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HSCW Sponsor Blog - Gaming the Admission Process?
Post - Aug 25, 2011
Sometimes the competitive nature of college admissions, with it's winners and losers, makes the whole thing seem like a big game. It's a confusing process...
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College Big Picture

Survey: Women More Satisfied With the College Experience
TIME - Aug 19, 2011
Women are not just surpassing men in terms of college enrollment and completion, they also seem to be having a better time while they are there...
College Costs Drop for Higher-Earning Households
Wall Street Journal - Aug 25, 2011
Middle- and upper-class families opted for cheaper schools and more financial aid to send their children to college this year....
The Hidden Costs of Higher Ed
New York Times - Aug 21, 2011
OVER the next few weeks, millions of Americans will be heading off to college, and despite the promise of need-blind admissions, more of them than ever will be struggling to pay for it...
Who should we pay for college, and how?
CBS News - Early Show - Aug 22, 2011
As college tuitions go up and retirement founds dwindle with stock prices, Eric Hill asks blogger, Lynn O'Shaughnessy, author, Zac Bissonnette, and CBS Marketwatch Special Contributor, Ray Martin, who should pay for college, and how?...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

What Are Advantages of Going to College In State vs. Out of State?
US News & World Report - UNIGO - Aug 24, 2011
When it comes time for students to start narrowing down their list of colleges to apply to, one issue always presents itself: whether to leave home for newfound independence and go to school out of state, or stay closer to hom. ...
Beyond the Right Fit in College Admissions
Danville Express - Aug 23, 2011
We always hear about colleges being the “right fit” or a “good match” for a student. What are specific and concrete ways we can help our son (and us) figure out what colleges will be right for him to apply to. ...
College prep timeline: Experts say students should spend four years in high school laying groundwork
Charleston Post Courier - Aug 23, 2011
When it comes to the college application process, most of the students that Guidance Director Amy Thompson interacts with feel the same way: overwhelmed. ...
6 Things Seniors Need to Do NOW
GoLocalProv - Aug 22, 2011
Parents and students often forget that early admission deadlines fall just a few weeks after school begins. In recent years, colleges have been taking an increasing number of students in the early action and early decision rounds ...
7 Tips to Jump-Start the College Application Process
US News & World Report - Aug 22, 2011
The calendar may say August, but it is not too early to begin thinking about—and working on—college applications. The applications are unavoidable, so what better way to occupy yourself during the waning days of summer than by getting a head start in the college ...
Find An Extracurricular Balance - Aug 22, 2011
Participating in extracurricular activities is a great way for a high-school student to get involved, as well as a great way to challenge yourself....
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Brainstorm ideas for applications
College Admissions Strategies Blog - Aug 23, 2011
How do you go from “thinking” about your college application essay to actually writing it? That is a question many rising high school seniors are battling every day....
4 Tips For Creating A Killer Video College Essay - Aug 16, 2011
If there’s one thing college admissions officers can agree on, it’s this: your college essay should be as unique as you are. So if you’re more comfortable behind the camera than in front of the keyboard, why not give a video college essay a try?...
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FinAid - Scholarships

How Colleges Determine Merit Scholarships
US News & World Report - Aug 23, 2011
How do colleges and universities decide who will get their merit scholarships? Grade point averages, standardized test scores, and the strength of your high school curriculum often play a significant role...
Same-Sex Couples and Financial Aid
Inside Higher Ed - Aug 23, 2011
If you're the child of a same-sex couple and you apply for federal financial aid, you probably won't get what you deserve. You'll likely get too much....
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Why parents should leave their kids alone at college
Washington Post - Answer Sheet - Aug 23, 2011
High school graduation has long been viewed as the first big step toward full-fledged adulthood and independence. Today, however, this “social clock” is changing,...
University of Virginia’s Sullivan: ‘You might be a helicopter parent if...’
Washington Post  - Aug 22, 2011
On Saturday afternoon, University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan welcomed the parents of incoming first-year students — and begged them not to hover over their children...
Students Need ‘Bs’ to Keep Parents’ Cash Flowing, Fidelity Says
Bloomberg - Aug 23, 2011
Two-thirds of U.S. parents said they’ll only pay for their children’s college education if they maintain minimum grades of B, on average, according to a survey by Fidelity Investments....
Six Tips for Cutting the Cost of a College Education
AOL Orginal - Aug 23, 2011
Shortly after the birth of her first child five years ago, Christine Chapman and her husband met with their financial planner to discuss saving for their daughter's education. "We live in Massachusetts,"...
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Must-buys for college
Boston Globe - Aug 23, 2011
From incoming freshmen to seniors, packing for college is a daunting task. Managing to fit your movies, books, and shoes -- not to mention an entire wardrobe -- into one vehicle is impressive and time consuming....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Aug 25, 2011
Coming Back for a Change
The last week of August finds some school counselors saying goodbye to summer, while others have been hard at work for at least the last two weeks.... More

High school guidance counselors use expertise, online resources to assist college-bound students  - Au 15, 2011
If you want to cruise into a college education, your high school guidance counselor can help put you in the driver’s seat. Counselors can combine their placement expertise with online resources to set up the itinerary ....
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Ohio schools see grad rate dips as formula changes
Houston Chronicle  - Aug 22, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public schools in Ohio saw their graduation rates drop as districts nationwide move to a new federal formula used to calculate who is finishing high school....
More Iowa kids steered toward college
Omaha World-Herald  - Aug 22, 2011
Every year the College Access Program — funded by the Iowa West Foundation and coordinated by the AIM Institute — identifies 25 students entering their freshman year at Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson High Schools....
ACT test shows Ohio students better prepared for college
Newark Advocate  - Aug 22, 2011
Ohio high school graduates are better prepared for college than their peers in most other states, although almost three-fourths of students who took the ACT aren't college-ready, according to a new study...

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Teen Drinking

College drinking is liberating, and a good excuse
USA Today - Aug 17, 2011
Colleges trying to stem the tide of student drinking have focused on the evils of intoxication and all the trouble that can ensue when students drink too much....
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Bullying Affects a Quarter of High Schools Students
US news & World Report - Aug 24, 2011
About a quarter of high school students were bullied at least once during the 2008-2009 school year, and about 7 percent were bullied online by other students, according to new data released Monday by the National Center for Education Statistics....
How the lessons of Columbine may have stopped a Tampa massacre
The Christian Science Monitor - Aug 18, 2011
It’s a fine line that principals and other school staff have to walk: gaining students trust and respect while at the same time meting out firm and fair discipline....


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