When should I start thinking about colleges?

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How about right now? You don't have to make a choice, but begin thinking about things like what you want to study, where you would like to go, and what would be important about a college. read more

How many schools should I apply to?

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It's not the number of schools you apply to that is important. It's the thought and care put into each application. read more

How do I choose between the SAT and the ACT?

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You should take the test that fits best with your learning and test-taking style. read more

How should I prepare for my summer program?

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Program Manager for Recruitment, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Many students and parents will do research on the college to get an idea of what is happening. Search websites for faculty, facilities, and research. Come with an open mind and ready to extend your knowledge base during the summer. read more

How can parents cope with a child who doesn't want to go to college?

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Tell the student that she can take one year to work at something productive and to begin to pay her own bills, including her rent to you, car insurance, dry cleaning, etc. read more

What can parents do if they disagree with their child's college choice(s)?

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Unless it is a financial consideration, the decision is the student's. It is the student who has to live at the college, not the parent. read more

How to Write a Personal Statement That Will Get You into College

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Founder, Soaring Eagle College Consulting

Should you live on campus or off? Should you own a car or not? Which option is best (and cheapest)? Keep reading to figure out what's right for you. read more

5 Critical Reminders Before Sending in Your Graduate School Applications

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Author, Enrollment Expert

With many of this year's grad school application deadlines right around the corner, it's time for some last-minute admission tips and reminders. read more

Campus Visits: Your College Search Secret Weapon

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Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, Reed College

How do you narrow the list of 4,000 schools down to a few that you want to explore further? One effective way is college visits read more

7 Deadly Sins for Graduate School Applicants

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Author, Enrollment Expert

After spending nearly three decades in admission, this grad school expert knows what's up--including those mistakes that can send your grad school application straight to the trash. read more