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The Top 20 Most Selective Colleges

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Posted by Chris Zhang

July 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM

College Admissions

The first thing many people look at when considering colleges is their acceptance rate. A school's acceptance rate is commonly considered a determinant of its quality. The lower the acceptance rate, the better the college is. However, this isn't true all the time. Due to admission strategies like being test-optional or not having any supplements, a college can deflate their acceptance rate. Some schools also have low acceptance rates __unrelated to academic excellence of their admitted students.__ However, lower acceptance rates are a good general indicator of a college's quality. When you look at Harvard's 4.7% acceptance rate, you'll probably think Harvard's quality is better than a college with an 80% acceptance rate. In this article, we'll discuss which colleges have the lowest acceptance rates and why certain schools have such a low acceptance rate.

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Superscoring the SAT

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Posted by Chris Zhang

July 26, 2019 at 2:30 PM

SAT strategies College Admissions

Can't crush the entire SAT in one sitting? Unsatisfied with your scores? Worried about getting into college? The college process is an extremely stressful time for __everyone,__ and as the applicant pool gets bigger and more competitive year by year, this stress is amplified even more. One factor that affects the college admission process is your standardized test scores, and while they can't make or break you, they certainly help your case for getting into college. Even if you aren't good at taking standardized tests, __don't worry.__ Colleges now do a thing called __superscoring.__ This article will discuss what superscoring is, some tips to strategically use superscoring to your advantage, and __every college that superscores the SAT. __ __Note:__ Superscoring the ACT is exactly like superscoring the SAT. However, although many colleges superscore the SAT and ACT, not every college superscores both. If unsure, look at the college of interest's admission website and see their standardized test policies.

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Liberal Arts Colleges: What Are They and Should I Apply to Them?

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Posted by Chris Zhang

July 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Liberal Arts College Admissions

Can I get a job from this college after I graduate? Does this college set me up to go to grad school? What are the sports like? What's the culture like? What's the vibe like? These are some common questions students ask when applying to colleges. Many students focus on the Ivys, the big state schools, or maybe a local school, but one branch of colleges that many students overlook are the __liberal arts colleges.__ This article will help explain what a liberal arts college is and whether a liberal arts college is a right fit for you. Take it from me; I should know since I currently attend one!

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