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Why Volunteering Matters for College Admissions

Photograph of college students volunteering. college admissions
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 …
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Should I Take IB Classes in High School? How to Determine if International Baccalaureate Courses Are Right For You

A student writing in a notebook with an orange pen. questions & answers
International Baccalaureate, or IB, classes, are a bit like AP classes, but not entirely. It depends on a lot of factors if you should take an IB class in high school. We’ll highlight those factors below. Students may be confused when they have the opportunity to choose between IB and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Here …
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Should I Take AP Classes? How to Decide if Advanced Placement Courses Are Right for You

Rows of beige desks and blue chairs in a high school. questions & answers
If college is a possibility for you, you should consider taking Advanced Placement courses (AP) if your high school offers them. There are many advantages to taking more challenging classes. In addition to possibly giving you an edge in college admissions, the courses could also have a positive effect on your college life. It can …
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College Prep Checklists: What Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors Can Do to Stay on Track (Free Download)

Check out our college prep checklists to help you stay on track through your freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year of high school college applications
With so much going on during your high school career, it can sometimes be hard to know if you are on track for college. We created these college prep checklists to help students and parents navigate their path to college and know what steps they should be taking each year to prepare for college and …
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How Many Extracurricular Activities Should I Be Doing? Is More, More? Or Is More, Less?

Students in a marching band lined up, holding their instruments. questions & answers
A common conversation I have with prospective students and families is related to extracurricular activities. Parents rightfully boast about their child’s involvement with this, that, and the other. Meanwhile, the student worries that they either doing too much or not enough. The latter thought from the student can become a troubling one as it causes …
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College Myth: Colleges Only Care About GPA and Test Scores

Congratulations on being accepted into college! However, it was more than just your GPA and test scores that got you in. myths
GPA and test scores are the most quantifiable aspects of a college application. This makes them easy to compare–and may explain why applicants tend to place so much Iemphasis on them. While these ARE important, they’re not the only things that colleges consider when reviewing your application. In fact, just consider that many schools will receive thousands …
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