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Schools That Require Subject Tests: A Comprehensive Guide

April 25, 2019

Even before you started applying to college, you were probably aware that standardized testing is an important part of the application process. You’ve at least heard of the SAT. As your turn to apply to college approaches and you’re looking through requirements at different schools, you’ll come across something called SAT IIs

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Pros and Cons of Taking a Gap Year Before College

April 25, 2019

Taking a gap year after high school can be a great opportunity for you to focus on self-discovery, gain work experience, save money, travel, volunteer, and more. 30,000-40,000 students take gap years before college every year, and 90% of students who take structured gap years return to college within a year. But it’s true

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Test Optional Colleges: Everything You Need to Know

April 25, 2019

If you’re not a good test taker, or just are not happy with your SAT or ACT scores, your guidance counselor might suggest that you consider applying to a few test optional colleges. This could throw you off - on top of everything you already have to finish with college applications, you now have to reconsider your entire school list?

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Gap Year Before Law School: Pros and Cons to Keep in Mind

April 24, 2019

When I worked in admissions at Harvard and NYU law, prospective students often asked me if they should take a gap year before law school during open office hours and recruitment events. I couldn’t always answer their questions elaborately because the answer isn’t

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Why You Should Get to Know Your High School College Counselor

April 24, 2019

Though they can go by a host of different names - guidance counselors, college advisors, high school college counselors - odds are, your high school is equipped with at least one of them who will be there to help you when it comes time for college admissions. High school college counselors are there to

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Essay Hooks: How to Grab Your Reader With Your Writing

April 22, 2019

Imagine an admissions officer reading your application: they start with the mundane, starting with your home address and biographical information, then moving down your application to your test scores and activities list next. What exactly have you been doing for the past four years?

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15 College Application Dates That You Need to Know

April 16, 2019

Senior year is finally approaching! There are so many fun things that your last year of high school can bring – whether it is the chance to enroll in an elective you’ve been waiting three years to take

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How To Get In To Amherst

April 16, 2019

It’s finally spring, which means that -- at long last -- admissions decisions have been released from colleges and universities nationwide. As predicted, acceptance rates at most highly-selective institutes dropped once again.

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The Digital LSAT: What to Know About the New Format

April 16, 2019

If you’re applying to law school in the upcoming cycle, you’ve probably come across the fact that the LSAT is going digital this summer. If you haven’t heard about it before, you might be wondering, how does one even prepare for a digital LSAT? Preparing for the regular pen and paper

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2018-19 College Acceptance Rates: Notable Admissions Trends

April 12, 2019

The past few weeks have been very busy and exciting for high school seniors, as admissions decisions have rolled in from universities and liberal arts colleges in the country. Incredibly, the college acceptance rates at many of the top schools continue to break records. Schools that many would consider target, or even safety

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