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What Not To Do After You Get Your Acceptance Letters

Posted By Katie Szalda | March 16, 2016 What not to do after you get your acceptance letters

Received some great news in the mail lately? There's nothing like reading "congratulations on your acceptance" to put you into a long-lasting state of bliss. Enjoy those exciting moments! Just be sure that, in the days and weeks that follow, you keep your head in the college game and be smart about your next moves.

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Free Guide: Why It's Smart to Enter College As Undecided

Posted By Katie Szalda | January 27, 2016

Is indecision over your intended major keeping you from finalizing your college applications? We hear that a lot. We also know that many students consider putting off attending a four-year college until they figure out what it is they want to study. To you and all of them, we say: read our guide! 

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Six College Admissions Myths -- Debunked

Posted By Katie Szalda | December 29, 2015

It's not true that sending cookies to the admissions team will make your application a slam dunk, and it's also not true that spritzing your transcript with perfume will move it to the top of the stack. But you already knew that, right? When it comes to college admissions, here are some very common myths you may not realize are just that: myths. 

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What We Really Call "Undecided" Students

Posted By Katie Szalda | November 27, 2015 Exploring at Siena College

Not sure what to major in when you head off to college? There are two things you should know. First, you don't have to choose yet! And second, if you're looking for a college where starting out undecided is an exciting thing, look no further. At Siena, we don't even refer to those students as "undecided" or "undeclared." We call them: "exploring." Exploring Science, Exploring Business or Exploring Liberal Arts—because really, being undecided is about being open to discovery.

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Five steps for constructing your college list

Posted By Katie Szalda | August 5, 2015

The college search: it's arguably the most anticipated period of your high school years. And here you are: ready to begin researching, eager to find your perfect fit and perhaps feeling a little overwhelmed by it all. We get it, so we're letting you in on the five best steps you can take to begin drafting your college list...starting today.

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Admissions counselors' biggest pet peeves

Posted By Katie Szalda | July 15, 2015

Did you know 20 percent of high school students show up to their college interviews wearing pajamas? Kidding, kidding. If that were true, that would definitely be a high-up-there pet peeve among Admissions counselors! But thankfully, we've yet to see someone's PJs...

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Register for an Accepted Student Day

Posted By Katie Szalda | February 6, 2015 Accepted Student Day

Congratulations to our future Saints! As you know, one of the most important factors in choosing a college is campus visits, where you can get to know the school, speak with faculty and current students, and predict your fit. Now that you’ve been accepted, however, your perspective when visiting campuses will change.

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Will attending an open house give you an edge?

Posted By Katie Szalda | September 29, 2014

You’ve no doubt been inundated with invitations from colleges asking you to visit their campus. As hard as it may be to find the time to attend admissions events, it’s so important that you do. We can’t stress enough how campus visits can really be the deciding the factor—the edge you need—to get ahead of the application process and choose where you want to go. It can also help your parents feel good about your decision. How about a little proof of the influence an admissions event can hold? 

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