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College search and admissions advice for parents of college bound students, covering financial aid, scholarships and standardized testing

Academic writing has never been easy. Students travel a long way to high grades for essays: they research, outline, check for plagiarism, spend hours …

Yale Application Reader Reveals 4 Proven Tips For Ivy League Admission

There are no guarantees in the college admissions game, especially at name-brand institutions like those in the Ivy League. Not everyone is going to gain admission, even if, as I noted in my previous post, they meet the top benchmarks for acceptance: stratospheric test results and transcripts. …

10 Steps to a Better College Application Essay for the Procrastinator

Tension is rising. Tempers are flaring. Parents are prodding. Students are snapping.<p>Yes, January 1 is approaching, and college application deadlines threaten to ruin the holidays for just about every family with a high school senior at home. I know. I've been there.<p>Rumor has it that some kids get …

I Survived the College Admissions Process and Your Kid Will Too

I'm a product of the college-crazed niche of American society. The SAT prep classes, the rigorous extracurriculars, the Junior year panic and college essay-writing hysteria. In some ways (let's be honest -- most ways) this means I was both very lucky and very privileged. It truly is a privilege to …

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College Applicant Cheat Sheet: 16 Must-Reads For Getting Into The Right College

For many families, there are few more stressful times than those months leading up to a teenager’s application and ultimate enrollment in college. From creating an appropriate college list to navigating the Common Application and filling out dreaded financial aid forms, like FAFSA, the whole …

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How Important are SAT and ACT for college admissions?

One of the most frequent questions we get at Synocate is how important academics are for college admissions. Specifically, many students ask us about standardized tests and GPA. In this article, we will break down the frequently asked questions about standardized tests, the academic index, and way …

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Application Essays -- the Important First Introduction!

We have read thousands of private school application essays. We've laughed, we've cried, we've slept through many☺<p>A good application essay should be concise, personal and memorable. The following tips will ensure that you will compose a great essay.<p>I have so much to say. I could actually write a …

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What college admissions officers say they want in a candidate

By Judy Mandell<p>Watching your kid sweat over college applications? Wondering which college is the best fit for your child and how to help them make that happen? We asked dozens of admissions officers to reveal the truth about admissions today. Here is what some of them told us. <i>[Responses edited for</i> …

How to Write a Perfect "Why This College" Essay

Struggling to write a great "why us" essay for your college app? We explain what makes for a good one and walk you through the process of writing it.

Five Biggest Trends in College Admissions

It has been twenty years since I began my career in college admissions and I am finally seeing a shift in the process which benefits our kids. It's been a long time coming—a hard-fought battle between student advocates and the powerful Ivory Towers that have continually raised the bar for certain …

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What College Admissions Offices Look for in Extracurricular Activities

Admissions officers look first at test scores, the rigor of the courses you take, and your grades in those courses. After that, they are interested in a student's extracurricular activities -- in other words, how you spend your time outside of classes. Colleges care about the character of people …

8 things I wish I'd known about the college admissions waiting game

As May 1, the deadline for high-school seniors to pick their college, approaches, the tension in homes with college-bound kids is palpable.<p>For those of us parents who currently have kids waiting to hear about college acceptances, every day feels like playing the old-school dice game, Yahtzee.<p>Why? …

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The 25 US colleges with the best location

Niche's ranking assessed 1,376 four-year colleges and universities on a number of factors including student response on surveys, access to bars, restaurants, cafes, and outdoor activities; local weather; and percentage of residents aged 18-24.<p>Scroll through to find out the 25 colleges with the best …

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The 20 best college towns in America

Boulder, Colorado, is the top-ranked college town in the US, according to a list from the American Institute for Economic Research.<p>The city of roughly 200,000 (for its metro area population) earned the top spot thanks to its accessibility — more than 20% of commuters take public transportation or …

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The 15 Most Beautiful College Dormitories in America Photos

Photo: Courtesy of Scripps College<p>The typical college dormitory used to consist of a tiny room with a twin-size bed, a lobby decorated with faux plants and tattered upholstered chairs, and an elevator, if you were lucky. Select schools are challenging the standard, housing their future alumni in …

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Celebrating Every Kid in a Park

<i>“I do believe that when we get kids, families, out in open spaces, it changes them. It roots you. It gives you a sense that there’s something bigger and grander than you.”<br>- President Obama</i><p>As part of President Obama’s historic commitment to protecting our natural treasures and ensuring all Americans …

Photos: The stoned outlaw climbers who conquered Yosemite in the 1970s

Meet the Stone Masters. You will want their life.<p>“Just because you get to the top,” says Lynn Hill, “doesn’t mean that you should celebrate your …

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

<b>Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks</b> [1] are United States National Parks that are located in the Sierra Nevada region of California. These two …

Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks (U.S. National Park Service)

Looking for tips to help plan your trip? Start here for information about camping, lodging, driving, and more.<p>Memorial Day weekend will be busy! …

Yosemite and Big Sur

Description<p>After enjoying San Francisco, you head towards the Sierra Nevada, home to three national parks, 20 wilderness areas and 2 national …

Sequoia and Kings Canyon Wow Spots

Sequoia: Mineral King<p>Think of this as Sequoia’s secret: a hidden valley up at 7,500 feet reached by a winding 28-mile road. It’s a trek, but you …

National Parks

Yosemite and Sierra Nevada

Description<p>The Sierra Nevada in California is home to 3 national parks, 20 wilderness areas and 2 national monuments. Rugged mountains, vast canyons, …

Explore The Redwood Forest | Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Explore Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks<p>Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks: a recreational wonderland ready to explore.<p>Sequoia & Kings Canyon …

7 Can’t

If you love visiting national parks that make you feel small – be it standing on the rim of an expansive canyon or looking up at the powerful torrent …

National Parks

Sequoia National Park

Famous naturalist John Muir said, “The Big Tree (<i>Sequoia gigantea</i>) is Nature’s forest masterpiece, and . . . the greatest of living things. . . . No …

Ain’t No Valley Low Enough to Keep You From Getting to These National Park Mountains

When the sun sinks down behind one of America's tallest peaks, there is simply no better place on earth to be. It’s a sight that reminds us of how …

Why winter can be the best time to visit Yosemite National Park

Visitor numbers drop dramatically and you practically have the park to yourself<p>In the summer months, some 600,000 people visit Yosemite National Park a month.<p>Anyone who has spent time at what may be California's most popular outdoor attraction in July or August knows it can be a zoo with traffic …

Official Website

Yosemite Valley Chapel<p>The Official Yosemite Valley Chapel Website<p>© Dan Warsinger Photography<p>Welcome to the Yosemite Valley Chapel, a loving place of …