Applying to College

  • How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?

    How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
    Beth Dumbauld

    One of the first questions students ask themselves is: how many colleges should I apply to? Is it better to take a shotgun approach by doing lots of admission packets, or is it preferable to limit admission efforts to a few choice schools? This article answers these question and more, so read on! The truth is, there is no set number of colleges that you should apply to. But, according to leading higher education experts, completing five to eight applications is sufficient to ensure that you are accepted to a college of your choice. Narrowing it down to the suggested number of schools will take some critical thinking. Keep these terms in the back of your mind: Reach schools Target schools Safety schools Reach schools are at ...

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  • Should I Take The SAT Or ACT For College Admissions?

    Should I Take The SAT Or ACT For College Admissions?
    Beth Dumbauld

    You might be wondering "should I take the SAT or ACT?" The college admissions process has a lot of moving parts to pull together, and each one is geared towards giving you the best chance of getting accepted to the college or university of your choice. It's assumed that taking both tests is critical for increasing your chances of attending the school you really want, but you may not have to take both the tests! Depending upon the college or university you wish to attend, here's a list of schools that either are "test flexible" or "test optional" for college admissions. So, as part of your research on the best schools to attend for your career goals, see if yours is one that gives you leeway on taking these exams. Before we go further ...

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  • The Worst Possible Outcome for A College Student

    The Worst Possible Outcome for A College Student
    Burck Smith

    Adult students looking to start, or re-start, college are an optimistic bunch. Most are trying to improve their job and career prospects. They are ambitious, determined and a little bit nervous. They know that people with a bachelor’s degree earn 56% more than those with a high school degree over a lifetime. However, what about those that start but don’t finish? After all, only 58% of students that start college receive a degree within 6 years. That means that 42% of those who start don’t finish. Because college isn’t cheap, almost half of all students spend their savings and incur debt for college without receiving the payoff they expect. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! When a Student Defaults ...

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  • Take Our Prospective Adult Learner Survey

    Beth Dumbauld

    We are conducting a survey to learn more about the decisions that lead adult learners to seek a college degree. Your participation is a critical part of this important research and your feedback is greatly appreciated. This online survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. We value your insight and your time. Click here to take our Adult Learners survey. We encourage you to share this survey link to any prospective adult learner students you know: ...

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  • Three Ways to Get Into College without Taking the SAT

    Three Ways to Get Into College without Taking the SAT
    Barry Lenson

    More and more colleges are starting to question the value of the SAT exam. They should. The SAT is unfair. Students who can pay for SAT tutoring enjoy a big advantage on the exam, while students who cannot afford tutors fall behind. Also, more studies are showing that students who earn top SAT scores don’t necessarily perform better when they arrive at college. Want to try an online college class? Take two free lessons on us today! To quote from “Do SAT Scores Really Predict Success?,” a recent article on ABC News, “Most studies find that the correlation between SAT scores and first-year college grades is not overwhelming, and that only 10 percent to 20 percent of the variation in first-year GPA is explained by SAT scores. ...

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