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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?

What Do College Admissions Committees Care About the Most?

February 28, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

A common misconception is that colleges care most about applicants' SAT or ACT scores, grades, and class rank. It's not true.

Most selective colleges (57%) first look at the rigor of an applicant's high school transcript. They then look at the grades you received in your courses.

What Are The Pros and Cons of Applying Early to College?

February 27, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

It’s important to understand the pros and cons of applying early to college so that you can make a well-informed decision. Unless specified, the pros are relevant for Early Decision and Early Action applicants, whereas the cons are relevant only for Early Decision applicants.