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Cheating in College Application Essays

Thanks to the Internet, smart phones, and other technological advances, the frequency of cheating in college—unfortunately—continues to soar. Some high school seniors are following suit before they even begin their first semester by plagiarizing their college application essays.

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College Interview Preparation: How to Ace Yours

College interviews are often an optional portion of the application process, but many prospective students take advantage of the opportunity. A college interview is the perfect time to let your personality shine through. Consider the following Do’s and Don’ts as you prepare for your college interview!

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Fitting In as a Transfer Student at Your New College

Advice for adjusting to college is abundant for new incoming freshmen. Articles, pamphlets, blogs, and entire books have been written on the topic. Most colleges and universities even hold week-long orientations every fall to help the students familiarize themselves with the campus and make new friends in the process.

But if you are a college transfer student switching from one school to another or a freshman that is starting college in January rather than August, you may feel like a fish out of water. For transfer students, it often feels like everyone else knows everything and everybody, causing feelings of frustration and loneliness.

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9 Worst Reasons to Pick a College

It’s that time of year again! High school seniors are anxiously waiting to find out if they were accepted by their dream colleges. Don’t have a dream college? You’re not alone.

There are dozens of determining factors when selecting the right school for you. Depending on your unique situation, some factors will weigh more heavily than others.

Figuring out how to pick the right college can be a challenge, but we’ve compiled nine of the wrong reasons to pick a school below:

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Wondering How to Choose Your Major? Check the Unemployment Rates

If you have a passion for piano or a love of languages, you might think that majoring in music or Italian is a no-brainer. After all, studying something you enjoy will make college an easier, more enjoyable experience, right? Possibly, but the realistic threat of unemployment after graduation causes many students to change their minds.

Although research shows that college graduates typically earn more than those with high school educations, making a bachelor’s degree one of the best credentials a job seeker can have, a recent study has found that some college majors offer substantially better employment opportunities than others.

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Applying for Financial Aid in 2012? Get Your FAFSA Questions Answered

The high cost of earning a degree and the high unemployment rate among recent college graduates has many students and parents wondering if going to college is even worth it. Despite rising tuition and the lackluster job market, most experts recommend going to college anyway.

We’ve compiled some of the top financial aid FAFSA FAQs and provided answers below.

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Famous Dropouts: No College Degree, Just the School of Hard Knocks?

Do you know what Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Michael Dell had in common apart from the computer industry? What about actor Tom Hanks and talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres?

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Happy New Year! Resolutions for College Students

If you’re like most of us, you have a couple of New Year’s resolutions floating around in the back of your mind, either bad habits you plan on breaking or goals you plan on achieving in 2012.

New Year’s is the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start, but it also provides college students with a brand new semester—a great chance for students to get off on the right foot academically, professionally, and socially!

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Students: What to Look for When Choosing a College

No one knows for sure what determines sexual orientation. Everyone has the potential to become attracted to and form relationships with someone of the opposite or the same sex. Homosexuals are physically and emotionally attracted to those of the same sex. Bisexuals are attracted to persons of either sex. It is estimated that at least 10 percent of adults in the U.S. have engaged in same-sex sexual behavior or consider themselves to be of a homosexual orientation. They come from all ethnic groups, professions, races, religious backgrounds, and geographical regions.

Some people know and accept that they are gay or lesbian. Others, because of numerous reasons (personal conflicts, social attitudes, and fear of rejection) take longer to recognize and accept their sexual orientation. Some homosexuals may not be open about their sexual orientation while in college. Many people are surprised to find there are many other gays and lesbians around them. Coming out can be a liberating …

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