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How Do I Check Out Universities Near Me?

Not every student wants to enroll in a college far away from home. Maybe you like your hometown. Or family is super important to you. Maybe you want to save on tuition costs by staying in-state. Or on rent by living with your parents. If any of these scenarios are the case, or you have …
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Why Everyone Should Consider Community Colleges

When you hear the word “college” you probably imagine the classic 4-year school with a quad, dorms, football team, and culminating in a bachelor’s degree. While that’s certainly a popular (albeit expensive) option, it’s not the only one. For those that have doubts about attending a four-year college, there’s an affordable and convenient solution – …
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What Type of College is Best for Me?

Asking yourself: what type of college is best for me? You’re not alone. Finding a college takes a significant amount of time and consideration. Different students have different academic goals and personal preferences. However, the right choice for your best friend might not be the right choice for you. This is a monumental decisions, one …
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Three Reasons to Check Out Your Nearest Community College

You may have a list of four year colleges and universities you’re planning on applying to, but that doesn’t mean you should skip checking out your nearest community college. Community colleges are, sadly, often overlooked when they have a lot to offer. Here are three reasons you’ll want to stop by and take a look: …
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How Much Do College Ratings Actually Matter?

Most high school students will take a look at college ratings when working on their shortlist of colleges to apply to. Admittedly, finding your preferred colleges features high on the college ratings list can be quite a relief. It feels like some sort of endorsement – if a college is highly rated it must be …
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Creating A Final Choice College Checklist

Sending out college applications is both expensive and time-consuming. So you want to make sure that you have narrowed down your college list as much as possible. The only schools you apply to should tick all the boxes on your final choice college checklist. But how do you cultivate that checklist? Why It’s Important to …
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The 5 Best Humidifier Choices For Your College Dorm

At no extra cost to you, College Raptor may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.  Dry weather can leave your skin cracked and lips chapped. When you’re uncomfortable in your own room, studying is that much more annoying. If you need a little extra moisture in the air, then these are …
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Should I Do Another College Visit for the Same School?

Visiting a college campus is a critical part of the college selection process. You can’t truly get a feel for a place without visiting there yourself. It’s an ideal way to experience the campus, the dorms, the classrooms, the students, and faculty. A website can only tell you so much. But if you’ve toured the …
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5 Message Board Options for Dorm Rooms

At no extra cost to you, College Raptor may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.  You and your dorm mates probably have very different class schedules. During the day, it can be difficult to get a hold of one another. You can always text, but you also don’t want to text …
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How To Narrow Your College Choices Fast

Creating a shortlist of colleges to apply to and then narrowing down that list takes some time. Ideally, you should start your search for potential colleges while you are in your junior year, if not sooner. May 1st is the deadline for selecting your college, and it’s fast approaching. You might need to narrow your …