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College Big Picture
|Does A College Education Have To Cost So Much? |
NPR.org - Dec 14, 2011
The cost of college has risen faster than personal income in recent years, a trend some experts warn can not continue. Economist Richard Vedder of Ohio University and Stephen Trachtenberg of George Washington University discuss what colleges should do to reduce the price tag of a college education....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|College Admissions Tips: How 8 Applicants Got Into Their Dream Schools |
Huffington Post - Dec 12, 2011
The journey to college acceptance is one best told by the experts: high school seniors who've just completed the process. We asked students from the Class of 2011 at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., to relate their experiences, tips, and observations...
|What Every Engineering Applicant Should Know
San Ramon Express - Dec 12, 2011
Building a strong engineering application takes preparation. Strong applicants should show they know what engineers actually do. Start by researching what engineering is all about. Here are some tips .....
|What Holidays? An Application Checklist as Jan. 1 Looms |
New York Times - The Choice - Dec 14, 2011
It’s nearly January. Holidays? What holidays? For high school seniors and their families, this time of year can feel especially hectic as college application deadlines collide with what feels like an increasingly unlikely hope for a joyous holiday season....
|After you hit submit |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Dec 12, 2011
If you're still waiting to push the “submit” button on the last of your college applications, stop reading now. You need to put 100 percent of your effort into completing the job—preferably before the holidays.. ..
|Preparing for the college crunch |
Northwest Herald - Dec 14, 2011
Allie Tharp is a good student. She has a 4.06 weighted grade point average, scored a 28 on her ACT, and has participated in a host of extracurricular and volunteer activities to boot ..
|Tackling colleges' Common Application |
CBS News MoneyWatch - Dec 5, 2011
(MoneyWatch) It's crunch time for the college admission season. The application deadline for many colleges and universities is fast approaching for high school seniors. ..
|The new college-admission essay: Short as a tweet |
Chicago Tribune - Dec 9, 2011
Let's say you are confronting one of the most important decisions of your life. But first, you must answer this: My favorite thing about last Tuesday? And do it in 25 words or less.....
|College essay questions get weird |
UPI.com - Dec 9, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. colleges are adding unusual questions to their applications, including the University of Maryland asking to share "my favorite thing about last Tuesday."...
|5 tips on acing those essays |
Chicago Tribune - Dec 9, 2011
A thoughtful answer to an open-ended essay question can be your best shot at breaking out of the pack. The experts offer these tips:...
SATs & ACTs
|How Important Are Test Scores to College Applications? |
US News - UNIGO - Dec 14, 2011
SAT. ACT. That's six letters that every high school student dreads. But in the ever-changing landscape of college admissions, are standardized test scores still important? The short answer: yes. ....
|College Admissions: How Important Are PSAT Scores? |
GoLocalProv - Dec 12, 2011
SAT scores arrived for anxious high school students this week. These scores mark the time when sophomores and juniors can begin to target colleges that are in their range. ...
Students With Disabilities
|More Students With Disabilities Heading to College |
Ed Week (registration required) - Dec 14, 2011
When Andrew Van Cleave thought about what he wanted to do after high school, this son of two university graduates came up with the same answer many his age come up with: go to college....
|How to Define Disability |
Inside Higher Ed - Dec 12, 2011
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court ruled Friday that George Washington University was within its rights in 2003 when its medical school kicked out Carolyn Singh, having determined that she was not meeting academic standards...
|Sniffing Out Financial Aid Awards |
The College Solution Blog - Dec 12, 2011
I want to address one of the questions that puzzle families the most: Will a college award my child any money?
Most parents have no clue how to answer this question. In fact, they usually don’t find out if a college is willing to kick in some cash until the acceptance letter arrives...
|Start the scholarship search with fact-finding |
Charlotte Observer - Dec 13, 2011
Researching colleges and navigating through college applications can be daunting, but for most families discussing and then attacking the financial aid process is beyond overwhelming...
|Grandparent's gift can hurt child's college aid |
Chicago Tribune - Dec 13, 2011
Q: Our son is a junior in high school, and we hope to send him to a top private college. Our income is now about $100,000, but the last couple of years have been difficult, and we have little saved....
|5 Ways to Avoid College Loans |
US News & Workld Reort - Dec 13, 2011
The cost of a college education is being discussed today like never before, it seems. It's a hot topic on financial news shows and in financial magazines...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Dec 14, 2011
All That Work for Nothing? Think Again
Word is, a student on a TV show got bad news this week from her dream college. She applied early (action?) and she was rejected. ... More
|A tribute to school counselors |
The Laconia Daily Sun - Dec 13, 2011
This column will focus on school counselors. School counselors are key people in public schools. They work with children with normal developmental problems such as peer conflicts, low self-esteem, limited time management ability, the loss of a parent, ...
|Field Notes From This Year’s Application Season |
New York Times - Tne Choice - Dec 8, 2011
To get an on-the-ground glimpse of this year’s admissions cycle, The Choice reached out this week to a handful of college counselors across the country to hear what trends they had been observing....
|10 Gift Ideas From College Students to Parents |
US News & World Report - Dec 9, 2011
Whether it's for the winter holidays or for a birthday, buying a thoughtful gift for your parents always seems to present a challenge. College students are often short on time and money..
|Bad Online Behavior Jeopardizes Students' College Plans |
Ed Week (registrtation required) - Dec 08, 2011
Stellar transcripts aside, students now have to worry about an increasing number of colleges peering at their social-networking pages online—and potentially denying their applications because of what they find there.....
|15 Facebook Photos that Make You Look Good |
About.co - Dec 12, 2011
A Kaplan survey from 2010 revealed that over 80% of college admissions officers use Facebook and other social media to help them recruit new students, and a study from UMass Amherst showed that 100%....
|Illinois prepaid tuition program stops new contracts |
Chicago Tribune - Dec 12, 2011
The state of Illinois' billion-dollar prepaid college tuition program has stopped selling new contracts, at the same time as a new study found the fund has a 30 percent shortfall. ...
|Ohio colleges encourage 3-year students |
Zanesville Times Recorder - Dec 12, 2011
CINCINNATI -- Ohio colleges and universities are working to clear the way so more students can save money and time by graduating in three years instead of the traditional four ...
|Keeping higher education within reach |
USA Today - Dec 12, 2011
At Upper Iowa University, we confront these challenges in several ways. Our tuition rates are in the lower half among peer institutions. We offer an aggressive financial aid program that enables us to provide virtually all UIU students with some form of financial assistance ...
|Defining the role of higher education |
Black Hills Pioneer - Dec 12, 2011
SPEARFISH - When it comes to boosting the economy, the South Dakota Board of Regents' message is clear: more people need to graduate from college...
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