Four Things Prospective Applicants Need to Know about the 2015-2016 Common Application

Four Things Prospective Applicants Need to Know about the 2015-2016 Common Application.

College students share their advice to incoming freshmen (York Blog)

According to the dictionary, a College/University is defined as an institution oflearning of the highest level, having a college of liberal arts and a program ofgraduate studies together with several professional schools, as of theology, law,medicine, and engineering, and authorized to confer both undergraduate andgraduate degrees.

What the dictionary fails to mention is all of the hardships and fun students face along the way. College promises to be the best time of your life, but also one of the most difficult. We asked college students to share their valuable advice about adjusting to a new place with new faces, rules and expectations.

Read Katie Siple’s article for tips from college students for incoming freshman

Tips For Choosing The Right University (CBS Chicago)

Choosing the right university is an enormous undertaking and one that should not be taken lightly. The commitment given to college life is on average four years and also an incredible amount of cost, after all choosing the right university can mean overall happiness in life and financial wealth.

The expedition to finding the right college is vigorous, but should not feel overwhelming. When keeping the following five tips in mind when choosing the right university, the journey will not feel as intimidating.

Read the rest of the article here…Tips For Choosing The Right University « CBS Chicago.

Get Rewarded for Your Hobby with These Student Scholarships (University Language)

When people think of scholarships for college, they tend to think only in terms of academic and athletic scholarships. But did you know there are lots of scholarships available to high school students who take part in a variety of hobbies?

Whether you like to knock down pins at the bowling alley or enjoy relaxing in a comfy chair with your knitting needles, there’s probably a scholarship out there for you.

Read the rest of the article for a list of interesting, hobby-related scholarships

Tips for Answering Common Application Essay Prompts (

If you are beginning your senior year of high school, this is the prime time to write your Common Application essay. The sooner you get started, the better. If possible, use the summer to focus your efforts on writing your essay. There are over 500 Common Application members in 47 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. All these institutions have a common commitment to a holistic approach to the admissions process. This commitment means they look at more than just your test scores and GPA. They also give significant weight to your essay responses.

Read the rest of Marie Todd’s article for tips for writing Common App essays

Community Activities Make a College Application Stand Out (College Basics)

Community involvement is not just for adults. For those who are applying to selective colleges, community involvement can make a difference between acceptance and rejection. Of course, what a student does in the classroom and in school is important, but colleges are looking to build community, too, and admission committees want to know its future students will be part of their community effort. Also, select colleges are looking for students who will graduate as well-rounded citizens and community contributors; it’s a feather in their caps and, quite frankly, means a good possibility of successful alumni making monetary donations to their alma maters!

If you want to demonstrate that you are better than average on your application to a top college, part of distinguishing yourself should include community accomplishments. Below are some suggestions for you to think about that you have done or should do during your four years at your high school to help you create an impressive college application.

Read the rest of the article for more on community service and your college applications

29 College Majors You Didn’t Know Existed (Her Campus)

College is a big deal and because of that it can be really stressful. One of the most stressful parts of the college experience is determining an appropriate major for study.

If you’re anything like me, you have obsessed for months over which major you should choose. You’ve called friends, you’ve surfed the internet, you’ve lived in the library for a few months doing research, and even when you’ve decided on something, the odds are, you will probably have second thoughts about your course of study at some point.

I remember reading at least five different books before I came to my final decision over which avenue to take. Some of the majors I found, however, seemed a bit odd!

Read Emina Dedic’s article for 29 great majors you may not know exist!