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5 Things Most College Rankings Won’t Tell You

As students begin to search for a college, one of the first places many look at are college academic rankings–which schools are the best? Rankings can definitely be useful (we have our own, in case you missed them), but they also offer a lot of limitations. After all, it’s impossible to rank something that’s as …
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Should I Hire an Independent College Counselor?

Which came first the chicken or the egg? Is world peace possible? What is the meaning of life? While the question about hiring a college counselor is not nearly this philosophical, it can often garner just as much heated debate, and like the philosophical questions listed above, there really is not a right or wrong …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) or Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)

Specialized mission colleges focus on educating specific groups of students. The most common specialized mission collages are the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI). An HBCU and HSI offer many great resources for their students. In addition, contrary to popular belief, HBCUs and HSIs educate students of all races, ethnicities, and …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Women’s College

In the United States, there are currently 42 institutions of higher learning that only enroll women students. The colleges and universities are located throughout the country and vary in their academic and social offerings. While they all have their unique personalities, they all promote empowering women. The percentage of women who attend women’s colleges is …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Religious College

Religious colleges are all over the country. Some of the more common religions with colleges in the U.S. include Protestant, Catholic, Latter Day Saints (LDS), and Jewish. While some colleges are only religious in their founding, others weave their religious faith into everyday life on the campus. For students who have a strong faith and …
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7 Mistakes Students Make When Building Their College List

It’s that time of the year: Summer is here. Rising seniors are starting to feel the pressure of building their college list of where they’d like to apply. Of course, this college list probably won’t be finalized for months, but that doesn’t make the process any less intimidating. Where do you start? How do you …
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10 Helpful Tips College Counselors Give to Students

Here’s a tip: when it comes to surviving and thriving in college, your college counselor knows what’s what. They are an invaluable resource for students and provide many services — academic advising, career searching, mock interviews, transitional help, and more. They’re also a primary source for college life advice. We’ve compiled a list of ten …
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10 Reasons to Attend an Art School

If you’re an aspiring artist, an art school might be the place for you. Typical majors found at art schools include Animation, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture, just to name a few. Art schools that are members of the non-profit consortium called the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) not only …
Here are 10 reasons to attend a research university
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10 Reasons to Attend a Research University

A research university is known for being large and focusing heavily on research. In addition to offering numerous undergraduate degrees, research universities are committed to graduate education through the doctorate degree. The size of research universities can be a turn off for many students who want a more intimate college experience. However, most students at …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Liberal Arts College and Universities

So, what is a liberal arts college? They’re not always household names. For many, the first time you hear the name of a liberal arts college is when it comes up in your college search. However, these colleges provide amazing education, engaged communities, and superb preparation for the future. (And, most importantly, not “just arts” …

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