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College Waitlist: What Are Your Chances of Getting In?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Getting waitlisted at a college certainly isn’t a bad thing—your application was good enough to not get rejected!—but it’s definitely an uncomfortable place to be. After all, when you’re on the college waitlist, you don’t know whether you’ll be admitted or not, and that alone is anxiety-inducing.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to increase your odds of getting off a waitlist. In this article, we explain how the college waitlist works, what steps to take if you've been waitlisted, and how to raise your college waitlist chances so you can attend your dream school.

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How to Get Help With Your College Application

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Feb 21, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

College applications can be both difficult and stressful, especially if you don’t have someone in your life who’s familiar with the process. But there are all kinds of resources for college application help—you just have to know where to look.

Not all help with the college application process is created equal. Some are a little too hands-on, which can mean your application doesn’t sound like you. Others may not offer the kind of help you need. When you’re looking for assistance, you need services that help boost your own skills, not ones that do the work for you.

It’s perfectly okay to get college application help. This guide will walk you through some options for assistance, including what you should seek help for, what you shouldn’t, and some of the best places to find reliable assistance with your college application.

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Ivy Day 2019: What Is It, When Is It, and What to Do Next

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 20, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

If you’ve applied or are currently applying to Ivy League schools, you’ve likely heard the phrase "Ivy Day." Ivy Day, or Ivy Admissions Day, is when all the Ivy League schools announce their admissions decisions for regular decision first-year applicants.

Keep reading to learn more about what to expect on Ivy Day, when Ivy Day 2019 will be, and what to do with your admissions decision(s) once Ivy Day is over.

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College Transfer Acceptance Rates: Which Schools Accept the Most Students?

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Feb 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Transferring from one school to another is a wise or even necessary choice for many students, but it’s not without obstacles. College transfer acceptance rates are actually lower than freshman acceptance rates, meaning competition is higher.

This might sound like it’s cause for alarm, but, like applying as a freshman, it just means you need to be prepared.

If you need or want to transfer but aren’t sure where to go, check out some of the colleges with the best transfer acceptance rates.

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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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Early Decision Deadlines for Every College With ED

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 1, 2019 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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4 Tips for Writing a Stellar Boston College Essay

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

College Admissions, College Essays

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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