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Best Online and On-Campus Resources for College Students

College Transition Resources

Make a Smooth College Transition By Taking Advantage of Great Resources Both On and Off Campus

Everyone knows that college is a change, and many students are unaware of how big of a transition it will be into college life. You don’t know what issues you will run into, and you might not know how to handle them. Don’t fret; you’re not the first to go off to college and there are plenty of resources out there to help students adjust to college living.

Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 21-25

College Admissions News

Bryn Mawr Goes Test-Optional, University of Virginia Offers Game of Thrones Course  

As July comes to a close, expect warmer weather, busier days, and a high volume of college admissions news. We’re only one week away from the release of the Common Application, and the start of August – an exciting month that signals the end of summer relaxation and the start of the back-to-school season.

5 Ways High School Prepares You for College Life

How High School Prepares You for College

Make the College Transition Simple By Using College Skills Learned in High School

If college is the gateway to the real world, then high school is the long highway that precedes it. After four years of high school, you might feel as though you are totally unprepared for the challenges of higher education. Although pumped-up academic standards are a big part of the college transition, being a college student also calls for independence, maturity, and responsibility.

College Search Mobile Apps

College Search Apps

Colleges and Guides Create Their Own Apps to Help Students Decide Where to Apply

Everything seems to become easier once it’s transformed into an app. Smartphone users have benefited from the pocket-friendly app trend for years now, and given the complexity of the college admissions process, it’s no wonder that colleges and popular college guides are developing mobile apps aimed at informing prospective students.

Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 14-18

College Admissions News

Appeals Court Says University of Texas Can Use Affirmative Action in Admissions, Best Universities in the World Rankings Released  

This week, a decision was made in a landmark college admissions case, college rankings were released, and more colleges announced essay prompts for 2014-15 applications.  

What to Expect Your First Year Living in a College Dorm

First Year Dorm Living

Dorm Living Can Be Challenging for College Freshmen, Here's What to Expect and How to Handle On-Campus Living

Everyone has the expectation that going to college freshman year will be fun times in a comfortable room, where your best friend is your roommate, and everyone on your floor will be the greatest people you’ve ever met, right? At least, that’s how the movies tell us it will be.

2014-15 College Application Essay Prompts

2014 15 College Essay Prompts

Essays Students Can Get Started on Before Aug. 1 Open of Common Application  

As the summer begins to wind down, and the college application season starts up, many colleges and universities across the US have released their essay prompts for the 2014-15 application season, allowing students the opportunity to get a head start.  

Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, June 30 - July 11

Education News

How to Get Into Harvard, More Colleges Going “Test-Optional”  

The second week of July is coming to a close, and while everyone enjoyed a short week last week for the US holiday, it’s time for rising high school seniors to get serious about the college admissions process.  

Insight Overseas: The College Admissions Process Outside the US

International College Admissions

International Admissions Places More Empahsis on Career Path and Test Scores

Most high school students, both US and international, would agree that US colleges and universities are great models of higher education. US students are familiar with the SAT, ACT, and the Common Application, so it’s very tempting to simply examine college admissions through an American lens. However, doing so would be a disservice to the unique and complex college admissions processes of countries outside of the United States.

Tips to Help Students Get Started on College Essays this Summer

Summer Essay Writing

That Hardest Part is Taking that First Step! Here's How to Get Motivated

It’s summertime, so getting ahead on college application essays might sound like a bit of a drag. In between summer activities and spending time with friends and family, though, it’s important to get some academic work done, too.

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