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What Exactly is College Readiness?

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“College readiness” might just sound like a phrase thrown around during the college search and application process. On the surface, it seems like a generic “are you ready for college?” sort of question, but in truth it’s much more specific than that. College readiness refers to the set of skills, knowledge, and behaviors a high …
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Pros and Cons of Graduating High School a Year Early

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Graduating from high school is a large step in life, as many view it as the doorway to adulthood. It often signals the beginning of a student’s first prolonged stay away from home, whether the student goes to college, vocational school, or begins working right away. So graduating high school early—and therefore taking that first …
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What is the Coalition Application?

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If you’ve been paying attention to college news, you might have heard about something called the Coalition Application that rolled out recently. It is not replacing the Common Application by any means. Instead, it is offering another way to apply to select colleges. Here is some information and links that will help you understand. The …
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What is a First Generation College Student?

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Being a first-generation college student means that you are the first person in your immediate family to attend college. In other words, neither of your parents have a college degree. Of course, a lot of questions come with being a first-generation college student. They’re exploring uncharted territory after all. Who can help them with the …
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What is a College Legacy Student?

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Simply put, a legacy is a student at a college who has family ties to an alumnus of that institution. Perhaps the student’s mother or father attended that university when they were younger. The family of legacy students–or “legacies”–typically have a loyalty to that school and the pride that comes along with it. What does …
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Should I Take a Gap Year Before College?

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There is a point in time in many high school students’ careers when every adult is suddenly asking them what they want to do with their lives. It is no longer the slightly endearing question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Instead, it becomes “Where are you going to college? What …
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Questions to Ask at Orientation: A Checklist for Students and Parents (FREE DOWNLOAD)

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Orientation covers a lot of information, and you may end up forgetting to ask some important questions during the session. So we’ve created a printable checklist of questions to ask at college freshman orientation to take with you–one for parents and one for students! Orientation speakers will likely cover many of these questions, but just …
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Should I Hire a College Essay Coach?

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There aren’t many rising high school seniors who enjoy the process of writing the college essay, but, let’s face it, it is a necessary evil. Happily, you don’t need to go it alone on the journey to write your college essay. But how much help should you have? How much is too much? Should you …
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