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The role of letters of recommendation in college admissions


Early action and early decision deadlines are right around the corner. As students gather all of their application material, including personal statements, supplemental essays, transcripts, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation, they might wonder how everything gets evaluated. After all, it is easy to compare SAT scores or GPAs, but how do admission...

What international college students should know


By Anayat Durrani There are four primary types of postsecondary education options in the U.S.: community colleges, vocational trade and vocational schools, state colleges and universities, and private colleges and universities. Community colleges are two-year colleges, and the highest degrees typically attainable are associate degrees. Vocational and trade schools emphasize hands-on training and practical skills and grant certifications in technical job...

College tuition payment plans: A guide


By Sabine Martin As the bill for college rises nationally, some families seek alternative ways to pay tuition and avoid student loan debt. Rather than struggling to pay the large sum of tuition and other fees all at once, an installment plan breaks up the cost into multiple smaller payments over a period of time. “I don't think parents realize...

Transition to College: Tips for Students With ADHD


By Jennifer Seter Wagner Securing accommodations for younger kids with ADHD can be challenging and tedious. Both parents and teachers typically serve an important role in the successful ADHD student’s school life by helping them stay organized and prioritize their work. But the transition to college can bring a new set of challenges, particularly since students will suddenly find...

Urban, Suburban and Rural Colleges: How to Choose


By Cole Claybourn Location is one of the many important factors prospective students weigh when choosing where to go to college. This decision isn't just about how far they'll be from home – it's also about the kind of place they're in, whether that's a big city, a small college town or the quiet countryside. Each setting – urban,...

Looking past Financial Aid Sticker shock


After careful planning of your college list, paying close attention to tuition costs and merit scholarship awards, that first glimpse of a financial aid offer can still induce sticker shock on even the most prepared students and their families. This is often due to this price tag including the cost of housing and meal...

How to appeal a Financial Aid Award


By Violet W As school decisions begin to be announced, students and their families should review their financial aid offers and calculate the actual cost of attending the university. Most universities allow financial aid appeals, but the process and reasons that they will accept for a change in financial aid offers can vary greatly. If you...

Colleges Without Supplemental Essays 2022-23


By Violet W Applying for college is a major undertaking. For some students, completing the Common App questions, activity list, personal statement, and the supplemental essays can take several months. Recently, two trends in college applications have been observed. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of applications over the last year. For example,...

Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students


By Cole Claybourn Students can choose from any number of activities to enrich their social and educational experiences while in high school. One that can provide unique benefits is volunteering. Some high schools require students to accumulate a certain amount of service-learning hours in order to graduate, but students should welcome opportunities to volunteer even when...