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Ivy League Rankings: What Do They Really Mean?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 17, 2019 8:00:00 PM

College Info


Ivy League colleges are often viewed as the gold standard of colleges in the US and worldwide. While most people know that all Ivy League schools are good, which are the best Ivy League schools? Now you can find out with my exclusive 2019 Ivy League rankings. Get excited!

In this article, I'll rank the Ivy League schools. Furthermore, I'll describe what makes the Ivy League unique, explain how to find the Ivy League school that's right for you, and give you advice on how to decide whether you should pursue an Ivy League education.

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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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4 Tips for How To Double Major in 4 Years

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 19, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

One of the hardest parts about going to college is deciding on a major. Most universities offer tons of majors in many different fields, so it can be tough to choose just one! Good news, though: many universities allow students to earn a double major. It’s a great option for students who want to gain in-depth knowledge in a second field of study.

But while many people have heard of double majoring, many aren’t quite sure how to double major. That’s why we’re going to introduce you to the general requirements for double majoring, then give you two real world, step-by-step guides for how to double major at two top universities. Finally, we’ll wrap things up with four top tips for finishing a double major in four years.

So let’s dive in!

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The 70 Most Conservative Colleges in America

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 27, 2019 2:30:00 PM

College Info


If you hold strong political beliefs, you may want to go to a college where the students, faculty, and administration share your values. You’ll be more likely to find student groups that are aligned with your interests and beliefs. The values of the college will be more likely to coincide with your own, and you’ll probably have a more enjoyable college experience.

In this article, I’ll give you the names of some of the most conservative colleges in the United States. Furthermore, I’ll detail the traits of conservative colleges, explain the possible advantages and disadvantages of attending a conservative college, and advise you on how to find a conservative college that's a good fit for you.

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The 11 Best Architecture Schools for Undergrads

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 27, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Do you love studying buildings and dream of spending your career designing them? If so, you’re probably wondering where to get the best architecture education. Figuring out which architecture schools are best can be difficult, but we’ve done the hard work and compiled a list of the 11 best undergraduate architecture schools in the United States.

Each of these best schools for architecture has a description that explains what makes it an excellent program, and we also include a list of questions to ask yourself to help you decide which is the best architecture school for you.

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20 Top Party Colleges: Can You Still Get a Good Education?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 27, 2019 9:00:00 AM

College Info

In popular culture, college life is often portrayed as a nonstop party full of fun, bacchanalian times. While these portrayals are a bit exaggerated, some colleges have garnered reputations as being particularly festive. This raises the following questions: should you go to a party school? And can you get a good education at a party school?

In this article, I'll define what a party school is, provide party school rankings, and explain how you can still get a quality education from a college known for its epic parties.

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4 Tips for Writing Stellar UGA Essays

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 25, 2019 5:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

The University of Georgia is an excellent public school ranked in the top 50 universities nationwide. If you’re applying here, you’ll need to submit two amazing essays. So what are the UGA essay prompts? And how can you ensure your UGA essays will make you stand out?

In this in-depth guide, we give you all the current UGA essay prompts and tips for choosing and approaching the best prompt for you. We also look at an actual UGA application essay example to give you an idea of what your own essay can and should look like.

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4 Tips for Writing a Great UIUC Essay

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

Thinking of attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? Then you've come to the right place. For this highly ranked public school, you'll need to submit a personal statement with your application. But what should you include in your UIUC essay to make you stand out?

Read on to learn what the current UIUC essay prompt is and how to write a great UIUC essay. We also show you a real UIUC essay example to give you an idea of what a great statement looks like.

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All 104 Need-Blind Colleges in the US: A Complete Guide

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 23, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Financial Aid, College Info

When universities go through admissions applications, they take many factors into consideration, like your grades, your extracurriculars, and even your personality!

But many college applicants don’t realize that some universities also consider you--and your family’s--ability to pay tuition as well. The hard truth is that some universities use an applicant’s ability to pay tuition without financial aid as a factor in the admissions process. This became the subject of a 2015 article from Time Magazine, which explains that many universities consider how students can contribute to their institution financially when they make admissions decisions.

This sounds like scary news. But don’t worry! Many schools are addressing the issue by transitioning to need-blind admissions policies, which remove economic status as an admissions criteria.

In this guide, we’ll give you a complete list of need-blind colleges in the United States and answer all of your burning questions, including:

  • What is need-blind admission?
  • How do need-blind policies affect tuition costs?
  • What should you look for in a need-blind school?

So let’s get started!

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Valedictorian vs. Salutatorian: What's the Difference?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, College Info


There are lots of reasons to work hard in high school: you gain important knowledge and skills, your grades help you get into great universities, and your dedication can even earn you scholarship money for tuition!   

But your hard work can also help you become valedictorian or salutatorian, which are awards given to the top two students in your graduating class. But what does it mean to be a valedictorian vs. a salutatorian?

Don’t worry: you’ve come to the right place! Not only will we explain what a valedictorian and salutatorian is, we’ll also dig into the similarities and differences between the two awards and what they mean for the college admissions process.

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What Is a Double Major? Is a Double Major Right for You?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Going to college can sometimes feel like a series of tough decisions. Not only do you have to take standardized tests like the ACT or SAT, you also have to decide which colleges to apply to and write (practically) a million applications!

After all of that, picking your major sometimes feels like the easy part. But not so fast! Many schools offer a variety of majoring opportunities, including a degree path referred to as a double major where you concentrate in not one, but two different subjects.

This guide will take the mystery out of what it means to double major! We’ll explore the ins and outs of the degree path, including: 

  • Defining what a double major is...and what it isn’t,
  • Discussing the pros and cons of double majoring, and finally,
  • Helping you figure out whether a double major is the right choice for you.

So without further ado...let’s dive in!

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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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Is Stanford an Ivy League School? Is Duke? MIT?

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

College Info

Most people have at least heard of the Ivy League, but not everyone knows which schools belong to the venerable group. Is Stanford Ivy League? Is Duke Ivy League? Is MIT Ivy League?

In this article, we'll answer these questions and more as we take a look at which schools comprise the world-renowned Ivy League and which schools are most often mistaken for Ivy League institutions. We'll also explore what being in the Ivy League means for schools and how Ivy League schools compare with those not in the Ivy League in terms of national rankings and selectivity.

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How to Get Into USC: 5 Expert Admissions Tips

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 28, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info

The University of Southern California (USC) is a highly ranked private school located in Los Angeles, and, as a result, it draws thousands of qualified applicants each year. If you’re applying here, you are probably wondering what the USC admissions requirements are and what you’ll need to stand out as an applicant.

In this article, we explain how to get into USC, offering you specific tips for what you can improve in your application. But first, how hard is it to get into USC?

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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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