College Planning: Making good use of college visits

Sep 27, 2011 9:47:00 AM

I'll be honest, when I was searching for colleges, I didn't make good use of my college visits. I dragged my parents from Maine to North Carolina in search of the perfect school...we may have visited 50 institutions of higher education. Yet, at most of these schools, I never even got out of the car. I'd make a snap judgment and ask my parents to move on. It's no surprise that two thirds of the colleges I actually applied to were those where I went on a tour and got some additional information. While I loved the choice I made in the end, the fact is that there could have been many other schools that appealed to me if I gave them a chance.

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Topics: College Planning

Colleges in Rhode Island Fared Well on U.S. News College Rankings

Sep 14, 2011 9:35:00 AM

Yesterday, U.S. News released its annual college ranking lists, and colleges in Rhode Island fared well. While college rankings are a good way of researching schools and learning about school reputations, remember to take them with a grain of salt. Just because a school isn't on the top of a ranking list doesn't mean it isn't the best option for you or doesn't offer good programs! Not every school is considered on every list, so remember to only use these as a general guide. 

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Topics: College Planning

Which college in Rhode Island is right for you?

Sep 6, 2011 11:18:00 AM

Picking the right colleges in Rhode Island to check out and, ultimately, go to, is a big decision. The very first step is to compile the information that will help you make the best choice.

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Topics: Borrowing for College

Pay for College! A Few Tips to Finding Scholarships in RI

Sep 1, 2011 11:00:00 AM

Making the decision to go to college is a huge one, but now you have to figure out how to pay for it. With the US Department of Education reporting tuition and room and board costs on the rise over the last 10 years as much as 32%, it is more important than ever to be careful as you explore all your options for paying for college. There are numerous scholarships in RI that can help students cover at least part of their education.

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Topics: Scholarships