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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...

What Does Test-Optional Really Mean?

What Does Test-Optional Really Mean?

What does test-optional really mean? Even as many colleges extend their test-optional admissions policies another year, the ACT and SAT still can greatly affect merit-based scholarships and college admissions. Test optional really is only for those excited to pay full...

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...

Not Test-Optional for Homeschool Students

Not Test-Optional for Homeschool Students

Some test-optional schools still require homeschool students to submit ACT or SAT scores as a needed metric to evaluate their application. International students may also still see testing requirements. Many test-optional schools also still require ALL students to...

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...

Avoid These FAFSA Mistakes

Avoid These FAFSA Mistakes

Avoid These FAFSA Mistakes (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) The FAFSA application is important for both need-based and merit aid. Avoid these FAFSA mistakes that can cost you college money. 1: Not completing the FAFSA Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify...

High School Courses to Save You Money (15-minute video)

High School Courses to Save You Money (15-minute video)

High School Courses to Save You Money: AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, and Early College are options to earn college credits while still in high school. These courses can save you time and money! John explains the benefits and the caveats, and how to consider which might be...

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