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Tips for Completing Your Applications

  1.  Know your deadlines.

  2.  Read all of the instructions.

  3.  Provide all of the required information.

  4.  Proofread, proofread and proofread again.

  5.  Be honest.

  6.  Choose your recommendations wisely.

  7.  Make sure your essay represents who you are.

  8.  Request copies of your high school                                transcripts. 

  9.  Keep copies of everything.

10. Confirm that your application arrived.


The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is deeply connected to our learning process. At night the brain takes information that we learn through the day and stores it in our minds. Without sleep, the brain can’t process what you have learned and it is not efficiently stored in your long term memory.

As students, a lack of sleep can have a large effect on our ability to learn during the day. A tired mind finds it harder to concentrate in class, and skipping lectures because of tiredness can become a problem. Read more at

Colleges & Universities: What's the Right fit?

Part of finding the right college or university for you will, of course, be picking out the criteria that matter most to you, and then seeing if any of the colleges or universities you're looking at fit those criteria. 

The overall culture of your college may play as big a role in your future success as your degree. Figuring out what's important to you will help you narrow the field when choosing a college, and you may discover some options that hadn't even been on your radar! Read more at

How Do You Make Studying More Fun?

Now, “fun” is really a relative term here. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys reviewing algebraic formulas as much as hanging out with your best friend, playing your favorite game, or cuddling with a puppy, then more power to you, because you have a rare and truly magical gift. But if you’re like most people, studying can be something of a chore—an important chore from which you will emerge prepared and more knowledgeable, but a chore nonetheless. Read more at

In The News
12 Higher Education Trends to Empower Student Success in 2018

Student success is currently one of the biggest priorities for higher education institutions— and for good reason. The six-year graduation rate of under-graduate students in the United States who enrolled in the fall of 2009 and sought bachelor’s degrees at four-years is only 59%.


November 28, 2017

36 Things You Should Know Before Starting College 

Graduating high school is a feat in and of itself, and you learn many lessons in your 12 years of public schooling (most of which were not taught in the classroom). If you're starting college, it can seem pretty overwhelming.

May 2, 2016

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