Posts Tagged ‘back to school’

Back to School College Search Checklist

Categories: Admissions Advice

By now, most high schoolers are back in their high school halls trying to memorize their new locker combinations and figure out a way to get from X Hall to J Hall during the 3-minute bell between classes.

Juniors and seniors have a lot on their plates: intense homework and assignments, extra-curricular responsibilities, and of course, your college dreams.

To help keep you on track for your tedious college search and relax you a bit, we’ve come up with a simple list of things you should take care of this September. We’ve made two different checklists. One for juniors and one for seniors. So turn on some Marvin Gaye, sit back in your La-Z-Boy, and try to calm you nerves as you check off these simple tasks:


  • Keep your grades up—admissions counselors look closely at your junior year grades
  • Stay involved and take on leadership roles in your extra-curricular activities
  • Prep for ACT or SAT, and review winter/spring test dates at and
  • Think about teachers/coaches/community members/employers you can ask for recommendations in near future
  • Meet with your school’s college counselor to discuss your goals and make sure you’re on track for graduation
  • Start building your college list on


  • Get to work on admission essays
  • Take charge in your extra-curricular activities and continue to demonstrate leadership
  • Check-in with teachers/employers/community members/coaches you’ve asked for recommendations and provide them with materials and deadlines
  • Prepare your parents to complete the CSS/Profile® for financial aid so they can submit it as early as November if you plan on applying to private colleges
  • Order and send official ACT/SAT scores and your high school transcript to all colleges
  • Review all college application materials and take note of deadlines

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Are we missing anything? Leave your advice in the comment field below.

7 Back to School iOS Apps for College Students

Categories: College Life

“When I was your age, we had to walk 5 miles in sheets of freezing rain, up and down mountains, and past the hungry gazes of wild bears just to get to school! Now you have your iPhones, and Internets, and hover crafts! What’s the matter with you kids?”

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Sure, things have changed since Great Uncle Wilfred went to school. For one thing, even your parents probably didn’t have Internet at their disposal when they were your age, let alone any kind of smartphone. If you have the technology at your fingers tips, why not take advantage of it? There are some especially great back to school iOS apps that would be super helpful for college students.

Here’s our list of 7 (almost all free) back to school apps:

1. Amazon Student
Cost: free
What it does: Amazon Student helps you save money on textbooks by allowing you to compare the prices of your campus bookstore with Amazon’s. When you’re done with the books, you can use the app to help sell it back with free shipping for students!

2. AroundMe
What it does: New to campus? The AroundMe app locates the nearest banks, hospitals, gas stations, taxi companies, restaurants, etc.

3. Dictionary & Thesaurus
What it does: Much better than toting around a big tome or even your laptop, having access to a dictionary and thesaurus wherever you go is key. Plus, you will never be lost for words, or, words for words.

4. Documents to Go
What it does: Realize you wrote “Ass Water” instead of “Add Water” to your lab report? With Docs to Go you can edit and share Word (.doc and .docx), PowerPoint, and PDFs! Fret no more!

5. Free Graphing Calculator
free (graphing calculator)
What it does: With this app, save your $100 from buying a Ti83. Just download this app and graph away my child, graph away!

6. Grades 2
What it does: Sometimes teachers, actually, a lot of times, teachers don’t let you know what your grade for the semester’s looking like. This little app helps you calculate what your grade will be, and it even let’s you know what grade you’ll need on certain assignments to get that elusive A.

7. Snoozerr
What it does: Even your most interesting lectures aren’t safe from your need to party on Thursday night leaving you with barely any sleep. So if you’re worried about falling asleep in class, this app is a lifesaver! It records your lectures and includes a time-stamped function that links pictures you take on the board with that part of the lecture.

And remember, if you’re still looking for scholarships in college you can sign in to Cappex’s mobile site from you r phone! Just go to and take


Do you have any favorite apps? Leave a comment below!

5 College Scholarships for Non-Traditional Students

Back to schoolThere are a ton of people out there who want to continue their higher education after the traditional time frame of 4-5 years following high school graduation has passed.  For these diligent back-to-schoolers, finding non-traditional scholarships can be a difficult task.

So, we decided to sift through our scholarship database to find some easy-to-apply-to scholarships for non-traditional students.

1. Healthy Respect Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students
This $1,000 scholarship wants you to answer how being a non-traditional student has influenced your life in 500 words or less. 500 words for $1,000? That’s a good investment.

2. BG Scholarship
This $400 scholarship is awarded every month.  It’s a super easy scholarship that shouldn’t take more than an hour of your time–so apply today for the April deadline!

3. “First Kiss” Scholarship
Whether it’s a very special moment in your memory or one of the more embarrassing moments, retrace that occasion in 250 words for a college scholarship.

4. Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
This easy-to-apply-to-scholarship will award $1,000 for a student to help fulfill their dream of a college education.

5. Eileen Welch Memorial Nursing Scholarship
If you’re going back to school to become a nurse, this $1,000 scholarship is for you.