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As more American colleges and universities attempt to discern critical personality traits within their applicants—including leadership, persistence, and initiative—many colleges are now offering options to answer questions in place of the SAT.
It’s common to second-guess whether you have the attributes that a college wants, especially because it’s not obvious what attributes colleges find to be the most desirable. Until now.
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.
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?
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.
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