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What Colleges Look For

Ten Ways to Make Valuable Contributions
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By Kevin McMullin
November 3, 2021 | 3 minute read

Too many high school students view their success in group activities as measured only by accolades or official titles. But there are lots of ways you can make valuable contributions that...

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Testing/Test Prep

Improve Your SAT Score with These Actionable Steps
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By Stefanie Toye
November 1, 2021 | 7 minute read

If you’re reading this, you’re looking for ways to improve your SAT score. Nice! There are several steps you can take to raise your score. And, yes, you can go up 50, 100, 150, or...

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College Applications

Pre-submit Panic
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By Kevin McMullin
October 27, 2021 | 2 minute read

Seniors, if you’re rushing to complete your applications for November 1 early deadlines, here’s a tip meant to calm, not terrorize you. Expect to panic.

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College Essays

How to Write a College Transfer Essay
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By Kevin McMullin
October 25, 2021 | 4 minute read

Students applying to transfer to a different college usually don’t have to worry about taking the SATs or balancing AP classes like you did in your high school days. But you’ll probably...

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College Applications

How to Craft the Perfect College Application
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By Meredith Graham
October 20, 2021 | 5 minute read

We get questions on this topic all the time. How do I write a perfect essay? How do I create a perfect application? How do I become the perfect college applicant? Well, here’s the...

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College Essays

Looking for college essay examples?
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By Kevin McMullin
October 18, 2021 | 3 minute read

Be careful where you look for essay inspiration. When I was preparing to apply to college, someone gifted me a book containing what the author promised were successful college essays. I...

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