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Which High School Classes Do Ivy League Schools Require?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

College admissions can seem like a giant puzzle, especially if you’re hoping to attend an Ivy League or other extremely selective school. Planning your high school schedule carefully is definitely important, but these schools' expectations aren’t as inflexible as you might think they are.

In this article, I’ll provide a concise overview of what Ivy League admission requirements are for high school transcripts and give you some tips on how to map out your classes so you have the best shot at being accepted.

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Colleges With Late Application Deadlines: Complete List

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 1, 2018 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

If you’re wondering if there are any colleges with late application deadlines, you’re in luck! There are lots of colleges that have a deadline in February or later, and many more that keep rolling admissions open until all their spots have been filled.

The full list of colleges with late application deadlines is below. Before diving into the list, let’s consider an important question first: what exactly is considered a “normal” deadline?

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No Extracurricular Activities? Here's What You Should Do

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Jan 1, 2018 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions, Extracurriculars

Extracurricular activities are one of the most important parts of your college application. After your test scores and grades, they are the best way for a college to get to know more about you and to understand what kind of student you might be on campus.

But what if you have no extracurricular activities? Is all hope lost?

Read on to find out why things might not be as bad as they seem and what you can do to make up for not having extracurriculars.

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How to Get Into Stanford (by an Accepted Student)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Jan 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Many students want to get into Stanford, one of the most prestigious undergraduate institutions in the United States. While getting into Stanford is very tough, there are definite rules to Stanford admissions. Using these rules to your advantage will greatly increase your chances of getting in.

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125 College Essay Examples for 13 Schools + Expert Analysis

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Dec 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Essays

The personal statement might just be the hardest part of your college application. Mostly this is because it has the least guidance and is the most open-ended. One way to understand what colleges are looking for when they ask you to write an essay is to check out the essays of students who already got in—college essays that actually worked. After all, they must be among the most successful of this weird literary genre.

In this article, I’ll go through general guidelines for what makes great college essays great. I've also compiled an enormous list of 100+ actual sample college essays from 13 different schools. Finally, I’ll break down two of these published college essay examples and explain why and how they work. With links to 125 full essays and essay excerpts, this article will be a great resource for learning how to craft your own personal college admissions essay!

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118 Great Questions to Ask on a College Tour

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Dec 4, 2017 5:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Touring your prospective colleges is a great opportunity to learn from the people who study, work, and teach on campus. By keeping your eyes and ears open, you can gain a strong sense of a school and its culture, far beyond the facts and figures on its website.

To make the most of your visits, you should prepare thoughtful questions to ask on a college tour. This guide will provide you with a comprehensive college visit checklist of questions for your tour guide, current students, admissions officers, financial aid officers, and professors. Plus, we’ll offer some advice on what not to ask.

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How to Get Into Harvard and the Ivy League, by a Harvard Alum

Posted by Allen Cheng | Dec 1, 2017 4:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Getting into elite schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and others is a goal of many high school students. How exactly to accomplish this is often a mystery to students and parents going through the admissions process. Lots of unhelpful and vague advice abound, especially from people who have never gained admission themselves to these schools.

In high school, I got into every school I applied to, including Harvard, Princeton, MIT, and Stanford, and I attended Harvard for college. I also learned a lot about my classmates and the dynamics of college admissions in ways that were never clear to me in high school. Now, I'm sharing this expertise with you.

I’ve written the most comprehensive guide to getting into top schools. I’m going to explain in detail what admissions officers at Ivy League schools are really looking for in your application. More importantly, I’m going to share an actionable framework you can use to build the most compelling application that’s unique to you.

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Guaranteed Scholarships Based on SAT/ACT Scores

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

Maybe you’ve taken the SAT or ACT and got a really good score, but you aren't sure how to get the most money out of it. Or maybe you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT yet but are wondering how important the tests really are. One way you can make the most of your score is by finding guaranteed SAT scholarships or guaranteed ACT scholarships.

In this post, we'll show you some of the scholarships for high SAT scores and scholarships for high ACT scores that you can get. You can earn thousands of dollars in scholarships based just on your test scores. Curious to see how? We'll show you where you can get scholarships based on ACT scores and scholarships based on SAT scores.

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

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Nov 6, 2017 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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Colleges That Superscore ACT: Complete List

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Oct 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, College Admissions

Are you taking the ACT? Before registering, you should know how admissions officers look at your scores. Do they consider Math, Science, Reading, and English individually, or do they care more about the composite score?

You might be relieved to hear that many colleges “superscore” your ACT scores by taking the best subscores across all your test dates and creating the strongest possible composite score. Read on for the full list of colleges that superscore the ACT, followed by some tips on how you can use this policy to your advantage. 

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College Essay Prompts: Complete List, Analysis, and Advice

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Sep 4, 2017 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 of 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 35 Biggest Colleges in the United States

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 1, 2017 5:30:00 PM

College Admissions

You might be interested in attending a big college, but just how big are you thinking? Some schools have over 40,000 undergraduates, making them the size of a small city. These schools can provide great opportunities to students, but they can also be a little overwhelming.

In this article, I’ll give you a list of the biggest colleges for undergraduates in the US along with student feedback about what it’s really like to be part of such a large college community.

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7 Steps to a Successful Georgetown Application

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 25, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Georgetown University is one of the most selective universities in the country; less than 17% of students who apply there get accepted. However, understanding the application and what Georgetown admissions officers are looking for when they review your application can give you a serious leg up over the rest of the competition.

In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about the Georgetown University application, including what you need to submit, every Georgetown application deadline, what admissions officers are looking for when they review applications, and how you can make each key part of your application stand out from the pack.

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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?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Aug 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

What are the ACT/SAT scores that Ivy League universities Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, UPenn, and Yale look for? Here, we look at what test scores these eight highly selective schools consider good, as well as what scores are borderline.

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What Is a Personal Statement? Everything You Need to Know About the College Essay

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Essays

In addition to standardized test scores and transcripts, a personal statement or essay is a required part of many college applications. This requirement can be one of the most stressful parts of the process because it's the most open ended. 

In this guide, I'll answer the question, "What is a personal statement?" I'll talk through common college essay topics and what makes for an effective personal statement. 

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