How to Avoid College Application Fees

Part of the college application process is paying all those darn fees… Or is it? Here are some ways you can avoid paying application fees. Attend a Campus Visit Some schools have arranged for application fee waivers if you arrange (and attend) a campus visit day. It’s best to do this through the school rather …

Pros and Cons of Using the Universal College Application

Pro: The Process Is More Streamlined The interface is faster than the Common Application. This could be because the UCA is newer: It was just released in 2007. There is also an auto-save feature. Should anything happen while you’re in the middle of something, you won’t have to go back and redo it. Con: There …

Pros and Cons of Using the Common App to Apply for Colleges

While you’re applying for colleges, a term you may have come across is The Common Application, or better known as the Common App. 693 colleges and universities accept the Common App in the United States, Canada, China, and Europe. However, before using the application process, you should know a few pros and cons about using …

What You Should Know About Early Decision Applications

While an early decision (ED) application does have its advantages, it has a few drawbacks too. Depending on your circumstances, it may not necessarily be the right choice for you. Understanding the pros and cons of applying early decision will help you decide whether this is the route you should take. The pros and cons …

How to Revise Your College Application Essay

You’ve done it. You have a first draft of your college application essay. You feel good about it, about the point you are making for the admissions officers. But it’s only a first draft. Now it’s time to buckle down and revise. Here are some tips on how. Read It Out Loud You’d be amazed …

How to Stay Organized During the College Application Process

A lot goes into a college application: the essay, the transcript, the various forms, the fees, the test scores, the letters of recommendation, potentially a college visit and interview, and of course the effort. And since most high school graduates apply to multiple schools, things can get a little hectic to say the least. So, …

Common Mistakes Students Make on College Admissions Essays

So you’ve narrowed down your list of schools. You’ve filled out all the demographics information for the application, and now it’s time for the essays and short answers. You’ve got everything covered…or do you? Here are some common mistakes that college admissions see, as well as how to fix them. Starting Late In the hustle …

How to Choose the Best Teacher for a Letter of Recommendation

Some scholarships or college applications will require you to submit a letter of recommendation—or even three! These letters, written by teachers, faculty, or adult leaders in your community, are a way to show the college/scholarship sponsor just who you are as a student. But how do you pick which teacher you should ask? Should you …

Common Mistakes to Avoid on Your College Applications

There certainly is a lot that goes into an application: a cover letter, grade transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, an essay, letters of recommendation, and so on and so forth. It can be a bit tricky cobbling all of the materials together without a single mistake. We’re here to help you discover common mistakes you want to …

How to Narrow Down Your College List

As of right now, how many colleges are on your list? 20? 12? 5? It likely depends on where you’re at in the search process. (That being said, it’s not uncommon for students nowadays to actually send their applications to 8 schools.) But what if your list is still looking a little bit long? Maybe …