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Don’t Rely on Magazine Rankings of Colleges

Each October for almost four decades, U.S. News & World Report has published a much-anticipated College Edition that ranks American colleges and universities. The issue is the most popular of the year for U.S. News & World Report, but its release always instigates a barrage of criticism that The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson refers to as “a […]

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Teacher’s Letters of Recommendation Have an Impact

Students who aspire to attend college should develop an admissions strategy. Among the key features of this strategy will be a “core message” that  conveys in few words your most distinctive characteristics —  the ones that will add value to a college’s freshman class. Letters of Recommendation (LOR’s) play a key role in this process. […]

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Visits — The Key to the Search for Best-Fit Colleges

There’s no substitute for being there. A well-planned visit to a college campus will reveal more useful information about that college than its website, course catalog, statistics, and rankings can provide.  College Visits Before and After There are two stages in your college admissions campaign during which you’ll have compelling reasons to visit college campuses. […]

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Social Media and College Admissions

Many students apply for admission to selective and highly selective colleges, but only a fraction of them can succeed. Even applicants with outstanding academic records are advised to seek additional ways to improve the likelihood of their admission to the colleges of their choice. Rise Above Your Peers You can excel beyond academics if you […]

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The Test Optional Movement Is Accelerating

More than 1,000 colleges and universities have discontinued the requirement that applicants submit SAT or ACT scores. The pace at which schools are adopting test optional policies is accelerating. Scott Jaschik, writing for Inside Higher Ed, notes that, “When the movement started, most of the competitive schools that went test optional were small liberal arts […]

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