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10 Biggest Bookworm Colleges

bookThere are ton of moving parts that go into a college search, and one of the most important things to figure out when you’re choosing a college is how you’d fit in to the college culture.

The Princeton Review recently published which colleges and universities had the most studious student bodies. So if you think you’re a bookworm who would fit in with the other kids at the library, check out these ten most studious schools:

1. Harvey Mudd College
Fun fact:
Students at Harvey Mudd are encouraged to take classes for academic credit at the other four Claremont colleges-Pitzer College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, Claremont Graduate College and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences.

2. MIT
Fun fact:
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States.

3. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Fun fact: The College currently awards the half-tuition Olin Scholarship to each admitted student.

4. Harvard University
Fun fact: Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

5. Princeton University
Fun fact:
Princeton has been associated with 33 Nobel Laureates, 17 National Medal of Science winners, and three National Humanities Medal winners.

6. United States Military Academy, West Point
Fun fact:
Candidates for admission must both apply directly to the academy and receive a nomination, usually from a congressman.

7. Davidson College
Fun fact:
Both the town and college were named after Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, a Revolutionary War commander.

8. Haverford College
Fun fact:
Although the College no longer has a formal religious affiliation, the Quaker philosophy still influences campus life such as its Honor Code, which allows for students to schedule their own final exams.

9. University of Chicago
Fun fact:
The University of Chicago is said to look the most like the fictional magic school Hogwarts.

10. California Institute of Technology
Fun fact:
Caltech has a strong tradition of practical jokes and pranks, but similarly to Haverford, student life is governed by an honor code which allows faculty to assign take-home examinations.

Would you want to go to one of these “bookish” schools? Leave a comment!

4 Ways College and High School Students Can Avoid Procrastinating During Finals

laptopFinals week on campus means students start doing really strange things–sleeping in library cubicles, drinking copious amounts of terrible tasting energy drinks, and procrastinating with things they would’ve never thought twice about before final season hit, like say, generously offering up 3 hours of your time to organize a friend of a friend’s Star Wars action figure collection.

Look, it happens to the best of us.  And we know from experience that procrastination is your worst enemy when it comes to finals. So here are some tips to help keep you from procrastinating so you can stay on top of your studying:

1. Make a list and create a schedule
Finals is the most annoying time of the school year because everybody and their mom is citing off all the insane workloads they have to do in a rapidly approaching deadline.  It’s like a campus-wide game of one-upping:

“I’ve got three 7-pagers and 14 short stories I have to write in the next hour.”

“Oh that’s funny, because I have to somehow get in an interview with the leader of the free world, edit the footage, and produce the greatest social commentary of our generation in the next 5 minutes.”

Instead of just blabbing your list of to-do’s off to anybody who’ll listen, actually write it down. Taking the time to write out your list will help you visualize the amount of work you have. Estimating how much time each task will take will help you distribute your time more effectively.

2. Start with the thing you fear the most
We know you’re not looking forward to the 25 page research paper on how disease is portrayed in 20th century opera–or maybe you are–either way, whatever the assignment is that you have the most anxiety about, that’s the one you should get done first.  It’s kinda like a nightmare–you get it over with by the time you wake up, and then you’re off to conquer the day! If you avoid the work you fear the most until the end, chances are you won’t have the time or the energy to fully complete it….let alone get the grade you were hoping for.

3. Get off Facebook
Do it. Deactivate your account.  We all know the real culprit behind this nationwide college procrastination! Why would you want to spend 4 hours studying biochem when you could spend 2 of those hours learning about your ex-boyfriend’s camping trip and the other 2 about his new girlfriend. We love our social networking addiction as much as the next guy, but it’s definitely a roadblock when it comes to studying.  Plus, you can always reactivate your account as soon as the last final is over.

4. Treat yourself
At the end of the day, we’re all just a bunch of Pavlov’s dogs who can be conditioned to do just about anything as long as there’s a yummy treat waiting at the end. Motivate yourself with something you know you’ll forward to, like ice cream, 30 minutes of your favorite television show, or a nail polish change. Little pick-me-ups through your long study days will give you the breaks you need and keep you from procrastinating.

Do you have any other tips? Comment and share!

How Do College Admissions Look at Weighted GPA, Unweighted GPA and Class Rank?

Categories: Admissions Advice

Taking AP examsLately at Cappex.com, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about the difference between weighted GPA, unweighted GPA and class rank when it comes to college admissions.  Does taking harder classes and AP classes actually pay off in college admissions?  How do college admissions compare weighted and unweighted GPAs?  where does my class rank fit in with all of this?

Fortunately, we’ve got some answers for you.   Mark Montgomery of Montgomery Educational Consulting answers questions about weighted and unweighted GPAs in a blog post saying:

Most colleges will consider both your weighted and unweighted GPA, and most high schools will report both to the colleges to which you are applying.

Colleges want the weighted GPA to reflect your class rank, as well as the relative rigor of your high school course load. But they will not use this weighted GPA in comparing you with other applicants.

Montgomery goes on to explain that to colleges, “an A is an A.”  Rationalizing the fact that you got a B in an honors class doesn’t mean that you actually got an A if you were in a regular class.  It might have been a hard class, but your teacher still saw your work as B work.  Even though your weighted GPA shows the difficulty of your coursework, your unweighted GPA is a reflection of your performance in those classes.

So, what’s the point then of taking more challenging classes?  Montgomery does give the plus-side to taking AP classes, though.  He says that colleges will look at both your weighted and unweighted GPA:

Colleges want the weighted GPA to reflect your class rank, as well as the relative rigor of your high school course load. But they will not use this weighted GPA in comparing you with other applicants.

In short, college admissions officers do like to see that students challenge themselves by taking heavier course loads.  At the same time, your weighted grade might not actually weigh much more than your unweighted grades.

Still, there are plenty of reasons to take AP classes besides just impressing an admissions officer.  Allen Grove of About.com, writes that students who take AP classes can develop college-level skills, save money, choose a major sooner, take more elective classes in college and more.

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