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Volume 10, Issue 3

Big Changes Announced for the SAT

College Board President David Coleman announced changes to the SAT this week, marking the first overhaul of the college admission exam since 2005. The changes are quite significant and will have a major impact on student test preparation and strategy, both in the short and long term.

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The Importance of Diversity and Fit in College Admissions

In 2013, a Pennsylvania high school student named Suzy Lee Weiss wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal about not being admitted to the Ivy League colleges of her dreams. The article drew national controversy over the unrealistic expectations of college admissions offices and the role of diversity in building an incoming class at the most prestigious universities. “I offer about as much diversity as a saltine cracker,” she wrote, satirically.

But does an applicant’s lack of diversity serve to be a liability in competing for a spot at a highly selective school? In some cases, it does. Be that as it may, I find it hard to believe that any student lacks diversity.

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Dr. Kat’s List: Five Colleges with Awesome Amenities

When building a balanced college list, we like to encourage students to look beyond academics and explore what else a college or university has to offer to meet their interests. For some, this may mean a touch of luxury. We’ve previously highlighted schools with luxurious dorms, but, just like the schools on this list, we wanted to take it a step further and show some of the other cool features colleges have to offer.

From resort-like campuses to top-notch facilities and cool campus treats, here are Dr. Kat’s favorite colleges with awesome amenities.

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A Look at Three People’s Paths to Success

A lot of students I work with are still trying to discover or uncover their true passion and therefore a career path. This can be easy for some people but more difficult for others. I like to impress upon students that finding their passions and career paths are journeys that are different for everyone.

Here are three stories that I find inspiring and most surprising!

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