Top 10 Highest Paying College Majors (College Factual)

It’s true that on average college graduatesmake more over their lifetime than non-grads. However, not all majors pay you back the same amount.

Here are 10 of the highest paying majors as ranked by College Factual. The salary data provided are all averages, and come from extensive survey data conducted by PayScale.  We only use results from those with bachelor’s degrees. The figures listed are average starting salaries.

It is no surprise that this top 10 list is heavily populated with STEM degrees, as they are continuously in demand. You should also note that not every university will provide you with degrees of equal value. Some schools graduate students who end up making much more in starting and midcareer pay than their peers at other universities. Check out the rankings to see what we mean.

Read Carly Stockwell’s article for the top paying college majors


18 Tips for a Higher SAT Score (Magoosh)

SAT Lifehacks: 18 Unexpected Tips for a Higher Score

Will You Get In? How to Assess Your Odds of Admission (The College Matchmaker)

The most common question students ask me is:

Do I have what it takes to get in?

It is a tough question to answer because the American admissions process is complicated.

Your admission to college is based on more than grades and test scores. College admissions is not an entirely objective process which means I can’t just look at the data and tell you your odds.

You may find this frustrating, but in some ways, it is liberating. You are not entirely limited by your grades and scores. If you can make yourself stand out in other ways, you may be able to transcend a slight quantitative weakness. Of course, the flip side of that coin is that perfect grades and top scores are no guarantee of acceptance.

So how do you figure out where you stand?

Read the rest of the article for advice on how to assess your odds of acceptance

6 things you need to know about the 2014-15 Common Application (

Application season is getting into full swing. Starting with the 2014-15 launch of the Universal College Application (UCA) on July 1, followed by the Common App on August 1, individual colleges and groups of colleges have already hit the internet with a variety of electronic applications and application requirements.

Because online application submission can be a complicated process with lots of twists and turns, the wise applicant should pay close attention to each set of rules and keep track of bothersome details such as system requirements, passwords, and user names.

And before getting started, it always pays to read whatever instructions are provided and get familiar with how each system moves individual applications toward successful submission.

Read Nancy Griesemer’s article for 6 things you need to know about this year’s common application

Bad Questions to Ask at Your College Interview (

“What can I tell you about our college?”

Nearly all college interviewers will give you an opportunity to ask questions of your own. The purpose of the interview isn’t strictly for the college to evaluate you. You are also evaluating the college. During a good interview, the interviewer gets to know you well, and you get to know the college better. Both you and the college should have a better sense of whether or not the college is a good match for you.

That said, when it is your turn to ask questions, realize that you are still being evaluated. Although you may have teachers and parents who have told you that “there are no stupid questions,” there are, in fact, some questions that can reflect poorly upon you.

Read the rest of Allen Grove’s article for some questions to avoid at your college admissions interview

Goucher College is First to Accept Video-Based Applications

Can an applicant explain why he or she would thrive at a given college in two minutes? If the applicant wants to enroll at Goucher College, that is pretty much all it will take under a new admissions option being announced today. Applicants can now submit a two-minute video instead of all the traditional requirements, such as test scores, transcripts and essays.

For more information about Goucher’s big move, read Scott Jaschik’s article 

CBRG’s Fantastic Academic Specialist, Janet Loren