Get Ready for the College Access + Diversity Fair!

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The College Access + Diversity Fair is almost here! (In case you missed it, click here to learn what it’s all about.) This virtual event is free to attend and takes place this Wednesday, October 1, from 3pm – 7pm Central Standard Time (CST). Will you be joining us?

If you haven’t registered for the fair yet, you can do so for free!

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Remember, this is your chance to personally connect with admissions representatives and get all your questions answered, so don’t hold back! There are many great questions you could ask the representatives, but we’ve put together a list of suggestions to help get you started. Check them out below!

  • How can I make my application stand out?
  • What advice do you have for me about the college application process?
  • What kinds of scholarships does your college offer?
  • What do students like most about your college?
  • What is your college best known for?
  • What kinds of clubs, sports, organizations, and other fun activities are offered at your college?
  • What kinds of resources and support services are available at your college?
  • What percentage of your students graduate in four years?
  • What percentage of your students graduate with a job or go on to graduate school?

Representatives from 39 different colleges and universities from all across the country will be attending the fair! Learn more about each school by clicking on the links below.

Original Post Date: September 29th, 2014

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6 Factors That Can Affect ACT Scores

How-to-Improve-ACT-ScoresIt’s difficult to know whether or not something will make or break your college application. Should you take exclusively AP courses? Focus more on your personal essay? Take three lifestyle courses and cling tight to your 4.0? The reality is that, the most important factor comes down to what your dream school deems the most important factor.

However, one thing does remain true — your ACT score needs to be high enough to keep you out of the “no” pile. Here are six things that may factor into how well you’re scoring.

1. Sleep

We’ve all heard it before and we’re going to hear it again. Sleep impacts everything, especially your test scores. Cramming all night long will never be as beneficial to you as sleep will be. In a study performed by the ACT committee, students who slept 7-10 hours the night before retaking their ACT consistently scored one point higher than their previous test scores. Students who reported sleeping less than three hours saw only half of that improvement in their composite test scores.

 2. Breakfast

No doubt having a well-balanced breakfast is another tip you’ve already heard, but the same study done by the group at ACT found that students who ate breakfast before their retakes saw composite score improvements. Going into your test with a full stomach will allow you to focus less on finding a snack during your breaks, and more on the next section of the test.

3. Faster Internet

In a recently published study by High Speed Internet, a state’s internet speed showed a stronger correlation to ACT scores than household median income. The study also reveals that, on average, students who live in states with faster internet score higher than those who live in states with lower internet speeds. How’s that for new information?

 4. Positive Thinking

Many scholarly reports have been done on the power of positive thinking. It isn’t just a fluffy term your yoga instructor throws around. Thinking positive thoughts before you do anything, particularly take a big test, can impact how you end up performing. And on the opposite end of that, if you’re sure you’re going to fail, you probably will fail.

5. Reading

When Miami High School implemented a silent sustained reading program that required students to read for about an hour two times per week, students achieved steady gains in ACT reading scores. In fact, students raised their reading scores two points over four years. As a bonus, improving reading speeds and comprehension levels will allow you to work through all sections of the test faster and more efficiently.

6. Family Income

Research conducted by the ACT organization reveals that students from “low-income” families (defined as having a family income of less than $36,000 per year) don’t perform as well on the ACT as non-low-income families. Of the nearly 400,000 low-income students who took the ACT in 2012, only 10 percent met all four college readiness benchmarks in English, reading, math, and science, versus about 25 percent of non-low-income students meeting all four benchmarks.

My number one tip? After taking the ACT 4 times, I can say with surety that forcing yourself to stay calm and take the test one step at a time makes a tremendous impact. I once jumped 7 points in the science section by reading the questions one at a time and then referring back to the story—rather than reading the story first and then answering the questions. Like I said: one step at a time. You can do this!

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Holly King is a recently graduated writer living in Salt Lake City, UT. When not scouring the internet for updates in business, lifestyles and technology, she is tending to her garden and trying to perfect the world’s best egg sandwich.

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Original Post Date: September 25th, 2014

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13 Scholarships Expiring in October


It’s finally fall! We know that a lot of you recently went back to school, so we wanted to remind you to keep filling out those scholarship applications! Here are 13 scholarships that are expiring in October. Don’t miss these great scholarship opportunities!

1. Build U Scholarship

Deadline: October 1      Award: $2,000
Must be majoring in product design, interaction design, engineering, or computer science

2. Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Deadline: October 1      Award: $10,000
Must be classical musicians, vocalists, and/or composers

3. Students with Heart Scholarship

Deadline: October 1      Award: $500 – $6,000
Must have cardiac disease or a cardiac deformity

4. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Deadline: October 7      Award: $3,000 – $8,000
Must be studying abroad

5. MyProjectorLamps Scholarship

Deadline: October 13      Award: $500
Must submit an essay on the use of multimedia and data visualization in the classroom

6. HotelsCheap General Scholarship for Higher Learning

Deadline: October 15      Award: $1,500
Must answer four personal, open-ended, and thought-provoking questions

7. Future Engineers Scholarship Program

Deadline: October 15      Award: $5,000
Must be majoring in engineering

8. National Collegiate Cancer Foundation Legacy Scholarship

Deadline: October 15      Award: $1,000
Must have lost a parent or guardian to cancer

9. CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Deadline: October 15      Award: $18,000
Must commit to working at the CIA in Washington, DC, on summer breaks and after college graduation

10. La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: October 15      Award: $250 – $1,000
Must be Hispanic students currently enrolled in an eligible degree program

11. Williams-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Ocean Essay Contest

Deadline: October 24      Award: $500
Must submit an essay on a given topic related to the ocean

12. Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program

Deadline: October 25      Award: $22,000
Must demonstrate critical financial need and have faced and overcome great obstacles

13. Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

Deadline: October 31      Award: $10,000 – $20,000
Must be current high school or homeschooled seniors

Find these and thousands more scholarships on Cappex!

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Original Post Date: September 23rd, 2014

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