College Consult Articles

Snapshot of Financial Aid at Selective Colleges

on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:13 PM in College Search, College-bound Seniors, Financial Aid

On her DIY blog, Michelle Kretzschmar emphasizes colleges that accept at least 50% of applicants and graduate at least 50% in four years at a private college or five years at a public university or an engineering program. But in this list she looks at more selective colleges, but still from the perspective of net cost to the student.

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Top Places to get a Bachelor’s Degree Overseas

Top Places to get a Bachelor’s Degree Overseas
on Sep 15, 2016 at 04:28 PM in College Search, College-bound Seniors

Consider an education abroad: Top Places for American Students to get a Bachelor’s Degree Overseas.

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Early Decision (binding) and Early Action Admission Programs

on Sep 14, 2016 at 06:27 PM in College Search, College-bound Seniors

Two IECA members, Jeff Levy and Jennie Kent, annually compile and update stats on Early Decision (binding) and Early Action admission programs, which they share with colleagues. The chart reveals whether an admissions advantage is conveyed to students ready to commit to having their applications reviewed before regular cycle deadlines.

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How to Interpret New SAT Scores

on Sep 08, 2016 at 09:25 PM in Standardized Testing, College-bound Seniors

A concordance tool from Compass to indicate comparable scores for the ACT and the redesigned SAT.

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SAT Subject Test Requirements and Recommendations

on Sep 08, 2016 at 09:17 PM in Standardized Testing, College-bound Seniors

Each year, the requirements and recommendations around SAT Subject Tests (SAT II’s for the many still using the old College Board name) grow more diverse. The general trend is toward more flexible requirements, and no school has recently tightened requirements. Still, the most competitive colleges skew toward the “required” end of the spectrum.

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Merit Aid - Links to Institutional Grants

on Sep 08, 2016 at 08:21 PM in Financial Aid, College-bound Seniors, Merit Aid

This list of merit scholarships at many of the country’s top national universities (not liberal arts colleges) may require a separate application (sometimes not), but the extra work is worth it- many of these scholarships are full rides and then some!

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Merit Aid- 50 Best Colleges per Money Magazine

on Sep 08, 2016 at 08:06 PM in Financial Aid, College-bound Seniors, Merit Aid

The 50 Best Private Colleges for Merit Aid: if your family makes too much to qualify for need-based aid but you still want help with college costs, consider these schools, all of which land in the top half of MONEY's rankings, and have merit aid budgets. Their average merit grant is at least $6,000 a year, and at least 20% of undergraduates are awarded one. Typically, your odds for merit aid are best at schools where your grades and test scores put you in the top 25% of the applicants pool.

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Strategies for New SAT, ACT Writing Tests

on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:52 PM in Standardized Testing, College-bound Seniors

The SAT essay writing exercise has been transformed from an opinion piece into an exercise in textual analysis and critical thinking; this is similar to exercises on certain AP exams. Students will be asked to read a short (600-700-word) persuasive passage and write an essay response that explains how the author develops and supports an argument. On the ACT’s revamped essay, students will get 40 minutes to analyze and respond to three distinct perspectives on a topic that concerns a broad, national issue.

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Taking Advantage of the Free College Board Resources

on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:48 PM in Standardized Testing, College-bound Seniors

The most helpful resource will be the practice redesigned SAT tests from the College Board and the Khan Academy.

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Tips for the Math Section of the New SAT

on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:48 PM in Standardized Testing, College-bound Seniors

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