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4 Times ‘Gilmore Girls’ Lorelai Made Rory’s College Career Harder

As long-time superfans of this show, we couldn’t be happier about a new Gilmore Girls! But as college admissions experts, they had us cringing at Lorelai and her attitude surrounding Rory’s college search process. Don’t get us wrong: We love Lorelai! Coffee coffee coffee! But a lot of her choices during Rory’s final Chilton years and how she supports (or doesn’t support) Rory’s decision-making process is a parent’s college search nightmare…

Free Planning-for-College Resources Help Families Make the Most of College Visits

To make the most of college visits, Sallie Mae – the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company – has five essential tips for families.

Rank the College Before the Campus Visit

It was simple really. I wanted to get a sense of what my college-bound teen thought about a particular college before we went on the campus visit. So, I came up with a simple question to get him to rank a college before the campus visit.

Get Ready to Accept an Offer of Admission

College admission offers are in and now my son is evaluating which option is the best fit. Another round of college visits is coming up.

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What is ZeeMee? Everything You Need to Know About The Admissions-Friendly Social Media

ZeeMee is a college admissions specific social media tool, allowing a student to create a multimedia profile about themselves to be viewed by counselors. At this writing, over 220 colleges and universities and 15,000 high schools partner with ZeeMee, so there’s a good chance you or your student already is, or about to be, on the ZeeMee bandwagon. Find out more …

4 Times ‘Gilmore Girls’ Lorelai Made Rory’s College Career Harder

As long-time superfans of this show, we couldn’t be happier about a new Gilmore Girls! But as college admissions experts, they had us cringing at Lorelai and her attitude surrounding Rory’s college search process. Don’t get us wrong: We love Lorelai! Coffee coffee coffee! But a lot of her choices during Rory’s final Chilton years and how she supports (or doesn’t support) Rory’s decision-making process is a parent’s college search nightmare…

Attacked by Zombies is not an excuse

Admission deadline. DEADline. No, we don’t mean the punk rock band, we...

Still Deciding Where To Apply? Try a Pros and Cons List

If you are still deciding where to apply to college or which colleges are on your top 5 list, then it’s time to make a pros and cons list.

Being A Tall Poppy

— Is standing out in a college admissions interview good or bad?

5 Tips for High School Students Interested in an Arts College

– 5 key tips for the high school student interested in an art and design college. Whether on your college visit or attending a college preview program, learn steps to help turn what you love into a career after you graduate.

The Secret Life of a Stealth Applicant

Are you a stealth applicant? In today’s high-tech, on-demand, online world of click-touch-swipe, this cadre of college-bound teens see themselves as web-savvy college researchers navigating the path to their academic futures. Some college admissions officers, however, see them differently.

College Admission Decisions: Admitted, Denied, or Deferred

It’s mid-December and that means that email notifications and letters have started hitting the inboxes and mail boxes of high school students who applied to college as Early Decision or Early Action applicants. Take the appropriate action based on what the notification letter says.

From ordinary to organized: Make the most of your dorm room

Begin college organized and you’ll be on your way to an easy transition from home to dorm. Check out these 6 tips for an organized dorm room.

St. Lawrence University – 1st Year Experience

If you’re wondering what your 1st year experience will be like once you get into college, you’re not alone. Taking that big, next step is exciting for some and terrifying for others. Colleges know this and can help.

Smart College Search Tip #1

College Search tip: Search for colleges near activities you enjoy, like “colleges near ski resorts.”

The Perks of Performing Arts Centers

You may think that university arts centers are only for music and theater majors, but you’d be wrong. They are so much more and performing arts centers can, and should be, an important part of college life.

CORT Helps with College Students’ Furniture while Parents Relax

Got the college move-in blues? Stressed? Need help with college students’ furniture? Maybe renting furniture is the option for you.

The Bare Necessities (for a College Dorm)

Don’t leave home for college without the right college dorm necessities!

College Dorm Move-in Just Got Easier with DormCo

Smart College Visit partners with DormCo to help you find exactly what you need for your college dorm move-in. Check out our list of college dorm must-haves!

Earth Day Facts for College Grads

Graduating college soon? How will you fit into your new life environmentally? Check out these Earth Day Facts as you plan your future.

Mind Over College Prep Matters 

Mind over college prep matters is a life skill parents and students can continue to use in college and beyond.

Visiting Colleges in Chicago? Consider a Weekend in the Windy City

Chicago is my kind of town. From the breathtaking architecture, to the fabulous shopping on the Magnificent Mile, to their infamous Chicago pizza, the city offers visitors a plethora of activities for a weekend visit. If you’re visiting any of the colleges in the Chicago area, why pass up an opportunity to spend the weekend in the Windy City?

Visit St. Lawrence University

You know that any university can look good in a brochure, which is why a campus visit is such a valuable tool in your college search. Here’s how to get the most out of your visit to St. Lawrence University.

How I Chose Coastal Carolina University

There are a ton of things to consider when picking a college. In the end, my decision came down to choosing between which opportunities I could take advantage of immediately and what the location of the school was like.

Ditch Those Preconceived Notions!

— Planning to visit New York City? In addition to the bright lights of the big city, you’ll find big opportunities for learning at the college level. From urban colleges to sprawling campuses, NYC is not only a great place to visit, it’s a great place to visit colleges!

Give your Florida College Visits a Boost – Free!

– Planning campus visits to Florida colleges? You can be a student touring campuses AND be a tourist all on the same trip! The sunshine state has much to offer including tours of the Kennedy Space Center and free rocket launches!

New SCV Video: Going On College Tours

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College Tour Tip #5: Research, research, research

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College Tour Tip: Visit 1st Choice School Last

A surprising college tour tip is to visit your first choice last. Visit your...

Scholarships – Free College Money

Does free college money sound good to you? Try the Sallie Mae Scholarship Search.

Don’t Miss the FAFSA Show

The FAFSA Show is a must-see for anyone interested in money for college. Don’t miss it! It’s the most important thing you can do for college money.

Q & A with Paying for College Expert Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae brought their expertise on the FAFSA and paying for college to CampusChat, Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Read the Q&A for expert FAFSA tips.

Free Planning-for-College Resources Help Families Make the Most of College Visits

To make the most of college visits, Sallie Mae – the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company – has five essential tips for families.

Sallie Mae Releases National Study: How America Pays for College

Now in its ninth edition, How America Pays for College 2016, a national study by Sallie Mae and Ipsos, is an annual report that looks at undergraduate families’ attitudes toward college, how much they spent, and the sources they used to pay for it.

How to Break the Financial Aid Award Letter Code

To break the financial aid award letter code, Sallie Mae — the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company — recommends the following tips in the infographic below. See SallieMae.com/AwardLetters for more information about paying for college.

St. Lawrence University – 1st Year Experience

If you’re wondering what your 1st year experience will be like once you get into college, you’re not alone. Taking that big, next step is exciting for some and terrifying for others. Colleges know this and can help.

Visit St. Lawrence University

You know that any university can look good in a brochure, which is why a campus visit is such a valuable tool in your college search. Here’s how to get the most out of your visit to St. Lawrence University.

Next on #CampusChat: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

What is a “liberal arts education?” Find out on our next #CampusChat !

Scholarship Searches Don’t Take a Holiday

As the holidays approach, students everywhere are looking forward to kicking back, sleeping in, and basically taking it easy. Although it may be tempting, this is not a good idea if you’re hoping to win college scholarship money.

Transferring Colleges Mid-Year

You may have strong reasons for considering transferring colleges mid-year after only a single semester, but in many cases there are compelling reasons to wait it out for at least one more term.

Avoiding College Scholarship Scams

Unfortunately, many scholarship pages listed on a scholarship search are click-bait by companies whose main goal is to get as much information as possible from unsuspecting students. Learn how to spot a shady scholarship with these tips.

College Prep Tips for Winter Break – Next on CampusChat

Brr! It’s cold outside (in some places), warm or cold, you don’t want to miss CampusChat this Thursday! We’ve got college prep tips !

5 College Scholarships with December Deadlines

Don’t let the holiday rush keep you from applying for these five college scholarships with December deadlines. Students can devote some of their holiday break to the task.

Sallie Mae Scholarship Chat

Did you miss the excellent Scholarships #CampusChat with Sallie Mae? No worries! Find the whole Q&A here.

Scholarships – Free College Money

Does free college money sound good to you? Try the Sallie Mae Scholarship Search.

Trusted Eyes Find College Scholarship Mistakes

Error-free college scholarship applications are a must, and trusted eyes will help you find college scholarship mistakes before you submit your applications.

Campus Visits: The Super Bowl of Choosing a College

Colleges can create any kind of experience possible during campus visits. Some will do so differently — and better — than others. What’s been your experience?

University of New Haven – National Security Studies

Major in truth, justice, and the American way! The University of New Haven offers National Security Studies through the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. Be one of the good guys (white hat optional).

Jump Right In To UNH’s Marine Biology Program

As a freshman in University of New Haven’s Marine Biology Program, you’ll discover quickly that when the program description says “Jump Right In,” take it literally.

Explore UNH: A New Campus Visitor’s Guide for University of New Haven

February 6, 2013: In response to the growing popularity of mobile devices,...

Focal Points: University of New Haven

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier institution recognized as...

University of New Haven: Before, During, & After You Visit

BEFORE You Visit UNH: Explore all of the campus visit programs and choose...

Smart Learning: Forensic Science at University of New Haven

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Smart College Visit Photo Friday: University of New Haven

The University of New Haven Chargers www.newhaven.edu For information...