316 Colleges with Non-Binding Early Action Plans

316 Colleges with Non-Binding Early Action Plans

What Major Best Fits Your Personality? Find out here. Want to know where you are going to college by December? So do a lot of students, which is why Early Decision (ED) programs are so popular. Watch out though. ED plans have their pitfalls. What if you realize you’d actually prefer to attend another school? What if you change your mind? Too bad. What if the financial aid package isn’t so great? Sorry. You’re stuck. You have very limited negotiating power when you can’t show a college any competing offers. Early Decision is limiting, and while for some students that admissions advantage makes it a worthwhile choice, in general, I’d recommend Early Action (EA) plans instead. EA plans will give you your decision just as early as ED plans but without the downsides. You are not required to attend a school you are admitted to through an EA program, and you can apply to more schools in the regular round so that you can compare aid offers. In many cases, you can even apply to multiple schools through EA so that you can have multiple offers by December. Sure, the admissions advantage of EA may be smaller than for ED, but for many schools, early applicant pools still have slightly higher admissions rates than in the regular pool. Below, you’ll find of list of colleges that offer EA programs (data thanks to College Lists). With the exception of the few schools on this list marked as “single choice,” apply to as many of these colleges as you want early and get your decision before regular applications at most colleges...
Stuck on a Wait List? Find out How to Get Off.

Stuck on a Wait List? Find out How to Get Off.

Waitlisted. It is an awful feeling being stuck in limbo all summer not knowing exactly where you’ll end up in the fall. But if you’ve been waitlisted at your dream school, the wait might be worth it. Don’t get your hopes up too high. Most schools today waitlist hundreds or thousands of students only to end up accepting a few dozen and in some cases, none at all. But every year, there are many students around the country who get into colleges off the wait list, and you could be one of them. Here’s what you need to do: 1)      Don’t just wait It is not really a “wait” list. It is an action list. Don’t sit around and wait to see if a college will take you. If you accept your spot on the wait list and sit back and relax, you aren’t going to get in. Unlike wait lists for soccer camp that usually take people off on a first come, first served basis, college wait lists are typically pretty disorganized. Colleges don’t have some preset order that tells them who to take off the wait list should space become available. The students who are the forefront of the admissions officers’ minds are the ones who get accepted. Be memorable. Staying active in the process is the best way to do that. 2)      Write a letter of interest Is attending the school where you were waitlisted your dream? Have you done tons of research about the clubs you would join and the classes you would take? If so, you’d best share this information directly with your regional...
121 of the Best Merit Scholarships Open to International Students

121 of the Best Merit Scholarships Open to International Students

  Want to win a $1,000 scholarship? Sign up here.       Getting money as an international student is tough.   You can’t apply for federal aid, and many colleges don’t offer or severely restrict need-based aid for international students.   The good news is that there are still many colleges that offer generous merit-based scholarships that are either open to international students or in some cases are exclusively for international students.   Ranging from a few thousand dollars per year all the way to a full ride, the scholarships on the list below can be great options for any international student hoping to study affordably in the United States.   Need a higher SAT score to qualify for a scholarship? Click here American University Washington DC Name of Scholarship: Emerging Global Leader Scholarship Value: Full tuition; room & board Number of Awards: 1 Determining Factors: Academic excellence, leadership development, and global engagement Augustana College Rock Island, IL Name of Scholarship: Merit Scholarships Value: $17,000-$22,000 annually Determining Factors: Academic Achievement Babson College Babson Park, MA Name of Scholarship: Presidential Scholarship Value: Half tuition Minimum Requirements: 3.0 GPA Determining Factors: Academic achievement, leadership, and global perspective Name of Scholarship: Weissman Scholarship Value: Full tuition Determining Factors: Leadership in the classroom and community Name of Scholarship: Diversity Leadership Award Value: Half tuition to full tuition Determining Factors: Potential for leadership in creating a diverse community. Recipients of the full tuition scholarship must have financial need (need is not a factor for half tuition scholarship) Ball State University Muncie, IN Name of Scholarship: International Student Scholarship Value: Half tuition to full...
College Admissions: There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel

College Admissions: There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel

  Want to know your chances? Find out here.   This is my favorite time of year as a college counselor. The acceptance letters are rolling in, and my inbox is flooded with messages like: WOOHOO!!! They said YES! CANNOT BELIEVE THIS! THEY SAID YES! I got in!!!!!!!! I love seeing the hard work pay off and so many dreams coming true. It is what makes the whole struggle worth it. Back in December there were many late nights, both for the students I work with and for me. There were dozens of essays to go through and strict deadlines to meet. It was a hustle, and it is every year. It’s the nature of this process. It’s a lot of stress, trying to sum up one’s life into a few pieces of paper and send it off for evaluation. It feels like the results will make or break your future. I’ve been with my students when they’ve started to scream or cry, too scared to move forward. But in 100% of cases, somehow, we’ve made it through, and there is an excited email I get at this time of year confirming that everything worked out. Every year, I tell my students not to stress out too much – it will be okay. And every year they get stressed out anyway. But stress melts away as fast as it came, and come the spring and acceptance letters, they forget. If you’re a junior right now, take these words to heart: you will get through this too. Next spring, you will be the one sending me an excited email saying...
69 Colleges with Money-Saving Tuition Guarantees

69 Colleges with Money-Saving Tuition Guarantees

Want to win a $1,000 scholarship? Sign up here. College is already expensive enough so when your college decides to increase its tuition rate by thousands of dollars each year, it is understandable why you might be upset. Unfortunately, this is a common scenario. This year, the average private college increased its tuition rate by 3.7% and the average public college by 2.9%, amounting to up to $3,000 per year or $12,000 over four years. Luckily, some schools are trying to reverse this trend offering incoming students tuition guarantees. A tuition guarantee is when a college gives all incoming freshman a tuition rate and promises to keep that rate the same for them during all four years of college even if the official price of tuition increases. Some of the schools on the list below guarantee a tuition lock for all entering students. Others require students to select a tuition guarantee plan which usually locks in your tuition at a higher rate than the published price during your freshman year but gives you a rate that is forecast to be significantly lower than the price tag during your senior year, resulting in net savings over four years. You can find each college’s specific policy on the links below. Ultimately, choosing a tuition guarantee college will give you increased predictability in planning your college finances and help you keep student loans to a minimum. Alaska Pacific University – Anchorage, AK The Guaranteed Consolidated Tuition Plan  Angelo State University – San Angelo, TX Fixed Tuition Plan Andrews University – Berrien Springs, MI Tuition Guarantee Plan Austin State University – Austin, TX...