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12 Myths About College Applications

12 Myths About College Applications

Many parents and students think they know what matters when it comes to college applications. But sometimes their strategies are based on past experience (things have changed!) or well-intentioned misinformation from friends, family, or rare situations that aren't the...

Test Scores and College Admissions

Test Scores and College Admissions

Should you include test scores in your college admissions or skip sharing scores at test-optional schools? Why Colleges Become Test-Optional Over 1,800 colleges and universities became test-optional in response to Covid. Many have continued to offer admissions without...

Do Colleges Prefer the ACT or SAT: Taking the Right Test

Do Colleges Prefer the ACT or SAT: Taking the Right Test

ACT or SAT?  Consider several factors when choosing which standardized test to take and submit with your college application. If you’re looking for admission to a specific college (and perhaps a selective one), you might wonder which test colleges prefer. Do Colleges...

Common College Application Mistakes (27-minute video)

Common College Application Mistakes (27-minute video)

Common College Application Mistakes to Avoid The overall average freshman acceptance rate is 66%, according to the 2019 National Association for College Admission Counselors (NACAC) report. Nearly 80% of schools accept more than half of freshman applicants, with over...

Should You Apply Early Decision or Early Action?

Should You Apply Early Decision or Early Action?

Should You Apply Early Decision or Early Action? Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) require a college application before November 1 (sometimes November 15). Admissions decisions are shared in December. Regular admission and ED2 usually have January deadlines...

Successful College Visits (17-minute video)

Successful College Visits (17-minute video)

Successful college visits are key to helping find your best-fit college. Learn what to look for, red flags, and good questions to ask, and more. If you cannot visit a campus in person), check out these virtual options for a successful college visit: CampusReel...

Your Guide to Choosing a Major

Your Guide to Choosing a Major

  Nearly 80% of college students change majors, sometimes more than once. While college is a great time for self-discovery, changing your major frequently or late in your college career can mean new graduation requirements, classes, costs, and time. Graduating...

Choose a Financial Safety School

Choose a Financial Safety School

When you choose a Financial Safety School, you pick a school that allows for financial freedom, not future debt. Avoid Extensive Student Debt The average debt for college graduates is $28,950 as of July 2023. College should create financial freedom, not indebtedness....

What Is the Common App?

What Is the Common App?

As senior year approaches, you have a lot on your plate. The Common Application is a helpful resource to save you time in the college application process. But what is the Common App, and how does it work?  What is the Common App? The Common Application (Common App) is...

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