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Applying for College Scholarships

March 04, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

Since many college scholarship deadlines are in early February, January is the month to apply for scholarships. Applying for scholarships is a great way to significantly decrease college costs, and the time it takes now can have a big payoff for the next four years. In addition, scholarships look great on your resume as they signal to colleges and employers that you are ambitious, prudent, and proactive.

Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Admission: What Should I Choose?

March 04, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

You've probably heard the terms Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) several times as you've looked through college brochures, surfed the admissions websites of the colleges you're considering, and talked to your guidance counselor and friends. But are you clear exactly what they mean, what their differences are, and when you should apply ED, EA, or Regular admission?

Why do Colleges Look at the Rigor of Your High School Transcript Before Anything Else?

March 04, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

Note: This is Blog 2 in a series of 3: First read: "What do college admissions committees care about the most?"

Colleges care about, first and foremost, your commitment and passion for learning. Your transcript tells them whether, and how much, you challenge yourself. They want to see that you'll push yourself.

What Classes Should I Take to Get Into College?

March 01, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

Recently, I have been receiving a lot of questions about which courses high school students should take to have the greatest likelihood of getting into their top-choice colleges. This question has been asked by freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and incoming seniors.

The Rising Cost of College [Infographic]

March 01, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

College is expensive. That we know. We also know that college costs have grown remarkably in the past few decades, at both public and private colleges and universities. But do you know how much it has grown or how much it’s projected to grow in the future?