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10 FAQs about the PSAT and National Merit Scholarship

Koodoos Learning

1. What is the PSAT? The PSAT is not just a practice version of the SAT - though it will help you prepare; it was created as a way to qualify students for National Merit Scholarships. 2. When should I take the PSAT? Students can take the PSAT at any point during their high school career, but it’s most common to take during your sophomore or junior year.

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Under-resourced higher education admissions strategy

Enrollment Builders

"The truth is, we didn’t realize at first how working “aged” leads would make such a huge impact for our clients who are trying to grow academic programs. We had a thought that if we combined two established practices, aged lead follow-up and outbound contact strategies, it would redefine the way our higher education Contact Center operates. It wasn't until we saw it in practice that we noticed how significant of a game-changer it was for our partners.

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Three Myths About College Visits…Debunked!

the college spy

Myth #1: Visiting colleges is a waste of time and money. I can learn everything I need to know on the Internet and from books and guides. Looking at the buildings will not help me decide if a college is right for me. Visiting campuses is an essential part of the college selection process. You will spend several years of your life as a student at the college you ultimately choose.

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You've Been Waitlisted. Now What? (A 6-Step Action Plan)

Elite Open School

After all the blood, sweat, and tears we put into our college applications, we can’t help but dream of that special moment when we receive our coveted letters of acceptance. But (record scratch!) there are more potential outcomes to our applications than either outright acceptances or rejections. While all applications eventually end in one of these results, applicants are often either first deferred or waitlisted along the way.

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College Early Decision Application Deferred? Write a Letter of Continued Interest!

Berkeley² Academy

Anyone who has submitted an Early Decision/Action application knows the anxiety and ballooning hopes that go into waiting to hear back from a dream college. And when you do receive that cherished news, there’s only really one result that is satisfying: certainty, a resounding YES or NO. Then there’s the deferment letter, which essentially means that you are good, but not good enough, and now you’ll be competing against the whole Regular Decision pack.

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December and January Scholarships

ACM College Consulting

Between completing college applications and finishing out the year with lots of school work, most students have not had time to apply for scholarships. Now that break is starting, I am hoping they will find/make the time to apply for at least a few. I have compiled a very short list of some with December and January deadlines. Check them out and use a little of your holiday break free time to APPLY!

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A Glimpse Into the Future of Higher Education Post 2020: 5 Trends

College in 321

A Glimpse Into the Future of Higher Education Post 2020: 5 Trends. by Kathy de Jong, Independent Educational Consultant. Nobody can say 2020 has been normal, and the higher education world is no different. It’s difficult to say how many of the changes in secondary and college education due to the pandemic will stick, but there is no doubt that what “going to college” meant to us years ago, is not what it will be moving forward.

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It's Crunch Time -- Take Charge with College Kickstart!

College Kickstart

Seniors—in search of a better way to navigate college admissions madness? Take charge with College Kickstart! Given a list of schools you have in mind and your academic credentials, we'll help you craft a personalized plan in no time flat. That includes: Ensuring your list is balanced and set up for success. Capitalizing on odds-boosting early decision/early action opportunities.

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Adult learner organizational benchmarks

EAB

Use the industry-wide data and resources below to inform your graduate, online, and adult degree completer growth strategy. Data shown on this page is drawn from EAB’s Organizational Benchmarking Survey. The survey collects over 80 different data points from nearly 300 institutions on academic governance, portfolio composition, and revenue outcomes for professional, continuing, and online education divisions.

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Not So Common Application Services Success Stories

Not So Common Application

I have been helping students gain admissions to their dream colleges for over 20 years. What I love most about what I do is knowing. The post Not So Common Application Services Success Stories appeared first on Not So Common Application.

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Graduate Admissions 101: Answering “Why This College” Essay Prompts

Koodoos Learning

Whether the college specifically has a “Why This College” prompt or not, it’s important to address why you’re interested in each program. In their personal statement, many applicants will include a paragraph or two addressing the specific resources, professors, and courses that draw them to a specific program. Essays for your Graduate Application To give you an idea, here are some standard graduate school writing requirements: 1.

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Changes to College Admissions Due to COVID-19

The Ivy Dean

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, educational institutions are continuously finding ways to adapt their operations – and college admissions is no exception. This year represents an unprecedented time for the higher education sector and there have been many changes to the applications and admissions requirements as a result. Here are some of the most notable changes that college applicants need to be aware of: Nearly all top colleges have eliminated standardized test requirements for this year,

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5 Types of College Application Deadlines

the college spy

Colleges utilize five types of application deadlines. As students plan for college, an understanding of how each type can affect their admissions chances as well as how a deadline at one college can limit the deadline choice at another college should be a key part of planning the admissions process. The deadline types and the benefits/drawbacks of each are described below along with specific tips from The College Spy to help you decide which deadline is best for you. 1.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT UC'S DECISION TO ELIMINATE THE SAT/ACT REQUIREMENT

Elite Open School

Thursday, May 21, 2020, was a momentous day in the history of the University of California. On that day, the University of California Board of Regents (the governing and policy-making body for the entire UC system) unanimously passed UC President Janet Napolitano's proposal to eliminate the SAT and ACT as a requirement on the UC application. Under President Napolitano's plan, UC was to adopt a test-optional admissions policy for the graduating high school classes of 2021 and 2022, then go test-b

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Best practices for parent COVID communication

CampusESP

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, schools around the world had to think quickly about how they would navigate the crisis. Through the CampusESP platform, colleges and universities are able to inform and communicate with families at their fingertips. Over the past several months, CampusESP partners have crushed the crisis communication game. We’re seeing activity ten times higher than normal as colleges and universities send out COVID-19 updates!

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Lessons Learned this Semester

ACM College Consulting

The recent article, ‘Meet Covid-19’s Freshman Class’ in The Chronicle of Higher Education sparked a lot of thoughts for me. Some of my freshman are on campus while others were asked to or chose to stay home this semester. No matter where they spent their fall semester, I heard many of them speak of their struggles. The biggest differences in their experiences stemmed from how the colleges handled the situation.

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To Send Test Scores or not to Send Scores – That is the Question.

College in 321

To Send Test Scores, or not to Send Test Scores – That is the Question. by Kathy de Jong, Independent Educational Consultant. As the high school class of 2021 start their college application process, many are struggling to get SAT and ACT exam scores because of test date cancellations due to COVID-19. Some students are lucky to have one score from early in their junior year; others don’t have any.

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Navigating Post-COVID Admissions: Test Optional Policies

Simply Admissions

It’s no secret that COVID has created plenty of upheavals, especially in college admissions. Over the next few months, we’ll discuss how students should navigate these changes. This month, we’ll go over post-COVID standardized testing changes and FAQs. The majority of colleges have changed their testing requirements recently, which seems like it’s only caused more confusion!

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Headed to campus in the Fall?

Humbach Education Consulting

Plan ahead and pack this COVID Quarantine Bag The COVID-19 Quarantine bag. It’s today’s First Aid kit. UGH!   Pack an emergency COVID bag in case you test positive and have to quarantine. In these uncertain times, the possibility exists that you may test positive, and have to leave your dorm to quarantine. Check with and make sure you clearly understand your school’s specific protocol for students who test positive for COVID.

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How Many Pundits Can Dance on The Grave of a College?

JON BOECKENSTEDT'S ADMISSIONS WEBLOG

I remember an early 1990’s encounter with a university president who had an interesting take on higher education: He pointed out that there are really only a few institutions that have existed largely in their current form since the latter part of the Middle Ages: Some German breweries, The Catholic Church, and Higher Education. I […].

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College Admissions & COVID-19 : How COVID-19 Is Impacting College Admissions

Not So Common Application

Not So Common Application Service offers COVID-RELATED UPDATES Rather than scrolling endlessly through the internet for updates, here are a few central places that can. The post College Admissions & COVID-19 : How COVID-19 Is Impacting College Admissions appeared first on Not So Common Application.

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Is Grammarly Worth It? My 2020 Review

Koodoos Learning

It makes sense to ask, “Why do I need another spell checker when Google Docs and Microsoft Word come with text editors built-in?” That’s what I thought too before I downloaded Grammarly. As a program analyst and writing tutor, I spend most of my day behind a computer typing emails, essays, and memorandums, and I use Microsoft Office or Google Docs for about 99% of that work.

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Beware Covid and the College Application Essay

Essay Hell

A Great Essay Topic? Anything But the Coronavirus! When counseling students on finding great topics for their college application essays, I often direct them to explore problems they have faced in their lives. Problems provide the perfect springboard for writing a compelling personal statement. (Problems = challenge, obstacle, mistake, flaw, phobia, conflict, change, etc.

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HELPING YOUR CHILD TUNE OUT THE NOISE

the college spy

As a college admissions consultant, I share my enthusiasm and genuine excitement about the college process with my students. Sometimes, I am greeted with an equal level of engagement and interest. Other times, I am met with disengaged students who are feeling stressed, frustrated or even angry. Why is this the case? Senior year is filled with many emotional ups and downs.

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The impact of Covid on College Applications

North Star Admissions Consulting

Applying to college is always stressful. For the class of 2021, the coronavirus pandemic complicates the situation. Here are some insights about the impact of Covid on college applications. Test Optional v. Test Blind. A growing number of schools, including all 8 Ivy League universities and Stanford, are test optional for the class of 2021. This policy shift reflects the fact that the SAT and the ACT are inaccessible for many test takers, due to coronavirus related safety concerns, and colleges

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UCLA Acceptance Rates And Stats 2019-2020

Winning Ivy Prep

Curious about what UCLA acceptance rates and admission statistics looks like? Well, you’re in the right place! Here, we’ll discuss important stats of admitted students — such as average SAT/ACT scores and GPA — helping you find out where you stand in the race to become a Bruin. Read the article to learn the requirements of UCLA and how to get into UCLA.

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What to do after you hit submit

ACM College Consulting

After applications are submitted and the giant feeling of relief has subsided, there are a few things to keep in mind. Each school has their own timeline for when they will inform applicants of their admission decisions. In general, schools which have rolling admissions take 2-3 weeks, schools with November EA will inform you between mid-December and end of January, and schools with RD in January will inform you by end of February or March.

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COVID-19 and College Admissions: What You Need to Know

The Ivy Dean

Due to the continued restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, junior students are likely wondering what this means for the college admissions process. Though the outbreak of COVID-19 has certainly posed challenges and required amendments to the way colleges admit new students, the good news is that students do not need to be concerned that the pandemic will negatively impact their chances of getting accepted into their dream school.

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How to Interpret Common App Essay Prompts 2020-2021

Princeton College Consulting

If you’re like most students, you’re probably feeling frustrated being cooped up inside during the COVID-19 pandemic and if you’re a junior, you could be anxious about the college admissions process. Truth be told, applying to college will look very different than it has in the past. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the Common Application essay.

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AP Scores and College Credit

Humbach Education Consulting

Although this year AP tests were “non-traditional”, many colleges have said that they will still award AP credit ( see this list by Prompt ). AP scores will be available online beginning July 15. Scores are released over several days based on the state in which you tested. View the date and location schedule, and your scores, on the College Board website.

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Congratulations. You’re Test-optional. Now What?

JON BOECKENSTEDT'S ADMISSIONS WEBLOG

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we were experiencing a wave of colleges and universities going test-optional for freshman admission. And with societal change in California, and all the Ivy League institutions deciding they can make admissions decisions without the benefit of an SAT or ACT score (at least for one year), the wave has […].

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College Kickstart Now Handles Test-Blind Admissions

College Kickstart

Attention College Kickstart subscribers! We’ve enhanced our test-optional recommendation engine to help you better handle the growing list of schools going test-blind for the 2020-21 admission cycle. Click Continue Reading below to learn more. Handling Test-Blind Admissions in College Kickstart. What is Test-Blind Admission? Institutions that are “test-blind” will NEVER consider your test scores as part of your application, even if you choose to submit them.

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Transfer Checklist: 7 Key Steps to Transfer Colleges

Koodoos Learning

Well, you hate to admit it, but you’ve given this decision enough thought and you know what you have to do. It’s time to transfer. Transferring is a big decision, as there are a lot of pieces that go into selecting a college and applying is a time commitment - especially when you’re still juggling classes and trying to keep your grades up. Here’s a list of the 7 steps you need to take to transfer colleges. 1.

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FREE College Application Essay Webinars!

Essay Hell

FREE Summer Essay Writing Webinars! First one: Wednesday, July 8! I know this is a hard time for many students and families. To do my small part to try to ease the financial strain due to the current pandemic, I will be offering FREE webinars this summer to help students get a head start on their college application essays. The first one will be Wednesday, July 8, at 3 p.m. via Zoom meetings. .

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Breaking Down the Common Application

the college spy

The Common Application is a single application that students can use to apply to over 900 colleges and universities. Although filling out one application streamlines the process of applying to college, the Common Application includes many sections and takes most applicants hours to complete. Think of the Common Application as an opportunity for college applicants to take the raw material of their high school experience and transform it into the best possible audition for college admission.

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How to Prepare for College Admissions and Participate in Extracurricular Activities in the Midst of Uncertainty

Strategic College Consulting

As we close out a month of social distancing, we, as a collective community, are slowly building a new way of life. We used to set our alarm clocks, prepare for our days, and head out to school or to our prospective places of employment. Now we get up and log on to our computers for distance education, remote meetings, and virtual social interaction.

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Updated UCSD Acceptance Rates And Admission Stats

Winning Ivy Prep

Wondering what it takes to become a Triton? Keep reading! In this post, we’ll breakdown UCSD admissions statistics, including UCSD acceptance rates , average SAT/ACT, and GPA and all the information you need to get into UCSD. UCSD Admissions Stats. Take a look at the admission data from the 2018-2019 admissions cycle. Acceptance Rate: 32.3%. SAT Range: 1300 – 1520.