What Do Your High School Extracurricular Activities Say About You to Colleges?

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First of all, let's clear up what "extracurricular activities" are. If you're thinking, "Hey, I play video games a lot and that's outside of school," unfortunately you're out of luck. read more

Special College Applications

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Editor, Porter Sargent Handbooks

Whether you're compiling a visual arts portfolio or performing a monologue from Shakespeare, applying to undergraduate arts programs means showing you're more than the sum of your talent, transcript, and test scores. This is your time to tell a story. read more

Differentiate Yourself with SAT Subject Tests

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Director of Business Development, Triumph College Admissions (TCA)

The SAT Subject Tests are a perfect way to help differentiate yourself. Differentiate means to recognize what makes someone or something different. Companies focus on differentiating their products from other products so that they'll stand out as a good purchase. They do this because they're competing with other companies who have similar products. You need to consider the college admission process as a similar type of competition. You're competing against other students. Anything that helps you differentiate yourself from those students is something worth your time and effort. read more

Preparing for College: The FAFSA

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DJ and News Commentator, WTBU; Blogger and Journalist

Breathe. If you are a senior in high school all the college paperwork ahead of you may seem daunting, but you can do this. Below are tips to help handle the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA. Keep in mind you can re-apply for financial aid while you're in college too, so review these tips! read more

Volunteer Opportunities for Science and Health Majors

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Scholarship Search Strategist, College Prep Ready

This is the time of the year when many people start preparing for the upcoming holidays and college students are dreaming of starting winter break. College and high school students can take advantage of this season by volunteering with local charities and other organizations on campus or in your hometown. Volunteering has many benefits whether you're applying to college or to a job. read more

Registering to Take the SAT

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Director of Business Development, Triumph College Admissions (TCA)

Gone are the days of registering for the SAT by visiting your guidance counselor. This is good in that it allows you to take on a certain responsibility for your future, but it can be detrimental if you make decisions like this in a vacuum. read more

Admission Counselor Q&A

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Public Relations Associate, Carnegie Communications

You're about to embark on the college search. Chances are, you bought guidebooks, read college profiles online, called an admission counselor . . . wait--you haven't called an admission counselor yet? read more

Lights. Camera. College Audition!

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Founder and President, Smart College Visit, Inc.

The competitiveness of college admission takes on a whole new dimension when auditions become part of the process. If musical theatre or acting is the path you're heading down, then you may want to scope out the performance groups and facilities when you visit campus. read more

The Pros and Cons of Applying Early

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Senior Assistant Editor, Wintergreen Orchard House

The early bird gets the worm. Or does it? This trite old adage might hold true at breakfast buffets and sample sales, but when it comes to college applications, this may not be the case. read more

The Campus Visit Love Affair

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Founder and President, Smart College Visit, Inc.

"I just fell in love with the campus!" That type of statement sets the bar pretty high for your college visit experience and the expectation that you will fall in love with campus immediately is one that, more often than not, is unrealistic. read more