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do transfer students have an edge over high school gradsThe short answer to that is yes, but, since that wouldn’t be a very useful answer, allow me to elaborate.

I would venture to say that transferring is actually easier than applying to college as a high school student. That’s a big statement, so let me back it up. First, the application pool is totally different. Everyone remembers that one person in high school who did well at everything, graduated valedictorian, and was voted “most likely to be great at everything.” When you are applying to schools as a high school student, you are going head-to-head with these kinds of students. As a transfer applicant, you are applying with other community college students and students who are leaving their current four-year university. The application pool is smaller for transfer students (on average 30,000 students apply to the Ivy Leagues from high school while only 1,500 apply for transfer), so you’ll have a much easier time standing out.

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Adapted from adMISSION POSSIBLE: The "Dare to Be Yourself" Guide for Getting into the Best Colleges for You

The college admissions process can seem vast. As you begin down the path to college, remember your high school counselor and teachers are an important resource. Another option is to explore the independent counselor track. Sometimes, when looking for additional support or more personalized information and advice, students and parents reach out to independent counselors.

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thatbookaboutharvardcoverReceiving an acceptance letter is one of the most memorable (and stressful) moments of a student’s life. Read on as Eric Kester recalls his unforgettable experience in this excerpt from That Book about Harvard.

It must have looked pretty weird to people driving by: two parents flanking their teenage son as they all made a solemn walk down the driveway. My ashen face and hesitant steps likely made it look like I was walking the plank, or being led by my parents through some bizarre driveway-based version of that punishment. But anyone who’s ever opened a college admissions letter can attest that this was far more terrifying.

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At what point does the price of a college education exceed its value? Are some college degrees more valuable than others? Our experts answer these pressing questions in this week's blog post.

Considering Cost

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11136294 S-teen-adultWhether you meet a college representative at your school, a hotel, a National Association for College Admission Counseling College Fair, or in a college admissions office, here are some ways to be prepared:

1. Be sure to know the college rep’s full name and the college he or she represents.

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