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

This month in the CC Insider: How to know when a campus visit signals larger problems; financial aid tropes to avoid; finding the perfect gift for college students, defending fraternities, and much more!

Campus Visit Weirdness: Deal Breaker or No Big Deal?
Just like any other first impression, the campus visit can be a little anticlimactic and maybe even awkward. But before you cross a school off your list, decide if it actually represents the school or is a result of one of these more common—and often forgivable—human errors.
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5 Dangerous Financial Aid “Types” to Avoid
When hunting for financial aid, make sure you’re familiar with the five types of students who are in the most danger of losing dollars—and don’t be “that guy.”
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Most College Students Don’t Finish in Four Years—So What?
A recent New York Times article reveals that most students at American public colleges do not graduate in four years, but many CC users argue that you can’t measure college success by an arbitrary timeline.
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Best Holiday Gifts by College Major
Stumped on what to buy for your current or soon-to-be college student? No worries! We scoured a variety of sources to find a good mix of practical and “just for fun” gifts for the top college majors.
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Fraternities: A Pox on Campus Life?
With fraternities under increasing scrutiny, many people are starting to question the merits of Greek Life on campus. The CC community debates the good (social connections, community outreach) and the bad (hazing, underage drinking).
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Ask the Dean
More SATs for High-Scoring Frosh?
Question: My daughter, who is a high school freshman, just took the SAT and scored a 2310. Will colleges accept this score if she decides not to take the test again or if she doesn’t top this score?
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Admit This!
Last-Minute Tips to Make Sure Your Application is Complete
With college application deadlines looming, it’s important to confirm that all of your materials made it to the right destination. Here are a few final tips to make sure your application hasn’t been lost in the ether.
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Dates To Remember
SAT Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Reg Deadline Details

Dec 29 Jan 13 Register

Feb 13 Mar 3 Register


ACT Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Reg Deadline Details

Jan 9 Jan 16 Register
Mar 13 Mar 27 Register

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