Top 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Graduate (11 If You Still Can't Tie Your Shoelaces)

Posted by Shmoop on 5/8/19 12:43 PM

Greetings, soon-to-be grads! Throw those hats in the air like you just don't care! 

You’ve learned a lot in high school (hopefully), but there are still a few nuggets left to digest. Allow us to hit you with a good old-fashioned Top Ten list. 

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Topics: Literature, Test Prep, College Prep

How Do I Get Into The University of Pennsylvania?

Posted by Shmoop on 4/9/19 12:13 PM

Founded by none other than Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania (a.k.a UPenn or Penn) is an Ivy League school with a reputation for serious scholarship.

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If you feel like you can keep up with some of the world's brightest (and you're a Shmoop reader, so the odds are in your favor), then Penn might be the school for you. Getting into this top-dog Ivy, though, is no small feat. You're going to need smarts, writing skills, stellar extracurriculars, great relationships with your teachers, a close personal relationship with Felicity Huffman, and a beautifully designed, informative website that provides life-altering information for potential college applicants (Who? Us? Aww, don't make us blush). 


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Topics: College Prep, perfect score, college admissions, ivy league, college application, upenn, pennsylvania

Last Minute Cram Session for the SAT

Posted by Shmoop on 2/20/19 12:11 PM

The next SAT test date is March 9th, 2019, which means it's time to enter "cramming mode". We've got some advice on how to crush the SAT with some tips you'll be able to put directly on your calendar.

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Topics: sat, study, Test Prep, College Prep

How do I get into the University of Michigan?

Posted by Shmoop on 2/19/19 11:00 AM

So, you want to be a Wolverine. We're not talking about your favorite Canadian member of the X-Men, we're talking about getting decked out in maize and blue and pouncing about the University of Michigan. No doubt you're attracted to its topnotch academic reputation (#1 public research university in the U.S. in 2018), its location in cute-as-a-button Ann Arbor, and its legendary athletics program. Or maybe you just want to go to the same school as Madonna. (Following in her footsteps helped these people get ahead, at least). Whatever your reasons are for trading your opposable thumbs for a set of paws and claws, we are here to help you get into this legendary school.

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Topics: college, college essays, College Prep, college admissions, michigan, college application

How do I get into Princeton?

Posted by Shmoop on 2/12/19 1:00 PM

Is it your dream to rub shoulders with the snobby-yet-dapper elite of the world after years of studying so hard that your brain has started seeping out of your ears? Then Princeton might be the school for you. Getting into this top-dog Ivy, though, is no small feat. You're going to need smarts, writing skills, stellar extracurriculars, great relationships with your teachers, and more luck than a Leprechaun rubbed down in four-leaf clover oil. But never fear—we're here to walk you through this college's application process.

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Topics: college, College Prep, princeton, ivy league

How to Pay for College

Posted by Shmoop on 1/16/19 7:00 AM

If you're applying to college this year, your application is just the beginning of the college experience. For the younger crowd, the clock is ticking for you to decide which college will be graced with your presence. And we have a sneaking suspicion that no matter where in the process you are, you'll be wondering how in the world to pay for college.

The deposit you send in with your decision is only the beginning—the tuition, room and board, and textbook costs (among plenty of other things) are still to come. Yeah, people say that education is priceless, but apparently colleges and universities didn't get the memo.

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Topics: College Prep

20 Examples of Awesome Personal Statements for College Application Season

Posted by Shmoop on 12/3/18 9:00 AM

College application season is officially in full swing. And as tedious as it is to fill out those zillions of fields on the apps, we all know the most stressful part is the personal statement.

So, allow us to inspire you with 20 examples of awesome personal statements. We've got something for everyone, no matter who you are. Whether you...

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Topics: College Prep

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