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College Admissions for LGBTQIA+ Applicants

June 01, 2020
Written by Taylor

Finding a college where you'll feel safe, supported, and included is hugely important. Given the systemic barriers that gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, intersex, asexual, genderqueer, and other gender-diverse students face, additional obstacles to the college admissions process can arise, too. In honor of Pride Month, we want to take a moment to address some concerns specific to LGBTQIA+ college applicants.

How to Make Applying to College Less Stressful

June 01, 2020
Written by Taylor

While it may be impossible to make applying to college completely devoid of stress, there are definitely ways to make the process manageable. By both having a clear plan for the various steps of the process and giving yourself mental space away from it, you can find ways to alleviate the stress and anxiety of applying to college.

What Colleges Are—and Aren’t—Saying About Gap Years

May 31, 2020
Written by Taylor

Colleges are trying to plan for next fall, but uncertainty still reigns supreme. As a result, many graduating high school seniors are considering deferring their college enrollment to pursue a gap year in hopes that in-person learning will resume in Fall 2021. Here's what colleges are—and aren't—saying about that possibility.

Scholarships for Senior High School Students

May 27, 2020
Written by Taylor

If you're wondering how to pay for your education, you'll be interested to know that thousands of scholarships are available to students, all based on different merits and qualifications. Some even go unclaimed. Start now and apply for the scholarships for which you qualify so that you can make college expenses more manageable.

Making the Most of Virtual College Tours

May 18, 2020
Written by Taylor

While nothing can replace the feeling of actually walking around a lively, active campus, there are still some things that you can do to learn about what life is like on college campuses and get a feel for being there. Here, we've compiled a list of the best virtual options for touring college campuses and learning more about student life.