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Peterson’s®, a Nelnet company, has been your trusted educational publisher for over 50 years. It’s a milestone we’re quite proud of, as we continue to provide the most accurate, dependable, high-quality education content in the field, providing you with everything you need to succeed. No matter where you are on your academic or professional path, you can rely on Peterson’s publications and its online information at www.petersons.com for the most up-to-date education exploration data, admissions resources, expert test prep and scholarship tools, and the highest-quality career success resources—everything you need to achieve your goals.

Our Authors


Brian Pivik is the Content Manager at Peterson’s, and has been working in the content creation industry for 13 years. He’s a published author with an MA in Literary Criticism, and has edited and written academic, business, journalistic, and online content for such companies as Microsoft and Photobucket. He has a deep passion for education and higher learning, and spends his spare time reading, backpacking through the wilderness, and studying obscure texts.


Ryan Hickey is Managing Editor of Peterson’s & EssayEdge and an expert in many aspects of college, graduate, and professional admissions. A graduate of Yale University, Ryan has worked in various admissions capacities for nearly a decade, including writing test-prep material for the SAT, AP exams, and TOEFL, editing essays and personal statements, and consulting directly with applicants. He enjoys sharing his knowledge to aid others in achieving their educational goals and, when he gets a break, loves hiking and fly fishing with his wife and two border-collie mixes.



Brendan Conway is the web content editor for Peterson’s Interactive and is a knowledgeable source of information on the world of higher education. He is a graduate of Hamilton College who majored in philosophy and creative writing (he clearly did not consult Peterson’s advice on college strategies nearly enough). Today, he enjoys writing articles for Peterson’s that are helpful, informative, and perhaps a bit…eccentric.


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