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college-search-perfect-personality-matchAll colleges have their own defining traits and unique personalities, just like people do. Whether or not a college’s personality is going to mesh with yours is one of the most important—not to mention fun—things to consider during your college search process.

Now is the time to start figuring out what you want in a college (or don’t want in a college), building lists (and we loves lists!), and evaluating the personality of colleges you’re interested in.

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Now that you’re back in school, it’s time to get organized. This is the time to sit down and make yourself a college application to-do list. Think of all the things you need to accomplish, how much time you have, and set priorities. Use a calendar, whether on your phone, computer, or an old style paper agenda, to keep track of all your deadlines. Remember you have your school work and extracurricular commitments to fit into your schedule as well.

At this time you should focus on the following steps of the college application process to organize your calendar:

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what-should-i-do-after-high-schoolDear High School Seniors,

It’s time to wash the sand off your feet and put a shirt on (please put your shirt back on). Summer is over. It’s the beginning of a new school year, and this year you’re heading back as a senior. This clearly means three things:

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tips for new college freshmenStarting college? Nervous? No? LIAR! If you’re just starting out at college and you’re not nervous, you’re likely in college denial. You should be nervous. Being nervous is a good thing. It’s like getting nervous just before going on a blind date, before taking the first step toward a 500-foot bungee jump, before the big drop leading to the twisting, looping, corkscrewing rollercoaster track.

College truly is a thrill ride, as you’ve likely been told. There will be big moments of intense elation and unexpected surprises (some good, some bad). Should you hit a patch on the downside that lasts longer than you expect, I’m here for you. The following list serves up tips to help remind you of what’s ahead. Call it a cheat sheet to enjoying the wild adventure awaiting you.

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Can you solve this month’s SAT question? Learn the strategies that will help you solve any question on the SAT with Gruber’s Complete SAT Guide 2014.

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Back to school tips for college studentsThe summer has just flown by, and school will be back in session before you know it. You may think that what you do in the beginning of the term isn’t that important, but nothing could be further from the truth! A lot of your future success this year will be determined by how you handle the first few weeks of school. Here are five ways to guarantee that this is the start of an A+ semester:

1. Choose your courses carefully.

Some colleges have what’s known as a “shopping period,” in which students can add and drop courses to their hearts’ content. If you have this opportunity, being a smart shopper can set you up for success. In the first week of school, try sitting in on a number of classes that you’re interested in and qualified for. Getting a sense of the workload and the professor’s teaching style for each class will help you make an informed decision when it comes time to finalize your schedule. By choosing the courses that are best for you, you’ll maximize your GPA at the end of the term.

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how-to-succeed-in-collegeIt is really important to get off to a good start in the first few weeks of college. There is no question that the first semester of the first year is the most critical. Many studies show that this is the time when students are most likely to drop out of college, at least temporarily, if not permanently. It is when many consider transferring (though most don’t).

While there are rules in college, suddenly you are expected to figure things out for yourself. No one makes you do your homework. Assignments are rarely given daily, and it’s unusual to be quizzed on the previous night’s reading. You’re obliged to find help if you need it. There are no curfews or bed checks. No more babysitters!

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should-i-apply-early-decision-or-early-actionWith the release of the 2013–2014 online Common Application last week, now is a good time for high school seniors to start thinking about their timeline for college applications.

Applying early can have a major impact on your college admissions results. So before you decide to do so, you need to understand the different programs, as well as the implications of choosing to participate in one or more of them.

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Do you know the correct answer to this month’s SAT question? For tips and strategies to solve any SAT question, check out Gruber’s Complete SAT Guide 2014.

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Posted by on in Paying for College

student-loansThis will be an incredibly big week for college students and their parents, since it appears as though Congress will vote on the latest bipartisan proposal to solve the student interest rate issue. As of July 1, interest rates on subsidized student loans (those designed for the neediest students) increased from 3.4% to 6.8%.

If this increase is left as is, the current student debt crisis—a crisis that has been written about and discussed for several years now, a crisis that has seen student debt grow to more than 1 trillion dollars (surpassing credit card debt), a crisis that has led many young people to postpone major post-college life decisions, such as marriage, that they can’t afford, and that has led many other young people to forgo college altogether—will only get worse.

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