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Back to school

It’s hard to believe that it’s back-to-school time again across the country. Of course, “back to school” means something different now—for some, it means in-person school for the first time since March 2020. As we talk with parents and school leaders, they are dealing with a range of pressing needs from making sure buses are available and on [...]

How Are AP Exams Scored?

If you’re looking to earn college credits and round out your applications, it’s essential to score well on your Advanced Placement (AP) exams. While taking AP classes comes with several benefits, including significant academic enrichment and a weighted GPA, it’s your AP exam score that determines how much college credit you can earn from an [...]

College GPA Requirements: How Does Your GPA Factor Into College Admissions?

Your GPA is one of the most important elements of a college application — one admissions officers review when making admissions decisions. However, the way grade point averages factor into college admissions decisions is not straightforward or uniform from school to school. Since different high schools use different systems to grade and rank their students, [...]

How Important Is Community Service for College Admissions?

College-bound students know to focus on their grades, standardized test scores, and extracurricular activities, but one key component of a strong college application is often overlooked: community service. Colleges consider numerous factors when assessing applications, including the ways in which students give back to their community. In one survey of college admissions officers, 58 percent of [...]

10 Easy College Scholarships You Can Apply To Right Now

College application season can be an overwhelming time for students: in addition to handling a full slate of coursework, they’re often busy writing college application essays, securing letters of recommendation, and visiting prospective colleges for campus visits, interviews, and more. All these responsibilities can make it difficult to devote time to scholarship applications, but students [...]

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