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The New SAT vs the Current SAT

November 12, 2015
Written by Taylor

You probably know by now that a revised SAT is coming to test centers starting in March 2016. But do you know what changes have been made to the SAT? Let’s take a look at how it differs from the current SAT.

Do Colleges Count Unweighted or Weighted GPAs?

October 27, 2015
Written by Taylor

Everyone knows that grades are important when it comes to university admissions, but what you may not know is that only unweighted grades count for colleges.

Admissions Rate Changes at Yale, Stanford, and Princeton Since 1980

October 20, 2015
Written by Taylor

Acceptance rates to America’s top colleges have experienced a steady decline over the last several years, as illustrated in the chart below.  As application numbers have skyrocketed and the admissions process has focused increasingly on factors beyond classroom performance and standardized test scores, entry into these colleges and universities is now far more challenging than it was even a decade ago, let alone fifteen or twenty years before.

Why Freshmen and Sophomores Should Start College Planning

October 14, 2015
Written by Taylor

Planning for college is often stressful for both high school students and their parents, and that stress is compounded the longer you wait to get started on the college preparation and application process. In fact, there are a number of reasons why sophomores, and even freshmen, may want to get started on their college plans.

The Difference Between ED1 and ED2 in College Admissions

October 08, 2015
Written by Taylor

When you start looking into the college application process, you'll encounter a lot of abbreviations, ED1 and ED2 among them. These two abbreviations, which stand for Early Decision 1 and Early Decision 2, are a fairly recent development in college admissions, but they are really just a new form of previously existing Early Decision programs.