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Changes for NACAC’s Student Recruitment Rules

Higher education is a common topic in the news headlines, especially with the 2020 presidential race underway. However, higher education jumped back into the spotlight recently when NACAC made an announcement about new student recruitment rule changes. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know, and how these changes affect the future of college …
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Things You Need to Know About the SAT Essay

Taking the SAT in the near future? While most studying is focused on the math, writing, and reading portions, you can’t forget about the essay part of the exam. Here are some things you need to know about the SAT essay before your test date. The SAT Essay is Optional… In 2015, the College Board …
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How Do You Know If You’re An Independent College Student?

College is certainly a time of growing independence. Many college students would consider themselves independent, in charge of their own day to day tasks and responsibilities. But independent and dependent mean other things in the college world, especially when it comes to financial matters. When filling the FAFSA, you will need to state whether you’re …
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College Interview Questions To Practice Over The Summer

Though often not mandatory, going to a college interview is a great way to boost your acceptance odds. Getting invited to interview means the college is impressed with you and wants to get to know you better. This is one of the final steps in the college application process. An outstanding performance in the interview …
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How to Work on College Essays this Summer

Ah, summer. The perfect time for sun, pool parties, and working on your college applications. Yep! Summer is the perfect opportunity to start working on your college prep, especially the essay! To work on your college essays during the coming weeks, follow these tips: Write Down Application Deadlines If you have a planner, the first …
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What Is A Doctoral Degree?

A doctoral degree, also known as a doctorate, is the highest academic degree you can earn in the US. Completing a doctoral degree indicates that you have achieved a specialized level of authority in your field. You will earn the title of ‘Doctor’ on completing this degree. (Therefore, not everyone with the title of Doctor …
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Myths About Having A 4.0 GPA

How important is it to get a 4.0 GPA? Ask a class of high school students this question and you’ll be surprised at the varied answers you’ll get. Many students are under the notion that their GPA is the only thing that matters for admissions and scholarships. Only very few students understand the role GPA …
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What Is An Associate’s Degree?

An associate’s degree is a 2-year degree that you can complete after secondary school. Associate degree programs aim to offer students a faster, less expensive path of study. On completing the program, you will have gained the basic knowledge necessary for certain employment opportunities. Additionally, you could also transfer to a 4-year college an earn …
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5 Items for Summer College Prep High School Students Need

At no extra cost to you, College Raptor may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.  Are you heading to college in the next year or two? Summer is the perfect opportunity to start planning ahead and getting ready for SAT and ACT, college applications, scholarship applications, and more. These five items …