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College Admissions - Larger Picture

Paying To 'Package' College Applicants
CBS News - May 13, 2006
It was an Ivy League fairy tale with a sad ending. Kaavya Viswanathan stood out. Beautiful and bright, and at the age of 19, author of a New York Times bestseller. It was easy to see why she got into Harvard...
New Report on From Admissions Counselor's Group Released
AACRAO Transcript, DC - May 17, 2006
The National Association of College Admissions Counseling has released it's annual report, "State of College Admissions 2006." Among the key findings: ...
The College Admission Frenzy: Do the Facts Support the Hype?
AScribe - May 15, 2006
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 15 (AScribe Newswire) -- While the country's most selective colleges are admitting fewer candidates, a student's chance for admission to a four-year college is still overwhelmingly good, according to the National Association for...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Costly honor societies won't help kids get into college
Chicago Sun-Times, United States - May 14, 2006
The invitations to join come on fancy letterheads and from such dignitaries as Claes Nobel, a member of the family for which the Nobel Prizes are named...
Life in 'wait list' limbo - what student hopefuls can do
Christian Science Monitor, MA - May 17, 2006
By Karoun Demirjian | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor. Acceptance letters have been sent, deposits have been paid, but ...
Don't dismiss private colleges
Bankrate.com - May 16, 2006
The term "private college" is sometimes a turnoff for college-shoppers because of the institiutions' stratospheric tuition prices. But students and their not-so-deep-pocketed parents should have another look ...
Colleges admit few students off the wait list
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - May 16, 2006
By Anne Marie Chaker, The Wall Street Journal. It's shaping up to be another disappointing year for many students on college wait lists. ...
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An exam for the College Board
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH - May 16, 2006
Anyone who considers this spring's SAT scoring error a minor matter should consider the case of Jake DeLillo. The 17-year-old New Yorker applied to elite schools like the University of Pennsylvania, but enrolled at the New York Institute of Technology after receiving disappointing SAT results...
More Middle School Students Taking The SAT
WCCO, MN - May 17, 2006
Now younger students are facing the pressure of that test. This year more than 120,000 seventh- and eighth-graders will take the SAT, but for children that age is this too much, too soon? ...
Flag on the Field
Slate - May 16, 2006
SAT scores are down among this year's college applicants, admissions offices are reporting. Whatever the reason for the drop-off, enrollment in SAT preparation courses continues to be brisk. The Washington Post Co., Slate'ss parent, was one of the only big-city newspaper companies to show a profit last quarter by virtue of its ownership of the test-prep company Kaplan Inc...
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Teen Times: Know how to cope with college rejection
Shreveport Times, LA - May 17, 2006
As the school year comes to a close, many high school seniors may find themselves camping beside their mailboxes, impatiently waiting for the letter that will determine the next four years of their life.
Lufkin: Students share 'slack,' 'shame'
Lincoln Journal, MA - May 18, 2006
They call it the Rack of Slack. And they call it the Wall of Shame. But the participants in these public divulgences of hard sorrows show a pluck that shines through their heap of shared slights.
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High School Ranking

On Education Odd Math for 'Best High Schools' List
New York Times, United States - May 16, 2006<
By MICHAEL WINERIP. YOU would think they'd be celebrating in Rye Brook, NY The local high school in that prosperous suburban Westchester ...
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Midwest News

Make Schools More Challenging
Wheeling Intelligencer, WV - May 18, 2006
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is correct in believing that public school students are not being challenged enough. And, while those who question his "Ohio Core" proposal are right to ask questions, we urge them not to study the idea into oblivion...
The best schools: How valid are our measurements?
Wednesday Journal, IL - May 17, 2006
We all want our children to go to the very best pre-schools, elementary schools, high schools and colleges. Fortunately, in this country and this community there are lots of choices, but how to choose from so many?..
U. of I. admission plan flunks out
Chicago Tribune, United States - May 16, 2006
By Jodi S. Cohen. Responding to a public outcry, University of Illinois officials on Monday scrapped a plan that would have made ...
U. of I. drops out-of-state campaign
Chicago Sun-Times, United States - May 16, 2006
Faced with a buzzsaw of opposition -- some of it from lawmakers -- University of Illinois officials said Monday they were ashcanning a proposal to expand out-of ...
Lawmakers' tight strings put greater burden on college students
WHO-TV, IA - May 16, 2006
IOWA CITY, Iowa Leaders at Iowa's three public universities say they are once again being forced to turn to students to make up for a funding shortfall. ...
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Campus Visits

Sallie Mae Offers Advice on Visiting College Campuses During ...
PR Newswire (press release), NY - May 17, 2006
For families with students who are heading into their final year of high school, the summer months provide an excellent opportunity to get a head-start on the college-search process ...
Putting colleges to the test
Modesto Bee, CA - May 12, 2006
Somewhere in the middle of an Ultimate Frisbee game in USC's quad, Jesuit High School senior Brandon Wong knew this was the college for him...
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Summer Jobs and College Admission

Summer job can have many benefits
Inside Bay Area, CA - May 14, 2006
Q:DURING the school year, my daughter, a high school junior, has worked at a clothing store a few hours a week. She truly loves her job and wants to work longer hours this summer. Is this wise? What will college admissions officers think about this? Would another type of job, an internship or community service be a better choice?...
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College Marketing

Women's college offers applicants free iTunes downloads
Playlist, CA - May 17, 2006
Saint Joseph College, a four-year women's college located in Connecticut, is offering a unique incentive for prospective students: High school juniors who ...
NCSSM does Stanford virtual tour
Durham Herald Sun, NC - May 15, 2006
DURHAM -- Students from the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics recently toured Stanford University without having to leave the state. In fact, they didn't even have to leave their seats. ...
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The Fine Art of Letting Go
Newsweek - May 13, 2006
As parents, boomers face their final frontier: how to stand aside as their children become independent adults. Where's the line between caring and coddling?
Taught at home, off to college is new trend
Columbus Dispatch, OH - May 15, 2006
There are nine children in the Taylor family, all of them homeschooled. And all of them, dad William Taylor says, are college-bound. Elyshia is at Franciscan University of Steubenville now. Ashley was just accepted to Case Western Reserve and Denison universities on full scholarships ...
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Schools Struggle to Motivate Students with 'Senioritis'
NewsHour Extra - May 15, 2006
It happens each spring as the days lengthen and grow warmer: High school seniors who have applied to colleges or finished most graduating requirements struggle to stay focused on work that doesn't seem relevant ...
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