Majoring in Communications 

Skilled communicators are a valuable commodity. After all, communications is the essence of what we do as people and is the core skill of most any job — effectively communicating information. Communications majors learn how to plan and execute events and projects with attention to detail and organization — a vital skill for any...

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Your College Applications are In—What Now?

Phew! You never thought you’d finish, but you did it and your college applications are finally in. Now, it’s all up to those all-knowing and all-powerful admissions officers. I hope you are savoring that wonderful feeling of relief that comes with the last submission. You deserve it. But don’t put away those user names...

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Acing the Interview

It’s common to get a bit nervous before an interview with a college admissions officer or an alumni representative. Students have an unfounded fear that they need to come across as suave, sophisticated, brilliant, and charming, and once the interviewer discovers that he or she is just another clueless high school student, the masquerade...

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How Can I Convince the Admissions Officer to Pick Me?

There are many factors. Certainly strengths in interests that carry beyond the classroom walls are helpful whether it’s in athletics, the arts, or academic accomplishments and recognition in such areas as poetry, journalism, or other outside interests. High school is more than your final GPA. What you’ve studied is just as important. By taking...

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Demonstrating Interest

For college admissions officers, fall marks the beginning of their travel season. An admissions officer may visit a high school where, in past years, a number of students have applied and are currently attending. In those cases, you can set up an appointment through the guidance office. Some colleges offer regional sessions, often conveniently...

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Considering a Community College?

Among students and parents, community colleges often receive a bad rap. It’s unfortunate that so many students dismiss community college as an option for starting their postsecondary education. No doubt, part of the reason that community colleges are dismissed by some is their open admissions policy. Since community colleges are not “selective,” there are...

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The Rise in Test Optional Admissions

The value of SAT and ACT scores as a factor in the college admissions process continues to be hotly debated. The College Board recently instituted dramatic revisions to the format of the test in response to overwhelming criticism as to the test’s ability to assess college readiness. Moreover, most studies have found that there...

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