Olivia Pittman


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.

7 Organizations Working to Promote Women in STEM

3 women wearing laboratory dress and eye protection. college majors & minors
While women make up 47 percent of the US work force, they represent only 26 percent of people who work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math). Further, only 12 percent of female college students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in science, and just 3 percent will continue to work in a STEM field …

16 College Rec Centers So Awesome They Will Make you Want to Work Out

Beautiful swimming pool in Rice University. student life
As colleges become more selective, so do their students. For the last decade, universities have begun to attract students with beautiful—and giant—recreation centers. The result is some of the best outfitted and designed fitness college rec centers in the country. Whether you spend hours a week at the gym or need some motivation to get …

8 of the Most Incredible College Art Galleries in the U.S.

Cornell Art Museum student life
Since the 19th century, colleges have collected art to display in their own art gallery for the enrichment of their students. Even more so, there are nearly 680 of these galleries in existence today in the US. Additionally, many college galleries rival the nation’s best public museums. Almost all college art galleries are open to …

The 15 Best College Town Burger Joints

Best college town burger joints: A burger and fries from Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage student life
There is something that feels right about enjoying a delicious hamburger in a college town. Maybe it’s the monotony of dining hall food that makes burger joints so popular around college campuses, or maybe it’s just tradition. Whatever it is, it’s basically a requirement that college towns have a restaurant where you can get a …

10 of the Most Amazing College Libraries in the US

Johns Hopkins University also has one of the best college libraries. student life
Need some inspiration? These incredible libraries will make you want to spend your time studying. Whether you’re into high-tech collaborative study spaces or cathedral-style reading rooms, you’re bound to want to do some learning after looking at this list. Here are 10 of the best college libraries in the US: 1. Joe and Rika Mansueto …

College Myth: Most Colleges Are Way Out of My Price Range

Charts showing that more than 50% of college students receive some form of gift aid, including federal and institutional grants and scholarships, to make college more in your price range myths
If you’ve just started your college search, you may be shocked to discover that the cost of attendance at your dream school is tens of thousands of dollars per year outside of your price range. How does anyone afford college at this price? Very few students pay the sticker price to attend college Nearly all …

Myth: Colleges That Send Me Mail Are Likely to Accept Me

Photograph of college mail sent to prospective students. If you're on a college mailing list, they're more likely to accept you, right? myths
Many students assume the colleges which send them marketing materials in the mail are their best options. This isn’t necessarily true. In fact, some colleges send out millions of pieces of mail each year (not very targeted). Other schools only send out very little. Bottom line: being on a college mailing list does not necessarily …

College Myth: Financial Aid is Only for Poor Students

Charts showing that more than 50% of college students receive some form of gift aid, including federal and institutional grants and scholarships, to make college more in your price range myths
Many students from middle class and upper middle class families assume they won’t receive any need-based financial aid. This isn’t necessarily the case. Need-based financial aid Colleges and the government decide how much need-based financial aid you’re eligible for by subtracting your expected family contribution (EFC) from your college’s cost of attendance. If there’s a …

College Myth: I Don’t Need to Fill Out the FAFSA; I Won’t Get Financial Aid

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There are students who think they’re won’t get financial aid from the federal government. Therefore, they sometimes don’t see the point in filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). However, these students don’t realize that they may be missing out on grants and scholarships from their college. They’re even missing out on low-interest-rate …