If you’re reading this, you may be a high school student (or perhaps the parent of a high school student) and you are starting to think about which universities to apply to. This is the first of many questions you’ll likely have during the college application process and it’s a big one! For one, there are so many options for you to choose from: According to US News and World Report, there are over four-thousand colleges and universities in the United States. The options are overwhelming. (For all your college related questions and for organizing yourself during this busy time, we created the Vitae Me App (download here for iOS and Android). It’s like a college admissions counselor in your pocket!
As you start applying to colleges, you may have a hard time managing your time. Here are some tips to combat common organizational problems.
No experience in marine biology? No problem! Summer internships are an excellent way to try out a possible vocation and pad your resume.
Navigating the American university system can be overwhelming. Following these steps will help you as you begin this journey!
Here are five of the most common mistakes we see students make as they research and apply to universities!
Do colleges require SAT Subject Tests? What about programs within colleges? Here, we discuss Subject Tests and how best to prepare for them.
Your personal statement may be your only chance to introduce yourself to admissions officers – so you'll need to leave a lasting impression.
Medical schools are not just looking for the best scientists: they are looking for the best leaders and the most compassionate caregivers.
Recommendation letters are vital for admission to your dream university, so choosing the right people to write them for you is critical.
The UCAS is the application portal for nearly all universities in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Read more about it here!
Writing a great letter of recommendation requires thought, patience, and input from your student. Learn more about this important skill!
The most common procedures for early applications are called Early Action and Early Decision. Knowing the difference between the two is key!
American universities require that students take the SAT or ACT. However, only one of them is required. Which test is best for you?
The AP International Diploma is a prestigious credential much like the IB Program – and it's a perfect fit for international students.
Choosing which schools to apply to is difficult, partly because busy students have other commitments. Learn about how to make this a priority!
Occam Education does more than test preparation. Learn more about how we help students with their university goals during their senior year!
We assist families in filing the Certification of Finance, a confusing form for international students looking to obtain a US student visa.
What's the difference between “university” and “college”? We'll help you understand the common terms used in secondary and higher education.
Taking an AP course shows that a student wants to challenge herself, and many universities give credit to those who score well on AP exams.
In the US, there are four types of degrees in higher education. We'll talk about the benefits of each.
US News and World Report's college ranking is one of the best-known lists of its kind. Learn how it can help narrow down your school choices.
We'll introduce you to the AP Music Theory exam, share some tips for scoring well, and discuss why this exam might be beneficial for you.
Applying to American universities is surprisingly simple! Learn about the most common kinds of university applications and how to use them.
There are many components to university applications. In this article, we'll walk you through the basics of submitting a strong app!
Most prestigious schools that interview their applications. Learn more about admissions interviews and how they factor into applications.
An IB diploma sends a strong message to many top universities. Learn more about this internationally-acclaimed program.
Harvard had an admit rate of only 5.2% in 2017 – but looking closely at Early Action applications reveals secrets about selective schools.
Learn what admissions directors have to say about the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, one of the most rigorous of its kind.
There's no need to be nervous when you get called for admissions interviews – but make sure you go into them prepared!
Small student populations and quality faculty characterize liberal arts colleges. Learn more about the benefits of such close-knit communities.
Many of the US's state institutions boast world-class research facilities and diverse student bodies from around the world.
Many students know little about 2-year community colleges, but these schools can be the first step to getting into prestigious universities.
If you are considering schools both in the US and the UK, there are some important differences you should be aware of before you apply.
What's the difference between a "course" and "class"? We'll help you understand the many common terms used in secondary and higher education.
Interviews for American universities tend to get personal. Opening up about yourself is a critical part of the admissions process!
MIT is one of the most exclusive universities in the world. So what did the average MIT student do in high school to gain admission?
How do extracurricular activities factor into your university application? And more importantly, how do they enrich your life?
We talk a lot about AP courses at Occam Education. The AP curriculum is very useful for students applying to prestigious universities.
What's the difference between “credit" and a “credit hour”? We'll help you understand the many terms used in secondary and higher education.
At Occam Education, our goal is to help students have the best chance of succeeding in high school and college. We offer several AP courses.