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The #CappexCollegeVisit Recap

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Did you participate in our #CappexCollegeVisit contest on Instagram?

We asked our students to submit photos of themselves on college campuses this summer, and they certainly delivered! Over a few weeks we received about 1,000 photos of our high schoolers on college visits, and we loved looking at each and every one!

It was hard for us to choose the winners – we only had three $50 Amazon gift cards and 50 Cappex caps to give away. But here are our three grand prize winners! Drumroll, please…

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Our first winner was @roypankey. Check out that gorgeous backdrop!

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@kayleighdoyen visited University of Michigan and posted a great shot of the law school library.

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Our final grand prize winner was @jakelazarow. We loved his recreation of his first visit to Penn State!

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These are just a few of the runners up – they’re all visiting schools ranging from Gettysburg College to UC Davis to Belmont University! There were definitely some amazing and creative photos in the bunch. Tell us your favorites on Instagram and don’t forget to follow us for the chance to participate in more contests!

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Your College Visit Checklist

Categories: Admissions Advice

Summer was made for rest, relaxation, and … college visits? There’s a reason every time you check Facebook lately you’re inundated with photos of your friends on gorgeous college campuses. Most soon-to-be juniors and seniors are taking advantage of summer break to visit their dream schools, and you should too!amherst college visit

No matter if you decide to take an organized tour or head out on your own, it’s important to know what to look out for and what questions to ask while you’re on campus. Here’s our handy college visit checklist.

Things to Do (and What to Think About While You’re Doing Them)

Visit the library

  • What do you think of the resources?
  • Are librarians there throughout the year to help students find what they need?
  • Are there designated quiet sections in case you need a silent place to study?

Eat in the cafeteria

  • How’s the food selection?
  • If you have dietary restrictions, can the cafeteria accommodate them?
  • What are the meal plans like?

Tour the campus

  • How big is it?
  • Do you feel safe?
  • Are the classroom buildings up-to-date?

Check out the dorms

  • What are living arrangements like?
  • Can you choose your own roommate if you’d like?
  • How far are the residence halls from your classes, transportation, and the cafeteria?

Head to the rec center

  • Are the facilities in line with what you expect?
  • Can you see yourself having a good time with friends here?

Sit in on a class

  • Is the course taught by a professor or a teaching assistant?
  • How does the class size compare to what you expected?
  • Are students encouraged to participate in discussions?

Questions to Ask …

The admissions counselor

  • How do my qualifications stack up against other applicants’?
  • What types of financial aid are available? How do I qualify?
  • Will my Advanced Placement credits be accepted?
  • Does the average student graduate in four years?
  • What are some popular clubs or activities?

Your tour guide or a student on campus

  • Why did you choose this school?
  • What’s on-campus life like? What do people do for fun? On the weekends?
  • Is it difficult to get into popular or required classes?
  • What’s your favorite thing about this college? Your least favorite?
  • Are you satisfied with the education you’re getting?
  • Is it easy to get to know new people?
  • What’s a typical day like?

Based on your preferences, there are definitely other things you should check out – if you’re an athlete, chances are you’ll want to chat with some coaches or check out a stadium. If you’re into journalism, you may want to grab a copy of the school paper or talk to some contributing writers.

Make sure to take plenty of photos – both for future reference and for the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card or one of 50 Cappex caps! Just post a shot of your visit on Instagram and tag it #CappexCollegeVisit by August 9, 2015, to be entered to win.  Have fun – and good luck!

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Top 8 Tools for Writing College Admission and Scholarship Essays

Categories: Admissions Advice

college essayWhen you start applying for colleges and scholarships, you will realize that essay writing skills are more important than you ever thought. Before admitting you, an admissions board will look at your application. So, you have to distinguish yourself as a candidate that has something more than a decent GPA. Without any exaggeration, the essay is a gate to your future.

If you want to make writing less stressful and more successful, you’ll need to rely on the right tools at the right time. Take a look at this selection of eight resources that will help you write better admission and scholarship papers.

1. JCU – Writing and Math Skills Online
James Cook University’s website provides detailed guides for the essay writing process. You can use these resources to learn how to write academic content and avoid plagiarism.

2. Vanderbilt University – The College Essay
Many universities share effective writing tips online. Vanderbilt University offers several articles that will help you understand what the admissions officers expect to see in students’ application papers.

3. Writing.com
This is a unique online community for writers to share their work and receive tips and critiques from other writers. You can read their work to get inspired, or share your essays to get feedback that will help you improve your style and technique.

4. Ninja Essays – Citation Generator
This citation generator will help you compile the perfect bibliography. You can rely on this software to help you complete your application and scholarship papers.

5. ThinkTankLearning – Enlighten Blog
This blog provides you with valuable tips and guides to prepare you for the college admissions process. For example, you can learn how to write an application paper when you don’t know your major, how to put your personality on paper, and how to find the perfect college fit.

6. Teen Ink – College Essays
This website publishes students’ papers on daily basis. If you read some of the featured content, you’ll learn how to distinguish good writing from mediocre style. You may even find inspiration for your own admissions and scholarship essays, but make sure not to copy the content – you need to come up with your own ideas.

7. Harvard College Writing Center
Harvard College Writing Center provides useful writing resources that will guide you through the essay writing process. You can read detailed tips on such topics as how to read an assignment, how to develop the essay structure, and how to write a strong thesis.

8. Cornell College – Tips for Writing Essays for Scholarship and Fellowship Application
This guide, provided by Cornell College, will tell you what students are expected to present in their application essays. The straightforward tips are focused on content/organization and grammar/style.

Don’t let the application papers discourage you – they’re only a stage of the admissions process that every student go through. But with these resources, you’ll be able to tackle the challenge successfully.

Robert Morris is an educator and writer from NYC, follow Robert on Google+!

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