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

Student Athletes: College Planning Tips

Sep 19, 2011 11:18:00 AM

Do you have what it takes to compete in college? Many student athletes dream of playing on their college team...if college coaches at either the Division I or the Division II level contact you, you can feel confident that you may have the ability to compete in college at this level.

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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

Free College Planning Tips for Writing a Killer College Essay!

Sep 9, 2011 3:00:00 PM

You've succeeded in your high school career and must now lay your ambitions and goals clearly across paper as you seek another academic endeavor. Colleges ask for essays to help reveal who you are as a person, how far you’ve come intellectually and what your beliefs, values and personal choices are. A college essay is a mission statement and an entrance exam, an interview and a student profile. It is important because at no other time has your immediate future relied so heavily upon your ambitions, goals and education. It should provide a framework upon which all your education has built and reflect a sense of passion, a logical grasp of what you have and how you’ll progress, and an optimistic look at your future.

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Topics: College Essays

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 for High School Students