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Ellen Andersen
Ellen is a guest blogger for College Raptor. She is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa. She holds a BA in English with Creative Writing and Psychology. Her current focus is applying to the Fulbright Scholar program.

Myth: Most Students Are Not Accepted into Their First Pick School

You might have heard how a surprisingly large percentage of college students aren’t attending their first choice schools. The number has been increasing steadily since 2006 (in 2011, around 43% of students did not attend their first choice schools, the lowest number since UCLA began conducting the student survey in 1974). However, it’s not necessarily …

The Importance of College Admissions Interviews

College interviews: Some schools require them, some have optional interviews, and still others have none at all. If you can make it to campus, schools want you to do so; otherwise, alumni interviews are often used if you live farther away. Some schools place more emphasis on the interviews than others. There are two things …

Must-Know ACT and SAT Vocabulary Words: Part Two

Everyone knows that standardized tests love to “trick” you (the ACT in particular is known for this). One of the ways they do this is to use higher-level vocabulary. While questions such as “What is the definition of ____?” are few and far between, you’ll likely see many questions that want you to use context …

Why Are the Ivy Leagues Called the “Ivy Leagues?”

Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, and Cornell: These eight schools make up the high academic standard world of the Ivy League. But how did the name come about? Does ivy have anything to do with it? Ivy Vines More than likely. Some of the schools were covered in ivy in the European style. …

Using the Process of Elimination on the ACT / SAT

When it comes to taking tests, you want to give yourself the best chance that you can. This means a lot of studying and knowing your facts. But there will be times when you don’t know something, or you can’t remember all the elements. Times like these call for educated guesses. Benefits of the Process …

Colleges With Impressive Orchestras

Whether you want to join one or just enjoy listening to the sound, university orchestras are often a wonder to behold. All those private lessons and practicing really pays off once you’re around other people who are similarly focused on music. The great thing is that few schools have orchestras that are purely music/performance major …

Colleges for Students Who Love Art

Plenty of people like and appreciate art, and college students are no different. Schools have long retained their own art collections. They are often useful for students in the art programs, but art collections and museums are also a quiet place for students to enjoy the day. If looking at art is your idea of …