Undergraduate Admissions

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.

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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.

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.

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?

What should be on my college packing list?

Packing for college can be stressful, especially if you're moving into the dorms for the first time. Chances are you're away from home for the first time, and you'll be taking care of yourself. What are the essentials for the college living experience?

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.

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.

What's the difference between early decision and early action?

If you're interested in a college, but not interested enough to sign a contract that binds you to attending that school if you're accepted, then you might consider an alternative to early decision: early action. How does it work?

Where can I find a list of college admissions essay questions?

Getting everything in order for college applications can be stressful, so many prospective students look for all the help they can get.

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.

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?

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?

What questions should I ask a college admissions counselor?

When embarking on a college career, it pays to be curious. The more questions you have, and the more comfortable you are asking them, the better you'll be able to evaluate the colleges you have in mind.

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?

What's the importance of campus visits in college admissions?

Picking the right college is about more than just academics. Everything from the dining hall's menu to the cleanliness of your dorm affects your experience. To get a taste of co-ed life, you'll have to visit the campus.

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.

How Online Degrees Work

Is higher education ready to enter the digital age? Many people think so -- more and more colleges and universities are offering online classes and even full degrees.

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?

How SATs Work

Next to your grades and academic record, the SAT is one of the most important factors in college admissions. This new article explains the SAT in detail!


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