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It may be overwhelming when you think about starting to apply to colleges. What are those college admissions offices really looking for? The essays, high school transcripts, the recommendation roundups, and deadlines shouldn't have to be difficult and stressful. From those who have been there and done that take a look at some helpful tips, tricks, and stories from deciding to apply to actually moving into your first dorm freshman year.

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College Admissions Essays

Write your way into your dream U. with super college admissions essays. Find out how your admissions essay or personal statement can make your college application stand out from the pile -- in a good way! Get perfect prose pointers from students who've had success, as well as from the admissions officers themselves.

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Admissions Office Q&A

Get expert advice on the college admissions process straight from the nation's top college and university admissions officers.

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College Admissions To-Do List

Get a month-by-month college admissions to-do list that maps out what you need to accomplish in order to ace the college admissions process. Staying organized and keeping track of your deadlines will keep your stress levels low, and help you get accepted to the college of your dreams.

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Early Decision or Early Action: Which Is Best for You?

Will applying Early Decision or Early Action increase your chances of admission?

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Beat the College Admissions Stress

Don't let college admissions stress get you down. Have a little fun while you wait by surfing these sites.

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College Admissions Application Bloopers

Don't make these common, but problematic mistakes when filling out your college admissions application.

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Parents and the Admissions Process ó How Involved Should They Be?

Is it possible for your parents to be too involved in helping you select a college?

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Confusing College Admissions Lingo -- Defined!

Now you finally understand the difference between regular decision, early decision, early action, nonrestrictive early action, and more...

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The Ins and Outs of College Recruiting

Finding the right college for you is sort of like matchmaking in the dating world. College recruiting may confuse the process even further. So how do figure out your college compatibility?

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When Applying for College, Enlist Your Bragging Rights!

When applying to college, and filling out all those college applications, you've got the right to brag about your accomplishments! See how...

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Is Your Online Rep Hurting Your College Admissions Chances?

High school administrators and college admission officers may be reading your blogs and personal Web sites, and they aren't laughing.

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Finding Your Inner Mole

During the admissions gauntlet, many of us try to present an image of the Ideal student -- someone who is exactly what we think a university wants. Too often, that means hiding or omitting facets of ourselves that don't fit that mold.

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The Early Decision Backlash

Learn why top colleges and universities are turning away from Early Decision.

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Earn College Admissions Face Time

Learn how to set yourself apart during the college admissions process.

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Helping Your Child Apply to College

Here are 12 easy ways that you can help your teen get into college.

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Taming Transfer Turmoil

Although transferring can be a pain (more applications, interviews, and research), it can also be a necessary alternative for many students. If you've been rejected by your dream school, or can't afford four years of private tuition, transferring can be a magic door to your dreams.

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RE : E-mailing Your Admissions Questions

It's fast, it's efficient, and it's hassle free! But, before you click on the mailbox, make sure you keep the following elements in mind...

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Missed Your Deadline?

OKAY, so maybe you just weren't ready to make a decision. Perhaps something else was distracting you. Whatever the reason, the time just slipped away. Now you're late. You've missed the deadlines for applying to the colleges that interest you, and according to the timetable at the guidance office, you blew it. But don't give up just yet!

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On the Borderline

Here's how to put your best foot forward so college admission committees will sit up and pay attention -- even if you're on the borderline.

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Can you Compete with the Elite?

Are you aiming too high or low with your college applications? Officials and students weigh in on the college competition and how to choose the right school.

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Let Your Guidance Counselor Work for You!

The college admissions process can be overwhelming. Who really knows how to fill out all of those forms and get everything submitted on time? Why is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so important? And when is your absolute last chance to sign up for the SAT? You can't be expected to know everything, but there is someone who does: your guidance counselor! When it comes to college admissions, this person knows it all.

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What Colleges Are Doing to Get You and Keep You

Colleges are always coming up with new ways to grab your interest and keep it. Check out some of the latest recruiting tactics and student orientation methods.

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Massive Meltdown Ahead

Colleges like active students, but that doesn't mean you should go overboard with extracurriculars in order to get accepted. Check out how one student learned when to say, "Enough."

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College for Athletes

Choosing a college is never an easy task. When you throw sports into the equation, the selection process becomes even more difficult. Whether you're one of the fortunate few who are gifted enough to earn a full athletic scholarship, or if you're like thousands of others who will "walk on," you'll want to start planning as early as possible.

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The Art of Bragging: How to Sell Yourself to Schools

Who's all that? You are! And it's especially important for you to brag about your accomplishments when applying to college.

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Confused about College Stuff? Then Make the Most of Your Guidance Counselor

OK, so you think your guidance counselor's only job is to write college recommendations and help you select next year's classes? Think again. Here's what some guidance counselors are doing to go above and beyond your college prep process...

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College Admissions Myths Busted!

Check out some juicy secrets those college admissions folks don't want you to know.

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How to Fix the Holes in Your College Application

Now that you're officially college bound, you work hard to make sure your grades are up to par. Unfortunately, you weren't so wise your freshman year, and you've got the low GPA to prove it. The good news: You're not the only applicant with this problem. And the best news of all? We've got solutions to some common application problems.

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College Admission Prep Camp

You want to get a leg up on the competition, and will do anything to ensure college admission victory. The latest insurance policy? College admission prep camps, aimed at getting you ready for your all-important college applications. But is the prep worth the expense?

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Legacy Students: The Latest Admissions Debate

Recently, many schools and their legacy admissions policies have been put under a microscope, creating a surge of change for legacy students at colleges across the country.

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The Resume Padders

Loading your high school transcript with dozens of extracurriculars may seem like a good idea, but it means nothing if you're just being a resume padder.

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6 Secrets to Getting Accepted to Top-Rated Colleges

You already know that your admissions essay can make or break your college application. What can you learn about getting into top-rated colleges that you don't already know? Read CollegeBound.net's six secrets of college admissions success, and find out.

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Which Type of Admission is Right for You?

Before you send off your college applications, you'll have to decide what type of admission -- early decision, early action, or regular/rolling -- is best for you. Read on for to learn more about each...

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Why College Rankings May As Well Be Etched in Stone (or Ivy)

Where are we getting our definition of success? If we're taking our cue from some black-and-white numbers that have been inked on the page since before time began (well, almost), maybe it's time for a second look.

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QUESTION: How much weight do my SAT scores really carry in admission decisions?

QUESTION: How much weight do my SAT scores really carry in admission decisions?

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10 Things You Need to Know About the New Higher Education Opportunity Act

Assuming you won't sit down and read the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (it's 1,158 pages!), here are 10 things you need to know about the new law.

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What Your MySpace Says Can and Will Be Used Against You

According to a recent study in which 500 of the nation's most selective colleges were surveyed, 10 percent of admissions officers have checked out a hopeful student's social networking profile in order to make their decision. Here are some quick tips for putting your best virtual foot forward.

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Unraveling the Mystery of College Admissions

You've heard it a trillion and one times -- so-and-so has a 4.89 GPA, a letter in five varsity sports, is involved in every club (including chess), spends weekends buying groceries for the elderly, but still didn't get in to Yale. Maniacal myth or honest-to-goodness truth?

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College Interview 101

Depending on your personality, you may be eagerly anticipating your college interview or seriously dreading it. Either way, relax! An admissions interview isn't a do-or-die experience.

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Getting into Harvard

While exceptional qualities can certainly boost your chances of getting into Harvard, even regular Joes can make it to the top of the Ivy Tower. Read on to unravel the mysteries of Harvard admission.

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Rankings, Schmankings--How Do I Get Into These Colleges?

Let's see what it will take for you to get into some of these Princeton Review-ranked colleges and universities.

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Planning to Transfer Colleges? 10 Things You Need to Know

Maybe you didn't get into your top school on the first try. Or perhaps you started out at a two-year college and now you want to transfer credits to a four-year university. No matter why you plan to transfer colleges, there are a few things you need to know in order to navigate the process successfully.

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Are College Rankings Ridiculous?

Think of it this way: if an online dating service were to create a list of key factors for bachelors such as "number of serious relationships," "how hot girls think he is," and "comedic aptitude test score" and then rank order them to generate a list of "America's Best Bachelors," how reliable and relevant do you think that information would be for your personal relationship needs?

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Your Basic College-Bound Questions, Answered

From choosing a school to writing your essay to preparing for an admissions interview, applying to college is a process that can leave you with more questions than answers. That's where CollegeBound comes in - we'll get you started on the basics and show you where you can find out more.

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Differences Between Public and Private Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges

The differences between public and private universities and liberal arts colleges in terms of cost, educational experience, and the factors important in the admissions decision.

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13 Things You Didnít Know About College Admissions

Every year, anxious college-bounders and their parents wonder what to expect from the dreaded college admissions process.

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