• Why You Should Check Out a College’s Top Majors

    There are many metrics for comparing and weighing college choices. Some, like class size and academic quality are often released in the form of official rankings. Others, like location and cost, are more personal factors that each individual will weigh on his or her own terms. Further, if you visit a campus, you will often get a certain “feel” for its culture, its students, and its community.

    One sometimes under-recognized metric that can be used to lend even more insight into college application choices is a college’s most popular majors. These provide a unique perspective that might not otherwise be available. To learn more about why it’s worth checking out a college’s top majors and what the top majors are at some of the top schools around the country, keep reading.

  • How and When to Talk About a Sports Injury in Your College Essay

    You’ve come up with the perfect essay topic: that sports injury that changed your life. Not only is it a compelling story, but it can also serve as a great metaphor for a larger life experience. A sports injury can evoke a lot of emotions—pain and disappointment, to name a few. Recovering from your injury, and describing that recovery, can demonstrate determination, hard work, bravery, perseverance in the face of obstacles, and many other admirable qualities. It’s a natural topic to choose.

    But because so many applicants have the same idea, you may not stand out to the admissions committee if you choose to write about a sports injury—and standing out in a large pool of applicants is essential.

  • 7 Tips to Help You Escape Going to the Wrong College

    It’s simply unavoidable: we make mistakes all the time. We order a hamburger when we really wanted a cheeseburger, we forget about the homework that’s due on Wednesday, we text “your” instead of “you’re.” This being said, some mistakes are more painful than others, and mistakenly attending a college that isn’t right for you can be overwhelming, painful, and frustrating.

    Before you brace for impact, however, you should know that we can sometimes avoid making the mistake of going to the wrong college by being thoughtful beforehand—if you’re reading this blog post, then congrats! You’re taking steps in the right direction. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you’re focused on attending the right college for you. You should know that this will look different for every single student. This blog post will focus on tips to help you avoid going to the wrong college.

  • Want to Join ROTC? Here Are the Pros and Cons

    ROTC can be a fulfilling option for many college students, but joining the program is also a serious commitment. Are you considering making ROTC part of your college experience and getting a head start on a military career? Read on to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of this commitment.

  • 15 Surprising Career Opportunities for Potential Humanities Majors

    While most humanities majors don’t offer a direct career path as some majors in other fields do, they are still important degrees. The skills you learn in these majors are very beneficial and can often be applied to numerous professions. Because of the breadth of the curricula, humanities majors often learn skills that employers value, such as critical thinking, communication, complex problem-solving, research, and time management.

    In fact, many employers seek out humanities majors for this very reason, so your major may make you an even more attractive candidate. So, if you are considering majoring in humanities, take a moment to check out all the career opportunities open to you.

  • A View Ahead: Thinking About The Skills You Need for the College Student You’ll Become

    As a driven and intelligent high school student, you have probably been preparing yourself for college. However, there are some aspects of college that you may not have been preparing for such as the lifestyle changes that are going to come when you enter college.

    How can you prepare yourself for these inevitable lifestyle and mindset changes while you’re still in high school? To learn the most important skills you’re going to need to develop for college along with our best tips on how to start building these skills, keep reading.

  • 6 Things to Consider Before Early Application Deadlines

    It’s autumn again, and for high school seniors applying to college, that means early application deadlines are fast approaching. Many competitive colleges have Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) programs with deadlines of November 1st or November 15th.

    Hopefully, if you’re planning to apply early, you’ve already done your research, and you understand all the rules and requirements. However, it’s worth double-checking your application and thinking over your decision once more before you actually hit submit.

    Are you almost ready to turn in your ED or EA application? Take a moment to consider these tips from CollegeVine first.

  • Are All Those Grammar-Fixing Apps Really a Substitute for Proofreading?

    Students can use helpful tools like spell-check and proofreading with their peers to ensure that they are using proper spelling and grammar in their writing. Recently,  a series of phone and computer apps, software, and websites have been released that claim to catch more sophisticated grammar and spelling mistakes than a simple proofread.

    While these apps do catch many of the mistakes that we miss and can be helpful, students ought to be hesitant before using them as a substitute for rigorous traditional methods of grammar-checking like spell-check and peer review. In this post, we will introduce you to some of the most popular grammar-fixing apps on the market and assess their accuracy and usefulness to a student.

  • Helping Your Financial Aid Office Help You

    Applying for need-based financial aid adds additional requirements to the college application process, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Your college’s financial aid office is there to help you through the process, and financial aid officers will do their best to get you the aid you need.

    In this post, you’ll find some tips for becoming a more informed aid applicant, maintaining realistic expectations about the financial aid office, and giving that office the best possible chance to effectively solve whatever problems you encounter.

  • Understanding College Costs: FAQs About Financial Aid in Practice

    We’ve covered the financial aid application process in detail on the CollegeVine blog, from starting your FAFSA to comparing aid awards. But what comes next? How does that award letter and offer of need-based financial aid translate into money in your pocket, a lower bill for your family, or added financial security that you can depend on during your college years?

    Here’s what happens after you apply for financial aid, as you choose a college, head to campus, and start your classes. These are the answers you’ll need as you navigate your transition to college and take on the practical implications of financial aid for your first year.