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What to Do If You’re Waitlisted by a College

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You finally finish your college applications, your parents have stopped nagging you, and now you wait. If you get in, your ecstatic. If you are denied admission, you can move on, but being waitlisted is a little bit like being stuck in the nowhere land of college admissions. It’s the purgatory of your senior year, …
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College Myth: Colleges That Send Me Mail are Likely to Accept Me

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Many students assume the colleges which send them marketing materials in the mail are their best options. This isn’t necessarily true. In fact, some colleges send out millions of pieces of mail each year (not very targeted). Other schools only send out very little. Bottom line: being on a college mailing list does not necessarily …
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Holiday Crunch: 8 Tips for College Applicants on Winter Break

It’s that time of year. Yeah, it’s the gift season, but it’s also frantic, college application frenzy season. As deadlines for many college applications loom just around the corner, many students are now in what we call “Holiday Crunch” mode. If you’re a student–or a parent of a student–like most, who plan to use the …
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College Myth: Applying to Fewer Colleges Will Give Me a Better Chance to be Accepted

Charts showing than in 1995 only 10% of students applied to 7 or more colleges, now 29% of students do so. myths
Generally speaking, colleges don’t share admissions information with each other. The only way a college might figure out how many colleges you’re applying to is through your FAFSA, where you list each of the colleges you wish to receive a copy of your financial aid application. The number of colleges listed on a student’s FAFSA …
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What Do Colleges Look for From Students?

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What do colleges look for students? In short, colleges are looking for, besides your grades… the courses you take in high school the extracurriculars you choose your standardized test scores …and something else that isn’t necessarily something that can be quantified. You’ll have to keep reading to find out what that is.   Colleges look for …
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Should I Apply Early Action to College ?

This diagram shows the process of applying to a college early action and the possible outcomes. questions & answers
A number of colleges give prospective students the option to apply early action. Early action (EA) is a non-binding program which allows students to receive admissions decisions in December rather than April. Unlike early decision, applying early action is not a commitment to a single college. Is EA right for you? Applying Early Action can …
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Should I Apply Early Decision to College?

Chart shows the differences at a number of colleges and universities in admission rate for students that apply regular decision versus those who apply early decision. questions & answers
Prepared students with a single first choice college may consider applying early decision. Early decision is binding–meaning if you apply and are accepted early decision to a college, you are expected to go there, with almost no exception. There are a lot of reasons students apply this way. Many believe it’s easier to be accepted …
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