CC INSIDER November 2014 College Confidential CC on Twitter  CC on Facebook CollegeView   CollegeView on Facebook CollegeView YouTube Channel
Talkin’ Smack-a-demic: November ’14

This month in the CC Insider: Tips on how you can afford the Ivy League; a look into why Google hires for more than just pedigree; samples of effective college admissions essays; a discussion of how many applications are too many, and much more!

You Can Afford the Ivy League
Got the grades to get into your dream school, but think you can’t afford tuition? It may be time to think again. Research shows many talented students have been kept in the dark about their funding options and the real cost of attending an elite school.
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Why Google Thinks GPAs and Test Scores Are “Worthless”
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman talks with a Google exec to find out what it takes for graduates to get a job there. He discovers that good grades and test scores don’t factor much in hiring; in fact, Google calls them “worthless.” So what does it take?
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How Many Applications Are Enough?
In an increasingly competitive landscape, many students are submitting applications in the double digits. However, does applying to a lot of colleges show initiative or a lack of research and careful planning? Find out what College Confidential users think is the magic number.
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A Guide to Choosing the Right College
Getting a lot of college offers sounds like a great thing … until it’s time to make a decision. Choosing among them can seem impossible (even a choice between just two can be difficult!). Here are several factors to weigh as you navigate this difficult decision.
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What to Do When You Change Your Mind About a College
With all the options out there, your preferred college may shift from month to month, week to week, or even day to day. Even after deciding on a particular school, unforeseen circumstances may force you to change your mind. Keep these things in mind if you have to make a last-minute change.
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Ask the Dean
Is Early Decision Binding When Financial Aid Seems Inadequate?
Question: Is an Early Decision admission offer binding if the college concludes you can afford to pay the tuition/room and board without aid, but you believe you cannot?
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Admit This!
What an Effective College Essay Looks Like
If you’re looking to learn how to write effective—even outstanding—college essays, the first thing you need to do is find examples of essays that have worked for others in the past.
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Dates To Remember
SAT Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Reg Deadline Details
JAN

24
Dec 29 Jan 13 Register
MAR

14
Feb 13 Mar 3 Register
ACT Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Reg Deadline Details
FEB

7
Jan 9 Jan 16 Register
APR18
Mar 13 Mar 27 Register

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