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Complete List: The Smallest Colleges in the United States

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 27, 2019 6:00:00 PM

College Admissions

You might be interested in going to a small college, but just how small? In general, schools labeled small have fewer than 5,000 students in total. However, quite a few schools are actually at least 10 times smaller than this.

In this article I’ll describe the characteristics of small colleges and then provide a list of the smallest colleges in the nation by category.

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3 Tips for Writing a Successful Letter of Continued Interest

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 20, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

If you’ve found yourself waitlisted or deferred from your dream school, you might be worried and frustrated. What does being on the waitlist mean? Do you still have a chance of getting in? What can you do to improve your chances?

While there’s not one singular way of ensuring your eventual admission to your dream school, a letter of continued interest can show your continued dedication to the admissions committee. In this article, we’ll talk about what a continued interest letter is and give a letter of continued interest sample so you know how to write your own if you need to.

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70+ Academic Honors Examples for Your College Application

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 17, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

College applications are all about showing off to the admissions committee, and what better way to do so than to lead with your most impressive academic awards. What are the best academic honors and awards to put on a college application?

In this guide, we give you 70+ academic honors examples to give you an idea of what types of achievements colleges like to see most on applications. In addition, we explain what counts as an academic honor or award, go over different impressive academic honors and awards examples you can get, and give you useful tips for effectively talking about awards on your application.

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SUNY Application Tips: How to Apply, Deadlines, and More

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Jan 15, 2019 7:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The State University of New York system of colleges—commonly known as SUNY—encompasses some 64 different campuses throughout New York. These campuses include research universities, community colleges, and even specific programs at other universities like Cornell.

Though this means that students who want to attend SUNY schools have plenty of choices, it also means that the SUNY application can feel something like a maze of options. Which school do you need? Which application should you fill out? Are you applying to one school or many?

If you’re thinking of attending one of these 64 schools and need assistance filling out the SUNY application, this guide is here to help. We’ll be covering admissions requirements, which schools require supplemental essays, and some helpful information for filling out your application.

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5 Tips for Writing an Amazing Villanova Essay

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Jan 14, 2019 4:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Villanova University is a private, Catholic research university in Pennsylvania. With a 36 percent acceptance rate, it’s considered moderately competitive—but even that level has an average GPA just shy of 4.0. But acceptance to Villanova isn’t just about your test scores and GPA; you’ll also need to nail the Villanova supplement essay, rounding out your application with a strong representation of yourself.

In this guide, we’ll cover all of Villanova’s essay prompts and how to best answer them, including potential topics and pitfalls. 

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When Don't SAT/ACT Scores Matter for College Admissions?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 1, 2019 8:30:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

Have you started researching how to apply to college? You may know that most college-bound students take the SAT and ACT. But just how important are they, and when can you get away without taking them?

Let's look at when SAT and ACT scores are important for college admissions, and when they're not.

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4 Tips for Writing a Stellar Boston College Essay

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays, College Admissions

Ranked among the top 50 colleges nationwide, Boston College is an excellent choice for college, 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 then take a look at real Boston College essay examples to give you an idea of what a successful Boston College essay can look like.

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How to Get Into Yale: 4 Expert Admissions Tips

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Dec 31, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Yale is one of the most competitive schools on the planet to get into. If you’re wondering how to make your application stand out from the crowd, you’re in the right place.

In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know about how to get into Yale, including how hard it really is to get into Yale, what Yale is looking for in its students, what test scores and grades you need, and how to ace your Yale application essays.

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The 7 Things That Really Look Good on a College Application

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 27, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

What looks good on a college application? It’s the question nearly every high school student will ask at some point while applying to college. But is there a clear answer?

Fortunately, the answer is yes! Read on to learn what colleges look for in applicants, what looks really good on a college application, and what kinds of myths there are about good things to put on a college application.

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Transfer Student Requirements: What Do Universities Look For?

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Dec 25, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Being a transfer student has benefits, but it can be even harder to navigate than applying as a freshman straight out of high school. Transfer student requirements can be tricky to figure out, as many college application guides are written with freshmen in mind.

Despite the difficulty, being a transfer student is worth it. Whether you want to transfer because you’re ready to move from community college to a four-year university or because your school isn’t the right fit, this guide will help you learn what colleges look for in transfer students and how to make your application more appealing to colleges.

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4 Top Tips for the Common App Honors Section

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Dec 20, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

When you’re applying to college, each part of your application counts. You want to maximize every opportunity to make yourself stand out from the thousands of other applicants vying for a spot at the school of your dreams.

One of the many places you can distinguish yourself is in the Common App Honors section. In this article, we’ll talk about what the Honors Common App section is and how to maximize it to show your best work.

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How to Get Into Princeton: 3 Expert Admissions Tips

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Dec 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Princeton is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in the world, admitting less than eight percent of students every year. In order to be one of them, you need to make sure that your application stands out from the other tens of thousands of applicants the admissions committee must review.

In this article, we’ll break down exactly how to get into Princeton, starting with how difficult it is to get in. Then, we’ll move into talking about the test scores, essays, and supplemental materials you’ll need to really make your application stand out.

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How to Get Into MIT: 5 Expert Admissions Tips

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Dec 16, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info, College Admissions

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the best schools in the world. If you want to be one of the few students accepted into MIT every year, you’ll need to make sure your application is up to snuff.

In this article, we’ll break down exactly how to get into MIT, from the test scores you need to the tips and tricks that’ll help your application stand out.

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Who Is the Admission Committee? What Do They Look For?

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

College Admissions

The admissions committee that decides whether or not you get into your dream school can often seem shrouded in mystery. Who, exactly, are these people? A group of soulless office workers who delight in stamping “Rejected” across applications? A team of well-trained robots who data-mine your application and input it into an algorithm?

While it may seem like the admissions committee process is secretive, that’s actually not the case. Admissions committees are made up of real, live humans whose sole job is to put together the best incoming class possible for their college or university.

Let’s learn a little more about college admissions committees.

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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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