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Standardized Testing Policies: A Shifting Landscape

Top Tier Admissions

Test-optional? Test-flexible? Test-blind? Test-neutral? Test-recommended? Test-aware? While many universities have announced post-pandemic admissions policies that re-instate mandatory standardized test scores, there is still no consensus. Even within the Ivy League there is division: Brown University , Cornell University , Dartmouth College , Harvard University , and Yale University have all returned to requiring test scores while Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton U

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University of North Carolina System Eliminates DEI Policy

BestColleges

The University of North Carolina (UNC) System's Board of Governors voted to remove a policy that required schools to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). All 17 schools in the UNC System will have to end DEI efforts by Sept. 1. Students rallied against the board's vote, voicing their support for DEI. UNC faculty are also frustrated with the vote, and the secrecy surrounding it.

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How to nail your scholarship application essay

Colorado State University

When it comes to applying for scholarships, the task can be immediately overwhelming. Where do you find scholarships? How do you apply? What do they each require? This is going to take forever! But at Colorado State, we do things a little differently. We’re so proud of our one-and-done scholarship application process. Almost all CSU scholarships live in the same place, and can be applied for with one application, one time, and that’s it.

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Medical School Requirements in 2024: The Definitive Guide

Shemmassian Academic Consulting

Learn what medical school prerequisites to take and what extracurricular activities to pursue to meet your premed requirements and maximize your admission chances Understanding medical school requirements is crucial as you map out your college courses Introduction Medical school degree requirement Medical school course requirements Medical school major requirements Medical school GPA requirement Medical school MCAT requirement Medical school extracurricular activity requirements Medical school l

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How to Pick the Right College

Ivy College Essay

How to Pick the Right College Choosing the right college is one of the most significant decisions in a young adult’s life. The right choice can set the foundation for future success and personal growth, while the wrong one can lead to unnecessary struggles and dissatisfaction. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to pick a college that aligns with your goals, interests, and needs. 1.

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The Most Notable Commencement Speeches of 2024

BestColleges

Each year, BestColleges features a roundup of the most noteworthy university commencement speeches. This year's roster of speakers includes entertainers, politicians, business leaders, journalists, and other prominent A-listers, some of whom encountered student protests over the Israel-Hamas war. Here's a sampling of inspiring speakers and their words of wisdom for the class of 2024.

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Ivy Plus Acceptance Rates

Top Tier Admissions

Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and UPenn, the “ancient eight” Ivy League institutions, are widely considered the nation’s most selective schools. However, despite the deep history and academic rigor that binds the Ivies together, other universities have reached similar levels of institutional respect and formed their own (unofficial) category — “Ivy Plus” or “Ivy+” schools.

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Fall 2025 UGA Essay Questions

UGA Undergraduate Admissions Q & A

For First Year students applying to UGA for Fall 2025, we will keep the same longer personal essay (250-650 words) as before, using the essay prompts from the Common App. The shorter UGA specific essay (200-300 words suggested) topic will also remain the same as last year, with the following essay prompt: “ The transition from middle to high school is a key time for students as they reach new levels of both academic and personal discovery.

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Study: For Nearly One-Third of Students, Higher Ed Doesn’t Pay Off

BestColleges

A new study analyzes the return on investment of undergraduate and graduate programs. Some 31% of students are enrolled in programs that do not lead to a positive ROI. The median ROI for a bachelor's degree is $160,000. It estimates that 43% of master's degrees aren't worth the cost. Two recent high school graduates, both highly accomplished students, will soon set off to college.

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Discover UCLA

Top Tier Admissions

The choice to attend college at the University of California, Los Angeles has defined my life in many ways, not least of which being that I met my lovely wife (and the mother of our child) at UCLA. In this post, I aim to give you the history of this proud institution, and reflect on the strengths and unique qualities of UCLA. UCLA: HISTORY UC Los Angeles was founded in 1882 as the Los Angeles Branch State Normal School.

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College vs University: Understanding the Higher Education Types

Scoir

Sorting through higher education options can be like choosing from diverse menu offerings at a great restaurant. You can order fish or steak. What about chicken or shellfish? The salads look great. In the mood for pasta? And look at the choices within each food group. You have options—and each would be a fine meal.

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6 Types of Insurance for College Students and How to Save on Them

road2college

Navigating insurance options is essential for college students to protect their health, belongings, and finances. However, many people aren’t aware. The post 6 Types of Insurance for College Students and How to Save on Them appeared first on Road2College.

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3 White Students Sue University of Oklahoma Alleging School Awards Black Students More Financial Aid

BestColleges

The lawsuit alleges that a University of Oklahoma official told a plaintiff she would have gotten more financial aid if she was African American. According to the lawsuit, race-based scholarships fall under the U.S. Supreme Court's 2023 race-conscious admissions ban. The lawsuit claims data shows the university gave more grant aid to Black students than to other student groups.

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How Selective Colleges Read Applications

Solomon Admissions

A peak behind the curtain of admissions There has long been a knowledge gap between admission offices and the students who desire to attend their highly selective universities—a guarded process on how students are analyzed and considered for these highly coveted spots. This post aims to demystify the unknowns surrounding how selective schools evaluate admission… The post How Selective Colleges Read Applications appeared first on Solomon Admissions Consulting.

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Applying to College Scholarships: A Guide for Students

Scoir

By the summer between your junior and senior year of high school, you have likely figured out that every step of the college admissions process should be handled with a well-thought-out strategy. So, it’s no different when it comes to applying for scholarships. Read on to learn how to strategize to gain the highest amount of scholarship money for college.

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Future-Proofing SEO for Universities and Colleges

HEM (Higher Education Marketing)

Reading Time: 11 minutes Search engine optimization (SEO) has become an indispensable tool for universities and colleges looking to enhance their online presence and attract prospective students. What is SEO in education? In the context of educational marketing, SEO refers to optimizing a school, university, or educational institution’s online content so that it is more likely to appear in search engine results when potential students or parents search for relevant educational programs, co

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Skills-Based Hiring: What College Students Should Know

BestColleges

Data Summary Check From 2014-2023, 37% of companies removed degree requirements from their job postings. Note Reference [1] Check However, the shift to skills-based hiring did not lead to more hires of non-degreed workers: Less than 1 in 700 actual hires — or a mere 0.1%. Note Reference [1] Check Research has found that non-degreed workers have higher retention rates within companies than workers with degrees — up to 10 percentage points higher.

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Genetics for the DAT

Shemmassian Academic Consulting

Learn key DAT concepts about genetics, plus practice questions and answers everything you need to know about genetics for the dat Table of Contents Part 1: Introduction to genetics Part 2: Classical genetics a) Chromosomes b) Laws of Mendelian genetics c) Dominance and recessivity d) Punnett squares Part 3: Human genetics a) Sex-linked genetics b) Exceptions to complete dominance c) Genetic linkage d) Extranuclear inheritance Part 4: Epigenetics a) Histone structure and function b) X inactivatio

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$348K NSF Grant to Support Cybersecurity Program

#LetsBFRANK: The College Admissions Blog

The National Science Foundation has awarded Franklin Cummings Tech a $348,000 grant to support our Cybersecurity program, funded through the Advanced Technological Education Program. The NSF grant supports hands-on cyber labs, career awareness and networking, and course development. In addition, students in the Cybersecurity concentration in our Computer Information Technology associate degree program will able to take industry-recognized CompTIA certification exams at no cost for the next thre

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Preparing for the 3 Most Popular College Application Portals

Berkeley² Academy

Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time for students to decide what schools they will be applying to and to start preparing for college applications! Once students finalize their list, they should research what application portal(s) they’ll need to apply through. Juggling multiple portals and filling them out accurately and strategically can be very difficult—that’s why B2A’s expert college admissions counselors are here to help!

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UC Santa Cruz Academic Workers Strike as More UC Campuses Prepare for Union Actions

BestColleges

Academic workers at the University of California, Santa Cruz went on strike May 20 as part of UAW 4811's "stand-up strike." The union alleges that the university infringed upon workers' rights, endangering their well-being, during responses to pro-Palestinian protests on campus. The university has maintained that the strike is illegal and has filed for injunctive relief to end the strike.

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35 Common Scholarship Interview Questions (with Answers) – 2024

College Transitions

If you’re applying to college, you undoubtedly know that tuition prices have only been rising in recent years. Between moving, room and board, and student fees, attending college can cost a small fortune![i] As such, scholarships are one way that you can mitigate some of the costs of attending college.[ii] There are several types of […] The post 35 Common Scholarship Interview Questions (with Answers) – 2024 first appeared on College Transitions.

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Summer Strategy Ideas for Kenyon College

The Koppelman Group

Kenyon College is a small liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio, a town with only about as many residents as there are students at Kenyon. Seriously, it’s nearly a 1:1 ratio. Kenyon has become renowned, though, for being informed by a small town but not limited by it. The campus is so big , too, that there is nearly half-an-acre per student. At over 200 years young , the Kenyon of today is a top producer of Fulbright scholars, has the winningest NCAA Division III athletics teams in the country,

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How to Study for the ACT

Peterson's Blog

The ACT and SAT exams can determine the path you take into college. For a lot of students, this can cause a lot of stress and pressure to do well on the ACT and SAT exams. But with proper test prep and a well defined study plan, you can alleviate the stress and go into your ACT or SAT exam with confidence. How to Study for the ACT: Pick Your ACT Test Date Strategically Peterson’s recommends taking the ACT in the early fall of your junior year.

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Berkeley Haas Dean Ann Harrison to Step Down

BestColleges

Ann E. Harrison, dean of the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business, will step down on July 31, 2024. Harrison wants to spend more time with her New York-based family and also focus on her research, according to a school press release. Harrison's leadership saw Berkeley Haas undertake new sustainability efforts and push for diversity and inclusion.

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12 Best Accredited Homeschool Programs – 2024

College Transitions

Online learning is an increasingly popular choice among students. Of course, there are benefits to this method of education. Students can enjoy a flexible schedule which means taking courses on their own time and not adhering to a school bell. Plus, some homeschooling programs even offer the same opportunities as public, on-ground high schools, like […] The post 12 Best Accredited Homeschool Programs – 2024 first appeared on College Transitions.

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When to Hire a College Counselor

Great College Advice

When to hire a college counselor: four groups of students who will benefit the most As the college admissions process continues to become more complex and more competitive, more and more high school students and families are turning to private college counselors for support and guidance. If your child is planning to go through the college application process soon, you may be wondering if you should hire a college counselo r.

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Applying to Cornell University as an International Student

The Koppelman Group

Cornell is Ivy League, baby. This major research university in Ithaca, New York, home to over 16,000 undergraduate students, is unique as a super prestigious university and member of the Ivy League that offers educational tracks and opportunities, like the hospitality school and the agricultural programs, that no other top schools have. Truly, not a single other Ivy League or Ivy-adjacent school offers what Cornell does.

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Grade Inflation in College: Trends and Why It Happens

BestColleges

Data Summary Check The average college GPA was 3.15 in 2020. Note Reference [1] Check The median college GPA increased by 21.5% in the span of 30 years (1990-2020). Note Reference [1], Note Reference [2] Check Public, four-year institutions saw the largest GPA jump of all school types, increasing their average GPA by 17% over a decade. Note Reference [1], Note Reference [2] Check Economics students experienced the highest increase in GPA of all majors, with an 18% rise from 1990-2020.

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Best Online MBA Programs – 2024

College Transitions

Are you thinking of ways to accelerate your career in business? Perhaps you feel ready to switch your area of focus, become a manager in your company, or start your own. Maybe you’ve thought about an MBA, but you’re hesitant to quit your job and put your life on pause for grad school. An online […] The post Best Online MBA Programs – 2024 first appeared on College Transitions.

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Your 2024-2025 FAFSA Questions Answered

HelloCollege

At a time where high school seniors should be crossing the finish line, celebrating accomplishments, and looking ahead to the future, millions of students wait in limbo for answers to their 2024-2025 FAFSA questions financial that will determine where they attend college, or for some, if they attend college at all. For the 70% of families who rely on student loans to pay for higher education, this process has been nothing short of a nightmare.

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How the law school application timeline is KEY to your success

Anna Ivey Consulting

Sounds like the most boring topic ever — the ideal law school application timeline, really Anna? — but I promise you, it's a huge factor for success in law school admissions. Check out this podcast episode I did recently with Law School Toolbox. Here's the youtube version.

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Democratic Lawmakers Push for Pell Grant Spending Increase

BestColleges

The federal government may soon run out of funds for the Pell Grant program. Pell Grants help over 6 million low- and middle-income students afford college annually. Lawmakers want to ensure that there will be enough funds to award Pell Grants to all eligible students. Senators also called on Congress to raise the maximum Pell Grant award. Forty-one U.S. senators voiced support for an increase to the maximum Pell Grant award, and an increase to Pell Grant spending overall.

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20 Best Public High Schools in Florida – 2024

College Transitions

Top high school education might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Florida,” a state widely known for its beautiful beaches, warm weather, and theme parks. But don’t be fooled! High schools across the state, both public and private (you can read about the best private schools in Orlando, Tampa, […] The post 20 Best Public High Schools in Florida – 2024 first appeared on College Transitions.

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Demonstrated Interest at Middlebury

The Koppelman Group

With class years totaling under 1,000 students annually, Middlebury is a small school that gets harder to get into as interest continues to rise. Every year, a few students go rabid over demonstrated interest. Why? Well, to be honest, there is no explanation capable of justifying catfishing your admissions counselor into friending you on Facebook — and the fact that you’re using Zucky Boy’s platform in the first place is all the proof we needed to know you’d gone feral.

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White paper: A look at verified outcome data from Niche Direct Admissions®

Niche

Read the whitepaper The higher education industry has weathered challenge after challenge over the past few years. One of the most persistent challenges? Students and families are faced with an increasingly complex and stressful admissions process. The traditional admissions process—dependent on lengthy applications, hefty fees and long waiting periods—is keeping students (especially first-gen and underrepresented students) out at a time when institutions struggling to fill seats can’t afford th

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American Indian College Fund Launches Voter Registration Campaign

BestColleges

A new grant program aims to encourage tribal college students to vote in the upcoming election. Native Americans, including college students, face unique barriers to voting in the U.S. The grant program will award $500 to students to organize events such as voter registration drives. Grants can also be used to address obstacles like lack of transportation to polling stations in rural communities.

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