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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.

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 …

Myths About College Upperclassmen

The class divisions in high school can be stark and unforgiving, and you might think that college will be more of the same. This really isn’t the case. Here are a few myths about college upperclassmen to break down for you. I won’t see any upperclassmen in my courses. While there are a few exceptions …

Colleges with Great Career Help Services

One of the hardest things about college is knowing that you’re going to need a job once you graduate. The job market isn’t the most promising right now: Colleges know this, and they try to help as best they can. Job fairs, alumni networking, internship opportunities-–all these help you to find employment in your field …

What Is Economic Hardship Deferment?

Economic Hardship Deferment is a student loan borrower protection. It allows borrowers to temporarily defer payments toward their loans. If the borrower has a subsidized loan, it will not accrue interest throughout the deferment period. Deferment periods are taken in one-year increments, up to three years total. This deferment plan is only eligible to people …

A Breakdown of Student Loan Borrower Protections

When taking out student loans, borrowers need to be aware of the protections they have. It’s very important to do plenty of research into borrower protections before signing the dotted line. Read the fine print carefully before you agree to any loan, federal or private, that you take out.  Repayment Options Federal loans will offer …