Applying for an undergraduate program can vary from school to school. This section provides you with information about some of the most common elements of the undergrad admission process.

What's the format for a letter of recommendation?

Your letter of recommendation may mean the difference between acceptance and rejection for someone else. So give it some credibility by writing it in the accepted format.

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    10 Reasons College Costs So Much

    According to one study, the cost of a college education rose more than 1,000 percent between 1978 and 2012. We examine reasons for the jump, and look at why some say it's not that bad. See more »

  • Do college admissions officers value students who speak more than one language?

    Do college admissions officers value students who speak more than one language?

    Hablas espanol? Parlez-vous francais? Sie sprechen Deutsch? If you answered "si," "oui" or "ja," your college application might stand out a little more from the rest of the applicant pile. See more »

  • How Admissions Counselors Work

    How Admissions Counselors Work

    Admissions counselors in high schools and colleges help students find the best colleges for them. But what happens when a student's family hires someone to help them find the right school? That's where private admissions counselors (controversially) come in. See more »

  • How College Admission Works

    How College Admission Works

    Many teenagers spend the whole of their high school years making sure they get accepted to their dream college. How does the college admission process work? And how can you increase your chances of getting accepted to your school of choice? See more »

  • How College Admissions Assistance Works

    How College Admissions Assistance Works

    Getting in to the college of your choice requires a lot of filling out forms, writing essays and personal interviews. College Admissions Assistance will help you do it, for a fee. Should you sign up? See more »

  • How College Admissions Tests Work

    How College Admissions Tests Work

    During the admissions process, many colleges use a standardized test, such as the SAT or ACT, to measure how well students will perform academically. What are your options, and how can you prepare if you opt to take a test? See more »

  • How College Rankings Work

    How College Rankings Work

    Of all the metrics used to compare colleges, rankings are the most common. Learn about the controversy behind them and how best to evaluate schools. See more »

  • How College Visits Work

    How College Visits Work

    For many high school students, college looms as the place where they'll form lifelong friendships, take tentative steps toward a chosen career and -- oh -- educate themselves further. Is a college visit necessary to pick a good school? See more »

  • How College Waitlists Work

    How College Waitlists Work

    A university waitlist is filled with qualified candidates. What sets one prospective student apart from the next when it's time to decide who gets in and who doesn't? See more »

  • How Ivy League Admissions Work

    How Ivy League Admissions Work

    The Ivy League may have started out as an athletic consortium, but the name is now synonymous with academic rigor, professional achievement and exclusivity. How do you get in? Start here. See more »

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