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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Have you ever noticed that you learn better in certain environments? For example, maybe you enjoy hands-on activities, but have a hard time focusing in class lectures. It is important to realize that we all have different learning styles that influence the way we process information. There are advantages to knowing how you learn, especially during your time as a college student.

Determining your learning style can inform your study habits and allow you to recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Continue reading about different learning styles in order to determine which one best describes you.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Being in college is an exciting time, as you are preparing for a successful future. However, between attending classes, keeping up with assignments and taking part in other various activities, it can also be a very busy time. Leading up to graduation, it is important to ensure you are getting the most out of your experience as a student and are prepared to enter the workforce.

This might sound scary, but there are things you can do during your time as a student to make this transition smoothly. Below is a college checklist to take into consideration each year you are in college that will prepare you to find success wherever you go after graduation.

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The value of an education is immeasurable, but the cost of college is steep.

Between academic years 2007-08 and 2012-13, the percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year, degree-granting institution receiving any financial aid increased from 80 to 85 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The percentage of students receiving aid at four-year, private, for-profit institutions grew from 76 percent in 2007-08 to 89 percent in 2012-13.

For the majority of students, accepting financial aid is an essential stepping stone toward earning a college degree. Scholarship and grant opportunities in particular can help ease the burden of college costs and make higher education more affordable.

If your student is deciding among different college opportunities and financial aid offers, congratulations on his or her acceptance! Factors such as location, campus culture, school size and academic programs serve as considerations during the decision-making process, but financial aid typically prevails.

Use this guide to help evaluate and compare financial aid and scholarship offers.

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The benefits of a college degree are many. By attending college, you will gain an invaluable education, not to mention learn the independence and basic socialization skills needed to function in the “real world.”

But what about the economic benefits? With the cost of a college education skyrocketing, it’s only natural to wonder whether it’s financially worth it.

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The transition from high school to college can be an overwhelming experience, which is why Grand Canyon University encourages high school students to start applying to colleges early.

GCU makes the college application process easy and beneficial by providing high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to enroll in GCU with an early decision and even lock in a scholarship.

Not only does an early commitment to GCU enable a future Lope to enjoy the remainder of their high school experiences without the stress of college visits and applications, they can take advantage of the following available benefits exclusive to GCU.

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You know good grades and stellar test scores play a huge role in getting into college. But what about extracurricular activities? There’s conflicting advice out there about how much is too much and whether what you do outside of school hours makes a difference in college applications. So, what’s the real deal with extracurriculars? And are they worth it?

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If you’re excited to apply to college (Lopes Up!), you’ll have to meet certain requirements, such as meeting a minimum ACT or SAT score.

The ACT is a national college admissions exam that tests students in English, math, reading and science. The SAT is a globally recognized college admissions exam designed to test students on how well they can apply knowledge of reading, writing and math. ACT and SAT scores are typically combined with high school performance (GPA) to evaluate students and determine admission decisions.

Although both tests serve as college admissions predictors, each test measures distinct constructs, according to ACT.org.

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Your senior year is finally here (well, almost)! Your junior year was likely spent working hard to keep up your GPA and participating in extracurriculars. The work doesn’t end here, but you’re definitely in the home stretch. College applications are right around the corner and there’s no time like the present to start thinking about where you’d like to be when next summer rolls around.

To help steady the course, Grand Canyon University has compiled a summer checklist for soon-to-be seniors. Consider this the first pit stop in a road map to college (and beyond).

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If you’re considering moving away to college, it’s OK to feel apprehensive. You won’t have the luxury of popping home whenever you get a little homesick (or your laundry starts piling up).

If you’re from out of town, state or country, GCU has got you covered. Check out our big college move guide on battling homesickness and feeling more at home on campus.

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