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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 You Should Consider An Overnight College Visit

While not as popular as an open house visit or traditional tour of the school, overnight college visits give you a better look at the inner workings of a school. One perk is that you will likely stay in the residence halls. You can get a feel for how dorm life works, check out how …

Colleges for Students Who Love Books!

  Whether having loved reading since the early years or having only recently discovered the joys of written word, a bibliophile is one who is rarely seen without a book. They often venture out of their written worlds to discuss characters, plots, and criticisms. They are found in all majors, not just English and Literature-related …

5 Great Colleges for Foodies

  Who doesn’t love good food? Sure, we need it to survive, but there are some of us out there who yearn to explore all sorts of different foods. Thankfully, there are plenty of college towns out there (and college campuses) who happily cater to our needs. Here’s just a short list to get you …

5 Colleges for Mathletes and Math Lovers in General

Does the thought of solving complicated equations make you giddy? Do you enjoy problem solving in your spare time? Do you have the first hundred decimals of Pi memorized – for fun? Then you, my friend, might be enamored by mathematics! There are, of course, many career options for people who enjoy math, and therefore …

5 Colleges for Animal Lovers

It’s hard to resist the allure of animals. If you’ve had pets all your life, it’s not the easiest thing to leave them behind while you’re away at school. True, many schools have therapy dog programs nowadays (although usually only around finals week). But if you’re looking for a slightly more permanent animal situation, here …

Who Can Take the PreACT?

In March of 2016, ACT announced that it had devised a new test aimed at 10th grade students to help them prepare for the ACT their following year. This test, aptly called the PreACT, follows the same format as the full ACT: The two tests are scored the same way, they follow the same subjects …

History of the ACT

We’ve all heard about the SAT and the ACT. We know that these two tests are often required in order to apply to colleges. It might seem as though they’ve been around for ages—your parents likely had to take one or the other, and possibly some of your grandparents. If you’re in the Midwest, chances …

10 Common Scholarship Interview Questions

You’ve gotten to The Interview for your scholarship. That in and of itself is a huge accomplishment. This process has given you experience that will be useful down the road when you’re applying for other scholarships and grants, and even jobs. But before you can claim your award, you have to answer some questions. You …