Ellen Andersen

Many students aren't attending their first choice college.
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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. That’s the lowest it’s been since UCLA began conducting the student survey in 1974. However, it’s …
Why are college admissions interviews important?
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The Importance of College Admissions Interviews

Some schools require college interviews. 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. College Admissions Interviews Some schools place more emphasis on the interviews than others. There are …
Here are some more SAT and ACT vocabulary words to peruse!

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 …
Princeton University ivy-covered hall building.
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Why Are the Ivy League Schools Called the “Ivy Leagues?”

Ivy League refers to the eight elite research universities that make up the Ivy League conference – Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, and Cornell. These eight schools are known for academic excellence and high selectivity in their admissions. So, “Why are they called the Ivy League?” Well, they actually got their name from a …
Use process of elimination when you're taking the ACT or SAT.

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 …
college comparisons

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 …
Chazen Museum of Art building.
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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 …