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 Essay Prompts for 2016-2017 Are Out

Although spring marks the end of one college admission cycle, another is just beginning. College applicants should already be starting to put their applications together, and one part of the college application that takes time is the personal essay. In addition to the personal essay, there are additional essays that may be required by schools. Applicants can easily write between 20 and 30 essays by the college application deadlines which start in November and run through January.

Writing all these essays while involved in both classes and activities the first two quarters of your senior year in high school can be tough…so get started early!
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Selecting a College Major

One quarter to one half of college students change their major before their first year of college has ended. Now about a third of college graduates graduate with a double major, trying to make their choice of major count.

So, how does a studnet select a college major? Most select a college major with a job in mind, and with college costs what they are today, that job needs to pay. The highest-paying college major is petroleum engineering. The lowest-paying college major is childhood education.
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Paying for a College Education? Take Your Tax Breaks!

A college education costs, on average, $24,000 a year and sometimes much more! Still, only about a third of the people paying for a college education take advantage of tax breaks.

There are two kinds of tax breaks you may be eligible for if you are paying for a college or post-high school education. The first is a tax credit, which reduces the amount of taxes you may owe. A tax deduction is a second kind of tax break. A deduction reduces the amount of income you will be taxed on.

Here are some credits and deductions you should be using on your taxes if you are going to college or have children going to college.
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Public Universities for College Applicants to Consider

Public universities tend to be less expensive because they are state-funded, especially so for in-state students, and they are less competitive. But, top public universities still offer great educations with top-notch faculty. Students think only the selective and private colleges are the best, but applying to one of the following public schools is a very good choice!
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Is the Required Teacher Recommendation Fair to College Applicants?

The five musts of college admission are the following: test scores (SAT or ACT), an essay(s), grades, a list of activities, and the teacher recommendation(s).

Although the teacher recommendation, which students usually waive seeing, might seem to be the most honest and detailed assessment of an applicant’s ability, but is it?

There are really four factors that can affect how much a teacher recommendation can help.
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College Applicants: What Can You Do if Your Tests Scores are Bad?

College entrance tests, the SAT and the ACT, are always a source of anxiety. The national average score on an SAT is 1500. On an ACT the national average score is 20 or 21. What happens if you do not score average or only score an average score?

Actually, the world does not end. You must remember there are always alternatives and B plans. Here are some ideas that will keep you from throwing yourself off a cliff if you do not get perfect test score.
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Reactions to the New SAT

March, 2016, was the first time college-bound students took the revamped SAT. What did students think of the new test? A clue might be in what they shared on social media afterward.

Here are some of their takes on taking the SAT:
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The College Essay: Words of Wisdom

The college application essay is important; it is the icing on the cake. It is also very mysterious! Applicants often think and sometimes ask outright: What are College admission officers looking for!

Here are a few insights into what college admissions people want in a college application essay.
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Is Your High School Academic Record Good Enough for Top College Admission?

If you are seeking admission to a top-tier college or university, academic competition among applicants is stuff, especially today with so many applying to get into college.

College Basics suggests you look at your own high school transcript like a college admissions officer. Here are some things you should find.
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Why Delay a College Education?

There is a rising trend which started in Europe and has now spread to the United States—the gap year. A gap year is a year off between high school and college.

The best way to go about a gap year is to first gain acceptance to the college of your choice and then defer enrollment. That means the whole application process is behind you, and test scores and grades have not staled over the gap year.

But, why consider a gap year at all? Here are some reasons.
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