Featured by GradLime? Here’s What to Do

The Internet is changing the recruitment game. Students have greater access to more schools than ever before. And when they search for the best degree programs in subjects your college excels at, it’s important that they find you.

Being featured on GradLime puts your school and programs in front of thousands of students who are making important decisions about the next step on their educational journey.

Here are some ways that you can capitalize on your GradLime ranking:

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How to Write a Compelling College Application Essay

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Application essays are one of the most intimidating parts of applying to college. It’s the only thing you can’t copy-paste, and each one takes time and energy to do well.

But these essays are also the best opportunity to make your application stand out. Admissions offices sort through thousands of applications every year—and essays can communicate so much more about you than test scores.

A good college application essay is like putting a face to your name. You have a few hundred words to say something memorable, and someone is going use them to decide if you have what it takes to succeed at their school.

We’re going to give you tips to help you nail your college application essays every step of the way, from brainstorming to revising.

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Find Colleges in Your State

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Choosing a college in your home state has some big benefits:

  • You get in-state tuition.
  • You’re probably closer to home.
  • Your friends are more likely to go there.
  • You can go to a school you’ve actually heard of.
  • You can make connections and find internships and jobs in your home state (if that’s where you want to end up!)

Going to an in-state school doesn’t have to feel like settling, either. Every state has strong schools—you just have to know how to find them.

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How Does the ACT Work, and What’s a Good Score?

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The ACT is one of the two main college readiness exams. Like they do with the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), admissions offices use your ACT score to help determine if you’re a good fit for their college or university.

Both tests are widely used, but recently, the ACT has become more popular than the SAT. Over two million students take the ACT every year, while about 1.7 million take the SAT. It’s easy to feel like all standardized tests are the same, but these tests measure two different things.

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What Can You Do with a Communications Degree?

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Communications is easily the most popular humanities major. Next to a business degree, it’s also one of the most common go-tos for people who aren’t sure what they want to do yet. Why, you ask? Communications is specialized, but it’s also highly transferable.

And it’s no wonder so many people turn to communications studies. For centuries, literature and culture have glorified the art of clearly expressing our ideas. The fact that ancient texts still influence us today stands as a testament to the value of communication. And we see the importance of modern communication every day in the media—with both positive and negative examples.

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Can You Get into College with a GED?

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Yes, you can go to college with a GED. The GED Testing Service claims that over 60% of recent GED recipients are currently enrolled in college, and over 97% of all colleges and employers accept a GED.

But this is bigger than a yes or no question. Doing the bare minimum is rarely enough, and there’s a lot more you should consider.

What kinds of colleges can you get into?

Can you still get financial aid with a GED?

What does the application process look like when you don’t have a GPA?

What else do colleges look at besides your GED or diploma?

A GED is not the same as a high school diploma—so do colleges treat them differently?

If a GED is your best shot at going to college, these are things you probably want to know, too. Let’s start with the difference between a GED and a high school diploma.

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How to Get a GED

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There are plenty of legitimate reasons why students drop out of high school. And for most students who do, there’s a combination of eight or more reasons why they didn’t graduate. Maybe you had a kid, had to work to help support your family, or missed too many days due to a serious illness or injury. It might’ve felt like you didn’t have a choice.

Whatever your reasons for dropping out, you still have options.

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