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College Dorm Items Worth the Investment

July 16, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Best College Tips, Campus Life

If you or your child are heading to college this fall, you are probably a little stressed out about the move. The best advice I can give you is to SIMPLIFY! When I moved in to my college dorm, I was so worried about having everything that I needed; I bought much more than I should have. I hassled with my clutter all year and ended up throwing a bunch of it out at the end of the year. Remember: Your dorm room is tiny!

With that said, there are a few things that you will certainly need. The following is a list of bigger, more expensive items that are worth spending money on. I will follow-up with a list of smaller items, but I thought I’d start big so you can budget.

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Journalism Degrees for a Web 2.0 Generation

July 14, 2008 By: Jillianne Hamilton Category: Choosing a College, College Major Info

Once upon a time, YouTube was a place to watch silly videos. Now, about ten hours of video is uploaded to the site every minute and many of those videos are actually news. A Google search of “news blog” brought up over a billion hits. Many people like watching or reading the news on the internet, rather than watching it at five o’clock — It’s just more convenient. So, are journalism programs implementing new media (online videos, websites, blogs) into their curriculum?


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How To Find A Student Loan

July 11, 2008 By: Laura Kruse Category: Aid for College, Loans

Whether you’re heading off to college this fall or in a couple years, it’s never too early to start figuring out how to pay for college. Even after scholarships and parental contribution, the reality is that you’re probably going to have to take out a student loan. According to, about 65% of students at 4-year colleges take out loans. After you’re sure it’s the best option for you (remember, student loans are scary), it’s time to start hunting for a loan.

Disclaimer: I’m just a kid starting college this fall. This is what I’ve personally learned going through the financial aid process and I am not any kind of financial aid advisor.


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Secrets from a Financial Aid Officer: Top mistakes students and families make

July 09, 2008 By: Rod Bugarin Category: Aid for College

If you thought applying to college was stressful, applying for financial aid is even more daunting. Applying for financial aid can be challenging because you are sharing sensitive financial information on long and complicated forms.

As seniors and their parents put the final touches on their financial aid applications, learn from the following mistakes that many families make about financing a college education.

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The DO’s and DON’Ts of the College Essay

July 07, 2008 By: David Petersam Category: Admissions insider, College application essays

Last time, we discussed how to approach the college essay. Now, before you take a pen to paper (or keyboard to monitor), there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind as you write your application masterpiece.

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Green Careers For A Greener Planet

July 04, 2008 By: Jillianne Hamilton Category: College Major Info, Employment trends

Ever since Al Gore made An Inconvenient Truth, “going green” has been the topic of discussion. It’s sad that a film had to be the one thing to make us see that our planet isn’t disposable, but nevertheless, some colleges and universities are finally jumping on the green wagon to offer green degrees for students looking to make a difference environmentally and globally.


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Will New GI Bill Help or Hurt Fight Against Iraq?

July 02, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Military aid, Top Stories

On Monday, President Bush signed a $162 billion war spending bill into law. The new bill will increase educational benefits for service members who have served at least three years on active duty. Veterans will be eligible for up to 100% of their full tuition fees and will receive a monthly housing stipend, a tutoring allowance of up to $1200 and $1000 dollars per year for textbooks and supplies.

On the surface, this bill seems like a much needed improvement to the benefits our armed forces receive, but will the benefits really outweigh the costs to our country and our troops?


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When to Hire a Private College Admissions Counselor

June 30, 2008 By: Brady Norvall Category: Admissions insider, Get into College, The recruiter insider

Of course, like everything, every student has different needs.  It is not universally true that every high schooler undergoing the college application process needs to hire an admission “expert”. Granted, hardly any who call themselves such truly know much more than any guidebook could tell you.  There is, however, one thing that is indisputable: all young people need advocates in their lives.  Sadly, a common trend in education, private and public, alike, is that the high school guidance and college counseling departments are too overworked and underfunded to offer much more than one or two generic meetings to discuss the local and in-state university landscape.  Not to mention, they all too often quickly dismiss certain universities as unrealistic and impossible for the student to gain admission.  There have been very few instances that I can recall where I have said to someone that he/she can’t gain admission somewhere.  It’s just not a good habit to practice.  With the constantly changing state of the college admission process, you might want to look into hiring a private counselor if you meet any of the following criteria….


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Don’t Become a Slave to Your Student Loans

June 27, 2008 By: Laura Kruse Category: Aid for College, Loans

Many people dream of graduating from college and moving into that picturesque American lifestyle: An interesting job. A marriage. A house. A speedy car. Kids, a dog and trips to the coast on holidays. And then it hits, the student loan payments show up in a burning red bill every month. Student loans can be dangerous and cause the suspension of that picturesque life for many, many years. Be smart about student loans.


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College Essays: Do You Have the Write Stuff?

June 25, 2008 By: David Petersam Category: Best College Tips, College application essays, Get into College

You’ve accomplished a great GPA, you’ve made hash of the standardized test, and you’ve managed to squeeze in some great extra-curricular activities. But suddenly, you come to a screeching halt as you stare at a blank page, facing the ultimate test.

The college application essay.


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myUsearch Scholarship Might Go Unclaimed

June 23, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Aid for College, Scholarships

About a month ago, myUsearch launched a $1000 scholarship for students frustrated with college admissions. We are very excited to give this scholarship to a worthy candidate, but we have a slight problem — we hardly have any candidates.

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Keeping Safe On Campus

June 20, 2008 By: Jillianne Hamilton Category: Campus Life

Campus crimes are on the rise. These crimes, for the most part, include theft, sexual assault and aggravated assault. Ninety percent of these crimes involve drinking, a popular past-time for college students. Here are some simple tips to stay safe on campus.


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What I Learned Getting Into Yale

June 16, 2008 By: Laura Kruse Category: College Tips, Get into College

I started seriously looking at college applications last summer. A year ago, I never would have guessed I’d end up going to Yale. It wasn’t even on my list. If there’s one thing I learned about the college admissions process, it’s to always keep an open mind.


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Boomers Go Back to School

June 13, 2008 By: Alexandra Demos Category: Nontraditional programs, The Nontraditional Student

A master’s degree at 52? Taking art history classes at 65? These ages don’t sound like the traditional college student, but then again, baby boomers are never the type to stick to tradition. Baby boomers are conventionally defined as anyone born between 1946 and 1964, and the U.S. Census estimates more than 75 million people fall into this generation. Yet as their age increases, more and more boomers are bucking retirement and hitting the books. 


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Private Colleges May Be Affordable After All

June 11, 2008 By: Jillianne Hamilton Category: Choosing a College

Not all of us are born into a life of silver spoons and trust funds and thus, we middle-class folk only dream of attending private colleges or universities.

But that old adage of public universities being cheaper than private schools has recently been thrown out the window.


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An Ivy League Essay: You in 500 Words or Less

June 09, 2008 By: Laura Kruse Category: Get into College

While sparkling SAT test scores and a flawless transcript put you in the running for Ivy League admissions, your college essay can make or break your application. There are a few important things to keep in mind when writing your college essay.

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It’s Not Too Early: A Step By Step Guide to Get Into College

June 06, 2008 By: Brady Norvall Category: Admissions insider, Best College Tips, Get into College

No matter how much anyone tells you that you can prepare for the college application process beforehand, it’s inevitable that it will, ultimately, feel like a time-crunch. Too often, the process seems like a race against the clock. And, along with everything else going on during the senior year, organization is essential if you want to enjoy the admissions process or more importantly, enjoy your senior year.

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Ways To Make Money While In College

June 04, 2008 By: Jillianne Hamilton Category: Aid for College

Everybody knows that it’s hard to save money while attending college. Everything costs money. For the first time (for many), we’re paying for traveling costs instead of just borrowing the family van, paying for our own meals, washing our own clothes, et cetera. Because of busy class schedules, a part-time job might not be a possibility for many students. So, how can a student make money?

Here are a few creative ways to make a few bucks while in college.

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Top Ten Ways to Get Into the Ivy League

June 04, 2008 By: David Petersam Category: Admissions insider, Get into College

So you’re contemplating applying to an Ivy League school. Getting into the “elite of the elite” -Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Yale— is extremely difficult, but its not impossible. The following is a list of tips to help you win the Ivy admissions game. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee your admission, but these tips will certainly provide you with solid direction in your application process.

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myUsearch Looking for Video Bloggers

June 02, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Top Stories

myUsearch is searching for high school and college students to explore the truth behind the college experience. Our video bloggers produce short videos to help new students choose, apply for and pay for college, and the best part is….. the position is paid.

video camera

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