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Campus Life at 100 of the Best Colleges, Summed Up in a Single Sentence

By Janet ManleyOctober 11, 2018
There is no greater Sorting Hat than the college admissions system, and SO MANY PLACES TO GET SORTED. If you've just started... More  →
Campus Life at 100 of the Best Colleges, Summed Up in a Single Sentence

The 15 Worst Sentences to Begin a College Essay

By Noah AppelbaumNovember 30, 2015
There are plenty of good guides to beginning a college admissions essay. This isn't one of them. When you find yourself tearing your... More  →
The 15 Worst Sentences to Begin a College Essay

Everything We WISH We Could Write in Our College Applications

By Andrew TavinNovember 13, 2014
Right now, you're probably several hours into trying to figure out how to make your performance as the first ever female Peter... More  →
Everything We WISH We Could Write in Our College Applications

Auntie SparkNotes: Should I Transfer to a Pricier College?

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 1, 2014
Dear Auntie, I'm going to be a sophomore in college. I wasn't very happy with my current school, so I decided to apply... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Should I Transfer to a Pricier College?

The Craziest College Traditions

By Lindsay San GiacomoJune 6, 2013
We here at SparkLife did a little digging to find out what quirky traditions your favorite colleges aren't talking about on the... More  →
The Craziest College Traditions

Applying for College Just Got Worse: Admissions Officer Mocks Essays Online

By reidfaylorMarch 1, 2013
It’s already difficult enough applying to college—writing essays, taking standardized tests, touring campuses, and requesting scholarships. But a University of Pennsylvania admissions... More  →
Applying for College Just Got Worse: Admissions Officer Mocks Essays Online

Let's Help This Sparkler with Her Life Story!

By Jennifer GrudzieckiNovember 21, 2012
College essay prompt: There may be personal information you want considered as part of your admissions application. Write an essay describing that... More  →
Let's Help This Sparkler with Her Life Story!

Help This Sparkler with Her Chemistry Essay!

By Jennifer GrudzieckiNovember 16, 2012
Essay Prompt: Topic of your choice. Our Sparkler's Response: “And lead, praseodymium, and platinum, plutonium…” You must be kidding me, I thought. These lyrics are... More  →
Help This Sparkler with Her Chemistry Essay!

Surviving Senior Year: What Happens in September?

By Jennifer GrudzieckiSeptember 19, 2012
It's September of your senior year of high school. You're settled into your new school routine and way, way ready to be... More  →
Surviving Senior Year: What Happens in September?