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Students, Colleges Applaud Common Application Changes




For most high school students around the U.S., the hardest part of submitting college applications is over, and all that is left to do is wait. While not every high school graduate is bound for college, those that are eying a bachelor’s degree may have used the Common Application to apply to their dream schools. […]



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Fever may be cooling in number of college applications; essays not as crucial, report finds




The panic in the college application process may be easing a bit. That’s the way some experts are interpreting statistics in a new report that shows a slight decline in the number of high school seniors who apply to seven or more colleges. That decline in 2012 was the first in 20 years, according to […]



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COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Early Applications Growing In Popularity




With the number of high school graduates ebbing, many believed that the competition for early admissions spots among the most selective colleges would ebb as well — quite the opposite occurred. One reason for this conundrum is the actual number of seats available in the most selective schools is static. If you add up the […]



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First lady helps T.C. students with college aid applications




First lady Michelle Obama swung by T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning to help seniors with their federal financial aid applications. She also offered a few words of encouragement. “Too many people just don’t think they can afford it, so they don’t bother,” Obama said. “The federal government provides $140 billion in low-interest loans […]



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The Truth About Standardized Tests: How They Affect Your College Application




As the Class of 2014 submits the last of their college applications, much of the focus going into the New Year is around who will get in where, and if there will be historically low admissions rates yet again this year. What most people don’t realize is that, while a lot of focus is on […]



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Do-It-Yourself College Applications: 10 Steps to the Common App Essay




Don’t have money for a private admissions counselor? Fear not, neither do most students. You might also be relieved to know that as “complex” and “confusing” as the college application process may sound, putting together your own application and writing your essay without paid advice may, in fact, give you better results. Recently, one former […]



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What You Say Online Could Hurt Your College Applications




You should always watch what you say online, but that’s particularly true for students applying for college. “About 25% of colleges now Facebook or Google students as a part of their holistic admissions process,” says Ben Corpus, dean of admissions and vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Baruch College. Experts warn students […]



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15 ways for students – and parents – to deal with college application stress




There is no way to completely eliminate stress during the college admissions process, but those who work with students say there are ways to help make it bearable for students and parents. The following is a list of some of those suggestions. For students: 1. Start early. There is nothing that will create more stress […]



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College apps completed? Time to focus




Did you hear that quiet, yet consistent sigh of relief heard across the land the last few days of December? It was the sound of high school seniors finally submitting their college applications before the January 1 deadline many schools set for regular decision admissions. If you’re a senior, or a family with one residing […]



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