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How to Answer Coaches Who Ask What Other Schools Are Recruiting You

truth behind torn paperOnce again honesty is the best policy. When coaches ask what other schools are recruiting you, just name the schools. There are actually two ways to be dishonest in answering the question. The first is to not tell which schools are recruiting you and the second is to lie about which ones are. Understanding why you shouldn’t do the former explains why some are tempted to do the latter. Continue reading

5 Ways You Can Undermine Your College Chances After Submitting Your Application

clock with no time for college admission mistakesMost high school seniors are ready to breathe a big sigh of relief reaching their spring semester. Unfortunately, the college admissions process doesn’t end just because you submitted your applications. In fact, even after completing all the college applications and submitting test scores, there are five things high school seniors can do to ruin their chances of attending college in September. And they don’t all have to do with being accepted-there are things other than rejection that can keep you from starting classes in September.

 

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January College Admissions Horoscopes

Zodiacs outlining stars representing college admissions horoscopesDuring the college admissions process it’s not uncommon for professionals and parents to throw up their hands up in the air in frustration as they do their best to guide their students. Well, maybe as they do so they can find some assistance from the heavens. After all, sometimes there doesn’t seem to be any better explanation for some admission decisions than it was in the stars. So for those with seniors looking for what comes next after the frantic activity of the fall, the following are some suggestions on what to do in January as you start the waiting period for spring acceptances. Continue reading

12 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 12

12 days of christmas(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

The twelve most viewed Frequently Asked Questions for the year.

What is a Tier 1 school? (university or college)

Do I Need to Take Both the SAT and ACT?

What is a flagship university?

Can I send the FAFSA to more than 10 schools?

My high school doesn’t offer AP classes, will it hurt me in admissions?

What are the different college calendar types?

What is an academic resume for college admissions?

If my EFC is 0 does that mean I can go to college for free?

Can I go to college with less than a 3.0 high school GPA?

What is financial aid gapping?

What is a Public Ivy?

How many times should a student take the SAT or ACT?

Do I need to be admitted to a college before I can apply for financial aid?

What is a good ACT score?

I won’t qualify for financial aid, why should I fill out the FAFSA?

What is self-help financial aid?


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12 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 11

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the eleventh day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Eleven colleges to check out. The following were the 11 most popular 50-50 colleges on the website.

Lycoming College

Eastern University

Ball State University

Calvin College

The College of Wooster

Miami University-Oxford

Santa Clara University

Loyola University Maryland

Manhattan College

Bennington College

James Madison University


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle


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12 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 10

12 days of christmas day 10(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the tenth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Ten ways to contribute to student debt.

10 Things Parents Do That Increase College Student Debt

If you don’t have the money talk, your student may never apply to the colleges that would provide the needed scholarships. So you take out loans instead.

The 10 Worst Colleges – Do It Yourself College Rankings

 Prioritizing rankings over affordability is a good way to contribute to student debt.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle


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