Make Your Next Four Years in College a Success

First-year college students are beginning to settle in. We wish you the best of luck on your college career. But, we also want you to be a wise scholar! Today, a college degree is not all that is needed for a successful future. You next four years in college should be a time of study and learning, but you should consider more.

Here is some advice for college students to use their time as best they can:
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College Admissions Tests

SAT and ACT scores are very important in the college admission process. But, while students are taking these tests which will help determine their futures, they are also keeping up their grades, staying involved with activities, trying to enjoy their senior year, and doing all the other things required to apply to colleges.

How can a student do their best? Here are a few simple tips for acing the SAT or ACT tests.
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Pitfalls of Student Loan Repayments

If you have Federal Student Loans, you are likely to be able to navigate the repayment system quite well. These loans come from the Department of Education and are serviced through the National Student Loan Data System. All you have to do is sign up online after you graduate.

If you have private student loans, everything is more complicated. You will have to do some due diligence to stay on top of your loans.
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What Employers Want from College Grads

Employers are interested in skills. The first skill they look for is knowledge in their area of employment, what you learned at your university. That’s what gets you on the door.

But, there are other skills learned from a university experience beyond the classroom that can be helpful for employment.

Here are other skills employers want in people they hire and how your college years can help you develop them.
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College Tour Questions to Ask to Ensure Your Future

College tours are very helpful. They allow you to see first-hand if a college will fit well with you. You will see dorms and dining halls, chat with students you will be rubbing shoulders with, meet faculty members, and get a sense of the town or city where the college is located. This is the time, too, to ask specific questions about courses, programs, and activities, all of which can give you a guide to the type of academic programs and support services that will be available to you at the college.

But, you are also paying a large amount of money over four years for a college to prepare you for your future.

How can you find out how well a college can prepare you? Here are some questions you should include while on a college tour that might help you to determine that.
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The New Common Application Essay Prompts

Now there are 7 college essay prompts instead of 5 on the Common Application. Some of the prompts are still the same, some have been revised slightly, and two more prompts have been added.

Here they are:
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Can You Apply to College Late?

College applications have deadlines that run from October 1 to February 15. And, it is not wise to apply late. But sometimes, there are circumstances that demand a late application. Luckily there are some colleges that have a rolling admission policy. Although rolling admission does not extend application dates indefinitely and competition gets more intense as these schools fill up their slots, rolling admission offers an opportunity for some students to still apply.

So when might you apply late and what happens when you do apply late? Here are some scenarios.
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Grandparents Financing College

Some grandparents are lucky enough to have the financial ability to help grandchildren with college costs. This can be a good way to pass on wealth without estate planning, creating trusts, and estate taxes.

What is the best way for grandparents to help grandchildren with college expenses? Not all help turns out to be help.
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Study Habits for College

College calls for lots of reading and studying. That transition can be easier if you develop good study habits before landing on campus.

Here are a few tips for better study habits at college.
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What Predicts Success in College?

Statistical research based on students who entered college in 2010 reveals that the average college completion is 60% in six years. 26% drop out, and 14% are still enrolled but have not earned a degree.

So, what do these figures say about making college decisions today based on the likelihood of degree completion?

Here are some factors that predict failure with some questions to ponder:
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For Parents and Students: Before Applying to College

Applying to college might seem like setting off on a big adventure, BUT applying to college takes a lot of work and thought. Often stress, indecision, and financial strains can cause rifts, even hurt feelings.

To avoid these typical problems parents and students experience the year or two before actually going off to college here are some helpful tips for negotiating and getting on the same page.
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