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How to Send SAT Scores to Colleges: Step-by-Step Guide

Knowing how to send SAT scores can make college admissions less stressful. Learn how to ensure colleges receive your SAT score report in time.

Thomas Broderick

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What High School Classes Do Colleges Look For?

Colleges want well-rounded students who challenge themselves academically. See which high school classes you want on your transcripts for college admissions.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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ACT-to-SAT Conversion: How Do Your Scores Translate?

College-bound students typically take either the SAT or ACT. Learn how to compare scores from both tests using official ACT-to-SAT conversion charts.

Lauren Mack

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Should You Take the SAT/ACT Over the Summer?

There are different routes and options when planning your college career. Find out if taking the summer SAT/ACT is right for you.

Emily Gillespie-Lord

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The History of Public Universities in the U.S.

America's public universities date back to the founding of the country. The history of public universities shows their pivotal role in society's future.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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How to Prepare for the GRE: Test Day Checklist

Not sure how to prepare for GRE test day? Discover how to get ready in just a few simple steps.

Thomas Broderick

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Provisional Admission: What It Is and How It Works

Students offered provisional admission to college need to do extra work to gain regular acceptance, but it could well be worth their time and effort.

Nancy Parode

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What Is a College Placement Test?

Placement test results determine some of your first-year college classes. Learn more about these tests' formats, questions, and importance.

Thomas Broderick

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9 Reasons to Study Abroad in Greece

Studying abroad in Greece offers you many once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Learn more about this amazing Mediterranean country and why you should study there.

Thomas Broderick

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How Long Is the GRE? Tips to Manage Your Time Wisely

The GRE is often required for graduate school applications. A good score can open doors. Learn the test structure and time management tips to succeed.

Alison Plaut

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Are Pre-College Summer Programs Worth It? The Pros and Cons

Learn about the pros and cons of pre-college summer programs and find out about the best summer college programs available.

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How Long Is the SAT? Tips to Manage Your Time Wisely

Before taking the SAT, learn how it's structured and create a time management plan to help maximize your score.

Nancy Parode

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How to Calculate SAT Scores: 4-Step Guide

Knowing how to calculate SAT scores can help you determine what to focus on in your prep and how many questions you can afford to miss on test day.

Lauren Mack

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How to Calculate ACT Scores: Step-by-Step Guide

To earn the highest ACT score, you'll need to take many practice tests. Learn how to calculate your ACT score in just a few easy steps.

Thomas Broderick

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Tips for Touring Out-of-State Colleges

Are you considering out-of-state colleges? Learn how to budget for campus visits and get the most out of your trip, plus alternatives to in-person visits.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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What Is the ACT? A Complete Guide

The ACT measures college readiness in English, math, reading, and science. Discover what the ACT entails in terms of timing, content, and fees.

Anne Dennon

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5 Summer Activities That Look Great on a College Application

Wondering how to spend your summer? We spoke with admissions experts and found five summer activities that can help your college application stand out.

Danika Miller

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15 Weird Majors You Can Pursue in College

While there are hundreds of traditional college majors, there are also many weird majors you can pursue that may lead to unique dream jobs.

Lauren Mack

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What Is the SAT? A Complete Overview of the Test

The SAT is a standardized test that aims to measure students' knowledge of math, reading, and writing, as well as their college readiness.

Anne Dennon

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When to Take the GRE: 4 Tips for Choosing GRE Test Dates

Earning a good GRE score can set you up for success in graduate school and beyond. Find out when to take the GRE for best results.

Alison Plaut

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How to Send ACT Scores to Colleges: Step-by-Step Guide

Good ACT scores help many college applicants gain admission to top schools. Learn how to ensure your scores arrive before application deadlines.

Thomas Broderick

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Should You Bring Your Pet to College?

You can bring your pet to college — but before packing the kibble, learn more about the pros and cons of pets on campus and the most pet-friendly colleges.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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How to Choose a Graduate Program

Graduate school can be an exciting pursuit. Deciding on grad school involves consideration of cost, program, location, and time.

Juliann Scholl, Ph.D.

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Is a JD-MBA Program Right for Me?

Both law and business students hope to earn a degree that will help them stand out. Learn if a JD-MBA program is right for you.

Emily Gillespie-Lord

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When Do ACT Scores Come Out? Full 2022-23 Schedule

ACT scores usually come out 10 days after the test, but it can sometimes take longer. Read on to learn when you can expect to receive your ACT scores.

Jackalyn Beck

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Got Waitlisted? How to Write a Letter of Continued Interest

A letter of continued interest adds to your application by highlighting your recent accomplishments. Here's how to write a stand-out letter if you're waitlisted.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Ace the ACT With These 19 ACT Practice Tests

Earning a high ACT score can help you get into a good college. Browse our collection of ACT practice tests and get tips on how to use them.

Sharon Wilfong

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18 SAT Practice Tests to Help You Ace the Exam

Practice tests can help boost your SAT score and improve your test-taking skills. Here are 18 free SAT practice tests to help you prep.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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What Is a Research University?

Research universities invest in research and development. Learn more about R1 schools and the reasons to choose a research university.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Should You Do a Summer Study Abroad Program?

Summer is a great time to travel. Learn more about the pros and cons of summer study abroad and which programs offer the most bang for your buck.

Anne Dennon

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Top 9 PSAT Practice Tests to Use in Your Prep

Practice tests can help you ace the PSAT. Here are the nine best practice tests to help you prepare for the PSAT — and they're all free!

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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PSAT Test Day Checklist: 7 Tips to Help You Prepare

Wondering how to prepare for the PSAT and what to bring to the PSAT? Keep reading to learn what to expect on the PSAT and how to ace the exam.

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How to Register for the ACT: Step-by-Step Guide (With Pictures)

Wondering how ACT registration works online? Read on to learn about ACT sign-up procedures and get step-by-step support.

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SAT Sign-Up: A Complete 7-Step Guide (With Pictures)

Many students take the SAT more than once, so it's important to know how to sign up. Here, we break down SAT registration into seven easy steps.

Jackalyn Beck

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8 Reasons to Study Abroad in China

Have you ever thought about studying abroad in China? Here are eight reasons why you should pack your bags and explore this gorgeous country.

Kim-Ling Sun

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What Is a College Meal Plan? Should You Get One?

Should you get a meal plan? Learn more about college meal plans and the different options students have when dining on campus.

Doug Wintemute

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SAT Test Day Checklist: What to Bring and How to Prepare

What do you need to bring to the SAT? Learn how to prepare for SAT test day and what to expect on the exam with our SAT test day checklist.

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Top 16 GRE Practice Tests to Use in Your Prep

Are you nervous about the GRE? Using the best GRE practice tests in your prep can help you beat test-day jitters and earn a top score.

James Mielke

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9 Reasons to Study Abroad in Mexico

Mexico's study abroad programs allow students to earn college credit while visiting historical sites, eating tasty food, and mastering Spanish.

Nalea Ko

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What to Expect on the ACT: Test Day Checklist

Wondering what to expect on the ACT? Read on to learn how to prepare for the ACT and what to bring to the ACT test center.

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How Long Is the PSAT? Tips to Manage Your Time Wisely

The PSAT/NMSQT takes 2 hours and 45 minutes without breaks. It has four sections and 139 questions, so time management can make or break your score.

Jackalyn Beck

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Top 10 Colleges in Warm Places for Summer-Loving Students

What are the best warm-weather colleges for students who can't get enough sun? Our list introduces 10 warm colleges that guarantee few rainy or snowy days.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Busting the 10 Biggest Myths About Grad School

Graduate school is more popular than ever — and so are the myths about it. Learn the truth behind the 10 biggest grad school misconceptions.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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10 Popular Majors New York Students Fall in Love With

Discover the 10 most popular majors in New York and explore the most popular career opportunities. Compare degree types and learn more.

Whitney Sandoval

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Is an Accelerated Degree Program Right for Me?

Accelerated degree programs offer flexible options that enable motivated students to graduate in less time and enter the workforce more quickly.

Juliann Scholl, Ph.D.

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Rivaling the SAT: A Brief History of the ACT and Why It Was Created

Created 33 years after the SAT, the ACT eventually became the most popular college admission test. Today, the rivalry continues.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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A Brief History of the SAT, America’s Most Popular College Entrance Exam

Since the first SAT in 1926, controversy has chased the college admissions test. And the history of the SAT holds lessons for its future.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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What Is Interdisciplinary Studies?

Interdisciplinary studies unites distinct subject areas to gain new perspectives. As a major, it allows students to pursue unique, hybrid degrees.

Anne Dennon

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How Long Is the ACT? Tips for Managing Your Time Wisely

By understanding the ACT's format and length, you can create an effective study plan and manage your time wisely on test day.

Nancy Parode

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What Is an Accelerated Degree Program?

An accelerated program helps degree-seekers graduate in less time. Learn more about the requirements and benefits of accelerated programs.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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How to Create Your Own College Major

Many colleges give students the option to design their own majors. Discover how self-designed majors work and what the alternatives and benefits are.

Anne Dennon

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9 Reasons to Study Abroad in New Zealand

New Zealand is an exciting and increasingly popular country for international students. Learn what makes studying abroad in New Zealand great.

Ellery Weil

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9 Reasons to Study Abroad in Germany

Germany is one of the most popular study abroad destinations. Learn about the nine reasons why international students choose to study in Germany.

Marisa Upson

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What Are Transition Pathway Programs?

Find out how transition pathway programs provide high school and international students with the skills they need to thrive in college.

Whitney Sandoval

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What Is an Articulation Agreement?

An articulation agreement can help transfer students easily move from one institution to another and save money on a four-year degree.

Laura Bengs

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How to Send AP Scores to Colleges: Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to send AP scores to colleges online or by mail or fax. Redeem your free score send and manage requests with the College Board's My AP tool.

Meg Whitenton

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What Is a Good AP Score?

Is 3 a good AP score? What about a 2? Read this guide to learn more about good AP scores and whether a high score can help you get into...

Bethanny Parker

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9 Reasons to Study Abroad in France

France is among the top destinations for students who want to study abroad. Check out our guide to learn why.

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9 Reasons to Study Abroad in Spain

Spain offers a sunny climate and a number of exciting cities for students to spend a semester or even year abroad.

Staff Writers

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9 Reasons to Study Abroad in Korea

Studying abroad? South Korea is home to a rich culture, standout universities, and a relatively affordable cost of living.

James Mielke

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When Do AP Scores Come Out?

AP exams can earn you college credit before you graduate high school. Learn more about when AP test scores are released and where to see AP scores.

Whitney Sandoval

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When Are AP Exams?

AP exams take place in May. Our breakdown of the AP exam schedule for 2022 lists the dates and times for every exam so you can plan ahead.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Why AP Classes Lack Diversity — and Why We Need to Change This

Historically, AP classes have lacked diversity and created barriers for students of color. Learn about the importance of closing equity gaps in AP classes.

Ciera Graham, Ph.D.

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Expanding Access to Advanced Placement: Overcoming Barriers to Equity

Advanced Placement courses are a common way to earn credit for college, but they're not accessible to everyone. Consider these options for AP success.

Debbi Johnson-Rais, Ed.D.

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Can You Use Your IEP in College?

Many high school students use IEP accommodations for a disability. Learn why IEPs don't work in college and what your options are.

Dr. Samantha Fecich

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9 Reasons to Study Abroad in Italy

If you're considering a few months of study abroad in Italy, you're not alone. Read on to discover nine reasons why Italy is a popular choice for students.

Sharon Wilfong

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What Is College Decision Day?

What is College Decision Day? For some high school seniors, it's one of the biggest days of their lives. Here's what you need to know.

Sharon Wilfong

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5 Countries With Free College for Undergrads

Looking to cut back on student debt while exploring the world? We've found five countries with free college tuition (or very low tuition fees).

Danika Miller

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7 Alternatives to Grad School (Plus Tips on Choosing the Best Path for You)

Did you know you can launch or advance your career without a graduate degree? Our list walks through the best alternatives to grad school.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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11 Things to Look for on a Campus Tour

Campus visits can be an important step in choosing your college. Check out these 11 things to look for on a campus tour.

Ellery Weil

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13 Questions to Ask Before Enrolling in College

Wondering which questions to ask about college to make your decision? Keep reading to learn the best college enrollment questions.

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Instant Decision Day: What It Is and How It Works

What is instant decision day? Keep reading to learn about instant decision day colleges and find out whether they're a good fit for you.

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8 Things All First-Gen Students Should Consider Before Choosing a College

In this guide, first-generation college students can learn what factors to consider when applying to colleges and choosing a school to attend.

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A Complete Overview of College Enrollment Deposits

Admitted students put down an enrollment deposit to hold their spot in the incoming college class. Learn more about deposits, deferrals, waivers, and refunds.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Top 12 Need-Blind Colleges of 2022

Need-blind colleges don't consider finances for admission. The best need-blind schools go one step further, meeting 100% of financial need without loans.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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What Is Room and Board?

You're likely familiar with tuition, but what is room and board? Learn what room and board means and how much you can spend on this college expense.

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Do You Need a Minor in College? Pros and Cons

Most colleges don't require a minor. Here are the pros and cons of declaring a minor in college and the biggest benefits a minor can offer.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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What Is the Midyear Report for Colleges?

Colleges use midyear reports to help make admission decisions. Learn which schools use midyear reports and how you can use the report to stand out.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Ask a Professor: Should You Take Time Off Before Grad School?

Many students take a gap year between undergrad and grad school. A professor weighs in on the benefits of taking time off before grad school.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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UC vs. CSU: How Do the Two University Systems Compare?

California's two public university systems include over 30 schools. But how do the UC schools compare to the CSU schools? Find out in this guide.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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20 Colleges With Free Tuition for Senior Citizens

Retirement means more time, but staying active is important. Why not learn something new? Here are 20 colleges with free tuition for seniors.

Sharon Wilfong

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Degree Completion Programs: Are They Right For You?

Degree completion programs can save students time and money on college. Learn more about degree completion programs and how these programs work.

Whitney Sandoval

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9 Fun Ways to Announce Your College Decision to Friends and Family

Check out our guide to the best, most fun ways to announce your college choice to loved ones and friends.

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100+ U.S. Colleges Without Application Fees

High school seniors regularly spend $250-$500 on college applications fees. We've created a map to help students find colleges without those fees.

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11 Steps to Take After College Decision Day

After choosing a college, your work isn't done yet. Next, take these 11 steps to prepare for your first day on campus.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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7 Tips to Graduate College Within Four Years

Most students take longer than four years to earn a bachelor's degree. These tips will save you time and money on your college degree.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Should You Change Your Major?

Around 1 in 3 college students changes their major. But does it make sense to switch? Our tips, questions, and resources can help you decide.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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How to Choose a College

Ready to enroll but not sure how to choose a college? Keep reading to learn how many colleges you should apply to and things to look for in a college.

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What Is a Good SAT Score for the Ivy League?

What SAT score do you need for the Ivy League? Learn about average SAT scores for these top schools and how important test scores are for admission.

Stefanie Grodman

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9 Reasons to Study Abroad in Japan

Japan is an increasingly popular destination for study abroad students. Discover nine reasons why you should study abroad in Japan.

Ellery Weil

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Should You Get a Second Bachelor’s Degree?

If you're considering getting a second bachelor's degree, read our guide to learn about the potential benefits and challenges you may face.

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When Do SAT Scores Come Out?

When do SAT scores come out? Find all you need to know about SAT score release dates, sending your SAT score report to colleges, and more.

Steve Bailey

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11 Things Students Can Do While Waiting for College Admission Decisions

Waiting for admission decisions can be stressful. Here are 11 motivational ideas for how to spend your time that will help you get ready for college.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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A Guide to Organic Farming Degrees and Careers

A growing industry, organic farming offers a sustainable alternative to traditional farming. Discover why organic agriculture is gaining traction in higher ed.

Kasia Kovacs

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10 Colleges With the Best Study Abroad Programs of 2022

Many students study abroad to expose themselves to new languages and cultures. Discover the 10 colleges with the best study abroad programs of 2022.

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What Is College Accreditation and How Does It Work?

Accreditation is an important way to uphold quality education standards. This guide explains everything you need to know about accredited colleges.

Jonathan Wlodarski, Danika Miller

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11 Reasons to Study Abroad in the UK

The UK is one of the world's most popular destinations for international students. Check out these 11 reasons why you should consider studying there.

Ellery Weil

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7 Tips for Starting College at 25, 30, and Beyond

Starting college at 25 or 30 is well within reach and much more common than you might think. Read our guide to learn why.

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How to Get a Perfect SAT Score: Tips From Top Scorers

Scoring a perfect 1600 on the SAT isn't easy — less than 1% of students do this. Get tips from real top scorers to help you ace the SAT.

Danika Miller

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How to Get a 36 on the ACT: Advice From Perfect Scorers

Less than 0.5% of test-takers earn a perfect ACT score each year. We compiled the best ACT advice from students who scored a perfect 36.

Danika Miller

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What Should You Major in Based on Your Zodiac Sign?

Struggling to choose a major? Perhaps the answer is written in the stars. We consulted an astrologer to find the majors best suited to each zodiac sign.

Danika Miller

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The 10 Most In-Demand Majors of 2022

College students should explore the most in-demand majors when navigating their academic and career paths. Browse college majors in demand in 2022.

Stefanie Grodman

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What Should You Do If You Miss a College Application Deadline?

College applicants have to juggle a lot of deadlines, making it difficult to keep track. Learn what to do if you miss a college application deadline.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Should You Go Back to College?

Returning to college is a big commitment. Make sure you think through your reasons for returning and how you can make it happen.

Anne Dennon

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The 12 Best Colleges for Single Parents and Students With Children

Student parents face unique barriers. These 12 colleges offer the best resources and benefits for students with children.

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Can You Back Out of an Early Decision Offer?

Early decision is binding, but you can still back out of an early decision offer if needed. Learn about college policies on breaking this contract.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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The 7 Best Extracurricular Activities for College Applications

Extracurriculars can make a big difference during the admissions process. Learn more about how to choose these activities in our guide.

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When Does Spring Semester Start? When Does It End?

Spring semester typically runs from mid- or late January into May. Learn more about when spring semester starts and schools with spring admission policies.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Can You Study Abroad Over Winter Break?

Winter break study abroad programs take students around the globe. Learn more about how short-term study abroad programs work in college.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Discover High School Mentorship Programs

Learn about the value of high school mentorship programs and find a program that matches your needs and goals.

Marni Davimes

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How to Write a “Why This College” Essay

Stuck on writing a "why this college" essay? This guide breaks down how to write a "why us" college essay to impress your dream school.

Kasia Kovacs

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Common App vs. Coalition App: Which Should You Use?

Explore the differences between the Common App vs. the Coalition App. Learn how these platforms can help with college applications.

Christina Payne

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Gen Z’s Views on College Decline During Pandemic

In a recent survey of high school students, 29% said that the pandemic’s financial impact lessened their likelihood of pursuing a degree.

Jessica Bryant

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Should You Pursue a STEM Major?

Choosing a career in STEM can be lucrative and rewarding. Learn whether you should consider pursuing a STEM major with our decision tree.

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Ask a Professor: Should You Drop Out of College?

Millions of undergrads leave college without a degree. But before taking that drastic step, consider the alternatives to dropping out of college.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Full-Time vs. Part-Time Student: What’s the Difference?

Discover the challenges and opportunities full-time vs. part-time students face and get tips on which college experience is right for you.

Marisa Upson

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How to Write a Resume for College Applications

Resumes are among the trickiest parts of college applications. Learn how to write a resume for college and see a real college resume example.

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5 Things on Every Accepted Student’s College Application

Getting into a college isn't an exact science. Here, we've identified five things to include on your application that may help you nail the formula.

Danika Miller

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The 6 Most Common College Application Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Colleges get thousands of applications each year. Learn about the most common application mistakes and how to avoid making them.

Danika Miller

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What Is STEM and Why Is It Important?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Learn why STEM is a great field to major in and pursue professionally.

Hannah Muniz

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The Public Ivies, Little Ivies, and Other Ivy League Equivalents

The Ivy League is well known for its academic prowess, which is why many other colleges use the "Ivy" label to showcase their prestige.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Admissions Experts’ Top 7 College Essay Tips

Applying to college? Discover seven tips for writing a college essay that can help you gain admission to your top school.

Tyler Epps

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Should You Send SAT/ACT Scores to Test-Optional Schools?

Unsure whether you should submit your SAT/ACT scores to test-optional colleges? Learn when to submit your scores — and when to withhold them.

Tyler Epps

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What Are the Hardest Colleges to Get Into?

Discover the 10 hardest colleges to get into as well as what these schools look for during the admissions process.

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The 10 Most Popular College Majors

Some college majors are more popular than others due to their high earning potential and strong job prospects. Learn what the top 10 majors are in this guide.

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Top 6 ACT Tips and Tricks

Our top six ACT tips and tricks to help you ace the test include using quality materials, taking timed practice tests, and guessing strategically.

Danika Miller

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Should You Triple Major in College?

Wondering whether you should triple major in college? Learn about the pros and cons faced by students who pursue a triple major.

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How Enrollment Trends Are Changing the Future of the MBA

Declining MBA enrollment is changing business education. Students want flexible and affordable MBAs, and schools need to adapt to these trends.

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What to Bring to College: 10 Critical Papers and Documents

Students can make college life easier by bringing 10 documents that are essential for study, work, and other aspects of student life.

Juliann Scholl

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6 Ways to Prepare for the First Day of Class in College

Feeling first-day-of-college jitters? Learn what to expect and how to prepare for the first day of class.

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A Complete First-Year College Checklist

Start your first year of college like a pro by using this comprehensive college preparation checklist.

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Going Back to College as a Single Parent

Millions of single parents attend college each year. Learn about your enrollment options and how to earn your degree as a single parent.

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9 Tips for Raising Your College Admission Chances

Applying to college can be tricky. Use these nine tips to increase your college admission chances and help you craft a memorable application.

Colin Weickmann

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9 SAT Tips for Acing the Test

We've identified nine ways to help you earn a high SAT score. Advanced preparation and day-of meditation are key to test-day success.

Danika Miller

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When Should You Take the ACT?

You have many opportunities to take the ACT throughout the year. Learn what factors to consider before registering for the test.

Juliann Scholl

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8 Skills to Refresh When Returning to College

Aspiring students should refresh basic skills before returning to college. Learn what skills might need honing and what resources you can use.

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What Is a Good ACT Score?

The ACT can make or break your college application. Learn what a good ACT score is for you based on the schools you're applying to.

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What Is a Good SAT Score?

The SAT is an important test for colleges, and a good score can improve your chances of getting accepted. Learn what a good score is for you.

Hannah Muniz

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Ask a Professor: Should You Take a Leave of Absence?

A leave of absence helps students step back from school for medical, mental health, or career reasons. Learn what to consider before taking a leave of absence.

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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

The college application process can be stressful and intimidating. Learn application tips and increase your chances of getting into your dream school.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D., Doug Wintemute

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College vs. University: What’s the Difference?

Higher ed has many names. Learn the difference between "college" and university," and get tips on which type of school you should attend.

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Writing About COVID-19 in Your College Essay

If you're thinking about using your college essay to address the pandemic, make sure the experiences you share are unique and representative of who you are.

Tyler Epps

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6 Pros and Cons of For-Profit Colleges

Thinking about attending a for-profit college? Learn about the pros and cons of this type of school and whether for-profit colleges are worth it.

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What Is Rolling Admission and How Does It Work?

Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of rolling admission, and check out 20 popular schools with rolling admissions policies.

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33 Companies That Pay for College With Tuition Reimbursement

A long list of companies provide tuition assistance to U.S. employees, but programs and coverage vary by company.

Jessica Bryant

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The Best Test-Optional Colleges

Students usually take the SAT/ACT to get into college, but more schools are going test-optional — some long-term, and some temporarily due to COVID-19.

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Letter of Recommendation Tips for Nontraditional Students

How should nontraditional students ask for letters of recommendation? And who should they ask? Learn more about this process.

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Colleges and Universities With the Highest Cost of Attendance

These popular colleges and universities have the highest cost of attendance in the U.S., but not all students pay the full sticker price.

Jessica Bryant

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What Are the Most Popular College Application Systems?

To get into college, you must submit an application. Learn about the most common types of college applications and which schools use them.

Hannah Muniz

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When Should You Take the SAT?

A good SAT score can help you get into your preferred college. Learn about registration dates and the best times to take the SAT.

Marisa Upson

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How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation for College

Recommendation letters play an important role in college admissions. Learn how to ask for a letter of recommendation.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Expert Q&A: The Value of an HBCU Education

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) offer students a variety of benefits. Find out from our experts how to take advantage of an HBCU education.

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College Application Deadlines for Fall 2022 Admission

Most students apply to college in the fall for admission the following fall. Keep track of the most common college application deadlines with this guide.

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What to Know About the GED Diploma

A GED diploma can open the door to college and career opportunities. Learn what you can do with a GED diploma.

Nalea J. Ko

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7 Expert Tips for the Common App Essay

The Common App essay can make or break your college application. Learn about the Common App essay prompts and get tips for writing a stand-out statement.

Hannah Muniz

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What Is the IB Program?

Learn about the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Discover how the IB program works and read about IB courses and IB diploma requirements.

Whitney Sandoval

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What Is a Community College?

Community colleges offer a less expensive route to a college degree. But what is a community college, and is community college worth it?

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Ask a Professor: How Many Credits Do You Need to Graduate College?

All colleges require a minimum number of credits to graduate. Learn how many credits you'll need for an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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Community College: You’ve Heard the Myths, Now Let’s Talk Benefits

Many believe community college is less academically rigorous, but attending a two-year institution can benefit you both intellectually and financially.

Samantha L. Solomon, Ph.D.

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Why Do Retail Giants Like Walmart Offer Tuition Assistance?

Corporate tuition assistance programs tout educational access and social mobility, but are they really more concerned with the bottom line?

Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

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4 Careers Worth Going Back to School For

If you're longing for a career change, going back to college can be a smart choice, especially if you're interested in one of these four in-demand careers.

Stephen Gaffney

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The 15 Highest-Paying Associate Degrees

Wondering which associate degree offers the biggest bang for its buck? Check out the 15 highest-paying associate degrees and the careers they can lead to.

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Choosing a College Major: Advice From Recent Grads

Choosing a college major is a decision many students agonize over. Here, recent grads offer new students advice they wish they'd heard earlier.

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Why All Students Should Take a First-Year Seminar

First-year seminars teach students important skills they need for success in college and help them integrate more smoothly into their school's community.

Samantha L. Solomon, Ph.D.

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Harvard Extension School: Is It Really Harvard?

Harvard Extension School makes a degree more accessible, but different criteria for entry, faculty, and degree designation make some question its value.

Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

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Early Action vs. Early Decision: How to Choose

What is early action vs. early decision? Learn about the benefits of applying to college early and how to decide between these two admission plans.

Chinh Ngo

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College Prep Checklist for International Students

Learn how to navigate the U.S. college system as an international student, and figure out what to pack for your first year.

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Should I Go to College Online or On Campus? Here’s How to Decide

Deciding to take classes online or on campus is a difficult choice. This article guides you through the decision-making process.

Melissa Venable, Ph.D.

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What Does Student-to-Faculty Ratio Really Mean?

Student-faculty ratios shouldn't be taken literally, but they do help indicate what your educational experience will be like.

Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

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Ask a Professor: What Is a Major in College?

To earn a bachelor's degree, students choose a field to specialize in by declaring a major. Learn what a major is and how it can affect your career.

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How to Prepare for Graduate School

Follow our five simple steps for how to prepare for graduate school and get tips on the best ways to start off the semester smoothly.

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What Is the Common Application? A Complete Guide

The Common Application allows students to apply to multiple colleges at once. Learn more about how to use the Common App and which universities accept it.

Tyler Epps

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Ask a Professor: What Is a Minor in College?

What's the difference between a major and a minor? And does your minor matter? Learn more about choosing a minor in college.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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How to Measure the ROI of a College Education

Higher education is expensive. Learn how to consider different ways to calculate the return on investment, or ROI, for your college education.

Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

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How to Choose Electives in College

When choosing college electives, consider your schedule, consult an academic advisor, focus on your interests, and don't be afraid to try something new.

Danika Miller

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Helpful Advice for Parents of First-Time College Students

First-time college students aren't the only ones making a big transition — their parents are, too. Read our tips for first-time college parents.

Stephen Gaffney

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Donor Influence on the Academic Experience

Learn about how wealthy donors may have a disproportionate say in what you learn and who you learn from at your college or university.

Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

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The Pros and Cons of Sending Your Kid Off to College

Sending your child off to college comes with its share of highs and lows. Read our pros/cons list to prepare yourself for the transition.

Stephen Gaffney

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The 10 Most Generous Universities for Financial Aid

Despite rising college costs, some schools are offering generous financial aid packages that make college planning just a bit easier.

Jessica Bryant

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How to Prepare for Your First Job After College

Use these tips so you can feel prepared for success and armed with questions and applicable skills when starting your first job after college.

Melissa Venable, Ph.D.

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The Semester vs. Quarter System in College

When it comes to the quarter system vs. semester in college, which is better? Discover the pros and cons of each academic calendar.

Kelli Marshall, Ph.D.

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What Can You Do With a Writing Certificate?

Writing certificate programs help students gain critical skills and get a leg up in pursuing an array of careers, from screenwriting to digital marketing.

Adreon Patterson

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How Many Colleges Are in the U.S.?

Learn about the different types of colleges and universities in the United States and how their numbers break down across the country.

Jessica Bryant

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Do College Waitlists Favor the Wealthy?

Many need-blind colleges turn need-aware when considering waitlisted applicants — a dubious practice that raises questions about accessibility and privilege.

Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

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Why Are Colleges Closing — and What If Yours Does?

Learn about the causes of college closures, whether your own school is at risk of shutting down, and what you can do if it closes permanently.

Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

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How to Pass the CLEP Exam

Want to test out of college courses? Learn about the College Board CLEP test and how to pass your exams to earn college credits.

Michelle Kelley

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The Pros and Cons of College Admissions Lotteries

Learn why some believe college admissions lotteries could reduce stress and increase diversity, and why others don't think it's the right answer.

Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

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What Are the Myers-Briggs Personality Types?

Learn all about the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types and what kinds of fields and careers might be best suited to you based on your personality.

Stephen Gaffney

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Ask a Professor: Should You Take Summer Classes?

Taking summer classes can help you save money and check off gen ed requirements. Use these tips to decide whether summer courses are right for you.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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What to Do If You’re Waitlisted at College

College waitlists are expected to be longer and more unpredictable this year. Here's what you can do to help yourself cope with the worry-filled process.

Mark J. Drozdowski, Ed.D.

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What Is the CLEP Exam?

Save money and earn your degree faster. The CLEP test lets you earn college credit for what you already know.

Heather Mullinix

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What Is the TEAS?

Find out how to pass the TEAS through this informative guide. Learn about the best TEAS preparation resources and how to ace your exam.

Katy McWhirter

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Students’ Top 5 Sources for Comparing Colleges

Looking for the right college fit? Tapping into reliable sources like campus websites and direct contact with schools and students are key to your search.

Melissa Venable, Ph.D.

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E-Textbooks vs. Regular Textbooks

Choose the right college textbooks for your learning style. Check out our comparison of e-textbooks vs. regular books and make informed purchases.

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How to Save Money on College Textbooks

Discover ways to cut costs and find cheap college textbooks. You can also recoup money by selling your used textbooks.

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Should You Buy or Rent College Textbooks?

Read this guide to figure out whether you should rent or buy your textbooks for school, and learn about the best college textbook rental websites.

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What Are the Federal TRIO Programs?

Learn about the different federal TRIO programs that assist historically underrepresented students with preparing for and succeeding in college.

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Are Cannabis Degrees Legit?

Cannabis college courses and degrees are cropping up around the country, but are they legit? Read about the latest trends in this budding industry.

Kasia Kovacs

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Comparing the Costs of Online vs. On-Campus Programs

Understand the real costs of an online vs. on-campus education to determine which is better for your unique needs and circumstances.

Melissa Venable, Ph.D.

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What Is a Certificate Program?

Often taking 6-9 months, certificates are typically cheaper than traditional degrees and can launch careers in healthcare, administration, and IT.

Anne Dennon

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Ask a Professor: How to Deal With College Rejection

Although it hurts, college rejection is a normal part of the admissions process. Get advice on what to do if you receive a college rejection letter.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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How to Prepare for AP Exams

Learn how to prepare for your AP exams and discover some useful study tips that can help improve your test scores.

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What Is a Microdegree?

Microdegrees help learners develop a specialization or skill set. These courses save students time and money compared to traditional college degrees.

Juliann Scholl

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Certificates vs. Certifications vs. Licenses

Schools, organizations, and state governments all issue education credentials, but there are big differences between certificates, licenses, and certifications.

Anne Dennon

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Best Questions to Ask Your High School Guidance Counselor

What questions should you be asking your high school guidance counselor? Find out what a director of college counseling has to say.

Steve Bailey

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Is Double Majoring Worth It?

Many college students study two different fields, but is double majoring worth it? Discover the pros and cons of a double major and what the alternatives are.

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The Best Questions to Ask Your Academic Advisor

Academic advisors do more than just help students plan their college careers. Here are the best questions to ask your advisor the next time you go in.

Anthony Chiaravelotti

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ACT vs. SAT: Which Should You Take?

Many students struggle to choose between the SAT and ACT. Discover the two exams' biggest differences and get tips on which one you should take.

Hannah Muniz

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AP Classes: Are They Worth It?

Many U.S. high schools offer AP classes. Discover the benefits of taking AP courses and what factors to consider before enrolling.

Steve Bailey

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When Is Ivy Day 2022?

Each spring, the Ivy League schools release their admission decisions on Ivy Day. Discover what Ivy Day entails, and get tips on what to do after.

Hannah Muniz

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What Is a Good GRE Score?

A high GRE score can help you get into graduate school and may even qualify you for scholarships. Find out what's considered a good GRE score.

Tyler Epps

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Private vs. Public Colleges: What’s the Difference?

Public and private colleges differ in how they're run, in how they're funded, and in terms of what kind of campus experience they offer.

Tyler Epps

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How to Choose a Laptop for College

Finding the right laptop for college can be tricky. Learn what to look for in terms of RAM and display and how you can save money with student discounts.

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Why You Should Consider Attending an HBCU

More and more people are recognizing the value of an HBCU education. Learn about the unique benefits these institutions offer from an HBCU alum and professor.

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Synchronous Learning vs. Asynchronous Learning: What’s the Difference?

Online courses are becoming more common. This guide looks at the similarities, differences, and pros and cons of synchronous and asynchronous online learning.

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Bachelor of Arts vs. Bachelor of Science: What’s the Difference?

Do you want to earn a bachelor's but can't decide which type of degree to pursue? Check out this article to learn the differences between a BA and a BS.

Chinh Ngo

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The Pros and Cons of Dual Enrollment in High School

While dual enrollment can help you earn college credits and save money on higher ed, it can also take time away from school activities and increase stress.

Ciera Graham, Ph.D.

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6 Ways to Earn College Credit for Life and Work Experience

Looking to earn credits more efficiently? Learn how you can use tests, work credentials, and other work and life experiences to earn college credit.

Stefanie Grodman

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What Is Simulation Learning?

You can't always practice what you've learned in a real-world setting, which is why simulations are key to honing the job skills you'll need to succeed.

Melissa Venable, Ph.D.

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The 5 Best Languages to Learn in College

Knowing a second language can pave the way for a successful global career. Here, we introduce the most useful languages to learn in college and beyond.

Hannah Muniz

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What Is an MPA Degree?

Interested in public sector jobs? Check out this blog to learn about MPA degrees and the exciting careers available to MPA graduates.

Chinh Ngo

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How COVID-19 Has Impacted College Grading Systems

Before COVID-19, colleges relied on letter grades and exams. Now, schools are adopting alternative modes of assessment, like pass/fail marks and epic finales.

Melissa Venable, Ph.D.

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Dual Degree vs. Double Major: What’s the Difference?

What is a dual degree and how hard is it to double major? This guide answers these questions and explores the benefits offered by these academic pathways.

Chinh Ngo

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How to Prepare for a College Interview

Certain colleges require or recommend an admission interview. Learn about common questions you'll be asked and how to ensure success in your college interview.

Tyler Epps

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The 10 Greenest Universities of 2022

Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? Consider earning a degree from one America's greenest, environmentally responsible colleges.

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How to Choose a Green College

College applicants are increasingly weighing schools' environmental practices, programs, and offerings before making an enrollment decision.

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How to Graduate College Early

Starting your career even one year early means earning dramatically more over your lifetime. But rushing through college isn't the right choice for everyone.

Anne Dennon

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Should Endowments Influence Your College Decision?

Many colleges rely on endowments to support students and improve academic programs. But endowment size doesn't necessarily equate to a better education.

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The 12 Best Countries to Study Abroad

Thousands of U.S. college students study abroad each year, but where should you go? Here are the 12 best countries to study abroad and why.

Kasia Kovacs

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How to Tell Whether a College Supports Students of Color

Students of color continue to face racism and hate crimes on campus. Some colleges offer better support than others through special policies and groups.

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What Is an Honors College?

Housed inside many U.S. universities, honors colleges challenge high-achieving students with rigorous classes and unique academic opportunities.

Anne Dennon

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What Is a For-Profit College?

For-profit colleges charge students more and leave more students in debt. Despite government scrutiny, these schools continue to profit through legal loopholes.

Anne Dennon

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What Are the Social Sciences?

One facet of the liberal arts, social science is the study of humans and society. Learn the different types of social science majors and jobs you can pursue.

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College Majors vs. Minors: What’s the Difference?

Many students flock to just a handful of popular majors, leading to crowded fields. A well-chosen major and minor can give you a competitive edge for jobs.

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Transferring From Community College to University

Many community college students plan to transfer to a four-year college, but few succeed. Closing the transfer gap is critical to closing opportunity gaps.

Anne Dennon

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How to Get a Yoga Studies Degree

A college mentor can support students in their academic and professional pursuits, even virtually. Learn what a good mentor looks like and how to find one.

Anne Dennon

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Top 12 Reasons Students Transfer Colleges

Students transfer colleges for many reasons, such as better fit or cheaper tuition. Discover the top 12 reasons students give for transferring colleges.

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Is College for Everyone?

These days, 9 in 10 new jobs require a college degree, but only about 60% of college students graduate. Higher education is a powerful but risky investment.

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Should You Take a Gap Year?

Gap years are becoming an increasingly popular choice among high school graduates, especially during COVID-19. Discover the pros and cons of taking a gap year.

Mikael Mulugeta

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The Impact of Coronavirus on Healthcare Education

Healthcare education is changing rapidly due to COVID-19. As medical students spend their time volunteering, classes go online and telemedicine picks up steam.

Anne Dennon

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5 Reasons to Take a Media Studies Course

Media studies entails the study of mass communication and encourages media literacy. Discover why every college student should take a media studies course.

Kelli Marshall, Ph.D.

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6 Tips for Choosing a College Virtually

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, prospective students must rely more than ever on virtual resources and tools to choose a college that's right for them.

Julia K. Porter, Ph.D.

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Should You Go to Graduate School?

Attending graduate school allows you to conduct research and gain critical skills for your career. Learn about the pros and cons of earning a graduate degree.

Kasia Kovacs

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A Guide to Studying Abroad

Many college students wonder why they should study abroad and how to do it. This guide answers some commonly asked questions about studying abroad in college.

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Expert Q&A: The Columbia University HBCU Fellowship

Columbia University offers a prestigious fellowship to graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Discover the benefits of this unique program from Dr. Jason Wingard.

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The Value of a History Degree

Is a history degree worth it? Discover why history degrees add value to your career.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.

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The 5 Most Innovative Tuition-Free Colleges

Students may be surprised to learn not all colleges charge for tuition. Discover the most innovative schools with free college tuition and how to get in.

Tami Robinson

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Alternative Colleges: Unique Schools for Unique Students

This article features several unique colleges with nontraditional approaches to majors, scheduling, and tuition-free education.

Mikael Mulugeta

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How to Get Into College: Ask an Admissions Counselor

Learn from a director of admissions how to get into college and discover the best questions to ask college admissions counselors.

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Online Education and Mega-Universities: Factors to Consider

Online education presents many options, including what have become known as "mega-universities." Explore what these options mean for students.

Melissa Venable, Ph.D.

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The Alternate Route: Uncommon Pathways to Higher Education

Not every student goes to college after high school. Here, former students share why they took time off between high school and college and how it benefited them in the...

Veronica Freeman

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Should You Major in Chemistry?

Learn if the chemistry major is right for you and explore potential jobs for chemistry majors.

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