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College entrance strategy: Early action and early decision College entrance strategy: Early action and early decision
17 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Many college-bound students are applying two months ahead of the traditional January admissions deadlines through early action or early decision.  The trend toward early application has been expanding and many colleges and universities now often fill a third or possibly even half of their [Read More]
New survey ranks college admissions criteria New survey ranks college admissions criteria
41 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
The Independent Educational Consultants Association recently released its report on "What Colleges Look for in High School Students," based on an annual survey of nearly 2,000 independent educational consultants.  While grades and standardized test scores are near the top of what colleges look [Read More]
College Conversations: Is a gap year for you? College Conversations: Is a gap year for you?
47 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Several years ago, my family and I had the opportunity to live in Sydney, Australia, and Christ Church, New Zealand, where we discovered that many of the college students we met took time off before starting college. They traveled, or worked on sheep farms, in restaurants or in the tourist [Read More]
Women's colleges ranked among top institutions in the country Women's colleges ranked among top institutions in the country
99 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
As an educational consultant specializing in college admissions, I recently received a note from one of my graduating seniors, who wrote, "Thank you so much for your support and guidance throughout the college application process. I’m so glad you and my mom encouraged me to apply to Wellesley, [Read More]
High School Students Should Make the Most of the Summer
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High School Students Should Make the Most of the Summer
103 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Heather Ricker-Gilbert
It’s important to unwind, relax, have fun with your friends, play some video games and go on a family vacation. Have a great time, but also a productive time this summer. Here are some suggestions of activities you may want to include in your summer plans. [Read More]
High school students should make the most of the summer High school students should make the most of the summer
104 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
The prom was fun, classes are coming to an end and  finals will soon be behind you. Sports teams have done well this year, and you are taking end-of-the year AP tests and the SAT. Summer vacation is ahead. It’s important to unwind, relax, have fun with your friends, play some video [Read More]
College admissions: What to do when you get in, and when you don’t   College admissions: What to do when you get in, and when you don’t
114 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
High school is almost over and, as a senior, you’ve worked hard. By now, you have been accepted to a number of colleges where you applied early action or regular decision. Perhaps you have been waitlisted or denied admission by others. The deadline for your final college decision is Monday, [Read More]
Heather Ricker-Gilbert: Taking charge of your college search Heather Ricker-Gilbert: Taking charge of your college search
119 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Now is the time for high school students to take charge of their college searches. Here are some tips to get started: ■ Determine what you are looking for in a college. Do you want an urban campus, a chance to ski, lots of options to study abroad, the opportunity to major in marine biology or [Read More]
Students Should Make Time to Read over Holidays
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Students Should Make Time to Read over Holidays
127 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Heather Ricker-Gilbert
One of the best ways to prepare for college is to read. Reading books, blogs, magazines and news articles may contribute to SAT and ACT test scores, since reading improves comprehension and vocabulary. So, as students look ahead to taking standardized tests in the coming months, reading should be pa [Read More]
Students should make time to read over holidays Students should make time to read over holidays
128 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
 One of the best ways to prepare for college is to read. Reading books, blogs, magazines and news articles may contribute to SAT and ACT test scores, since reading improves comprehension and vocabulary. So, as students look ahead to taking standardized tests in the coming months, reading should [Read More]
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