Schools With High Graduation Rates

carletonAs you continue to finalize your college list and contemplate which school is your first choice, you may want to consider graduation rates. It can be often overlooked, but obstacles such as illness or financial distress can and delay graduation.

According to one study, 59% of students who started at four-year schools in the fall of 2006 graduated by 2012. Please find the ten schools with the highest graduation rates below, and see this article for more details. Kudos to Carleton College for topping the list!

School name (state) 4-year graduation rate U.S. News rank and category
Carleton College (MN) 91% 8 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Georgetown University (DC) 91% 21 (tie), National Universities
University of Notre Dame (IN) 90.7% 18 (tie), National Universities
Columbia University (NY) 90.3% 4 (tie), National Universities
Davidson College (NC) 90.2% 9 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Princeton University (NJ) 90.2% 1, National Universities
Washington University in St. Louis 90.2% 15 (tie), National Universities
College of the Holy Cross (MA) 90.1% 32 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Pomona College (CA) 90.1% 4 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Colgate University (NY) 89.7% 19 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges


November 15 Early Application Deadline is Coming Up

occidentalIf you feel like you missed the boat on early applications, think again! There are lots of schools whose Early Action and Early Decision deadlines are Nov. 15 or even Dec. 1, which gives you ample time to get an application out to a dream school. Occidental College is one example, and accepts the Common App, requiring only four additional questions to complete the application. Take a look at the questions below to see if you're up for the challenge!

  1. There are thousands of colleges and universities. Why are you applying to Occidental? In your opinion, what distinguishes it from your other choices? (175 words maximum)
  2. While we realize your interests may change in college, what are your current academic and intellectual curiosities? (175 words maximum)
  3. Our values are shaped over time. What learning experience transformed your thinking during your high school years? It could be a class assignment, a book, a film, an academic interaction – anything that inspired you to view an issue through a different lens and alter your opinion. (175 words maximum)
  4. Everyone has a personality quirk. What's your idiosyncrasy, and how does it reflect your distinct character? (128 words maximum)
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Where Should I Go to College?

puzzleThere are thousands of colleges in the United States, and trying to decide which one is the best fit can feel a lot like tackling an enormous puzzle. Fortunately, you've probably narrowed down your list by now, and would be relatively happy attending any of the schools you're applying to, but what if you end up getting accepted to a few different schools.  First off all, it's always nice to have choices, and secondly, which college you decide to attend might just come down to whether to stay close to home or to travel farther afield. If considering the latter, this article gives some great insight into what you might have missed staying close to home. In the end, there's no right or wrong decision, and your college experience will be what you make of it.

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Can I Submit More Than One Version of my Common App Essay?

commonappNow that many of the early application deadlines have passed, students may be wondering whether or not they can change their Common App main essay if/when they submit applications to other schools. While in the past the number of drafts submitted has been limited, it is now possible to submit a different version of your essay each time you submit an application. This can give students some necessary breathing room when wanting to tailor their main essay to a particular school or program.

Click here for answers to other frequently asked questions about applying via the Common App.

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SAT Score Reports Are Delayed

the-official-sat-study-guide-college-board_MLB-F-4659889379_0720131-911x392Students who rushed their SAT scores in order to make the November 1 early application deadline, may have received the below note from The College Board letting them know that their reports will most likely be arriving late. Fortunately, The College Board is reaching out to colleges, and students will in no way be penalized for this delay. Nonetheless, it's another added stress to families worried about getting all of their materials in on time, as well as to colleges wanting to stick to their notification dates.

Dear Student,

Processing of rush SAT® score report orders placed on or after Oct. 15, 2015, is taking longer than expected, and your scores are among a set that have not yet been sent to universities. We will deliver score reports as soon as possible. For colleges that allow self-reporting on their applications, you can view your scores online and report them directly.

We are reaching out to colleges with early action/early decision deadlines of Nov. 1 to make them aware of the situation, and we are encouraging them be flexible should scores arrive late.

If you ordered your score reports for rush delivery on or after Oct. 15, you will receive a refund of the $31 fee if your order was not fulfilled within two business days from the time your order was placed. Please allow 5–10 business days for the credit to appear on your credit card or PayPal account.

We recognize the importance of timely score delivery and apologize for the inconvenience.

The College Board

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Don't Miss Out on Applying Early to George Washington

gw_txt_4cp_pos_0Most students have already caught on that applying early decision gives you an added edge in the admissions process. If you can narrow down your college list to one dream school, don't miss your chance! Over the years, the Common App has revolutionized the college application process, making it easier for students to apply to multiple schools resulting in confusion as to which students will accept offers if admitted.

For more information on how this has affected George Washington's admissions process, don't miss this article. In short, GW had a significant drop in early admission applicants in 2014 receiving 1,089 applications, nearly half of what the University brought in in previous years. As a result, the University admitted 65 percent of those applicants, 21 percent more than the overall admission rate that year. So if you feel like GW is a good fit for you, applying early decision can only help!

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New York University Has 27 Additional Essay Questions

nyuNew York University had a record year with more than 60,000 students applying this past season, and approximately 2,500 students applied early. If you are one of the thousands applying early this year, definitely check out your Essay RoadMap to confirm that there are no additional program-specific essay questions that you may have overlooked. Each year, we have several students emailing us post-deadline saying that they wished they would have checked the non-required questions as they had missed a key essay.

While NYU has one required supplemental essay, there are 27 additional program-specific essay questions that are not easily found! Here is a list of several programs that you'll need to submit an additional essay for:

Dental Hygiene Program
Drama Directing program
Drama Production & Design program
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Music Education Program
Steinhardt’s Music Business Program
Steinhardt’s Music Technology Program
Steinhardt’s Studio Art Program
Tisch Cinema Studies program
Tisch Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
Tisch Dramatic Writing Program
Tisch Game Design Program
Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
Tisch Photography and Imaging

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Early Deadline Coming Up for Stanford University on November 1

stanfordColleges really want to get to know you during the college application process, and it's also a great opportunity for students to get to know themselves better! There are so many changes going on both on the inside and on the outside, that taking a moment to check in with yourself can get easily overlooked. College essays force you to look within, some use a more subtle method, and others in a much more deep and obvious way.

If you're applying to Stanford, it can be quite clear that the school wants to learn about you and what makes you tick. Take a look at some of Stanford's questions below. Even if you won't be applying to Stanford, if will still provide you with a valuable moment of introspection that you can keep with you long after the college application process is forgotten.

A) Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.

B) Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better.

C) What matters to you, and why?

D) Briefly respond to the following seven inquiries so we can get to know you better. Do not feel compelled to use complete sentences.

  1. Name your favorite books, authors, films, and/or artists
  2. What newspapers, magazines, and/or websites do you enjoy?
  3. What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?
  4. How did you spend your last two summers?
  5. What were your favorite events (e.g., performances, exhibits, competitions, conferences, etc.) in recent years?
  6. What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
  7. What five words best describe you?


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Fall SAT Scores Are Released

Always good to check in with yourself now and then.

Always good to check in with yourself now and then!

As students continue to plug away at their early admissions applications, all the while trying to determine whether or not they will be accepted to their top-choice schools, one important piece of the puzzle has come in. SAT scores were released yesterday, bringing with them a flood of emotions. . . .Whether you feel satisfied or disappointed, take a moment to appreciate yourself for all the effort you have put into the process thus far. And remember amidst all the pressures, hopes, and dreams, that ultimately you will end up at the right place for you, and your four years of college will give you back as much as you put into them. There are over 2,000 colleges across the United States, and while they don't all make the news with the same frequency, there are outstanding human beings that emerge from all of them and live on to accomplish amazing things. That could be you, no matter what college you end up attending!

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