target school or college? Simply put, it's a college that you are likely — but not guaranteed  to be admitted to based on your qualifications.

In this article, I'll define and explain the concept of a target school. Furthermore, I’ll discuss how to identify your target colleges and determine how many of these schools you should apply to.

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