• Scholarships for Asian-American Students

    Introduction to Scholarships for Minority Students

    Paying for college can be a challenge for many students. While financial aid can aleve some of the burden, many students may also benefit from some extra support. (For more advice on how to navigate the financial aid process, check out FAFSA, CSS Profile, IDOC, Oh My: A Guide to Financial Aid.)

    Scholarships can help you out. These monetary awards assist students with paying for postsecondary education. Some are need-based, meaning students must demonstrate that they have a financial need for help to pay for college. Others are merit-based, meaning they are given based on students’ achievements. To learn more about general scholarships, read What You Need to Know for a Successful Scholarship Season.

    While there are many general scholarships available, meaning nearly anyone can apply if they are planning on attending a higher education institution, some are geared towards students with particular interests or certain minority populations. In this post, we will look at scholarships for Asian-American or Pacific Islander-American students.

  • A Day in the Life of an NYU Student

    Situated in New York City, New York University is one of the largest private research universities in the United States, with an undergraduate study body of approximately 24,985 students. NYU’s main campus is located in the heart of the eclectic Greenwich Village, along with a satellite engineering campus in downtown Brooklyn.

    The largest school within NYU is the College of Arts and Science (CAS). CAS’s Core Curriculum provides general education to its underclassmen, giving students a foundation to pursue one or more than 66 possible majors. Other NYU schools that offer undergraduate degrees include the College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Tandon School of Engineering, Silver School of Social Work, School of Professional Studies, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Tisch School of the Arts.

    Are you interested in attending NYU? Read on to learn about a typical day as a student on campus. Also be sure to check out CollegeVine’s post, How to Write New York University’s 2016-2017 Essays to find out more about the college, admissions requirements, and application.

  • How Many SAT or ACT Practice Tests Should You Take?

    Anticipating standardized tests can be nerve-wracking. With the SAT or ACT looming, it can be difficult to figure out how to prepare, and just how much preparation you need, especially when you don’t even know what content the test will cover. In this post, we‘ll take a look at preparing for the SAT and ACT with practice tests, and whether there is such a thing as taking too many practice tests.

    The value of taking practice tests

    Practice tests are one of the best ways to prepare for the SAT and ACT. They give you a feel for what the tests will be like, so there won’t be any huge surprises when test day rolls around. If you replicate the environment of the real exam—which you should at some point, so you can get a better sense of how the actual test will go—you can get a feel for the timing of each section and how long each type of question will take. Doing so will help you learn how to pace yourself and know when you are spending too much time on a given question (if you do encounter this problem, set the question aside and come back to it later, so you can finish questions that are more manageable first).

  • Guide to Governor’s School

    Summer is just around the corner, and there are a multitude of things you can do to fill this time: Girls and Boys State, internships, work, college classes, and much more. One great summer opportunity that may not have crossed your mind yet is Governor’s School.   Governor’s School is a program available in twenty-three different […]

  • Scholarships for African American Students

    Introduction to Scholarships for Minority Students

    Paying for college can be a challenge for many students. While financial aid can alleviate some of the burden, many students may need some extra support. (For more advice on how to navigate the financial aid process, check out FAFSA, CSS Profile, IDOC, Oh My: A Guide to Financial Aid.)

    Scholarships can help you out. These monetary awards assist students with paying for postsecondary education. Some are need-based, meaning students must demonstrate that they have a financial need for help paying for college. Others are merit-based, meaning they are given based on students’ achievements. To learn more about the different types of scholarships available, read What You Need to Know for a Successful Scholarship Season.

  • What are the Pros and Cons of BS/MD Programs?

    In BS/MD programs, students benefit from knowing in advance that they’ve already been accepted to med school, gain access to resources available only to students in their program, and sometimes complete their degrees on an accelerated timeframe. For high school students who know early on that they want to pursue a career in medicine, a combined BS/MD program can seem like a great idea.

    But these programs aren’t without their faults. BS/MD program participants sacrifice choice by committing to two schools at once, and they can sometimes miss out on the undergrad experience or the life lessons that come from finding your own way through undergrad. Settling on a BS/MD path should be a choice that’s weighed carefully.

    In this post, we’ll discuss the primary advantages and disadvantages of choosing a BS/MD program so that you can make the best choice for yourself.

  • 5 Things High School Juniors Need to Do This Spring

    If you’re the parent of a high schooler, you know junior year can be a busy time for college prep. In addition to standardized tests and juggling extracurriculars, your child may be feeling the pressure of college applications looming in the distance. We’ve narrowed down the top 5 things your high school junior needs to […]

  • Five Tips to Boost Your Score on the Reading SAT

    There are many effective ways to prepare for the SAT, including study groups, test prep classes, and a multitude of free online resources. If you prepare for your test and go into it feeling confident, you’ll be a step ahead.

    Here are CollegeVine, we believe that everyone deserves access to high quality SAT prep materials, so we regularly publish some of our favorite SAT tips, strategies, and study advice. In this post, we’ll outline some top SAT Reading tips. If you’re looking to boost your scores on the Reading section of the SAT, don’t miss these top strategies!

  • Summer Activities for the Future BS/MD Applicant

    The pool of candidates applying for BS/MD programs will already be the best of the best. Most will already have good grades and strong test scores, so those alone won’t be enough to set you apart in the crowd. Most will pursue similar extracurriculars during the school year, too. But summer activities are one of just a few remaining factors that can set you apart from the rest of the applicant pool.

    So how exactly should you spend the summer if you’re hoping to put yourself one step ahead in the BS/MD program applicant pool? And how can you land one of these positions?

    To learn about effective summer activities for the BS/MD hopeful, and what to do if you can’t participate in one, read on.

  • What’s So Special About the BS/MD Program Interview?

    The BS/MD interview is not like a regular college interview. Its format varies significantly from program to program, with some taking place over the course of an entire day in multiple stages and others entailing group interview phases or one single interview with a large group of interviewers. Fewer than half of students who interview will ultimately be offered acceptance to BS/MD programs. It is an integral part of the application process and your admittance hinges on it.

    So, what specifically do these interviews entail? What sets them apart from the traditional college interview? And what questions should you anticipate? Read on to learn more about the BS/MD program interview.