Pros and Cons of Freshman Year at Community College
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Pros and Cons of Freshman Year at Community College

When I was in high school, I can remember the social stigma associated with attending community college straight out of senior year. Because of the…

Planning Your Admitted Students’ Visit
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Planning Your Admitted Students’ Visit

Now that decisions are out for practically everyone, April is the unofficial month of accepted students’ days and weekends. You’ve been accepted, and the roles…

Making the Final Choice: A Feature from the TP Webinar Series
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Making the Final Choice: A Feature from the TP Webinar Series

First, congratulations! You’re in an amazing position to have options in your collegiate prospects (see what we did there?), and everything you’re headed to do…

I Was Accepted…Sort Of: Dealing with the Transfer Option
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I Was Accepted…Sort Of: Dealing with the Transfer Option

On a Wednesday during my spring break senior year, I anxiously waited until 5 PM to open an admissions decision to one of my top…

Will Your Major Make It Difficult to Find a Job after Graduation?
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Will Your Major Make It Difficult to Find a Job after Graduation?

We all know the inevitable part-warning, part-tease when talking about college majors: “You know, it’s going to be hard for you to find a job.”…

Your College, Your Choice: Why Your Education Is 100% Your Decision
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Your College, Your Choice: Why Your Education Is 100% Your Decision

What is life but a series of decisions? When you’re a kid, chances are your parents make the majority of your decisions for you. They…

10 Things International Students Must Do Before Starting College
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10 Things International Students Must Do Before Starting College

So congratulations, you have been accepted! But now what? It was around this time last year—precisely on March 31—when I received my notification of acceptance….

TP’s How-To on Navigating the Post-Acceptance College Visit
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TP’s How-To on Navigating the Post-Acceptance College Visit

Congratulations! You’ve found yourself at a confounding crossroads: you’ve been accepted to multiple schools (seriously, congratulations) and they all relatively fit your checklist of requirements….

5 Reasons NOT to Follow Your Best Friends to College
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5 Reasons NOT to Follow Your Best Friends to College

When my best friends and I received our first college acceptance letters I felt a mixture of excitement and terror. The single school we’d all…

Beyond the Pamphlets and Stats: Getting to Know College Students
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Beyond the Pamphlets and Stats: Getting to Know College Students

Now that you have acquired a long list of awesome colleges to attend, the next important step is to single out the college that would…

5 Ways to Account for Weather in Your College Decision
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5 Ways to Account for Weather in Your College Decision

Academic rigor. Location: big city, small town, or somewhere in between. Reputation. Student-to-faculty ratio. Financial aid. The majority of people have a pretty uniform criteria…

You’re Making Me Take What: Checking Colleges’ GenEd Requirements
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You’re Making Me Take What: Checking Colleges’ GenEd Requirements

Editor’s note on what the Real College Checklist series is: Welcome to The Prospect’s latest series to help you stop being a confused motherfudger staring blankly…

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