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Forget Catching the Worm: The Early Bird is More Likely to Get Admitted

Posted on Aug 13, 2018 12:05:00 PM

Most collegesadmit a far greater percentage of students who apply Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) than they do of students who apply Regular Decision (RD). In fact, an article posted on usnews.com in December 2010 contains data on 52 colleges for which that was true. At that time the increased chances of gaining admission to those colleges by applying ED or EA instead of RD ranged from 1.41 to 2.98 – or an average of 1.88. In short, students who applied ED or EA to those colleges were, on average, almost twice as likely to get accepted as were those who applied RD.

Topics: College Counseling, College Admission, Early Decision, Early Action

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Topics: College Counseling, College Admission, Early Decision, Early Action

Present a Consistent Picture of Yourself in Your College Applications

Posted on Aug 12, 2018 8:08:00 AM

One thing that you absolutely DO NOT want to do is confuse college admissions officers by presenting contradictory – or inconsistent, and, thus, possibly contradictory – information about yourself in your college applications. And there are multiple opportunities for mistakes in most college applications.

Topics: College Application, College Counseling, College Admission, Activity Resume, Resume

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Topics: College Application, College Counseling, College Admission, Activity Resume, Resume

Common vs Coalition vs Universal College Application: Which Should You Complete?

Topics: Common App, Coalition App, Universal App, College Application, College Planning, College Counseling, Application Essays

The Essence of College Admissions — as compiled this year by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 4:41:47 PM

We put you in the shoes of college admissions officers, so that you can sense their point of view with these facts:

Topics: College Planning, Educational-Consulting, College Counseling, College Application, College Admission

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Topics: College Planning, Educational-Consulting, College Counseling, College Application, College Admission

When does less than $6,000 equal nearly $150,000?

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 12:22:17 PM

When does less than $6,000 equal nearly $150,000? That’s an uncommon equation –even for the diehard lottery player. But for a college-bound student and his family, such “winning” odds are quite possible!

Topics: College Admission, Tutoring, College Counseling, Investment

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Topics: College Admission, Tutoring, College Counseling, Investment

Spinning Gold

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With three decades of educational guidance, Score At The Top has thousands of success stories. Each month we choose one story to share with the hope that it will inspire others.

Topics: College Admission, College Planning, College Counseling, Investment

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Topics: College Admission, College Planning, College Counseling, Investment

College Admissions Trends - We've got your number!

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 12:40:00 PM

We’ve got your numbers! No, not the winning megabucks ticket, but the numbers about that other “lottery,” college admissions. Each year the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) accumulates some pretty interesting statistics about admissions trends. You’ll want to know these.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Application

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Application

Test Optional Colleges

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 4:19:00 PM

There are over 800 colleges and universities in the United States that make admission decisions without using the SAT or ACT. You can find this list at http://fairtest.org/university/optional. Some schools exempt students who meet GPA or class rank criteria, others require SAT or ACT scores only for placement or scholarships, and still others have more “flexible” testing requirement, such as submission of AP, IB, or SAT Subject Test scores in lieu of SAT or ACT scores.

Topics: Test-Prep, College Counseling

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Topics: Test-Prep, College Counseling

Back-To-School Gift Ideas for Stressed College Students

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 11:18:00 AM

After the holidays, it's time for college students to get back to reality and back to stresses of classes, relationships and being away from home. With the Higher Education Research Institute reporting crippling anxiety in an alarming 51.9 percent of college students, it's no wonder that so many miss the comfort of home, real food and an understanding ear. As a concerned parent, you can send your college student back to school with a thoughtful, stress-relieving gift. Whether it's gift certificate for a massage or her favorite funny movie from childhood, a thoughtful gesture can set your student in motion for a successful second semester.

Topics: College Counseling

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Topics: College Counseling

Sweat Away the Stress: 4 Benefits of Exercise for College Students

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM

With the proximity of dorm cafeterias, it’s often more tempting to grab another late-night snack than to hit the gym. Most college students already know that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a healthy body weight, reducing blood pressure and improving cholesterol levels. However, the power of exercise extends beyond its ability to improve physical health. As a college student, exercise can actually help you learn more efficiently, better remember information and perform more strongly in school.

Topics: College Counseling, Test-Prep

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Topics: College Counseling, Test-Prep

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