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Transferring Colleges: A Detailed Guide

March 26, 2020
Written by Taylor

Every year, according to National Student Clearinghouse research, more than a third of all undergraduate students in the U.S. transfer – that's more than a million students! The reasons why are enormously varied, including students transferring into or out of community college, students seeking better financial aid, students moving from two-year to four-year institutions, students moving between four-year universities, and more. All of which is to say, if you're thinking of transferring, you're definitely not alone!

The Best Questions to Ask Your College Interviewer

March 26, 2020
Written by Taylor

If you've started thinking about your college interview, you're probably focusing on what kinds of questions they're going to ask you and how you should answer those questions. And that's a good thing to think about! But a good interview, especially with a college admissions officer or college alumnus, is a conversation, not an interrogation.

Spark Best SAT Reading Tips

March 26, 2020
Written by Taylor

Perhaps no part of the college application process feels as daunting or mysterious as the SAT. While students' high school GPAs, extracurricular activities, volunteering, and leadership are all things they have power over, the rigid testing requirements and opaque scoring system make the SAT feel like something that's totally beyond students' abilities to control.

Best Colleges for Pre-Med

March 26, 2020
Written by Taylor

Becoming a doctor is a long process, and one that takes a lot of foresight and good choices. One of the earliest, most important choices you'll make in your medical education is where to attend college as an undergraduate.

2020-2021 Common App Essay Prompts (Tips & Examples)

March 25, 2020
Written by Taylor

The personal statement section of the Common Application, better known as the Common App essay, is among the most important elements of the college application process. This 650-word personal essay helps admissions officers contextualize your grades and test scores and better understand what kind of college student you're going to be.