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Why Test Scores Matter in College Admissions

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Test scores still matter. Even as more colleges are going test-optional, they are still very important in college admissions. In addition, just because a college does not use test scores when making admissions decisions, they may need test scores for other reasons. Here are seven ways they are used in the college admissions process: 1. …

Why Volunteering Matters for College Admissions

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Among the many questions I field regarding the college admissions process, one of them is among the most popular: “Is it important that I do volunteering work while I am in high school?” The short answer is: Yes, it does matter. However, like many things in the admissions process, there is more substance to that …

What to Do After You’ve Made Your Final College Decision

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The universal college commitment deadline of May 1 is quickly approaching. While that is ideally the date by which you hope to make a final college decision, many of you may have already come to that decision. Either way, congratulations! The process of making a final college decision is by no means an easy task. Getting …

Dealing with a College Rejection Letter: What It Means to be Denied

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No matter what anyone tells you, rejection hurts. This includes being denied from a college. Some still send their admissions decisions the old fashion way by mailing a thin envelope with the college rejection letter. Many other colleges have started using technology to communicate admissions decisions by sending an email or allowing students to log …

What Do Colleges Look for From Students?

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Colleges look for more than just grades and test scores. Of course, high school grades and standardized test scores are important. But there’s also your extracurricular activities, your course selection, and some other things we detail below. What else do colleges look for from students? Preparing for college is a lesson best learned backward. Look …