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The 11 Best Performing Arts Colleges in the US

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 18, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Attending a performing arts college is a big decision—you’re committing to focusing exclusively on your art for four years. Once you’ve made this choice, you need to find a school that'll allow you to accomplish your career goals.

In order to help you find the right school for you, I’ve compiled a list of the best performing arts colleges in the US. Keep reading to see what these are!

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Complete List of the 18 Art Schools in California

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 18, 2018 11:00:00 AM

College Info

Ah, California: the land of opportunity. The sun is always shining (well, not in San Francisco, but almost everywhere else!), and the art scene is awesome. If you’re thinking about art school, some of the best colleges for you are located in the Golden State. In this article, I'll give you a list of all the art schools in California so you can take stock of your options.

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

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Nov 18, 2018 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, 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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4 Reasons to Major in a Foreign Language (and 3 Not To)

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Nov 13, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Gaikokugo ga suki desu ka? That’s Japanese for “Do you like foreign languages?” If your answer is a resounding yes, then a foreign language major might be for you.

In 2013, I graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in Japanese. Though I sometimes doubted whether I should major in Japanese, I ultimately knew it was the right choice because being able to understand and use Japanese was a skill I wanted to have for the rest of my life. Moreover, I didn't just enjoy learning Japanese but also loved getting to know Japanese culture. 

These are the reasons I chose to major in Japanese. That said, a language major isn’t for everyone. So should you major in a foreign language? What are the reasons you should? And what are the reasons you shouldn't?

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The 15 Best Music Schools in the US

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 9, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info, College Admissions

Many students learn some kind of musical instrument in elementary school. Some continue through high school, and some even plan on continuing to do some kind of musical activity in college.

For a small fraction of students, though, music is not only something they want to continue studying, but it is the only thing they want to focus on studying in college.

If you're one of these students who wants to go to music school, then this article is for you. We'll go over what kind of experience you can expect to have at the best music schools and what you should look for in a top music school. We'll also introduce to you to our ranking of the best music schools in the US (for undergraduates).

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What Is a Dual Degree Program? Should You Do One?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Nov 7, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info

You’ve probably heard of a double major, but have you heard of a dual degree? In a dual degree program, you’ll study two academic fields at once, earn you two separate degrees.

Below, we explain what a dual degree is and show you several examples of the different types of dual degree programs available. We also go over the pros and cons of getting a dual degree, and give you tips to help you decide whether a dual degree is right for you.

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The 5 UC Application Tips You Need to Get Into University of California

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 11:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Info

If you’re applying to one or more of the UC schools, you want to make sure you get the application right. This step-by-step guide will walk you through everything you need to know about the UC application, from the time you decide to apply to a UC school to when you submit the final piece of the application.

Keep reading to learn when the most important UC application deadline is, which documents you need to submit to complete your application, if you need a separate application for each UC school, and how you can make sure every part of your application sets you apart from the crowd.

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Hard High School: How It Affects Your College Chances

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Nov 4, 2018 9:47:00 AM

Coursework/GPA, College Info

Attending a tough high school can certainly affect some of your performance statistics. It's natural to wonder whether these shifts in your numbers are going to affect your chances of college admission. In this article, we cover what colleges are really concerned with when they look at your record, and we explain why you don't need to be worried if your high school is especially hard.

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What Is a Safety School? How Should You Choose Yours?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 3, 2018 3:30:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

For those of you who have started researching college admissions, you may have heard of the concept of a “safety school.” What is a safety school? Simply, a safety school is one in which your odds of getting in are extremely high. Everyone who applies to college should apply to safety schools. Why? You don’t want to risk getting rejected from all the schools you apply to.

In this article, I'll define and explain the concept of a safety school. Furthermore, I'll discuss how to identify your safety schools and determine the number of safety schools you should apply to.

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3 Tips for Writing Stellar Georgia Tech Essays

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Nov 3, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays, College Info

Before you envision yourself getting settled in at Georgia Tech, you must get through the hurdle of writing the Georgia Tech essays. The Georgia Tech supplement requires you to write two short essays. So what are the possible essay prompts? And how should you answer them?

Keep reading to learn exactly what the Georgia Tech essays are, what kinds of topics you can write about (and what kinds of topics to avoid), and how to ensure you’re submitting a quality essay.

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Updated List: Colleges With the Highest SAT Scores

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Nov 3, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info

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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Dual Degree vs Double Major: Which Is Right For You?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Nov 2, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Got a passion for more than one field of study? Then you might be interested in studying two fields simultaneously with either a double major or dual degree. What is the main difference between a double major and a dual degree? And how can you figure out which option will be a better fit for you?

In this dual degree vs double major guide, we go over the fundamental difference between the two academic paths, define each option in detail, and take a look at the most important similarities and differences between the two. We also offer you some tips to help you determine whether a double major or dual degree will work better for you based on your preferences and goals.

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64 Great Colleges That Don't Require Essays to Apply

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Nov 2, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays, College Info

If the thought of writing a college essay fills you with terror, you might be wondering: are there any colleges that don’t require essays?

The answer is yes, there are! This guide will give you an overview of colleges that don’t require admissions essays, how to find these schools, and whether you should apply to one or not. We’ll wrap up with a list of 64 colleges with no essay requirement that you can apply to.

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Colleges With the Lowest SAT Scores, Ranked

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 1, 2018 4:30:00 PM

College Info

Applying to college is a nerve-wracking process, but have no fear, if you want to go to college even with a low SAT score, there is most likely a school for you!

In this article, I'll list the colleges with the lowest 25th percentile SAT scores for their admitted students. The 25th percentile SAT score means that 25% of admitted students to that university scored at or below that number; the 75th percentile SAT score means that 75% of admitted students scored at or below that score (25% scored higher). I'll also explain why their low SAT criterion doesn’t necessarily mean the university is bad.

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3 Tips to Write a Perfect "Why Northwestern" Essay

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 17, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays, College Info

Northwestern University is an excellent choice for college, but can you easily explain just why you want to go there? If you're planning to apply to Northwestern, you’ll need to submit a "Why Northwestern" essay—a supplemental statement that describes why you’ve chosen to apply to this school and what you think Northwestern can offer you in terms of your future goals.

In this article, we’ll go over what this kind of college essay entails as well as why you're required to submit a "Why Northwestern" essay. We'll also cover various topics and tips you can use to craft a compelling Northwestern supplement essay.

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