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The 7 Things That Really Look Good on a College Application

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 2, 2020 11:00:00 AM

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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Test-Optional Colleges: Complete List of 900+ Schools

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 1, 2020 11:00:00 AM

College Info

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), and 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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Ivy League Rankings: What Do They Really Mean?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 29, 2020 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 our exclusive 2021 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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Here's Every College That Offers 100% Financial Aid

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Sep 29, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Financial Aid, College Info

One of the most important questions you'll have to ask yourself during the 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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Should I Go to One of the Big 10 Schools?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 27, 2020 6:30:00 PM

College Info

The Big Ten is one of the most prestigious intercollegiate athletic conferences in the country. It has 14 member schools, most of which are located in the Midwest. While they're all unique, Big 10 schools have many commonalities and are known for emphasizing both athletics and academics.

In this article, I'll do the following:

  • Give you the names of all of the Big Ten universities and provide information about each school
  • Describe the attributes of Big Ten colleges
  • Detail possible advantages and disadvantages of attending a Big Ten school
  • Explain how to decide if you should attend one of the Big Ten schools
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What Is a Trade School? How Can You Apply?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 27, 2020 8:00:00 AM

College Info

If you want to advance your skills and education but are unsure if a traditional four-year college is for you, you may want to consider a trade school. Attending a vocational school can be an excellent option for those who want to get the necessary training to secure a good job quickly.

In this article, I'll explain the benefits and potential disadvantages of trade schools. Also, I'll thoroughly describe the differences between trade schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges.

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Complete List of Performing Arts Colleges in California

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 23, 2020 10:30:00 AM

College Info

If the stage calls your name, and you're interested in pursuing a degree in one of the performing arts (theatre/dance/music) in California, then this article is for you. I've compiled a comprehensive list of all of the universities and conservatory programs in California that offer performing arts degrees (Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate's).

 

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The Complete Guide to the Princeton Supplement

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

Got your heart set on Princeton—the #1 ranked university in the US? Then you'll need to learn how to write amazing Princeton essays for your Princeton Supplement, a key part of your application for admission.

In this detailed guide, we go over the different types of essays you'll be required to write for your Princeton application and provide you with some expert tips on how to write your most effective and unique essay possible.

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The 13 Best Universities in the UK

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 20, 2020 5:00:00 PM

College Info, General Education

What are the best universities in the UK? If you're a US or other international student thinking of attending college in the UK, then it'll help you immensely in your search to have an idea of what the best universities in the UK are based on reputation, selectivity, and student satisfaction.

We'll go over the six biggest potential benefits for US students studying in the UK and then provide you with a list of the 13 best universities in the UK. After, we'll look at a quick comparison of the best colleges in UK and the best US schools before giving you some critical tips for finding the best UK institution for you.

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

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Sep 20, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Info

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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The 11 Best Pre-Med Schools to Help You Become a Doctor

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Sep 20, 2020 8:30:00 AM

College Info

Choosing an undergraduate school is the first major step any student will make on the path to becoming a physician. If you're an aspiring pre-med student, you'll want to give yourself the best opportunities and support networks in college and beyond. Applying to (and succeeding in) medical school is a grueling process, so you'll need to be prepared.

Here, I'll talk about what actually makes a school good for pre-meds before getting into the good stuff: the list of best pre-med schools.

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The 12 Best Universities in Canada

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 19, 2020 10:00:00 AM

College Info, General Education

Thinking of attending college in our friendly neighbor to the north? Whether you're a US or other international student, if you're considering heading to Canada to continue your education, you'll definitely want to know what the best universities in Canada are.

We'll explain the biggest benefits of attending a Canadian school before introducing our picks for the 12 best universities in Canada. We'll then go over how these top schools differ from the top schools in the US and explain the six factors you need to consider before you apply to a university in Canada.

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Cheap Out-of-State Colleges: Top 24 Most Affordable

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 18, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Financial Aid, College Info

If you're hoping to be far from home for college but are worried about the cost of an out-of-state school, you might run into some issues in the application process. How do you find out-of-state schools that still offer relatively cheap tuition?

In this article, I've compiled a list of schools that offer the lowest tuition rates and highest rates of institutional aid to out-of-state students. Keep reading to learn what these schools are!

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Are There Any Good For-Profit Colleges? Top 8 For-Profit Colleges

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Info

For-profit colleges have a pretty poor reputation in the academic world—and generally for good reason. But are there any good for-profit colleges out there that aren't as bad as the rest? Should you ever consider going to one?

In this guide, we introduce the top for-profit colleges, which we determined based on factors such as graduation rate, net cost of attendance, and student reviews. We also go over the biggest pros and cons of attending a for-profit college. But first, let's look a little more closely at what for-profit schools actually are and how they work.

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How to Write the Perfect Harvard Essay: 3 Expert Tips

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

Aiming for the world-renowned Harvard University? As part of the application to this prestigious Ivy League school, you'll have the option to submit a supplemental essay. But what should you write about for your Harvard essay? What are the different Harvard essay prompts to choose from, and how should you answer one so you can give yourself your best shot at getting in?

In this guide, we give you advice for each Harvard essay prompt as well as tips on whether you should choose a particular prompt. But before we look at the prompts, let's go over what Harvard actually requires in terms of essays.

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