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Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a diverse, urban public research university located in Virginia’s capital city of Richmond.  With 24,000 undergraduate and another 7,000 graduate students, VCU has over two hundred academic programs in over a dozen areas of study.  Sixty percent of undergraduates major in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and all VCU students […]

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Old Dominion University

Founded as a campus of the prestigious College of William & Mary, Old Dominion University became independent in 1959 and now has a multicultural mix of 25,000 students. ODU has seven academic colleges, and offers 75 undergraduate majors.  Students may also design their own major, and the Center for Major Exploration helps students who are […]

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Bentley University

Founded in 1917 as an all-male business college, Bentley University has grown to a mid-sized co-ed university in which 60% of the 4300 undergraduates major in some type of business discipline.  Bentley students take courses in three categories:  general education requirements, the general business core, and specialized courses in their major.  Students here are not […]

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University of Virginia (UVA)

Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia (UVA) is considered a “public Ivy,” a nod to the rigor of the education it provides.  UVA is not actually a member of the Ivy League, which is a sports league with 8 private colleges. UVA has seven undergraduate colleges; incoming freshmen apply into four of them.  […]

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College Admission News: Magellan’s May, 2017 Newsletter

THE COLLEGE EXPLORER Congrats Class of 2017 This fall, our clients will attend the colleges to the left.  CONGRATS! School Profiles Colleges evaluate students in the context of what is available to them at their school.  Your child’s high school counselor will send a document called the School Profile with his/her transcript.  Learn more about School […]

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University of Richmond

The University of Richmond is on the larger side of liberal arts colleges with 3,000 undergraduate students, but it’s a comprehensive university with graduate law and business schools.  With an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, UR has small classes and students enjoy close relationships with professors. Everyone starts in the School of Arts and Sciences, and 70% […]

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Test-Taking Tips From A Pro

Who blinked?!  Somehow, someway, the SAT snuck up on us once again and now the May administration is this Saturday – and AP exams are upon us too.  After 10 years of guiding students through the SAT, ACT and numerous AP exams, I have picked up a few insights into last-minute prepping.  To help you […]

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Institutional Fit (or, “How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?”)

People always ask us, How many colleges should I apply to?  Over the last ten years, there’s been a trend towards students applying to a larger list of colleges.  While our clients apply to an average of 12-15 colleges, the “right” number is pretty subjective, and the truth is, the growing trend toward list expansion is […]

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What’s a School Profile?

Today, most high school transcripts are transmitted electronically, directly from high schools to colleges – there’s no mailing envelopes with a seal across the back anymore. And when your high school transmits your transcript, there’s another document that travels with it:  the school profile. What’s In A School Profile? What is this document, and why […]

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College Admission News: Magellan’s April, 2017 Newsletter

April, 2017 THE COLLEGE EXPLORER Amazing Results for the Class of 2017!! Magellan’s seniors have all received their college decisions, and the news is great!!  The 50 students who worked with our team this year have been admitted to over 150 different colleges, including Ivy League, a variety of Top 25 universities and all nine […]

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