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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A New Way to Get into College?

Do you think there is too much pressure on college applicants? Is resume building taking up your life as a high school student? Making Caring Common, a report recently released by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, attempts to tackle what it defines as too much focus on academic achievement, personal competition, and uneven opportunities that prevail in the college application process.

Now that the report has been endorsed by admissions officers and others, there could be a new way to get into college without all the pressures. For example, Yale has added an essay about what an applicant has contributed to the community or the public good, and its application is now more flexible in listing an applicant’s extracurriculas.
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Improving College Grades after a Bad Semester

You have just finished a semester, and your grades were not what you had hoped for. Do you pack up and leave? Shrug them off? Or, do you improve your grades?

If you said yes to the last question, you are ready for some tips on how to improve your grades at college.
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Going to College Next Fall? Fill out the FAFSA now!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in getting financial aid for college. Information on the FAFSA is used to calculate how much a student can get in both federal aid (grants and scholarships) and federal loans.

FAFSA must be filled out each year, and the sooner the better! Although the traditional deadline is June 30, January is a much better time to have the form completed. Each state distributes the aid, and some have earlier deadlines while others give on a first-come first-serve basis.
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How to Parent a Teen Going to College

It’s time to look ahead to the college years. The four years of high school go by very quickly, and the whole college application process is overwhelming. Don’t let it sneak up on you! Here are a few tips to help guide your teen toward college admission.
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College Application Don’ts

College applicants make mistakes on their applications, and college admission officers can easily identify them because they are made, believe it or not, over and over.

Here are some don’ts for you to avoid so your application doesn’t go into the Do-Not-Admit pile.
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The New SAT Debuts March 5, 2016

The SAT is 88 years old and has not been revised since 2005 when it lost analogies and antonyms and began to require an essay component. Now it is time to revise again, and the new SAT is ready to launch.

One reason the SAT is changing is because the ACT has become competitive with the SAT, and the SAT has lost its edge in the market share. Always popular in the Northeast, now it will open its market to Colorado, Illinois, and Michigan offering 11th graders in those states free testing. It also plans to spread into Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York City. Another reason for the change is that SAT, as well as ACT, scores have stagnated. In fact, SAT scores hit their lowest average in the last decade.

Here are some of the changes to expect as the SAT unrolls this springs:
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College Tuition Breaks

The new normal is flat revenue for colleges. Colleges can increase enrollment more and more for only so long. Flat enrollment is now a boon to college students and their parents!

Here are some college tuition deals to be aware of:
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What to Do about a College Deferral

If you have applied for Early Decision or Early Action, you will likely be hearing from the college about admission before January. Some will be accepted; other will be rejected and will begin to apply to other colleges. And, some will receive deferrals. It is important to remember that although you did not make the top tier for admission, you will now be considered once again fully, but along with regular applications that will be submitted in in the next month or two. If you were not rejected, you are still eligible for admission. That means you still have a good chance for admission.

What can you do at this point to get that acceptance? Here are some suggestions.
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The Best Way to Navigate Your College Application

Wait! You may think you have completed your college applications, but have you really? That is, have you done the best you could to put out an application that colleges you are applying to will notice?

Here are some parts of your college application you might want to revisit and rethink before sending it off.
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How to Know if a College Fits You Academically

There is no perfect college for anyone, but the college you choose to attend should fit your academic goals. After all, you are going to college to get an education!

Here are some questions to consider that will help you be surer the college you get into will meet you academic needs.
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