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College Big Picture

Why does college cost so much?
CNN.com  - Dec 2, 2011
(CNN) -- College costs too much, both for students and for society as a whole. This year, according to the College Board, average published in-state tuition and fee plus room/board charges exceed $17,000 ...
What matters most in college admissions ó money or merit?
Washington Post - Answer Sheet  - Dec 2, 2011
A recent survey of college admission directors and enrollment managers conducted by Inside Higher Education sparked considerable media coverage about an issue that is not entirely new: Money, not only merit, matters in college admissions. ...
A Carrot For College Performance: More Money
NPR  - Dec 5, 2011
For a long time, most public colleges and universities have gotten their funding based on how many students they enroll: More students mean more money.. ...
Why Does the SAT Endure?
New York Times - Room for Debate  - Dec 5, 2011
Twenty students in New York have been accused of cheating on the SAT. Meanwhile, courses, books and tutoring to help students improve their scores on college-entrance exams are more popular than ever. ...
Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check 'Asian'
USA Today - Dec 3, 2011
Lanya Olmstead was born in Florida to a mother who immigrated from Taiwan and an American father of Norwegian ancestry. Ethnically, she considers herself half Taiwanese and half Norwegian. But when applying to Harvard, Olmstead checked only one box for her race: white....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Protecting Friendships During the College Admissions Process
New York Times - The Choice  - Dec 5, 2011
As high school seniors across the country wrestle with college applications, they should also gird themselves for this scenario: When a close friend gets rejected from a college that they are accepted to (or the other way around)....
What Are Some Tips for College Admissions Video Essays?
US News & World Report - UNIGO - Dec 7, 2011
As if to make the college application process even more complicated, some schools have recently added the option of creating a video essay. Will schools be impressed by your juggling skills or ability to recite Shakespearean monologues? ....
Deferred for Admission? Hereís What To Do . . .
MyCollegeCalendar  - Dec 1, 2011
The majority of students who applied to college using early action or early decision applications will begin receiving decision letters this week....
Early admissions and college essays
NorthJersey.com  - Dec 5, 2011
High school seniors who applied to college through an early decision or early action program should know their fate before the end of the year. For those who get accepted, congratulations are in order. The good news is: the pressure is off.....
College Admissions: Volunteer Service That Gets You Into College
Huffington Post  - Dec 5, 2011
As college admissions have dropped across the board, high school seniors are more pressured than ever to distinguish themselves from the competition. But when it comes to the service portion of the application process, admissions officers have a tip on how to stand out.....
College Prep: Why I'm Picking An All-Girls School
Huffington Post - TeenInk  - Dec 7, 2011
The majority of women's colleges are small, which adds to the closeness students quickly develop for each other and also helps make their transition into college easier.....
Students With Physical Disabilities: 4 Tips For Applying To College
US News & World Report  - Dec 5, 2011
There are about 1.1 million physically disabled undergraduates in the United States, according to Steve Kaye, research director of the Disability Statistics Center at University of California, San Francisco, citing data from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau....
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On College: Eight tips for the college interview
Mercury News  - Dec 5, 2011
Interviews are a part of life, so learning good interview habits early can serve you well. For you high school seniors, below are some tips for preparing for your college admission interviews. These pointers are also useful for applying to graduate school or a job....
How to get ready for a college admissions interview
Daily Hampshire Gazette  - Dec 5, 2011
The college interview used to be a standard component of a student's application file, but that was when students were applying to one or two colleges. Today, more and more students are applying to five, 10 and frequently 12 or more colleges....
"Who Has Most Influenced You?" - College Interview Tips
About.com  - Dec 4, 2011
Who has most influenced you? Who is your hero? Who most helped make you who you are today? The questions sound easy enough, and there's a good chance your college interviewer will ask a question like these....
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Sizing Up Your SAT and ACT Scores
The College Solution Blog  - Dec 6, 2011
Over the weekend, teenagers across the country suffered through the final SAT exam of 2011, which gave me an excuse to share some statistics on the SAT. If you missed the post, here it is:...
Top tips for SAT Math
NY Test Prep Examiner  - Dec 4, 2011
SAT Math is in some ways is easier to prepare for than Critical Reading because the questions are rather predictable. The challenge is practicing and getting good at the range of math and math reasoning tested...
Questions for the SATís Top Cop
NY Times - The Choice  - Dec 4, 2011
In response to the standardized-test cheating scandal on New Yorkís Long Island ó which began with arrests related to the SAT, and has since come to encompass the ACT, too ..
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No Time For A Road Trip? How To Explore Colleges From Home!
Huffington Post  - Dec 6, 2011
'Tis the season for cold weather, finals week and college visits. However, for some students, on-campus visits are sadly out of reach. Due to time constraints, travel costs or prior commitments..
College tours help high schoolers made big decisions
Standard-Examiner TX  - Dec 5, 2011
FOr many high school students, college tours can be one of the most imoprtant factors when choosing a college. Tours are the best way to learn what the school has to offer:....

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 8, 2011
College Decisions Come Out Next Week. Are You Ready?
The first round of early college decisions will be released next week, and things look especially tense for two reasons ... More

Where Did All the Guidance Counselors Go?
Take Part  - Dec 6, 2011
Todayís teens live in a high-pressure digital world filled with stresses unimaginable to previous generations. While teachers have their hands full preparing kids to meet academic standards, itís up to school counselors to help them navigate the turbulent social and emotional waters of adolescence...
What's the matter with high school counselors?
CBS News MoneyWatch  - Dec 7, 2011
One of the hardest parts of the college admission process for teenagers and their parents is getting face time with a high school counselor....
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Books & Guides

College Admissions: Must-Have Books
GoLocalProv  - Dec 5, 2011
Parents, are you wondering what to get your college-bound student this holiday season? Students, are you struggling with the perfect gift for your parents?...
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Financial Aid/Scholarships

What are the basic types of college financial aid?
Charlotte Observer  - Dec 6, 2011
The first question students ask is "Will I be accepted at college X?" The first question parents usually ask is "How can we afford to pay for college X?"...
Turn Web Savvy Into College Scholarships
US News & World Report  - Dec 1, 2011
It is no secret that we're living in a virtual society. We spend our days plugged in to check E-mail, purchase goods, watch movies, listen to music...
23 Unusual Scholarships
About.com  - Dec 5, 2011
Do you aspire to be a flower judge? Do you conduct scientific experiments in your free time? Do you see yourself as a future enologist?...
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Practical holiday gifts for college students and recent grads
Washington Post - Campus Overload  - Dec 6, 2011
In the spirit of giving gifts from the heart ó which sometimes means being practical instead of extravagant ó I have compiled a list of seven ideas:...
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Texas attrition rate improving, budget cuts loom
Houston Chronicle (blog) - Dec 2, 2011
A study released Wednesday showed the attrition rate of public high schools in Texas has declined for the sixth consecutive year, but the state still fails to graduate one out of every four students....
Florida college students in budget crosshairs
Daytona Beach News-Journal  - Dec 5, 2011
With a $2 billion budget shortfall looming over the next session of the Florida Legislature, lawmakers are floating a number of possible targets for cuts.....
Education: Big reforms haven't yet produced big results
Sun-Sentinel  - Dec 5, 2011
Minnesota's online schools have quietly persuaded county prosecutors to accept an expansive view of the state's outdated truancy law and use the courts to reel hundreds of cybertruants....
Alabama Law Limits Students' Gifts to Teachers
ABC News - Dec 8, 2011
An Alabama teacher who accepts a Christmas ham or a $25 gift card from a student is breaking Alabama's ethics law. The possible penalty? Up to a year in jail and a $6,000 fine for the teacher who accepts the gift.....
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Teen/Binge Drinking

Dartmouth engineers solutions to binge drinking
Associated Press  - Dec 5, 2011
A few years ago, students in Dartmouth College's introductory engineering class invented a bicycle wheel to help young children maintain their balance. A recent challenge for the current class? Tipsy college students....
Holiday season provides temptation for underage drinking
Times of Trenton  - Dec 5, 2011
Young people face added danger during this special season otherwise known for celebration and good cheer. The culprit? Often, itís alcohol....
Binge drinking linked to sex assault
UPI  - Dec 5, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The degree to which women college students consume alcohol is linked to their chance of being sexually victimized, U.S. researchers said....



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