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Here's what's going on this week in the world of college admissions:

November 1st is the Early Action and Early Decision deadline for many colleges. Some seniors choose to get started two months before the Regular Decision deadline to get a jumpstart on admissions and to potentially increase chances of getting in.

I explain the differences between Regular Decision, Early Decision, and Early action in this week's episode of the College Radar Podcast.

Before seniors finally press submit on college applications, there's a considerable checklist for them, and their parents, to fill in. Items include working on college essays and submitting the FAFSA.

You can start crossing off those items (or clicking, in this case) on Campus Explorer’s High School Senior Timeline and Checklist.

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Anique Barch of the Tufts Varsity Volleyball Team, from the Tufts Blog.

Meanwhile, as fall sports have kicked off, many high school athletes hope to continue competing at Division III colleges. To make the decision to play varsity sports in college, students have to ask themselves, “do I want to travel on the weekends? Do I want to wake up for 7:00 am practice before 9:30 am class?”

Four athletes at Tufts University discuss the balance between sports, academics, and socializing on the Tufts Blog.

SAT and ACT test dates.

The ACT on October 22nd (too late to register)

The SAT on November 5th (register late by October 25th)

The SAT on December 3rd (register by November 3rd)

The ACT on December 10th (register by November 4th)