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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.

Student Survival Guide: A Breakdown of the SAT

Test-makers are constantly advancing standardized tests. Most of the time it’s just changing certain questions, or adding new content to update current tests. And then sometimes you get the complete overhaul of a test, such as what they’ve done to the SAT. Before we go into the specifics of each section, let’s look at how …

How to Plan a College Visit

Visiting a college is an important step in deciding where you want to go after high school. Getting a proper feel for where you might spend the next four years is extremely helpful. Here are a few tips when planning your college visit. Go During Academic Session While it may be appealing to plan your …

Common Mistakes Students Make on College Admissions Essays

So you’ve narrowed down your list of schools. You’ve filled out all the demographics information for the application, and now it’s time for the essays and short answers. You’ve got everything covered…or do you? Here are some common mistakes that college admissions see, as well as how to fix them. Starting Late In the hustle …

Should I Even Apply to “Huge Reach” Schools?

The answer to this question, put simply, is “Yes!” It’s always good to have at least one school to strive for to challenge yourself. You never know, you might surprise yourself in the quality of work you produce for the application. And because of the higher demands of that school’s application process, you can improve …

Colleges for Students Who Love Robotics

When it comes to pursuing your hobbies at college, there is no end to what is available. There are schools out there with programs and student organizations for everything you can imagine. If you enjoyed building robots in high school, or you’re looking to get into it for fun in college, you should check out …

How GPA and Test Scores Affect Financial Aid Opportunities

Over the course of your high school career, you’ve probably been told to make sure you keep your grades up. You’ve probably stressed about your standardized test scores and your GPA. Those two factors play a very large role in the college admissions process. But do better grades result in better financial aid opportunities? In …

6 Colleges with Heart-Warming Holiday Traditions

The Winter Holiday season is rife with the opportunities for merriment, and magic. Many schools decorate, and there is likely a concert or two in honor of the season (and the end of the semester). But some schools take it to the next level. Here is a short list—just the tip of the iceberg, really—of …

10 Colleges for Musically-Inclined Students

Music is a vital part in many students’ lives. Whether they like to sing in the shower, have played an instrument for years, or dabble in composition, there are many options when it comes to schools. Even if you aren’t looking to be a music major, you can still make music a priority when applying …