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8 steps to completing your college applications

When you have a list of things you have to do, tackle the least pleasant one first. If you have a plate full of delicious food and this one thing you don't want to eat, eat it first. You'll get to enjoy the rest of the food so much more than if you save the unpleasant part for last.

Some scary events in college admissions

Colleges are automatically placing students who applied without test scores in the developmental classes, classes for which they will not get any credit but will pay full price.
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“Test Optional” wasn’t intended to help students

One of the many impacts of COVID19 has meant a drastic change admissions policies related to the SAT and ACT. Colleges and universities have sold it to applicants as "test optional", and students and parents have taken that to mean that they…
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5 things high school Juniors should do right now

The June SAT has been cancelled, as were the March and May tests before it and the April ACT as well. At the time of writing this, ACT is adamant that they will be offering tests in June and July, even adding test dates to both months to accommodate…

5 Steps for Getting Letters of Recommendation from Your Teachers

It's the time of year when high school juniors are starting to look at the long slog between Spring Break and the end of the school year with something between sighing resignation and outright panic. AP and IB exams will take up May with Final…

The problem with student debt

It's a tough conversation, but there are likely other, better options. At first it probably seems unfair. The student did all the right things. Isn't the reward supposed to be going to the school of their dreams? When they graduate with $75,000 of student debt, the dream becomes a nightmare.
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4 ways to prepare for your freshman year of college

As the first day of college draws nearer, here are a few tips to prepare. Orientation This tip is probably the easiest to embrace because for most colleges orientation is mandatory. However, this can be a pivotal couple of days. You get to…
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4 soft skills for college prep

A great blog post by our own college freshman with hints about ways to prepare for college that you might not have thought of. Although many of our Bybee College Prep students are at the end of their high school careers, we thought that our…

College search services and your data

In exchange for that free account, those sites will be selling data associated with the account to colleges. I won't pretend to know all of the information the colleges are asking for, but you can bet there will be a connection between the college information showing up in your mailbox and that online account you set up.

Seniors, now’s the time to search for scholarships!

U.S. News found that 67% of college-bound high school students graduating in 2016 took out student loans to pay for college, and students graduating from college in 2016 had on average $37,172 in debt. Most high school students are so focused…