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Category: College Admissions

Posted Oct. 13, 2017, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
 5 Reasons to Consider an Academic Pre-college Summer Program

After a busy school year focused on learning, it’s tempting for high school students to want to take a break from academics during the summer months. But it’s good for teenagers to spend at least part of their summers on academics and there are plenty of choices. Colleges across the country offer pre-college summer programs that are both educational and fun. These academic summer camps offer courses and summer activities for teenagers that boost grades and help to impress college admission officers. Here are some more reasons you might consider an academic summer program on a college campus: 1. Spending ...

Posted Oct. 4, 2017, 11 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
Three Important College Scholarships Tips for LGBTQ+ Students

“To come out, or not to come out?” I wrestled with that question frequently on my college applications and scholarship essays. I built a high school resume as a gay-straight-alliance coordinator, activist and blogger. Regardless of all I had achieved, I was worried that whoever was going to be reviewing my application (regardless of Title IX implications at each university I applied to) would write off these accomplishments as invalid because of their own homophobia and/or transphobia. Supportive high school counselors and college admissions representatives told me the choice was up to me whether to put these accomplishments in my ...

Posted Oct. 3, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
8 College Stats to Help You Pick the Right School

Parents know that applying to college is an emotional decision. Students use all sorts of factors to determine which college they will attend: the name, food, sports teams, campus appeal, where their friend/boyfriend/girlfriend is going, etc. While these factors may or may not factor into your student’s college choice, students should certainly consider some other important factors and numbers. Two good sources for college statistics are College Navigator and College Data. These two resources will help you make an informed college choice. Numbers aren’t everything, but consider these eight important stats when you and your student are looking at schools: ...

Posted Oct. 3, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
It's October, time to fill out the FAFSA for College Aid

Since the FAFSA is now available starting Oct. 1, it’s a good idea for parents of college-bound seniors to get a head start before the craziness of senior year begins. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is your golden ticket for college money, including all federal loans and college merit aid. Without the FAFSA, students can’t qualify for federal student loans or receive any financial aid from a college. If there’s one piece of advice I give parents repeatedly it’s, “no matter your income or ability to pay, complete the FAFSA.” Once the FAFSA becomes available, make it ...

Posted Sept. 28, 2017, 8 a.m. by Tim Whittum | View Comments
The new College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics planned for Southern New Hampshire University.

The landscape of higher education is evolving, and, at Southern New Hampshire University, we’re proud to say that we’re evolving with it. We have embraced the changing marketplace at every turn, and rushed head-on to meet the new challenges it poses. One such challenge has been the growing demand for engineering and other STEM-related programs. As more and more students enter college with the goal of earning high-paying jobs after graduation, the ability to offer a first-rate education to those hoping to enter a wide range of scientific industries is more important than ever. Rising to the Challenge of STEM ...

Posted Sept. 22, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
TeenLife and NACAC Present the 2017 Guide to Performing & Visual Arts Colleges

Jazz band, video animation, Shakespearean drama, graphic design, sound engineering, operatic arias, set building -- sometimes the opportunities for arts majors seem like an all-you-can-eat buffet, both enticing and overwhelming. Fortunately, TeenLife Media and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) can help. Founded in 1937, NACAC has 16,000 counselor and college members dedicated to helping students make informed choices about post-secondary education. At NACAC’s annual series of Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs, held in 25 locations around the country, students can connect with universities, colleges, conservatories and other programs that can develop their talent, whether it’s performance-based ...

Posted Sept. 21, 2017, 1 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
What You Need To Know About the Common Application This Year

It looks like the widely used Common Application has taken some cues from the new Coalition Application. The new changes to the 2017-18 Common App for colleges mirror features found in the Coalition App. Competition often creates innovation and the Common App has some much-needed updates. The Common App changes this year will benefit high school students and make the application more user friendly. While these changes will be welcomed by students, it’s too early to tell whether or not they will bring with them glitches in the application system. Here are some possible complications that could arise as high ...

Posted Sept. 5, 2017, 4 p.m. by Stephanie Hicks | View Comments
How Lions Heart Volunteering Helps Boost Those Leaderships Skills

You don’t have to be the quarterback, star in the school play, or be ASB president to lead others. Rolling up your sleeves and doing community service with friends is a great way to get leadership experience – and have fun! Demonstrating strong leadership skills is easy to do in a volunteer setting and nothing looks better on a high school resume or applications for jobs, internships and college. Here’s our three-step way to demonstrating leadership: 1. Volunteer for a cause you care about – even for just a few hours. 2. Work your way up to organizing a group ...

Posted Aug. 31, 2017, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Why Colleges Are Turning STEM into STEAM

“Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” – Steve Jobs The kind of thinking that brought us the Mac, the iPod and the iPhone is the kind of thinking that more and more schools are trying to cultivate. From tiny Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., to major research universities like Duke University in Durham, N.C., and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., undergraduate programs are looking for inventive ways to blur the distinction between the humanities and STEM programs. ...

Posted Aug. 24, 2017, 8 a.m. by Sarah Shemkus | View Comments
Do You Know These Dirty Dozen College Essay Mistakes?

The people who score ACT, SAT and college application essays read a lot of ACT, SAT and college application essays. A whole lot. Some of the writing they assess stands out from this crowded field for good reasons: dazzling writing, penetrating insights, incisive analysis. Other entrance test or college essays, however, stand out for silly errors and cringeworthy lapses of judgment. To help you avoid falling into this latter group, we’ve rounded up a dozen very basic – and surprisingly common – mistakes to avoid when you sit down to write your test or college essays. And if you need ...

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