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Does the Cost of College REALLY Pay Off?

September 15, 2009 By: Brady Norvall Category: Aid for College

This is a difficult question that depends heavily on so many factors. There are many different forms that a college education can take and within these there is an entire spectrum of costs associated, ranging anywhere from a local community college, which can be as low as $20 per credit hour, to a private university where tuition and fees can reach closer to $60,000 per year. But the fact of the matter is, there ARE options. Read the rest of this entry →

College Major of the Week: Sports Management Programs

September 09, 2009 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: College Major Info, Featured programs, Sports management programs

What do you want to be when you grow up? If your dreams of being a super hero, pro athlete or ballerina no longer seem too realistic, you might be wondering what kinds of careers are out there. Since there are thousands of career options, it often seems as if there are too many college majors to choose from. To help you narrow your list of college majors, we’ve decided to start a new series: “College Major of the Week”. Each week we’ll choose one college major to showcase to help you decide what you’d like to do once you become a real-life “grown-up”.

This week’s major: Sports Management Programs


Photo of John McGraw, Manager of the New York Giants, 1905 by Boston Public Library 

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Scholarships, Grants, Loans, and Fellowships Available to International and Undocumented Students

September 08, 2009 By: Taylor Garrett Category: Aid for College, Choosing a College, Finding a scholarship, Grad scholarships, Graduate programs, Loan tips, Loans, Nontraditional scholarships, Scholarships, Student loans, Undergraduate programs

Do you want a new puppy? Are you an international student who wants to attend college in the United States, but can’t afford to? Whether you are coming from abroad, or an uncodumented/illegal alien living here in the United States, there are resources out there to help you find the money to fund your education. Whether you are an undergraduate (enrolling after secondary/high school) or a graduate student (you have attended a college or university and want to continue your studies), this article provides links to help you begin your search. Also, my labrador just had a litter of puppies, and they need a home.

*A hint first: START YOUR SEARCH EARLY!  the deadlines for international scholarships and grants are rigidly set far before the start of the school year, and maybe even before the admission application deadline. *


Photo of International Students by MattCline

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myUsearch Scholarship for Left Handed People

September 04, 2009 By: Jillianne Hamilton Category: Aid for College

According to a 1998 study, roughly seven percent of the world population is left handed, equating to nearly fifty million left handers worldwide. Many theories suggest that left handed individuals are more intelligent and likely to succeed than their right-handed counterparts. All three major candidates in the 1992 U.S. Presidential election were left handed and according to most resources, six U.S. presidents have been left handed.

However, despite the fact that left handed students may be more likely to succeed, there are very few scholarships designed specifically for left handed people. is offering a $1000 scholarship for left handers.

left hand

Photo by Jeff the Trojan.

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College Majors: Passion Vs. Practicality

September 02, 2009 By: Lynn Mattoon Category: College Major Info

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” - Aristotle

I was asked to write on the subject of passion vs. practicality in relation to choosing a college major and the pursuit of a career. It’s a question many of us have struggled with — do I follow my dreams or be practical and go the tried and true career path? Ultimately, I believe you are the only one who can answer this question. Far be it from me to advise the next great novelist, film-maker, artist, actor, or rock star to pursue a degree in health care because these jobs are projected to be in demand. After all, I don’t even know you! But you know you, so I can assist by posing some important questions: Read the rest of this entry →

Senior Year: Sorting Out The Myths

August 31, 2009 By: Julie Manhan Category: Admissions insider, Best College Tips, Get into College

There’s a belief among some students that senior year is a time to take easy classes.  Well, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but if you really want to go to college that’s the last thing you should do.  It seems that every year the same erroneous ideas regarding applying to college manage to make their way into students’ conversations.  They are part of what I refer to as “Hallway Mythology”.


Photo by Kevin Walter 

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Student Loans: To Borrow or Not to Borrow

August 28, 2009 By: Brady Norvall Category: Aid for College, Loan tips, Loans, Student loans, The financial insider

Due to the rising cost of college, over 70% of college students now consider taking out student loans. While these numbers are a sad reflection of the cost of college, the fact is that student loans are very good debt to have. Read the rest of this entry →

Carnies for College: A Carnival of College Tips

August 26, 2009 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Best College Tips

This week, has the privilege of hosting a very special carnival. I know what your thinking. Mmmmm….elephant ears and cotton candy, ferris wheels and six foot stuffed animals. But we’ve got something even better than deep fried dough and spindles of refined sugar. We’ve pulled together all of the best college bloggers to create one long list of college advice - The Carnival of College Admissions. And unlike elephant ears that are 719 calories with 32 grams of fat per serving, you can have as many links as you want and you won’t even gain a pound! Eat up!


Photo by edenpictures

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Top 10 Tips for Your College Move-in Day

August 25, 2009 By: Andy Burns Category: Campus Life, Housing, What to bring

As the crisp, cool air overtakes the dog days heat of August and as the leaves start to show their fall hues,  the signs are imminet  The start of college is right around the corner.  For many students, this will be their first time away from home.  Living in a dormitory with new faces and new personalities can be overwhelming.  While that can be true, it’s also an exciting opportunity for you to meet other people and to expand your horizons. 


dormroom photo by borman818  

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Anonymous Student Wins myUsearch Scholarship

August 23, 2009 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Top Stories

myUsearch has just announced the winner of its scholarship for international and undocumented students: Student X. Student X, who must stay anonymous to protect herself and her family, was brought to the US by her parents when she was only five months old. After several attempts to become legal US citizens, her family decided that if they wanted to provide a better life for their children, they would have no choice but to stay in the country illegally. So, like the thousands of other undocumented students in this country, Student X grew up as a normal US student and came to know the United States as her home……until she graduated from high school and realized she was not eligible for in-state tuition or financial aid.


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10 Tips to Good Grades

August 19, 2009 By: John Spiropoulos Category: Alumni advice, Best College Tips

Some things, like going to class, seem obvious. But there is a huge temptation to skip class in college. There’s a lot of other things to do that you might find more interesting than, say, “density functional theory.” Unlike high school, many college classes don’t take attendance. And if you’re living away from home, your parents aren’t there to make sure you get to class.

kid sleeping

Photo by rofltosh.

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The Social Side of Dual Enrollment

August 17, 2009 By: Pauline Diaz Category: College Tips

With dual enrollment programs, high school students can take college classes and earn credits for free or reduced fees, but unlike AP or IB, classes are taken through an actual college. These programs are a great a way to try out college-level work and save on tuition, but what about the social side of dual enrollment? Here are some things to consider:

photo by Jake Shepherd

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Obama and Community Colleges: How Does It Help You?

August 13, 2009 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Top Stories

Today we have a guest post from Kelsey Murray:

Kelsey Murray is a junior at the University of Oklahoma studying advertising. She also writes about news, trends and advice for college students at, an educational resource helping students at all stages of the education process find student loans, scholarships, testing advice and more.

As a college student, I rarely pay attention to the news and politics. There’s nothing I can do about the drought in Eastern Africa and politics don’t typically interest me because they don’t apply to me. But now, with President Obama in office, things are starting to get a bit more interesting and applicable to me.


Photo by Jurvetson 

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10 Tips For College Freshmen

August 11, 2009 By: Jillianne Hamilton Category: Best College Tips, Campus Life, College Tips

Last week, our friends over at Unigo published a great back to school guide with a ton of tips for college freshman,  including links and videos with helpful advice for those of you starting college for the first time. After checking this out, it made me wonder what tips I’d give to college freshman. As a wise old sophmore in college, I think it’s my duty to tell you a few things.

Here are some basic tips for your first year away from home.

Image courtesy of foundphotoslj.

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Does an Ivy League Education Pay Off?

August 10, 2009 By: Pauline Diaz Category: Best College Tips, Choosing a College, US College rankings

Last month, the Princeton Review released their annual college rankings, listing off the nation’s biggest party schools, best college towns and nicest dorms. And while you may be thinking about those factors as you shop for schools, maybe it’s worthwhile to look ahead: recently released an interesting report of college graduate salary statistics. Is your dream school worth the price of tuition?

 photo by L. E. MacDonald

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Moving Back Home After Graduation

August 06, 2009 By: Kate Scozzaro Category: Top Stories

College seniors have 3 things on their minds: Finding a job, getting some money, and building a future. There’s a catch though. If you don’t find the job, you won’t have the money to build your future. Momma’s Boy, Daddy’s Little Girl. Nicknames that show you rely on your parents in one way or another were not always cool… until now. Moving back home after graduation has been the latest trend for clear economical reasons and you’re not seen as a total dork either!


 College graduation picture by Miss Karen 

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Obama’s New Student Loan: What It Means to You

August 04, 2009 By: Taylor Garrett Category: Aid for College, Student loans

As a liberal arts student in college, I make it my business to know nothing about accounting, finance, banking, or lending. Yes, I currently receive federal financial aid—both subsidized and unsubsidized, direct and indirect—but I make a concerted effort to ignore the differences, disregard the fine print, and defer to my parents. I just trust that either they understand it, or if they don’t, money is money, right? We all have different ways of paying for college, and it usually just comes down to meeting that magic tuition number. For those of us not fortunate enough to encounter a bag of unmarked bills on the sidewalk or receive an envelope of mafia hush-money, there are good ol’ federal loans to help us get to that number.


 Obama photo by transplanted mountaineer

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myUsearch Mommy Goes to College Scholarship

July 31, 2009 By: Jillianne Hamilton Category: Aid for College, Scholarships

Yup, now mommies too can win some cash through a scholarship. You could win a $1000 for answering our essay question by essay or video. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2009. Below are the requirements for entering.

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My Best College Application Advice

July 27, 2009 By: Julie Manhan Category: Admissions insider, Application tips, Best College Tips

Every year, more and more students choose to apply online - a trend I’m happy to see as we become more environmentally responsible.  However, in some students’ minds, online applications seem to trigger a response that says, “It’s just another online form.  How hard can it be?”  The truth is, it’s not “just another online form”.  It’s your chance to make a great first impression - or not. Read the rest of this entry →

The Real College Story

July 24, 2009 By: Kate Scozzaro Category: Best College Tips, Campus Life

Four years of high school felt like forever. You work your way up from being a tiny freshman to a big bad senior through endless homework assignments, cliques, school dances, breakups, sports teams, puberty, and the dream of graduation day. It seems like just yesterday that I was walking across that stage receiving my diploma… that’s how fast the last 3 years have gone by. In less than a month, I’ll be a big bad senior again. A college senior! I almost can’t believe it. So what was college really like when I look back on it?


 Collegeboy photo by weifly


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