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Medical School Personal Statement: 3 Essential Elements

May 8, 2019

You’ve got the grades, you’ve got the MCAT score, you’ve got the extracurriculars. But so does almost every other candidate. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle when you’re applying to medical school alongside thousands of other brilliant

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The Common App vs. The Coalition Application: Key Similarities and Differences

May 6, 2019

Along with the corresponding increases in total application numbers and applications submitted per student, there comes an increase in application-oriented anxiety. The sheer coordination of competing logistics -- different essays, different testing requirements, different deadlines

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Why I Loved Being a Stanford Student

May 6, 2019

Putting how much I enjoyed my Stanford experience into words is hardly possible. I was THAT Stanford student who expressed my love of Stanford to every single person I met. Stanford is known for its absurdly low acceptance rate (4.8%!), and academically challenging environment. But it is so much more than just Nerd Nation. Stanford is an incredibly welcoming institution.

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8 Good Habits for High School Students

May 2, 2019

By the time you enter high school, you have developed lots of habits: some good, some bad, and some ugly. Your high school years are the perfect time to specifically cultivate a new routine that will help you on your way to getting into your dream colleges. The 8 good habits for high school students described below include some practical suggestions that can help you enhance

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How to Get Into UPenn

May 1, 2019

Whether it’s been your dream school for as long as you remember, or you’re considering it when working on your college list and looking through the Ivies, you might be drawn to the University of Pennsylvania. If you’re wondering how to get into UPenn, you’re not alone

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Demonstrated Interest in Colleges: How Much Does it Matter?

May 1, 2019

If you’re excited about applying to a particular college, you’ve probably told your family and friends all about it. Sometimes, however, only telling the people you’re close to isn’t enough. Throughout your application process, many colleges also want to know whether you really want to attend their school. But if you don’t know anyone

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The Best Scholarships for 11th Graders

April 30, 2019

Everyone knows that college is expensive. Thankfully, there are many different scholarships to help students and their families with the heavy cost. You might think it’s something to worry about later, but you don’t have to wait until senior year to secure some of this money. Plus, winning one of these prestigious scholarships would look very

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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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