10 College Admissions Myths

There are several college admissions myths which should be exposed before you apply. These myths often scare certain students from applying to the best schools. Never limit yourself from applying to top colleges because you believe these things:

(10) Applicants are pre-screened.

Whether using the common application or a school-specific application, college admission offices have enough staff members to read your entire application. After all, you pay an application fee for a reason and colleges want to make sure you get your fair chance. However, if your application is incomplete or missing crucial components (essays, transcripts, or supplements) this might explain why it is rejected, or pre-screened out, before it reaches the full committee.

(9) You must choose your major and stick to it.

When you apply to college, admissions officers know your major is bound to change. In fact, many admissions offices have reported that the majority of their students change their major by the end of their freshman year. Don't worry about choosing your major. Pick a department or major where you have a genuine interest, and be open-minded to changing it once you're enrolled.

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Hacking College

Here's a great free read for students (and their parents) heading off to college. The book explains the easiest route to getting the degree you want, financial aid, and how to make the most of college. You can read the entire book here.


List of Tuition-Free Colleges

Want to go to school for free? You can, really. With the rising cost of college most people would love to go to a free college but most don't know where to look- or even that they even exist. Here's a list of tuition free colleges.

Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, Ky

You must score at least a 17 on the ACT or 430 verbal and 400 math on your SAT. Also, you must have at least a 2.25 GPA in your pre-college (high school) curriculum courses.

Berea College, Berea, Ky

You need between 20 and 30 on the ACT or between 1410 and 1980 on the SAT. Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.0.

City University of New York's Teacher Academy, New York, NY

If you're looking to become a teacher after college this school may be right for you. Applicants are expected to have a high ACT score and a high GPA.

College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo

Applicants must demonstrate financial need and score at least a 18 on their ACT and a 910 on the SAT.

Cooper Union, New York, NY

If you're interested in engineering and/or architecture this tuition free school may be right up your alley. Applicants need to submit a portfolio for consideration. Architecture applicants are considered based on an academic achievement and home test evaluation. Engineering applicants are reviewed based on SAT score and math and science exams.

Curtis Institute of Music
, Philadelphia, PA

Applicants need to show strong musical talents and considering a professional musical career. Students need to submit an application and audition at the school.

Deep Springs College, Deep Springs, CA

This all male liberal arts college requires a review of SAT and ACT scores and a two part application.

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA

Applicants must have a strong foundation of calculus and physics. The school also reviews SAT or ACT scores as well as two SAT tests within math and science.

Webb Institute, Glen Cove, NY

Applicants must have a strong engineering background. Also, a B average in physics, chemistry and math as well as high SAT scores.

There's only a couple of tuition free schools but it's worth the effort to at least try to to apply.

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Dorm at School or Commute?

Students going to school in-state are faced with a decision of whether they should dorm or commute to school. Heres some pros ad cons of both.

Dorming Pros-

Live in a social environment with people your own age.

More opportunities to make friends.

Living away from your parents.

Living on campus near classrooms and being able to wake up minutes before class.

Dorming Cons-

Extra cost of dorming added on to tuition.

May get stuck with a roommate you don't like.

Social enviroment may impact ability to do schoolwork.
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