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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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