December, 2023

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12 Strategies to Deploy While We Await the FAFSA and Subsequent ISIR Arrival

Ruffaloni

This blog was co-authored with Ann Cools. By now we’ve all accepted that the next 60 days will be one of excitement and nervousness in the world of financial aid and enrollment management as we await the changes to the FAFSA. Some of you are well prepared; others are trying to get prepared with limited staff and even more limited resources. We feel your pain and we hope to provide a few things to have on your to-do list as you head into this delayed FAFSA season.

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20 Timeless Enrollment Marketing Maxims for School Growth Success

Enrollment Catalyst

Now that 2023 is in the rearview mirror, it is always good to reflect on the past year and to look ahead to 2024. In 2023, I had the opportunity to partner with 70 independent and faith-based schools. From my Enrollment Catalyst Program (on-site and virtual) to ongoing coaching, to my School Survey Solutions to my online School Ambassador Training Program , I am thankful for my partnership with school leaders.

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The Committees and Decisions of College Admission… And College Football

Georgia Tech Admissions Blog

This weekend Florida State beat Louisville in the ACC Championship and capped off an undefeated football season at 13-0. Translation for non-sports fans: they beat everyone they played. They practiced and prepared for each game, and despite some hardships– including losing both their first- and second-string quarterbacks to injury, achieved at the highest level within the context of their schedule.

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Here’s How College Students Helped Drive $40T in Divestment From the Fossil Fuel Industry

BestColleges

Stand.earth, an advocacy organization managing the Global Fossil Fuel Divestment Commitments Database, announced the milestone on Dec. 15. Educational institutions make up 16.2% of worldwide fossil fuel divestment commitments. Organizations Campus Climate Network and Fossil Free Careers are poised to gain more ground in 2024. As of this month, over 1,600 institutions have committed to divest from fossil fuels, representing over $40 trillion in assets.

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Information overload? Start with our best blogs

Colorado State University

No matter which stage of the college search/application process you are in, there can be a lot of information to sift through. Where to start? Where to find the nitty gritty info on things like housing and financial aid? What about test scores and transcripts? It’s overwhelming, and our hundreds of blogs can help … but then there’s the task of figuring out which to read first, which to save for later, which to bookmark, which don’t apply to you.

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ACT vs SAT: 11 Key Differences to Help You Pick the Right Test

PrepScholar

You've probably heard of the ACT and SAT, but how different are these two tests really In this extensive ACT vs SAT analysis, we look at the top 11 differences between the ACT and SAT and explain what these differences mean for you. And to conclude, we give you tips on how to decide whether you should take the ACT or SAT.

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Award-Winning Digital Marketing for Enrollment: RNL and Our Campus Partners Receive Five Gold Medals

Ruffaloni

To break through the noise of digital marketing in 2023, you need to catch the attention of prospective students and drive them to take action. That requires great creative work that really stands out from all the other marketing messages that students see—and it’s what the RNL creative team does with each campaign they undertake for colleges and universities.

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2024 UGA Overall EA Admissions

UGA Undergraduate Admissions Q & A

Out-of-State Early Action decisions will be released at 4 pm EST today, so here are some details about the overall EA applicant and admitted groups. When you log into your status page, you will see a “View Update” link under the Status Update, and that is where you will see your decision. About 20 minutes after we release decisions, an email will go out to students who have not already checked their status letting them know a decision is available on their status page.

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Elon Musk Wants to Create a Tuition-Free University in Texas

BestColleges

The school project is being funded by a $100 million donation. Once the primary and secondary schools are operational, the university component would be added. The university curriculum will focus on math, science, engineering, and physics. Elon Musk double majored in physics and economics. Elon Musk , owner, executive chair, and chief technology officer of X, formerly known as Twitter, plans to start a university in Austin, Texas.

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Student vlogger answers assumptions about Colorado State

Colorado State University

A Ram’s Life is a vlog series for Rams by Rams, and showcases everything from the daily life of a CSU Ram to advice videos, DIY tutorials, tips and tricks for navigating college life, and even excursions into Fort Collins and beyond Colorado State. Colorado State University vlogger, Amanda, answers assumptions about being a college student at CSU. Hear her thoughts on everything from getting around campus to the level of difficulty of classes.

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The 13 Best College Essay Tips to Craft a Stellar Application

PrepScholar

In many ways, the most labor-intensive part of your college application process is the essay. It’s not just about forwarding transcripts or entering a list of extracurricular activities—you have to craft something personal and compelling to show the admissions committee who you are beyond your resume.

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The Top 10 “Ah Ha” Moments in Graduate and Online Enrollment for 2023

Ruffaloni

In 2022, the conversations I had with clients and friends made me think that they hoped that 2023 would be the year that things went back to “normal.” It may be an understatement when I say that is not what ended up happening. Rather, 2023 is likely to be remembered as the beginning of a new age in higher education. We confirmed early in the year that classroom enrollment did not “snap back” to pre-pandemic levels, and while many students (most often undergraduates) were eager to get back to cam

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5 Reasons Why a Student Portal App is a Must for Every School

HEM (Higher Education Marketing)

Reading Time: 8 minutes You may have heard of schools using a student portal app to connect with students and boost recruitment efforts. You may have even heard of which features to look for when considering a student application portal for schools. However, you may not be sure why this tool would be an essential part of your school’s toolkit in the first place.

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Best Online Summer Programs for High School Students – 2024

College Transitions

For almost two years, COVID-19 dramatically altered the everyday lives of American teens as well as young people all over the globe. One particularly salient change was the rise of virtual learning, both in traditional academic settings as well as summer programs.

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Biden Administration Grants $93 Million to HBCUs, TCCUs, MSIs

BestColleges

The Biden administration is awarding $93 million in grants to 20 institutions serving historically excluded students throughout the nation. The Department of Education provided the grants under two different initiatives for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribally controlled colleges and universities (TCCUs), and minority-serving institutions (MSIs).

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Hey is for Horses

Anna Ivey Consulting

"Hey, this is Anna, leave me a message." BEEEEEEEP. That might be a perfectly fine voicemail greeting for your friends and family to hear, but it's not appropriate in a formal, professional context. Now that admissions season is in full swing, it's a good time to check your voicemail greeting — you probably haven't listened to it in a while — and make sure it is appropriate for schools to hear if they contact you by phone.

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PSAT Practice Tests (Updated)

PrepScholar

If you're looking for PSAT practice materials, you've come to the right place. This guide contains all free PSAT materials, which you can download—including 10 PSAT practice test PDFs. Unfortunately, since the PSAT's 2023 makeover , the College Board hasn't released a ton of practice tests. Luckily, though, you can still use old PSAT practice tests effectively to prepare.

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What We Learned About College Students and Families in 2023

Ruffaloni

As colleges and universities work to recruit and retain students in the post-pandemic world, understanding students and their families is more important than ever. The way students use technology search for college, the stress and anxiety they face, the economic challenges that impact their ability to afford college, and even the way they question the value of college have created daunting challenges for enrollment managers.

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How Hard Is It to Get into Medical School? (2023)

Shemmassian Academic Consulting

Admissions statistics, application mistakes, and strategies to get into medical school despite increasing competition HOW HARD IS IT TO GET INTO MEDICAL SCHOOL? Audio: Click play to listen to this guide. Introduction How hard is it to get into medical school? If you’re like most premed students, you’ve heard horror stories about qualified applicants who didn’t get into medical school —the first, second, or even third time they applied.

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How to Choose a College — After Acceptance

College Transitions

Holding multiple college acceptance letters in your hand, you take a moment to marvel at these glorious tokens of survival. You have not only officially made it through the agonizing gauntlet known as the admissions process but you have emerged triumphant.

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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Starts Health Equity Institute in D.C.

BestColleges

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has officially launched the Institute for Policy Solutions, a research institute dedicated to providing evidence-based, scalable policy solutions for tough healthcare challenges. The institute is located in Washington, D.C., and is designed to provide policymakers and elected officials with expert, timely access to healthcare experts.

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What Is A Trade School? Your Guide to This Path

road2college

Explore trade schools – a hands-on education path for specialized skills and swift career entry. Learn the differences, benefits, costs. The post What Is A Trade School? Your Guide to This Path appeared first on Road2College.

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How Local and State Laws May Impact the College Search Process

College Wise

College research can be an overwhelming endeavor for many students. Equally challenging for parents and guardians in search of a safe place to send their teen to college. In this blog, our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team is sharing insight on how state and local laws can drive your college research process.

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3 Reasons to Attend the 2024 Graduate and Online Innovation Summit

Ruffaloni

RNL will host its third annual Graduate and Online Innovation Summit on February 22. Our theme this year is Motivations, Modalities and Marketing: Aligning All Your Do with Student Expectations , and it will help you set your course for success in 2024. Here are three things you don’t want to miss: 1. Hear what your peers are focused on in 2024. Attendees will be asked to identify the three questions that they need answers for as they plan for 2024.

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Special Masters Programs (SMPs): Are They Worth It?

Shemmassian Academic Consulting

Who should enroll in a Special Masters Program? Learn how SMPs can make you a competitive applicant for medical school Part 1: Introduction Part 2: What are Special Master’s Programs? Part 3: How to choose a Special Master’s Program Part 4: Special Master’s Programs application strategies Part 5: Special Master’s Program personal statement example Appendix: List of the best SMP programs - Part 1: Introduction If you plan on applying to medical school , you surely know how many components go into

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College Interview Questions and Tips

College Transitions

Through much of the college application process, you are defined by your hard numbers—GPA, class rank, ACT or SAT score, number of rigorous courses taken, performance on AP exams, and so on.

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UVA Expands Financial Aid for Middle- and Lower-Income Students

BestColleges

Students from families making $150,000 or less will receive at least $2,000 in needs-based grants. According to UVA, 17% of first-year students are first-generation students, and 16.4% are Pell Grant recipients. Five other Virginia colleges also offer free tuition for qualifying students. Students from middle- and lower-income families from Virginia can now attend the University of Virginia (UVA) for even less, thanks to a new financial aid expansion.

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Interviews and Video Introductions for College Admissions

CTK College Coach

Do Colleges Offer Interviews, and Are They Important? There are a lot of misconceptions about college interviews. Some people come into the college application process thinking that every college interviews students– no. Some think that interviews are a crucial part of college admissions– sometimes yes, mostly no. The vast majority of colleges and universities in the US do not interview students; however, for those that do, the purpose, focus, and timing can vary greatly, depending on the school

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Which States Require the ACT? Full List and Advice

PrepScholar

In recent years, the number of states that administer the ACT statewide has more than doubled. T here are now 10 states that require every junior to take the test and five more that either require the test in some districts or offer it as a free option for students who wish to take it. This post explains why these programs exist, which states have them, and how you can take advantage of them if you live in one of these states.

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The Ultimate Guide to the UC Application Process

College Wise

The University of California (UC) schools continue to be among some of the country's most renowned and sought-after colleges. While thousands of students seek admission to one of the UC schools, this aspiration does come with a challenge.

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Post baccalaureate Programs: How to Get In (Essay Examples Included)

Shemmassian Academic Consulting

Everything you need to know about post bacc programs, including post bacc personal statement examples Post baccalaureate programs come in a variety of formats Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Types of post bacc programs Part 3: Considerations for applying to post baccalaureate programs Part 4: Post bacc application essays - Part 1: Introduction If you’re a premed considering post baccalaureate programs, you probably fall into one or more of the following categories: You have a non-science bachelor’s

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5 College Application Mistakes to Avoid

College Transitions

With the majority of college application deadlines just days away, it’s important to perform a thorough review of your applications to help avoid making obvious mistakes that can negatively impact your chances for admission. When you’re done with that, do it again and then have a second and third set of eyes do the same.

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SUNY Fredonia Cuts 13 Low-Enrollment Degree Programs to Address Financial Deficit

BestColleges

Students within the discontinuing majors will be able to complete their degrees and graduate without interruption. The university will add a master's in clinical mental health counseling and a master of business administration in 2024. The university plans to grow to about 3,400 students by fall 2026. A State University of New York (SUNY) school is cutting 13 struggling degree programs to address a $10 million deficit.

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Achieving a Good Score on the SAT: How the Test Works and Tips for Success

road2college

The SAT, or Scholastic Aptitude Test, is a standardized test administered by the College Board. U.S. colleges widely use it. The post Achieving a Good Score on the SAT: How the Test Works and Tips for Success appeared first on Road2College.

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ACT Registration Dates and Deadlines (2023, 2024)

PrepScholar

To ensure you have a solid ACT study plan, you must first familiarize yourself with ACT registration dates. What and when are the most important ACT deadlines? How can knowing these deadlines benefit you as a test taker? In this article, we go over upcoming ACT registration dates and examine the general patterns of ACT registration deadlines. We also discuss the differences in deadlines for late registration, standby registration, and changes to your test reservation before wrapping up with a lo

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Video Highlights from Schools: 11 Holiday Videos to Mark 2023

HEM (Higher Education Marketing)

Reading Time: 6 minutes The festive season is upon us once more! There’s a magical buzz as schools around the globe gear up for the holiday festivities. Embracing the essence of this season, schools are rolling out a wide range of holiday-themed video highlights , adding their sense of humor, creativity, and sincerity to make each video memorable.

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K-12 Enrollment Marketing Predictions for 2024

Niche

It’s December, and just like Spotify has served up a summary of your listening activities for the year, we’re serving up our predictions for how the K-12 enrollment marketing landscape may (or may not) change in 2024. 2023 brought all sorts of changes to the marketing world, from the rollercoaster that is generative AI to Twitter’s (whoops, X’s) ongoing chaos, and continuing changes in how families are evaluating and choosing educational options for their children.