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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Do You Want to See Your College Admission Records?

Stanford University has recently been hit with student requests to see their educational records. These requests have been filled with the encouragement from a student group called Fountain Hopper. They are telling students they have the right to see their records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Ferpa).
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College Applicants: Are you Using Parchment?

Parchment is an online service for colleges, students, high schools, and employers. What does it do? It offers secure sending, receiving, and storing of educational credentials.

Why file or send your transcripts, diplomas, and certificates as paper any longer? Stored online they are readily available and can be sent as eTranscripts.
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College Interview Mistakes

College admission interviews usually are the icing on the cake, allowing you to make a good impression and a personal connection to a college, improving your chances of admission. An interview can also harm an otherwise terrific application because of a poor impression.

Here is some advice for avoiding interview mistakes.
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Holistic College Admission

Already some colleges are not requiring standardized college admission tests scores (SATs or ACTS). Starting in 2016 even more colleges are moving away from traditional applications such as the Common Application in order to evaluate student applicants as a whole and not through documents like grades and tests scores. These colleges are experimenting with what are called holistic applications.

Here are some holistic alternatives for applying to college.
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Video Interviews for College Admission

Video interviews are common today for job applications, but now more and more colleges and universities are using Skype to interview their applications for college admission because it saves time and money while still providing face-to-face exchange.

Here are some tips for video job interviews that can also help you with your college admission.
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Is It Really That Hard to Get into a Selective College?

Harvard admitted less than 6% of the 35,000 applicants to their Class of 2018! This can be a discouraging figure!

But, don’t be discouraged. This tiny percentage represents the number accepted from 35,000 students who applied to Harvard. What this figure is really telling us is that more and more students are applying to Harvard, not that fewer and fewer students are getting in.

What, then, is the real possibility of getting admitted to Harvard or a like college?
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Parents and Students: Start Now to Apply for Financial Aid!

Whether you are going to college for the first time next year or you are now attending college, if you need financial help to pay for your education, you all need to begin the application process…NOW!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available January 1. This form is the first step in getting financial aid for college. The information the form requires will determine your eligibility for grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.
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How Disabled Students Should Choose a College

Colleges are adjusting to fit the needs of all students, including those with learning and/or physical disabilities. It’s not whether or not you can find a college; it’s whether or not you can choose the right college for you.

Although legislative mandates require colleges and universities to accommodate all disabilities, some excel in that area whereas others only meet the minimum requirements. It is up to you to find out which ones do accommodate.

Here are some suggestions about what to do and what to think about when you chose the right college for your disability.
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Dealing with Bad Grades in College

Many college students do not earn the grades they expect in college, especially during their first year in college and also again after declaring their majors. Sometimes students’ expectations are challenged by the reality of different standards. Sometimes students have not been properly prepared by earlier class work. Sometimes the college course you may be taking requires a new way of studying, writing, or researching.

Whatever the case, there are ways to deal with poor grades in college.
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Keeping your Son or Daughter in College

College students have to make a huge transition during heir first year in college. Indeed, up to 34% of college students will drop out in their first year of college. Parents need to know how to help a first-year college students stay the course.


Sometimes the work load is too heavy for a first-year college student. It could be problems with time management, the reality of a roommate issue, lower grades, or dashed expectations that cause a student to come home after the first semester or the first year and announce he or she wants to leave college. Parents cannot fix it, but they can help their son or daughter find his/her way and try staying in college before making the decision to leave.


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