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Private and Public Colleges: How to Decide What’s Best for You

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In nearly every country, private and public colleges are different. In the United States, deciding what’s best requires a dynamic look at issues of cost, prestige, and overall fit. Cost On average, private colleges are more expensive than public ones. However, averages can be deceptive.   Private schools charge nearly $10,000 more per year. However, average debt per borrower is …

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Tough questions to ask about student life

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As an international student, you want to pick the U.S. college that fits you best. There are hundreds of factors to consider: academics, scholarships, location, and more. In addition, you should also ask some really tough questions about student life. Here are three important topics to ask about: Smoking Smoking is much less popular in the U.S. than it is in other …

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Does a self-introduction video add value to a college application?

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Technology has changed the landscape of college admissions. Nowadays, many schools offer the option of including a self-introduction video to accompany a college or scholarship application. In some cases, you can even submit a video instead of a written essay! But does this really add value? The answer depends on you. When deciding whether to include a self-introduction video in your …

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SAT/ACT: Should I take the optional essay?

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Over the years, the SAT and ACT have both been redesigned. Once upon a time, the SAT essay was required. Now, it’s not. At one point, the ACT essay was scored out of 12. As of last year, it is out of 36. These adjustments reflect attempts to make the optional essay a more useful recruiting tool that can predict …

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Choosing an undergraduate major as a pre-med student

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If you want to go to medical school, you may be frustrated to learn that you cannot major in pre-med. What is the best major for a pre-med student? Let’s look at the data. Biology (and related biological sciences) is by far the most popular major for pre-med students. Fifty-three percent of medical school applicants in 2015-16 claimed this major. …

Personal Statements: A Comparison Between UCAS and the Common Application Essays

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A personal statement is a student-written essay used for admissions purposes at higher education institutions in the U.K. and U.S. Prospective undergraduate students wishing to study in the U.K. must submit their applications, including a personal statement, through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Prospective undergraduate students wishing to study in the U.S. can submit their applications, along with …

Medicine Programs Beyond the UK

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International students applying to UK medicine programs might want to consider applying to Ireland as well. Why? Ireland is constantly ranked top 10 for best countries to live in, Ireland’s education system is highly recognized worldwide, and the medicine applications typically open in December. Since the applications open in December, students have around two months to prepare their Ireland application …

Why study at a liberal arts college?

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Are you looking to apply to US colleges? Are you thinking of majoring in humanities, mathematics, or any type of sciences? If you answered yes to both questions, then you should consider applying to liberal arts colleges. But, what exactly is a liberal arts education? A liberal arts education is interdisciplinary, letting students gain an overview of humanities, mathematics, social …

Show Off with ZeeMee

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There are five thousand 4-year colleges in the United States, and millions of students interested in attending. Unfortunately, while there are enough seats available for these applicants somewhere, most students are concentrated on applying only the top 100 ranked institutions. With so many qualified students crowding the pool and little room to customize most applications, how do you stand out? …

Brief Overview of the Coalition Application

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Students applying to US universities this fall might come across a new application platform called the Coalition Application. For example, Stanford lets one choose between the coalition and common application. For those who don’t know what the coalition application is, here is a basic overview: The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success (CAAS) announced the new application platform in September …

Build your Profile for UK Law School

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When applying to UCAS, it is important to build your profile to fit your intended program. What do you do when your program isn’t something you’ve studied in school then? For law, this issue is particularly pertinent. While you cannot practice or study law in junior college, you can obtain many of the relevant skills- interest in justice, ability to …

Benefits of Studying Law in the UK

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So you’re interested in law? Law is one of the most prestigious academic disciplines. Students who select a course in law learn to think critically and analyze problems, while perfecting their writing and research skills. Similar to medicine, the qualifications for legal professionals vary from country to country. All prospective law students should consider these differences before selecting a university. …

Oxbridge Interviews 101

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In a previous post, Prep Zone consultant Sruti discussed the merits of the US college system. A more flexible experience is great for students who are not quite sure of their long-term academic and professional goals. However, for students who are resolute and passionate about their future plans, attending a UK school can be a more direct route to reach …

The Advantages of the US education system

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So oftentimes we have students come in and ask for help getting into Oxford Law or King’s Econ. Sometimes that’s great – we’re more than happy to help you study what you love. But sometimes these same students just want to study political science or philosophy, but are nervous about their long-term career prospects with these disciplines. Here’s where I …

International School Confidential

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At UVA’s International Residential College, students from all over the world come together to share ideas, stories, laughs, and food. While the majority of students here are American, every dormitory represents its own spectrum of cultures. In the TV lounge, a group of South-Asians are watching the Cricket World Cup; on the patio, the Chinese Student Society is hosting a …