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Updated List: Colleges With the Highest SAT Scores

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Oct 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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If you’ve already taken the SAT, you know it will likely be an important component of your college applications. Maybe you've set a goal score for yourself based on the types of colleges you’re interested in. Even if you haven’t taken the SAT yet or are still considering whether to take it, you probably want to know more about what the most competitive colleges and universities expect when it comes to applicants’ standardized test scores.

I’ve compiled a list of colleges with the highest average SAT scores for admitted students. You’ll be able to compare your own SAT scores (or goal scores) with those of top colleges and universities. I’ll also talk about what these rankings actually mean so that you can interpret this information effectively. For example, are these schools the best schools you can attend? Are they the most competitive? What do you do if your SAT scores are below the listed averages? 

Read on for a list of the top schools ranked by SAT score, and answers to the above questions!

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Here's Every College That Offers 100% Financial Aid

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Sep 22, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Financial Aid, College Info

One of the most important questions you will have to ask yourself during your college selection process is whether or not your top choice school is affordable for your family.

Affordability has a huge impact on college decisions. Some students will luck out and be offered a nice scholarship by their school that will make things affordable. Others will win independent scholarships. Usually, though, both of these options for financing your education are based on merit, and there is a lot of competition.

But did you know that some schools are committed to making sure all admitted students can afford to attend, regardless of whether they are scholarship recipients?

Read on to see a list of colleges that meet full need, or provide for 100% of their students’ demonstrated financial need.

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Ivy League Rankings: What Do They Really Mean?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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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 2017 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 if you should pursue an Ivy League education.

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The 34 Colleges With the Highest ACT Scores, Ranked

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Sep 12, 2017 4:00:00 PM

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Did you know that the ACT is accepted by all 4-year colleges? And that more students now end up taking the ACT than the SATWith the test growing more and more popular each year, it’s smart to get a handle on what schools are toughest when it comes to applicants’ ACT scores

I’ve compiled a list of colleges with the highest average ACT scores for admitted students. You’ll be able to compare your own ACT scores (or goal scores) with those of top colleges and universities. I’ll also talk about what these rankings actually mean: are these schools the best schools you can attend? Are they the most competitive? What if your ACT scores are below the listed averages?

Read on to find out the answers to these questions (and more)!

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The 20 Best Graphic Design Schools in the US

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Sep 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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Graphic designers are involved in nearly everything we look at, watch, or read, from the designs on books, to the way websites navigate, to halftime commercials, to logos on business cards. Graphic designers are the visual wizards who make sure every concert poster and app user interface has an impact and communicates a desired message. 

If this sounds appealing to you, you might wonder how you can become a graphic designer. Well, you go to school! In this article, I’ll discuss what a graphic design program is, how I created this list, the best graphic design schools, and how to choose the right program for you.

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The Ultimate Guide to Cal State Schools: How to Pick

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 1, 2017 7:00:00 PM

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The California State University (CSU) system consists of 23 college campuses throughout California. Cal State colleges provide higher education to hundreds of thousands of students from California and the rest of the country and world.

In this article, I will describe the CSU system, profile each of the CSU collegesand explain how to choose which CSU school to attend.

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The 12 Best Creative Writing Colleges and Programs

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

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Finding a dedicated creative writing program at a school you're excited about can be a real challenge, and that's even before you start worrying about getting in. Nonetheless, there are some great options. In order to help you find the best school for you, this list rounds up some of the best colleges for creative writing in the United States.

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How to Choose a Major: 5 Key Factors to Consider

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Aug 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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When it comes to choosing a college major, pithy truisms and conflicting advice abound. But whose advice can you trust? In this no-nonsense guide, we’ll help you figure out how to choose a major in college based on what’s important to you.

After a brief introduction to the dilemma of choosing a major we’ll reveal the most important part of choosing a major in college. Then we’ll go over what work you should be doing to help you pick a major in a variety of situations—before college, during college, and if any special circumstances arise. Finally, we’ll give some parting thoughts on major selection.

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Early Action Schools: Complete List of EA Colleges

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 21, 2017 5:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

 

Would you like to know where you'll be going to college as soon as possible? If you apply early action, then you might have your plans all set by winter break of your senior year. That's a big leap forward compared to waiting until regular notification in April!

A large number of schools offer an early action deadline in addition to a regular decision deadline. This guide will go over what you need to know about applying early action, along with a comprehensive list of all the schools that offer it. To start, how does early action work?

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Early Decision Schools: Complete List of ED Colleges

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 13, 2017 5:30:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

Did you know that early decision isn't necessarily early? Binding decision might be a better name for it, since some schools now offer "early" decision deadlines in January, as well as in November.

Either way, applying early decision is a big commitment. If you apply this way, you should be totally sure you want to attend that school. Let's review the pros and cons of early decision, as well as look at all the schools with early decision admission.

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The 25 Best Engineering Schools in the US (and How to Get In)

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jul 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Do you dream of building driverless cars or a space elevator? You should check out the best engineering schools in the US!

But with so many different engineering schools out there and intense competition for the top programs, how can you figure out where should you apply? To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of the best engineering schools in the US. We’ll explain a little bit about each school on the list as well as provide rankings within specific subfields of engineering.

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Test-Optional Colleges: Complete List of 500+ Schools

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jul 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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SAT and ACT scores are common admission requirements for college. But what if I told you that you could get into a great school without taking either of these exams? Behold test-optional colleges. Colleges that are test optional don't require you to submit SAT or ACT scores but will consider them if submitted.

In this guide, we’ll explain what “test optional” means for different schools before providing you with a comprehensive list of test-optional colleges and universities in the US. The first two lists will cover the best test-optional colleges and universities (i.e., those ranked in the top 100), while the last list will include all other test-optional colleges in the country. Along the way, we'll also give you a few key tips on when you should and should not send your SAT/ACT test scores to schools.

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The 9 Best Film Schools in the US (and 1 to Avoid)

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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In the past few years, applying to film school has gotten extremely competitive: top schools like USC’s School of Cinematic Arts now boast lower admission rates than the Ivies. Simultaneously, the number of film programs has grown—rising from about 300 in 2006 to almost 400 in 2010.

With so many programs available and so much competition for the top spots, where should you apply? In order to help you find the right school for you, I’ve compiled a list of the best film schools in the US, based on my experience as a film student and actress in LA.

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Seven Sisters Colleges: Should You Go to One?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | May 26, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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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Should You Go to a Public Ivy? 5 Factors to Consider

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | May 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Most people have heard of the illustrious eight private schools that make up the Ivy League. But what about high-quality public universities, or "Public Ivy League" schools? Are there any public schools out there that can match the caliber of top private schools?

Find out what the Public Ivies are and why you should consider applying to them.

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