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Talkin’ Smack-a-demic: August ’16

It’s back to school time! Seniors are ready for the home stretch, and juniors will soon start getting serious about the college process and possible choices. And, of course, our new college freshmen are checking out their dorm rooms or at least packing—congrats to the CC members who are starting that new chapter in their lives!

Roommate Drama Heads to Federal Court
Roommate issues aren’t uncommon in college, but a pair of Penn State sorority sisters have escalated their feud to the point where a Federal judge will have to rule. Allegations of bullying, loud music (shocking!), behind-the-scenes pressure from a large donor, and more have resulted in a lawsuit naming the university and one of the student’s parents.
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Do Elite College Grads Really Earn More? New Study Has Answers
There are two schools of thought on why average earnings for elite school grads are higher than those who attended less selective schools. One is that the school itself is the main cause—the education is better, and the brand makes the grad more attractive, among other reasons. Critics say it’s mostly the student—if the kid who can get into Harvard attends a good but less selective school, they’ll do equally well. A new study looks at the question while controlling for “student quality” and other variables.
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Beware of Off-Campus Living Cost Estimates
Every college and university estimates the cost to live off-campus. These estimates can be important, as they affect comparisons between schools and, as part of the total cost to attend, can affect aid calculations and maximum loan amounts. But, one study found big inconsistencies in these estimates, even between schools in the same cities.
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Is a Double Major the Right Choice for You?
Graduating with a double major sounds great. It lets the student pursue multiple interests, and it may increase career choices and flexibility after graduation. But, there are drawbacks. A double major is time consuming and may limit choices for other learning and extracurricular activities. This article looks at the pros and cons, and shows when a double major can be particularly valuable.
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5 Tips to Improve Test Prep Motivation
Studying for an upcoming SAT isn’t on anyone’s list of exciting activities. But, it’s an essential part of the college admissions process. You can’t avoid it, but you can make it a bit more interesting. Here are 5 ways to increase your motivation in prepping for that all-important test.
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Ask the Dean
Should I Apply Early Decision or Wait for Higher SAT Scores?
Question: I am a student who wants to apply to top liberal arts schools in the US. I have an SAT score of that’s good, but I might be able to do better. Should I apply early decision or retake the SAT (to improve my score) and apply regular decision?
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Admit This!
‘Pre-Sod’ College Visits
College visits are an important part of building and finalizing your college list. There’s nothing like “trodding the sod” to get a first-hand impression of a school. But, in-person visits are time-consuming, expensive, and sometimes impossible. College expert Dave Berry outlines some preliminary ways to screen colleges before committing to a visit.
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Dates To Remember
SAT
Test Dates
Registration
Deadline
Late Reg
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OCT
1
Sep 1 Sep 20 Register
NOV
5
Oct 7 Oct 25 Register

 

ACT
Test Dates
Registration
Deadline
Late Reg
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OCT
22
Sep 16 Sep 30 Register
DEC
10
Nov 4 Nov 18 Register

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