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Love them or hate them, the ACT and SAT serve a number of valuable purposes. Currently, both tests are primarily (but not entirely) college admissions exams. And despite the controversy and anxiety that inevitably accompany the ACT and SAT, most colleges continue to rely on them to inform admissions decisions. Granted, a human being is so much more than a number, but quantitative data matters a lot when evaluating applicants in a pool that exponentially exceeds the number of available seats. Furthermore, standardized test scores aren’t even the most important numbers. All things being equal, a student’s grade point average is the first and foremost metric that matters. Why, then, are tests needed at all? Can’t grades tell the full story of a student’s academic ability? Unfortunately, grades are not enough in most instances. One reason they cannot always be trusted is the dramatic variability in academic excellence from school…

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Ask a high schooler what college he or she wants to attend, and you’re likely to hear one of about fifty big name schools–typically either ultra-competitive or beloved for sports. However, the pool is far larger, approximately 5,300 in the United States alone, though that number includes even small technical and for-profit schools. How can a student choose from such a dizzying array of options? Geography plays a major role, particularly among students at public four-year colleges; nearly 70% of such students attend within two hours of their home. Location aside, every institution of higher education possesses something unique to itself, some tradition or cultural distinction that instantly bonds students and alumni alike wherever they meet. On a broader level, however, colleges and universities can be sorted into classic categories, such as the archetypes NACAC describes: Liberal arts colleges “focus on the education of undergraduate students. Classes are generally taught…

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I am–at least today–a proud alum of a public university. Actually, back when I was submitting college applications, a state school was the farthest thing from my mind, an afterthought at the suggestion of my guidance counselor. Good thing I did, because while I was accepted to the Ivies on my list, I couldn’t afford them! Luckily, SUNY Stony Brook offered me a quality education at a rate I could pay through work and reasonable loans. Not to say that anyone can put himself through college by delivering Chinese takeout anymore, but state schools make a massive positive difference in the trajectory of the lives of hundreds of thousands of students a year. That’s why the NY Times Thursday email newsletter touching on the college money crisis struck home for me: The coronavirus has caused severe budget problems for American higher education. But many colleges’ financial troubles are much larger…

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“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.” This quote, unironically attributed to Christopher Columbus, says as much about education as it does exploration. The path of learning entails all kinds of challenges, particularly if you want a piece of paper that proudly proclaims what you learned and where you learned it. This is to say, the more prestigious a degree from a particular school, the more obstacles and distractions an applicant will need to prevail over simply for admissions. This fundamental truth applies to both undergraduate and graduate studies alike. Obviously, we talk a LOT about the SAT & ACT around here. These two standardized entrance exams may be taken more than any others in the U.S. but they hardly stand alone as necessary steps to specific academic programs. Most graduate programs–particularly those at the most prestigious schools–require entrance exams…

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Prepare in just one week to cross the college application finish line… Sign up now for your Summer College Sprint! Work with Rochester’s leaders in college admissions and test preparation to dramatically improve your college applications in one fun, educational, action-packed week. Chariot Learning, College Assistance Plus, and Jodi Rosenshein Atkin have joined forces to ensure that each College Sprint packs everything a rising junior or senior needs to maximize college choice, competitiveness, and potential scholarships. Best of all, each Sprint is entirely online. **The August College Sprint for Seniors meets August 17-22 from 11:30am-1pm Eastern.**   Senior College Sprint Rising seniors focus on essay writing, interviews, and application strategies: Learn the essential elements to a powerful college essay Determine their optimal college essay prompts Write multiple Common Application essay drafts–including the new COVID-19 prompt Receive personal guidance on essay revisions and polish Explore various application platforms and processes Discover…

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Prepare in just one week to cross the college application finish line… Sign up now for your Summer College Sprint! Work with Rochester’s leaders in college admissions and test preparation to dramatically improve your college applications in one fun, educational, action-packed week. Chariot Learning, College Assistance Plus, and Jodi Rosenshein Atkin have joined forces to ensure that each College Sprint packs everything a rising junior or senior needs to maximize college choice, competitiveness, and potential scholarships. Best of all, each Sprint is entirely online. **The August College Sprint for Juniors meets August 17-22 from 10-11:30am Eastern.**   Junior College Sprint Rising juniors focus on college choice, career and major exploration, and long-term admissions success strategies: Review all the different dimensions of college choice and fit Find out the “wrong” reasons to pursue a school Define and refine your ideal personalized college list Explore college major options and how to find…

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