Applying to College

  • Get Your Questions Answered Faster with StraighterLine’s Chat Hours

    Barry Lenson

    In your search for online education, chances are that you’ve been in a situation like this. You just found a great-looking course, but before you enroll, you’ve got some questions to ask . . . When does the course start? What payment options are available? What kind of computer equipment do you need? Will you be able to ask your instructor questions while you’re taking classes? Are there any exams and where can you take them? How can you transfer credits to your regular college or university? Those are important questions, and you need answers to them quickly. That’s why StraighterLine has just expanded its online chat hours, which are now . . . Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M., EST Saturday-Sunday, 11:0 ...

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  • Why High School Students Can Benefit from Taking College Courses Online this Summer

    Barry Lenson

    [Updated 3/16] Are you about to graduate from high school? Do you still have a year or two to go? In either case, here’s a suggestion for the months ahead . . . Take a few college courses online this summer. Maybe you’re thinking that other priorities that come first, like taking an SAT prep class or attending a summer program at a prep school or college. Those activities might be a good idea, but taking college classes online could be even better, for a lot of reasons. Want to see how it works? Take two free lessons on us today! Taking online courses can help you . . . Boost your SAT and ACT scores, especially in the math portions of the tests. And if you’re taking any SAT II’s, taking the right college courses onlin ...

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  • “Admission,” the Movie, Hides Truths among its (Very Funny) Plot Twists

    Barry Lenson

    “Admission,” the new film that stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, is cute, perky, and funny – just the way a romantic comedy should be. But the movie also teaches some important lessons about getting into college. The movie casts Tina Fey as Portia, a college admissions officer at Princeton. Paul Rudd plays a private-school teacher named John who just happens to have a student – who knew? – who could be the same boy who Portia put up for adoption years earlier, when she was a student too. Romance happens between Portia and John – who expected that? – and that pretty much drives the plot. There are sub-plots too. Fey is scrapping to get promoted to become the Director of Admissions at Princeton. John has an adopted son and Po ...

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  • 10 Crazy Reasons People Got Rejected from College

    10 Crazy Reasons People Got Rejected from College
    Barry Lenson

    “A young woman wrote that she took a summer course and she meant to say in 'organismic biology' but she wrote 'orgasmic biology' and went on to say it was the best course she'd ever taken. We didn't reject her for that outright, but it makes you look twice.” - An Ivy League admissions officer quoted in “9 Craziest College Rejection Reasons,” a post on The Daily Beast’s education blog. It’s pretty hard to top that story.  But I can come pretty close. Here are 10 other crazy blunders that students have made when applying to college – some of them so ridiculous that they resulted in immediate rejection. Want to get on the road to an affordable degree? Get your free personalized degree plan today! “I am here to take G ...

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  • How Are You Spending Your Time Until Your College Acceptance Letters Arrive?

    Barry Lenson

    All across America, tens of thousands of students are cooling their heels until April, when college acceptance letters will arrive in the mail. If you’re one of them, you already know how it feels. After all those months – years, actually – of intense preparation to get into college, it’s a letdown. Until a few months ago, your plate was very full. You were getting tutored for your SATs, taking AP classes and tests, cranking to keep your GPA up in the stratosphere, filling out applications, writing admissions essays, traveling to visit colleges – and now you are supposed to sit back and cool your heels until colleges let you in. So . . . how are you going to spend your time until those nice and fat big admissions packets sta ...

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