Private Colleges of California Part 2

Published Monday, May 16, 2011 by Tarang

Last time we went on a journey towards Southern California and discovered 3 prestigious but low-profile private schools. Featuring small class sizes and an ample amount of majors, these colleges can meet anyone’s needs. Now let’s trek on up towards the Bay Area and the rest of Northern California and see what other academic treasures we can find. 1. University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) Admissions Data (2009): Percent of Applicants Admitted: 71% Test Scores — 25th / 75th Percentile SAT Critical Reading: 500 / 610 SAT Math: 510 / 610 SAT Writing: 510… Continue Reading

Private Colleges of California

Published Thursday, May 12, 2011 by Tarang

California is home to sunny weather and legendary landmarks. From sunbathed, flip-flop wearing Southern Californians to tie dye shirt wearing Northern Californians, this state offers it all. Along with glamor and beaches, California is also famous for its higher education. The state system provides amazing education in the form of the University of California and the California State University systems. However, most people have only heard of Stanford and the University of Southern California when it comes to the private schools. Private colleges are often smaller, liberal arts schools that may not be well known… Continue Reading

Advanced Placement

Published Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by Tarang

The school year is nearing its end for you high-schoolers, and you must be busier than ever. Upperclassmen fret over AP tests and SATs, but it’s not all serious. Junior Prom and Senior Ball are around the corner if not already past, and many students are planning pleasantly hectic summer vacations. Some of you will be chilling in Tortuga like Jack Sparrow while others will be taking fun summer courses in esoteric realms. Others will be vying for spots at competitive summer programs. And as the weight of school becomes heavier than ever, you start… Continue Reading

College Myths Debunked

Published Thursday, May 5, 2011 by Tarang

Myths are powerful words that can often describe a culture or religion. Myths are associated with power and have come to define history; their words carry weight. The most dangerous type of myths are the ones that exist today in the newest definition of a myth. The newest type of myth is a widely held belief that is actually false. One such myth is that The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure you can see from space. This is hardly true; railroad lines are visible from space. Such popular myths about college… Continue Reading

Public vs. Private Part 2

Published Tuesday, May 3, 2011 by Tarang

Before reading this article, be sure to check out Part 1 for a basic understanding: http://exceltest.com/blog/2011/05/02/public-vs-private/ Last time, I discussed mainly cost and class size. It was established that private schools are much more expensive than public schools, often double the cost. However, private schools offer more scholarships, so you should not exclude them from your college search without researching financial aid options. It was also found that private schools have smaller classes and more “hand-holding” of the student in general. On the other hand, many public schools offer this as well; they just have… Continue Reading


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