• Should I Live on Campus or at Home?

    Are you a student who is considering attending a nearby college and you’re not sure where you’ll live while you attend? Are you one of the few who gets to weigh the options and make a choice based on your own personal preference? If so, this is the post for you.

    Here, we will outline the advantages of living on campus along with the advantages of living at home. We may not be able to make the choice for you, but we’ll definitely offer some insights that might help to make the decision easier.

  • 30 High School Clubs You Can Start Now

    High school clubs are great examples of extracurriculars you can join. When you enter high school, you may have some clubs already in mind that you want to join, and you should definitely check them out and join if you like it. However, don’t be afraid to branch out when you’re finding high school clubs to get involved in. You may accidentally discover a passion or a talent that you didn’t even know you had.

    If you have a specific passion or interest that isn’t represented through a club at your high school, you could always start the club! By starting your club, you’ll be bringing a new perspective or skill to your high school community while showing passion and initiative for your college applications.

    Sky’s the limit on the kinds of clubs you can start while you’re in high school. Here are some examples of clubs you can start in high school along with a brief description of each. Look through the list and see if any of these clubs would be worth starting on your high school campus.

  • Being Well: How to Manage Stress & Cultivate Mental Health in High School

    High school is stressful, and college prep gets more competitive every year. There’s a lot to handle, which research shows can cause chronic stress for up to 50% of students, and that stress will continue (in modified form) once you get to college. Furthermore, up to one in five students in the U.S. will show signs of a mental disorder or issue in a given year, many of which show up in the teen years and are caused by or exacerbated by stress.

    So what do you do? There’s still plenty of resources for you to take care of yourself, and the skills will serve you well as you navigate the college process and beyond. Read on if you’re interested in learning more about coping with high school stress and anxiety, reaching out to others for help, and staying as healthy as you can no matter what school and life throw at you.

  • SAT Test Dates and Deadlines for 2017-2018

    Odds are that if you’re a high school student planning to apply to college, you will need to schedule some standardized tests. You usually begin taking these during your junior year and are able to wrap them up before application deadlines during the first semester of your senior year. If you’re in the process of planning your standardized test approach, you should know that the calendars are available far in advance, with tentative dates set up to 3 years ahead of time.

    For 2017, the standardized test season is well underway and official SAT dates have been released for the first half of 2018, too. In addition, College Board has released anticipated dates into 2021. If you’re a high school student planning your SATs, don’t miss our comprehensive schedule of test dates, deadlines, and score release dates!

  • Here are the Average SAT Scores by State

    Recently, the 2017 SAT Suite of Assessments Annual Report was released and along with it, the SAT score averages for each state. While this statistic may seem irrelevant to your personal performance, it’s one worth looking at for a few different reasons.

    In this post, we’ll outline what the average SAT scores are in each state, lend some insight into why it matters, and offer some perspective on how these scores stack up. To learn more about the average SAT scores in each state in 2017, keep reading.

  • To IB or Not to IB: Is International Baccalaureate Right For You?

    When you’re researching what to do in high school to prepare for college applications, you’re likely to come across mention of “IB courses.” The International Baccalaureate (IB) program offers highly rigorous, well-respected curricula for students of all ages all over the world, and their courses and programs are offered at some high schools in the United States.

    You already know that colleges like to see that you’ve taken the most challenging academic courses available to you, so participating in the prestigious IB program might seem like an obvious choice. However, the program isn’t right for everyone; its requirements are strict and its particular approach to education may or may not be a good match for your needs and goals.

    Interested in taking IB courses? Read on to let CollegeVine help you decide whether to delve into this high-profile, internationally recognized academic curriculum.

  • Applying to a Cal-State School? Here’s What You Need to Know About the CSU System/Process

    Even among large state university systems in the U.S., the California State University system (referred to as Cal State or CSU, although there are other CSUs in the U.S.) is a behemoth. With a population of over half a million students, staff, and faculty members across its roughly two dozen branches, it plays a huge role in educating the state of California, and also attracts students from outside the state.

    If you’re used to thinking of colleges as distinct, singular entities, you may find the mechanics of applying to a large state college system like Cal State to be somewhat confusing. If you’re from outside of California, you may also have questions about how your residency affects your application requirements and chance of being accepted.

    Never fear, CollegeVine is here! In this post, you’ll find an outline of the Cal State system of colleges, their application processes and requirements, and the factors you’ll need to consider if you’re thinking about applying. Read on for our advice on making wise choices about the Cal State system.

  • Parent Perspective: What You Need to Know About Today’s College Applications

    Post-secondary education is an ever-evolving field. It’s generally understood that someone who applied to college in the 1950s or ‘60s encountered an admissions environment very different from the one you’ll find today, with different application processes, different admission standards, and tuition rates that seem impossibly low from today’s perspective.

    What you might not realize is that even if you went to college more recently, in the ‘80s or ‘90s, your experience also doesn’t reflect the current state of college admissions. Acceptance rates, standardized tests, admissions requirements, and college costs have all changed significantly within the space of a generation. At the same time, it’s more important than ever before that young people go to college—the career and income benefits are substantial.

    If you’re a parent who is currently helping a student navigate the world of college admissions, and especially if that child is your first to go through the application process, it’s important that you update your expectations and assumptions about what that process will hold. In order for your child to successfully get admitted to a college that’s a great fit for them, they’ll need your informed help. Here’s our advice for what you need to learn and how you can get up-to-date.

  • 5 Ways to Actively Learn During Class

    Paying attention in class can be difficult for even the most avid learners. After all, when you think about it, you’re in school for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, so it makes sense that your mind might wander from time to time.

    This being said, maximizing the amount of time that you spend actively learning in class can increase what you get out of your classroom experience—and it can even help you be better prepared for college. From doodling to moving around to asking questions, there are multiple concrete steps that you can take to keep your mind from wandering. Keep reading for some tips to help you stay engaged and ready to learn during class.

  • Is It Too Late? Starting Your College Apps in November

    Have you been putting off your college applications? Did you think you’d take a year off or maybe attend a community college, but now you’re having second thoughts? Did you just wake up from a long summer’s sleep and realize with a start that’s already November?

    There’s no need to panic just yet. If you haven’t started to prepare your college applications, you’re not completely out of time. In fact, if you get organized now and use your time wisely, you might still find yourself the lucky recipient of a college acceptance this spring. Ready to get started?