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Red Flags to Note When Searching for a High School Internship

Today’s article was written by David White. As colleges get more and more selective in their admissions decisions, students have been looking for new ways to get an edge over other applicants. Among the more popular means of strengthening a resume or college application, participating in an internship can help your application stand out by ...

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Which of Two (Opposite) Colleges Should I Choose?

Question: Which is more important: a good school or good programs in my areas of interest?  I’m trying to decide between 2 schools that at first seem very similar: Both are small, private liberal arts colleges that, although having an extremely expensive sticker price, would cost me virtually nothing to attend thanks to generous merit ...

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National Merit Money from Mozart?

How do you study for standardized tests? It’s interesting to see how students prepare their brains and bodies for the challenges of the SAT, ACT, PSAT, Subject Tests et al. Some new information brings those practices to light. In a message entitled “Survey: Students Prepping for PSAT Reveal Music, Snack Habits,” the folks at Kaplan ...

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College Confidential’s Road Trip

College Confidential co-founder, Roger Dooley, made an announcement last week: College Confidential is transitioning to Hobsons’ longtime partner, Roadtrip Nation, an organization dedicated to helping students succeed in school and in life. (Learn more here.) Founded by three college students who hit the road post-college to try and find their own paths, Roadtrip Nation has ...

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Help! My College Closed and My Diploma Has My Old Name On It!

Question: I graduated from Heald College (unfortunately), just before they lost their accreditation. And I did acquire a degree. However I have since changed my name.  I was wondering if I am fully out of luck here in getting my corrected name on my Degree. Because I cannot get a position with the name ON ...

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Should You Roll with Rolling Admission?

Many high school seniors right now are targeting November 1. That’s the Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) date for a number of top (a.k.a. “elite”) and some other American colleges and universities. This is putting considerable pressure on ED/EA seniors because we’re over a month into the new school year, classes, and extracurricular ...

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How to Decipher College Confidential Acronyms

Question: Is there a thread on CC with an explanation of Acronyms?  Or can one be started and people add as we go.  Sometimes you are reading discussions and with the Acronyms which google does not pull up sometimes, we totally miss out on information.  HYPS? HBCU? SCEA? DD1? DS2? The admissions world … and ...

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College Likes & Dislikes: Add-Ons

In a pair of my earliest posts here, back in 2008, I noted things I loved and disliked about college. To recap, here are excerpts of what I said eight years ago: Seven Things I Loved About College 1. The thrill of independence. It has its pluses and minuses, but it’s a rush, nonetheless. No ...

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Earning an Associate’s Degree AFTER a Bachelor’s Degree

Question: I have a question about applying for an associate’s degree after a bachelors degree. is it possible? I have heard of 4-year colleges that will not allow students with a Bachelor’s degree to apply to earn a second Bachelor’s, but I have never heard of a student who was not allowed to aim for ...

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Avoiding Summer Boredom

Students, would you yell at me if I said that summer is winding down? Technically, “Summer” has been underway for just under a month, but, here in the just-past-midpoint of July, we can see August on the doorstep. August is the month for many to return to (or begin) college and even some high schoolers ...

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