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If you've never lived alone or with a roommate, it can be hard to figure out what kind of stuff you need your first time living away from home. And in particular, a dorm room situation is unique, not only because you'll probably be bunking with a stranger, but because you often have limited space and rules around what's allowed.

In this checklist, we're listing everything you'll need and want (and what you should leave at home) your first year in a dorm.

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With summer break right around the corner, you're likely gearing up for part-time work, hanging with friends, and sleeping in. But there are some things you—and your parents—should be getting a jump on now to ease the college application and selection process next year. Here's our month-by-month guide. 

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If you're headed to college next year, there’s a good chance you applied to at least three schools:

  • Your dream school
  • Your “pretty sure I’m going to get in” school, and
  • Your safety school. 
Sounds like a pretty fail-proof plan, right? But what happens when you get wait-listed for  your dream school and you feel like the other two are just ... meh?
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Senior year is often depicted as a time to savor memories from high school and brace for adulthood. The reality is that many seniors feel overwhelmed as they prepare for college. 

If that's you, we're here to help. We've compiled a senior year checklist for October through December. This should help you stay on track and not miss any important deadlines to ensure that you actually have time to enjoy senior year.

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The results are in. The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education have ranked the top colleges in the U.S. for third year in a row. 

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2019 are a measurement of institutions’ student engagement, student outcomes, and learning environments. Here, we'll summarize the key findings and give you the scoop on how to look up schools that you're interested in. 

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The way we think about higher education has changed drastically over the last decade. More students are opting for master’s programs in computer science, rather than the traditional MBA track. But is that the right move for you?

It just might be ... that is, if you're looking for a highly compensated field that has a lot of job openings. 

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