Big City vs. Small Town Colleges

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Weighing the location, what’s right for you? When you picture yourself at college, are you walking to class among the crowded streets and tall buildings of a big city or walking through the quieter streets of a small-town? During your search for the perfect college, you might be weighing the pros and cons of urban vs. rural, but what’s right …

The College Visit

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By Lighthouse Counselor Sean J. Murphy Every summer and spring thousands of soon to be seniors venture out with their families to begin touring colleges and universities across the country. These trips are meant to be fun and educational, yet at times can seem to bring out fear and anxiety in at least one of the participants on the trip. …

Financial Aid Award Letters

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By Lighthouse Counselor Brooke Nowak – M.A. Financial Aid Award Letters: After a college accepts you, you’ll receive a letter that outlines how much the school will cost and what kind of financial aid package you’ll receive — including federal, state, and school sources. There’s no standard format for schools’ award letters, but they contain the same overall information. Here …

Tips on Choosing a College Major

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By Lighthouse Counselor Sarah O’Brien – M.A. Choosing a major is a major decision and it can be quite overwhelming especially if you feel as though your entire adult life is riding on that choice. It is true that it is a big decision but with the right preparation you can feel confident that you made the right choice. In …

Navigating the College Visit: Make the Most of Your Time

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Summer is here! This is the perfect time to travel to colleges with no penalty from your high school attendance office. Whether you are scheduling trips for the sole purpose of visiting schools, or you already have a trip planned and you want to tack on a college visit, the process can be daunting. However, preparing for the visit will …