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Can You Reapply to a College After Getting Rejected?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 28, 2022 11:00:00 AM

College Admissions

You've been denied admission to your dream college, but is there still hope? Can you reapply to a college after getting rejected? The short answer is, yes! You can reapply to the vast majority of colleges; however, it's often not your best option. In this article, we walk you through what your choices are and how you can make the right one for you.

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Early Decision Deadlines for Every College With ED

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 26, 2022 6:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

If you're applying early decision, then you've already accomplished something pretty rare in the college application process—you know exactly where you want to go to college!

This guide goes over your timeline for applying early decision and provides a comprehensive list of deadlines for all early decision schools. Read on to learn everything you will need to know about applying early decision to your dream school.

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Important College Application Deadlines You Can't Miss

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 21, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Timing is everything. Nowhere is this saying more true than in the college application process. From taking the SAT to writing your personal essay to submitting your Common App, the process takes months, if not years, to complete.

So when do you need to finish gathering all your application materials and submit them to your colleges? That all depends on your deadlines. This guide will go over the different options for college application deadlines, plus step-by-step instructions on how to keep track of them all.

First off, what are the different options for applying?

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International Students and the SAT/ACT: Complete Guide

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 20, 2022 3:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, College Admissions

Are you an international student aiming to attend college in the United States? Colleges are looking for students with language skills and global competencies more than ever, so you already have several strong assets to draw on in your college applications.

One requirement for your applications to most universities is the SAT or ACT. Let's go over the information you need to know about deciding between the SAT and ACT, registering for the tests, and preparing to achieve a high score.

But first, why are the SAT and ACT important for going to college in the US?

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When's the Last ACT/SAT for Regular Admissions Deadlines?

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Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 20, 2022 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics, College Admissions

If you have been putting off the ACT/SAT or are hoping to retake one, you need to know when you can take your last test so that your scores will arrive at your schools in time. In other words, when is the very latest you can take the SAT or ACT for your college applications?

Read on to find out when you can still take the SAT or ACT—and when you'd be too late. You might be surprised by how little time you have!

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SAT and TOEFL: What You Need to Know About Each Test

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 18, 2022 8:00:00 PM

SAT General Info, College Admissions

Is English your second (or third or fourth) language? If it's anything but your first, then you may have to take the TOEFL to get into university in the United States. The TOEFL is an English language test that shows you have the language skills to succeed in college.

As another admissions test, the TOEFL shares some similarities with the more ubiquitous SAT. This guide will compare the two tests, as well as give you some tips for preparing for both. If you're a non-native English speaker planning to apply to a U.S. college, then read on to learn the ins and outs of your testing requirements.

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Seven Sisters Colleges: Should You Go to One?

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Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jul 3, 2022 12:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Info

If you're looking at applying to elite liberal arts colleges, you've probably come across the Seven Sisters schools. But what schools are Seven Sisters colleges, and what makes them so special?

In this article, we explain what the Seven Sisters schools are, which of them still exist, and which of them are still all-women's colleges. I'll also use my expertise as an alum of a Seven Sisters school to break down what the benefits are of applying to a Seven Sisters school and five tips for getting admitted.

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University of California Drops SAT/ACT Scores: What It Means for You

Yep, you read that correctly: in May 2020, the University of California Board of Regents voted unanimously to stop requiring the ACT and SAT as part of admissions applications. In other words, if you're applying to a UC school, you won't have to submit your ACT or SAT scores.

Before you get super excited, there are some caveats you should know about. That's why we're breaking down the changes — and answering your FAQs! — below.

 

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Can You Apply Early Action to Multiple Schools?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 21, 2022 6:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Applying early action to colleges can have a lot of benefits: you'll get your applications out of the way faster, you'll get your decisions faster, and you may have a slightly better chance of getting admitted. 

But can you apply early action to multiple schools? The answer gets a bit complicated! However, in this guide, we'll explain everything you need to know about early action and walk you through how to take advantage of early action and its benefits.

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How to Win a National Merit Scholarship

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jun 19, 2022 6:52:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies, College Admissions

Being named a Scholar is the highest academic recognition you can achieve from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is a national distinction that puts you at the pinnacle of academic achievement.

To become a Scholar, you need to first become a Finalist. But not all Finalists win scholarships: only about 8,000 of 15,000 students win this award. In this article, we'll talk about what scholarships are available through the NMSC and what you need to do to get one.

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Why Are College Applications So Stressful? 5 Helpful Strategies

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jun 17, 2022 2:00:00 PM

College Admissions

A totally normal (but totally frustrating!) part of getting ready for college is college application stress. Statistics show that 76% of students feel high levels of stress about the college application process…so if you’re feeling overwhelmed by college applications, you aren’t alone!

The good news is that there are steps you can take to prepare for the college application process, including having some stress management tactics at the ready. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know for effective college application stress management, including: 

  • Answering the question, “Why are college applications so stressful?”
  • Explaining four reasons why college applications are so stressful
  • Providing a college application schedule to help manage stress
  • Listing five tips for managing stress during college application season

Let’s get started!

 

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Are Virtual College Tours as Important as On-Campus?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 16, 2022 1:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Do you have colleges you're interested in but don't have the time or money to visit the campuses in person? Look into virtual college tours! More and more colleges are now offering them (we have the whole list!), and they're a great way to get a feel for what a particular school is like without leaving home. But how do virtual college visits work? What questions should you ask? And how do you know if they're the right choice for you? Keep reading to find out.

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4 Steps to Make Your Provisional Admission Permanent

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 15, 2022 6:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Did you get a provisional offer of admission from your dream college? What does provisional admission mean, and what do you need to do next? And have you been accepted or not? Provisional admission can be confusing for students and parents to navigate, but we're here to explain the process as well as the steps you need to take to get that official admissions letter.

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BS/DO Programs: Is One Right for You?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jun 7, 2022 6:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Did you know that there are a couple different paths to becoming a doctor in the United States? While the most traditional route involves earning a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree , you can also become a practicing doctor by earning a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. Like an MD, a DO degree qualifies you to become a practicing physician in the U.S. 

One big perk to earning a DO degree is that lots of schools offer BS/DO programs. A BS/DO program allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree AND have a guaranteed seat in med school once you graduate. Plus, you might even be able to graduate one to two years faster than traditional undergrad students…which means you could start practicing medicine more quickly! If you’re planning to become a doctor, there’s a lot you should know about DO/BS programs and how they can benefit you, so below we’ll tell you:

  • What a BS/DO program is
  • How a BS/DO program differs from a BS/MD program 
  • What the differences are between traditional, accelerated, and combined BS/DO programs
  • Which universities offer the best BS/DO programs 

Ready? Let's dig in!

 

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Should You Go to College? 4 Pros and 3 Cons

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Posted by Justin Berkman | May 23, 2022 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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