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Applying to College
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If you haven’t filed your college application by now, you’re really under the gun. Many colleges have a deadline of this Friday, December 30. End of the year; end of the line. A few will have January deadlines, but after that, you’re officially late. Is there any way you can possibly fill out 6 or 7 applications with less than a week to go? Yes, if you use a little ingenuity and apply some of that elbow grease you’ve been putting off. How to Copy the Common Application Did you know you can make copies of your Common Application form? ... More
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While reflecting on the students our counselors work with this holiday season, it occurred to us that we receive a great deal from them every day. It’s only fitting that during the “season of giving,” we appreciate what they’ve given us. Inspiration Melissa didn’t know what her college major should be. Working with one of our counselors helped her finally settle on a career in music. It isn’t one of those career-oriented STEM subjects grabbing headlines, but it’s what she wanted to do. It was her passion. This summer, Melissa... More
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According to Educause*, a leading proponent of high tech in college classrooms, students like it when professors combine online and onsite education. They believe lectures are enhanced by a sprinkle of technology. It can make a boring lecture or presentation just a little bit more exciting and keeps students engaged in classroom discussion. The Technology Students Want in the Classroom Presentation Software. Students want to feel more involved, whether that means PowerPoint, Prezi or something else that’s interactive. E-textbooks. Students may love them, but ... More
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When students ask an adviser, “How do I get financial aid?” they typically get the response, “Fill out the FAFSA." The FAFSA (or Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an essential step in getting financial aid, but it’s a step near the end of your journey. You’ll get a lot better financial aid if you start planning early, long before the middle of your senior year. Planning for Good Financial Aid Planning for college doesn’t just mean putting money in a 529 Plan, Individual Development Account or other savings plan &nda... More
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Maura Kastberg, RSC’s Executive Director of Student Services, takes time to answer questions our counselors receive all the time. Maura has been helping students prepare for college and career for 15 years. What’s a good age to start college prep? The ideal age to start college prep is 8th grade. Approximately midway through 8th grade, students select their 9th grade classes. Many colleges require 4 years of science or math, so selecting the proper classes before high school begins is important. Not taking the right classes means missed opportunities. What&rs... More
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RSC Your College Prep Expert has compiled a list of the Top 10 Education Stories of 2011. Many, like Occupy Wall Street, received major media attention, while others were little noticed but significant nonetheless. In reverse order, here are the top stories of 2011: 10. Harvard No Longer Number One. US News & World Report dropped the Ivy League stalwart into a tie for first place with fellow Ivy Leaguer Princeton, and for the first time since it began ranking the world’s colleges 8 years ago, Times Higher Education pulled Harvard from the top spot. Harvard’s s... More