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August 17, 2011

Universal College App Offers Alternative to Common App

When high school seniors think about applying online, many will turn to the Common Application for Undergraduate Admissions, which is accepted by 463 colleges. But there is a lesser-known avenue—the Universal College Application or UCA with 60 member colleges. Just as the Common App opened f...

August 16, 2011

New Book Demystifies College-Admissions Process

Getting into college is not rocket science. It is a lot of hard work, but it can be done. That's the mantra that authors Robin Mamlet and Christine VanDeVelde suggest to families in their book out today from Three Rivers Press, College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step. Maml...

August 12, 2011

New Site Crowdsources Answers to College Search

Information on the college-search process shouldn't be available only to those who can afford it. That's the idea behind a new Q&A platform,, launched this week by the founders of AdmissionSplash. Here, prospective college students can pose questions about the search process for f...

August 01, 2011

Common Application Opens for the Season

It's Aug. 1. And that means rising high school seniors can officially dive into the Common Application for Undergraduate Admissions.

July 29, 2011

Crafting College-Specific Admissions Essays

After wrapping up visits to college campuses this summer, many high school seniors are thinking about what schools they liked and why. The application for some requires students to translate those thoughts into an essay that answers the question: "Why do you want to go to X university?" This is a t...

July 14, 2011

New Report Looks at Impact of Recession on College-Going

Despite the recession from December 2007 to June 2009, college enrollment increased, and more students were drawn to community colleges, according to a new report. The South experienced the greatest boost among high school students going to college, and even private colleges weren't hit particular...

July 06, 2011

Tips for Summertime Scholarship Hunting

Summer is a smart time to start the scholarship hunt. Whether you are a high school senior looking ahead for funding as a college freshman or a returning college student hoping to find some additional support, there are plenty of organizations, foundations, and businesses out there giving money away...

June 29, 2011

Seizing on the Advantages of a Summer College Visit

Summer may not be the ideal time to visit a college because it can feel empty without students on campus. But the reality for families is that's when it is often most convenient. It's hard to get away during the school year when students are juggling demanding classes, studying for the SAT, working,...

June 21, 2011

New Study Questions Validity of Two Parts of ACT

The validity of the ACT in predicting college success has come under scrutiny in a new paper out by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

June 10, 2011

Admissions Officers Say They Look at More Than Test Scores

At many colleges, getting admitted is not all about test scores.

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