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Evaluate MAJOR during the college planning process and before committing to a college

One of the key criteria students consider when applying to college is their major. Students search for colleges that have the major they want to study and apply to those colleges. Evaluating major during the college planning and admissions process and before committing to a college can help you or your student save on college costs. First, look at the requirements for the major at different colleges. Even though colleges may have the same major, the requirements for the major can vary depending on the college. This can be done by looking on the colleges' websites. You or your student can find the requirements in the college catalog or bulletin or within the pages of the website that's dedicated to that particular major. Compare the different requirements and...

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Make a Plan! Reduce Stress During the College Admissions Process

One of my favorite places to go is Walt Disney World! There is so much to do and so many places to go. There are always new things and changes. Just like college admissions! I also love the college admissions process as much as I love to go to Disney! When I think about going to Walt Disney World, I make a plan. I do research. I think about the cost and my budget. I make reservations for my hotel, dining, and rides. I find out about new things or changes-like park reservations. I think about how I want to spend my time to have the best experience possible. The same is true when thinking about applying to college. Making...

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Top Reason Students Pay More for college and what to do about it!

Student loan debt continues to be high, and now, with the pandemic, students are even more concerned about paying for college. We all know college is expensive. Did you know that it is the biggest investment most people make beyond buying a house? Most people do not start looking for a house without considering their budget, how much they can afford to pay on their monthly income, and the down payment. However, many families plan for their children to go to college, but they do not plan on how they are going to pay for it. Or they plan on their children to get merit aid or financial aid to pay for college. Families are expected to contribute to the...

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Your Application Should Tell a Story

What does it take to get into college these days? When we were growing up, admission chances relied on GPA, standardized test scores, and at least a hint of extracurricular activities. Today, colleges are taking a more holistic approach to evaluate candidates. The focus has been moved from primarily quantitative data to academic trends and activities to reveal a student’s work ethic and character. What sort of trends do colleges look for? College admissions teams are not novices. They receive thousands upon thousands of applications a year. And they are looking for trends — good and bad. For example, consider a student who struggled academically during her Freshman year, and her GPA reflects this. Over the next few years, she...

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Three Things To Set Your Student Apart

Colleges receive thousands of applications every year from students with excellent credentials. How can your senior differentiate themselves from other applicants? Keep reading. Essays do matter. The essay should paint a picture for the admission team to find out more about the student than has been revealed in other parts of the application. The essay is  the student’s opportunity to share what he/she wants the college to know about them. The essay should reflect what is important to them, why, and how they will contribute to the college community. The essay is the place where the student invites the admissions office to like them and see how they will fit into the college’s campus. Extracurriculars are a great way to...

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