The Case For and Against Early Decision

College planning can be stressful for both students and parents. Long before they face the challenge of finding college funding, students face an equally important challenge - the college admissions process. Filling out college applications and waiting to hear from admissions committees can make for a nerve-wracking senior year.

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Grad: The GRE vs. the GMAT

The Graduate Management Admissions Test has been required by MBA programs for more than 50 years, while the Graduate Record Examination is the standard for graduate schools in general. The Educational Testing Service administers the GRE and used to do the same for the GMAT before losing the rights two years ago to ACT Inc. and Pearson. Now it is trying to get some of that business back, lobbying business schools to accept the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT: more than 115 have agreed, including at Stanford, MIT and Johns Hopkins.

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Grad: Etiquette 101 - Writing to a Professor in a University about Research Interests

I frequently receive email from lot of applications who wish to pursue graduate study in Computer Science/Engineering at UMBC, JHU and different universities in the U.S. Instead of replying individually to these messages, I have created this page to collect my personal advice on this matter. These are my own personal views, and certainly should not be viewed as official policy of UMBC, JHU. Having mentioned that, I have tried to be as accurate as possible.

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All: Dear Plagiarist

Dear Student,
When you got your paper back with a grade of F for plagiarism, you reacted in predictable fashion -- with indignant denial of any wrongdoing. You claimed “you cited everything” and denied that you had committed intentional plagiarism, or ever would.

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All: Cheating Across Cultures

When Duke University found 34 first-year business school students guilty of collaborating on a take-home test late last month, officials announced a variety of penalties: Pending appeals, nine of the Fuqua School of Business M.B.A. students would be expelled, 15 would receive a one-year suspension and a failing grade in the required course, nine would simply fail the class and one would fail the assignment alone.

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