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School Profile: What it Takes to Attend the United States Naval Academy

School Profile: What it Takes to Attend the United States Naval Academy

The United States Naval Academy is ranked #24 on the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. Located in beautiful Annapolis, Maryland, this is an extraordinarily structured college that expects excellence from all their students, who are referred to as midshipmen. The United States Naval Academy offers full scholarships to all their midshipmen including room and board and all other necessities. After attending this world renowned academy each midshipman will serve five years either as an Ensign in the Navy or Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. To be a part of this elite college you need to possess strength both in mind and body, dedication, and the desire to represent yourself and your country at the highest level.

School Profile: Find Your Social and Academic Balance at Vanderbilt University

School Profile: Find Your Social and Academic Balance at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, a private research university and medical center in suburban Nashville, Tennessee, ranks #23 on the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. The university, built in 1875, sits on a beautiful and tranquil campus that has been designated a national arboretum; the Peabody College is a registered National Historic Landmark; and the Dyer Observatory is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

School Profile: Is Northwestern University the Perfect School for You?

School Profile: Is Northwestern University the Perfect School for You?

Northwestern University is ranked #22 on the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings, boasting a wide range of degrees for both undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Evanston, Illinois, it is a research university that is slightly larger than most. Northwestern looks for a diverse group of students that have unique and comprehensive backgrounds.

School Profile: Academics & Athletics at Washington University in St. Louis

School Profile: Academics & Athletics at Washington University in St. Louis

Founded in 1853, Washington University is a visually stunning private research university that sits primarily on the 169-acre Danforth campus and the 164-acre Medical campus in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. It is ranked #21 on the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. With a student population of nearly 14.000 students, a little over half are undergraduates. The University is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to discover, explore, and pursue their passions. This medium-sized university draws students and faculty from more than 120 countries worldwide and every ethnic group from the U.S.

School Profile: Create Your Dream Education at Middlebury College

School Profile: Create Your Dream Education at Middlebury College

Middlebury College is a small liberal arts college located in Middlebury, Vermont.  It is currently ranked #19 on the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. This is a top tier college for liberal arts and was founded in 1800; it’s known for international studies and leadership in language instruction. Students can choose from among 44 majors with over 850 courses.

School Profile: These UC Berkeley Traditions Will Make You Want to Apply

School Profile: These UC Berkeley Traditions Will Make You Want to Apply

The University of California, Berkeley, also known as UC Berkeley and Cal, is ranked #20 on the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. Cal is a public research university founded in 1868, and located on a 1,232 acre campus overlooking San Francisco Bay. It is home to over 25,000 undergraduate students and 10,000 graduate students in 14 colleges, including professional schools and graduate programs.

School Profile: International Exploration, Tenting, and Pizza at Duke University

School Profile: International Exploration, Tenting, and Pizza at Duke University

Duke University is ranked #15 on the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. This research university is located on a 9,000 acre campus in Durham, North Carolina. It’s had three name changes and two campus location changes since its 1838 Quaker roots.

School Profile: The Path of Enrichment at Williams College

School Profile: The Path of Enrichment at Williams College

Williams College is on a quaint campus in Williamstown, Massachusetts and is ranked #16 on the Veritas Prep Elite College list. This liberal arts college has just under 2,200 students enrolled, primarily. With a focus on humanities and smaller class sizes, this is an ideal school for students looking for a more intimate and personalized education. The mission of Williams College is to not only help their students succeed, but to help them thrive; many services and programs throughout the campus achieve just that.

3 Ways to Use Your SAT Study Habits in College

3 Ways to Use Your SAT Study Habits in College

By the time you’ve taken your last SAT, you may be ready to defenestrate the nearest standardized test. I’m here to advise you to resist throwing either an SAT test or the habits you picked up while studying under Veritas Prep – such as learning new vocabulary – out the window. In all seriousness, you really have learned valuable habits through the Veritas Prep SAT course that I personally regret not employing during my freshman year of college.

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The Science of Higher Education

The Science of Higher Education

Effective teachers at all levels know that students learn differently from one another: Some learn best by hearing information, others are hands-on (or “kinesthetic”) learners, and still others are visual learners. But did you know that one of those groups makes up nearly two-thirds of the population? And do you know which teaching approach is most effective for each preferred learning style? Do you know which is your own preferred learning style?

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School Profile: Why Students Are so Happy at Claremont McKenna College

School Profile: Why Students Are so Happy at Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College, a young private liberal arts school founded in 1946, is part of the Claremont University Consortium that also includes Pomona College, Scripps College, Pitzer College, Harvey Mudd College, and two graduate schools. It is ranked #18 on the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. Claremont College takes a pragmatic pre-professional approach to academics, preparing students for global leadership roles.

New SAT Coming in 2016: What Will Change?

New SAT Coming in 2016: What Will Change?

Today the College Board, the organization behind the SAT, announced sweeping changes to the standardized exam that will launch in the spring of 2016. As College Board president David Coleman promised last year when he announced that a new SAT was coming, the changes are meant to make the SAT less “coachable” and to make it more relevant to what is taught in high school classrooms. The changes also make the SAT much more like the ACT (the SAT’s chief competitor), although you won’t see any mention of that in the College Board’s publicity announcements for the new SAT.

School Profile: Traditions of Bowdoin College

School Profile: Traditions of Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College, located in the coastal town of Brusnwick, Maine, is a small liberal arts college ranked #14 on the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings.The exclusive school boasts famous alumni such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne. More recently, current assistant professor of computer science, Daniela Oliveira was awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by the White House for her research in computer security. This is an extraordinary honor for a small liberal arts college competing against large research universities.

How My Love of Music Helped Me Get into College

How My Love of Music Helped Me Get into College

Ever since I saw their first concert freshman year, I wanted to join my high school jazz band.  I loved the sound and the energy the band had on stage; they looked like they were having a great time.  However, I was a classic AP track student with a packed schedule; I managed to squeeze in marching/concert band first period, but for my first two years I just had to watch them play from the balcony where the concert band sat.

Filed in: College, SAT
School Profile: The Innovation and Diversity of Brown University

School Profile: The Innovation and Diversity of Brown University

Brown University is ranked number seventeen on the Veritas Prep College Ranking list. The quaint campus of this research school is located in the middle of the historic town of Providence, Rhode Island. Brown was founded in 1764 making it the seventh oldest school in the U.S; it offers a wide variety of degrees in seventy concentrations. This university is known for having the spirit of openness; they have proven this on more than one occasion, starting with becoming the first school to accept students from all religious backgrounds.

The Symbiosis Between Education and Income

The Symbiosis Between Education and Income

It’s no secret that earning a college degree or a graduate degree can lead to a higher-paying job. But do you realize just how big the difference can be? We’ve broken it down to show you what kinds of jobs — and how much pay — you can expect when you earn a degree. You should never choose a major or a line of work solely for the pay, but keep these stats in mind if you’re wondering whether or not you should go back to school.

School Profile: The University of Pennsylvania and the Toast Zamboni

School Profile: The University of Pennsylvania and the Toast Zamboni

The University of Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, and began as a charity school in 1740. Under the influence of Benjamin Franklin, the school developed its roots in training students to become leaders in public service, business, and government. The private university has fewer than 10,000 undergraduates and ranks #13 on the Veritas Prep Elite 61 list of colleges.

School Profile: Work Hard and Play Hard at the California Institute of Technology

School Profile: Work Hard and Play Hard at the California Institute of Technology

If you have an impassioned desire to probe the far reaches of deep space, get chills at the thought of programming DNA for molecular robots, or long to one day win a Nobel Prize, then Caltech may be the school for you. California Institute of Technology, located in Pasadena, California, is a premier private research university whose mission it is to “expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education.”

School Profile: A Closer Look at the Traditions of Dartmouth College

School Profile: A Closer Look at the Traditions of Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is ranked number twelve on the Veritas Prep list of the top sixty-one colleges in the United States. Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, it is a research university that offers a large selection of degrees for undergraduates and graduates alike. Roughly 6,100 students attend this beautiful campus, designed around its exquisite natural setting. Founded in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock, Dartmouth is the ninth oldest college in the United States.

School Profile: Work Hard and Play Hard at Swarthmore College

School Profile: Work Hard and Play Hard at Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College is ranked ninth among the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. It is a liberal arts and engineering college that is part of a three-college consortium including Harverford College and Bryn Mawr College. The school, which was founded by Quakers, has a long legacy of tolerance, social concern, and civic responsibility.

School Profile: You'll Want to Go to Pomona College after Reading This

School Profile: You'll Want to Go to Pomona College after Reading This

Pomona College is ranked tenth in the nation among the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. It’s one of few liberal arts colleges on the West Coast and part of the Claremont College Consortium. The consortium includes five schools, all on adjacent campuses, and two graduate schools. The 5C community, as the students affectionately call it, shares resources including a university-sized research library. The consortium arrangement also has the advantage of offering students abundant academic, extracurricular, and social opportunities; students can eat, live, and take classes on all five campuses.

Do I Need to Score a Perfect 2400 on the SAT to Get into My Dream College?

Do I Need to Score a Perfect 2400 on the SAT to Get into My Dream College?

The answer to this question (which, by the way, I’m asked more frequently than any other question when I’m teaching SAT prep) is no.

No.

NO.

Instantly, I’m always asked, “Well, do I need to score in the 99th percentile to get into  (Harvard, Princeton, Yale)?

Filed in: College, SAT
5 Predictions for 2014 in the MBA and College Spaces

5 Predictions for 2014 in the MBA and College Spaces

One thing that we love to do around Veritas Prep HQ is declare our opinions. Whether it’s about football, health food, traffic etiquette, dancing, or stand-up comedy, everyone here has an opinion. Even more fun is when we stick our necks out and make some predictions about where we see test preparation and admissions going in the coming year. We’re often right, and we’re always entertaining.

School Profile: Amherst College Might Be the School for You

School Profile: Amherst College Might Be the School for You

When it comes to getting a good education students are not only looking for the perfect school, but also the best school for their budget. That is exactly what sets Amherst College, ranked 8th by Veritas Prep, apart from other elite colleges; they utilize a need-blind admission policy. This simply put means the student’s family’s financial situation bears little importance for admission to their college.

Our 2013 Predictions: How Did We Do?

Our 2013 Predictions: How Did We Do?

And just like that, a whole year has flown by again! Last January, we posted four predictions for the world of test prep and admissions. As fun as it is to make predictions, and it’s even more rewarding to look back at some point and see how we did. (“Oh my… We predicted THAT would happen?”) If you predict enough things, some of them will eventually happen, right?

Is The University of Chicago the Right School for You?

Is The University of Chicago the Right School for You?

The University of Chicago is ranked number seven of sixty-one schools on the Veritas Prep list. It also appears among the top ten schools on the Forbes, US News, and ARWU lists. This Midwestern research university offers a variety of undergraduate degree programs, but a majority of campus students are enrolled in graduate degree programs. Situated in the famed Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, the mid-sized school is diverse with 56% minority students and 51% female students.

Test Prep and Admissions: The Best of 2013

Test Prep and Admissions: The Best of 2013

There goes another year. Faster than you can say “99th-percentile instructors,” 2013 has come and gone, leaving in its wake a trail of excellent Veritas Prep blog articles. As we start to wrap up the year here at Veritas Prep HQ, wrap our Secret Santa gifts, and prepare to break in the new hires at our annual holiday party, we thought this would be a good time to share some of our biggest news and most popular articles from the past year.

Biggest Discounts of the Year on GMAT & SAT Prep and MBA & College Admissions Consulting Services!

Biggest Discounts of the Year on GMAT & SAT Prep and MBA & College Admissions Consulting Services!

Here at Veritas Prep, we have a long list of reasons to be thankful this year!  From our students, to our incredible teachers and admissions consultants, it’s truly been an amazing year.

We are excited to announce that starting today through Monday, December 2nd we are making available our biggest discounts of the year on all of our services (discounts on MBA admissions consulting services will be available through  Wednesday, December 4)! Whether you are trying to hit Round 2 business school deadlines or are planning on taking the SAT next year, make sure to take a look at our discounts and register before these prices are no longer available.

Are College Ratings Worth Paying Attention To?

Are College Ratings Worth Paying Attention To?

College ratings are one of the ways that many students and their families choose to look at schools they’re thinking of applying to. Many schools and educational institutions rank colleges by a number of different criteria. Organizations that create college ratings include Forbes Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and now Veritas Prep.

Filed in: College Rankings
Is Your Facebook Profile Part of Your College Application?

Is Your Facebook Profile Part of Your College Application?

Do college admissions officers look at your Facebook page and Twitter posts?  The short answer is a resounding “Yes.” It may be a surprise to find out who views your social media pages, and how your posted information can change their mind about you, so be careful when posting personal information.

Filed in: College Admissions
3 Reasons to Take AP Courses in High School

3 Reasons to Take AP Courses in High School

Once upon a time, high school junior Michelle, in preparation to apply to competitive colleges, enrolled in AP Biology. In her AP Bio course, Michelle studied concepts involving evolution, cellular processes, genetics and how biological systems interact – all at a college level. She also developed better reasoning skills in order to analyze data and think more like a scientist. The following Spring, Michelle took the 3-hour AP Bio Exam and scored a 5, the highest score possible. She mastered the content, received college credit and was able to skip Introductory Bio once she was admitted into her top-choice college.

Filed in: College Admissions
Introducing the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings!

Introducing the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings!

Is there a more popular starting point for school research than college rankings? There’s certainly no shortage of rankings available, but many of them end up being large data dumps that are ultimately unhelpful. Still others, in an attempt to stand out from the crowd, rank universities on obscure criteria, such as cafeteria food, Greek life, or ease of parking a car… All good things to know, but would you really base such a huge decision on criteria like that. (If you’re about to say “Yes,” then we recommend that you talk to a college admissions expert ASAP!)

Using Early Admissions Programs for College Application Success

Using Early Admissions Programs for College Application Success

College admissions season is in full swing now that we’re in the fall.  This can be one of the most stressful times for a high school student as well as for hopeful parents who want to see their kids go to great colleges and universities.  To make matters worse, the admissions process and landscape can be very tough to navigate and students and parents are not always fully-informed of all the options and strategies available to them to give students an edge in the admissions process.  One especially confusing aspect is early admissions programs.

Filed in: College Admissions
5 Ways to Avoid the Freshman Credit Card Crunch

5 Ways to Avoid the Freshman Credit Card Crunch

If you’re using a credit card to pay for your college application fees, and will have to borrow a significant amount of money during your undergrad years, it’s important to start developing good money management skills now so you can avoid the “credit card crunch” that plagues many students when they first leave home.

Filed in: College Admissions, SAT
Top 5 Handles to Follow on Twitter for SAT Prep

Top 5 Handles to Follow on Twitter for SAT Prep

Can’t get away from your Facebook or Twitter accounts? Using social media in your SAT prep is a great way to meet other students and take advantage of resources beyond the Official Guide. Follow these Twitter users to supplement your SAT practice!

To keep all of your SAT and college related tweets in one place, you can create a specific list for these handles so you aren’t distracted by your friend’s updates while you’re solving the free question of the day.

Filed in: College Admissions, SAT
Find Financial Aid for College

Find Financial Aid for College

Finding financial aid for college is one of the most important, but also most difficult tasks for parents and students as they go through the process of applying for higher education. To learn where to obtain college funding, it’s very important to look at each of the programs offered by the various players in the financial aid arena. Each player has advantages and disadvantages, and most people will want to consider more than one source of funding.

Filed in: College Admissions, SAT
5 Tips to Approaching Extracurricular Activities in High School

5 Tips to Approaching Extracurricular Activities in High School

Extracurricular activities are a crucial part of the college application process that students need to think about well before their senior year of high school. Unfortunately, most students don’t realize how important extracurricular activities are until they start filling out their college applications. Don’t let that be you! Here are 5 tips to approaching extracurricular activities:

Filed in: College Admissions, SAT
U.S. News College Rankings for 2014

U.S. News College Rankings for 2014

U.S. News has just released its ranking of top American colleges an universities for 2014. (It’s like model years on cars… Next year, in 2014, they will release the 2015 rankings.) There has been some movement, though not a lot of it, among the top 25 schools. Although this happens every year, we got a chuckle from each of these “top 25″ lists, neither of which is actually 25 schools long. We guess it’s just hard to choose sometimes.

Filed in: College Admissions
Common Application Pros and Cons for 2013-2014

Common Application Pros and Cons for 2013-2014

So it’s time to apply to college – no, it’s time to apply to colleges – as in like 7+ schools.  The exciting prospects of getting into college, living away from your parents, partying like a rock star and of course maybe one day having a job are currently being overshadowed by the arduous tasks of writing admissions essays, filling out applications, requesting letters of recommendations, taking standardized tests and breaking up with your high school sweetheart.  So much to do!

Filed in: College Admissions, SAT
4 Tips to Get Financial Aid for College

4 Tips to Get Financial Aid for College

Unless you (or your parents) happen to be Warren Buffet or related to Bill Gates, you’ll probably be spending a good chunk of time your junior and senior years looking for financial aid for college. Here’s a few quick steps to jump-start your plan!

1.     Negotiate.

Filed in: College Admissions, SAT