Olivia Pittman

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Olivia Pittman is a Research and Content specialist at College Raptor. All of those questions you've been thinking about while looking for a college? Olivia digs in and finds answers.

Regional Gems: Northeast

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Many people automatically associate education in the Northeast with the Ivy League. But students desiring a world-class education don’t have to focus on those 8 schools. There are many great, smaller colleges in the Northeast where undergraduates can receive a valuable and meaningful education. To bring attention to these smaller and perhaps lesser-known colleges, College …

20 Pet Friendly Colleges

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Many colleges allow students to keep fish in small tanks in their dorm rooms. It’s a lot more uncommon to find a college that allows more interactive pets to live with student owners. For students who feel they need a four-legged companion while they’re away at school, these colleges are worth a look.   1. …

Maine College Access Network Partners with College Raptor to Provide Free College Comparison and Planning Help to Families

READFIELD, MAINE (May 07, 2015) — The Maine College Access Network (MaineCAN) has partnered with technology company, College Raptor, to offer an advanced platform to improve the way families throughout the state find and compare college options. “College Raptor will provide a powerful tool for students and families to discover their college options,” said Kate …

25 of the Greenest College Campuses in the U.S.

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Thinking about how you can reduce your environmental impact this Earth Day? These colleges and universities will inspire you to be greener. See what academia’s sustainability leaders are doing to increase their environmental-friendliness. First, we have 10 honorable mentions that didn’t quite make our final list of the 15 greenest college campuses but are definitely …

The Most Unique College Major in Each State

Most Unique Majors by State from College Raptor college majors & minors
What, would you guess, is the most unique major in your state? Some states’ most unique majors seem to make sense based on industries in the state. For instance, Tennessee has around 12 times as many arts, entertainment, and media management majors than the rest of the country (per college grad/per year), which can be chalked …

Where Should I Start my College Search?

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So you know you want to go to college, but how do you start searching for the right school(s)? The most important part of finding a college where you’ll be happy is recognizing at least some of what you want. As a teenager, it can be difficult to know exactly what you’re looking for in …

College Myth: Colleges Only Care About GPA and Test Scores

Congratulations on being accepted into college! However, it was more than just your GPA and test scores that got you in. myths
GPA and test scores are the most quantifiable aspects of a college application. This makes them easy to compare–and may explain why applicants tend to place so much Iemphasis on them. While these ARE important, they’re not the only things that colleges consider when reviewing your application. In fact, just consider that many schools will receive thousands …

College Myth: Colleges Are Only Looking for One Type of Student

It's a myth that colleges only look for certain types of students. myths
A common misconception is that colleges only accept certain types of students. Similarly, some students convince themselves that individual colleges prefer students with very particular skill sets. In reality, colleges seek to build diverse and interesting classes. Part of higher education is familiarizing yourself with the world at large. This involves getting to know people …

Top 15 US Colleges and Universities

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Rural or small town college campuses can be peaceful, but there’s something alluring about a big city. Students are drawn to urban campuses for their abundance of cultural and professional opportunities, all-encompassing amenities, and the promise of fun. Here are 15 best urban colleges in big cities which we think live up to these expectations. …

Myth: In-State Colleges Are More Affordable

A private college could fit you more than an in-state college myths
Many college students–convinced that state colleges are cheaper–make the mistake of limiting their college search to in-state public colleges. For some students, an in-state public university may be the best choice. But, others risk attending a college that’s not a great fit by limiting their options without knowing the real cost of all their options. Are …