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College Big Picture
|Discontent Over the State of College Admissions |
New York Times - The Choice - Oct 27, 2011
“We should be ashamed,” Lloyd Thacker, executive director of the Education Conservancy, told a roomful of college counselors and admissions staff on Wednesday....
|College Majors Matter |
New York Times - Economix Blog - Nov 2, 2011
We write a lot on Economix about whether college is worth it. In a piece in Investor’s Business Daily, Alex Tabarrok, an economics professor at George Mason University, suggests that Americans are focusing on the wrong question. ...
|Report Shows More Students Apply to and Attend College |
US News University - Oct 27, 2011
“The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that there are many benefits that can come with earning a college degree. For example, bachelor's degree holders earn about $53,976 annually on average...
|Early Deadlines Extended at Many Colleges |
About.com - Nov 1, 2011
If you're scrambling to meet the November 1st deadline many colleges have for early action and early decision applications, many colleges have just given you an extension. The October snowstorm...
|College Students' Borrowing Hits An All-Time High |
NPR - Morning Edition - Nov 3, 2011
Students are borrowing more money to pay for college than ever before. New data shows that students who graduated in 2010 carried 5 percent more debt than in the previous year. ....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|15 key factors in admissions decisions |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Nov 2, 2011
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annually surveys member colleges and universities to see what admissions factors figure most prominently into admissions decisions....
|10 Things Colleges Want From Applicants |
Huffington Post - Nov 3, 2011
College admissions are essentially mysterious. Of course there are vague ideas about what to do to get into college, but what is really the most important in the process?....
|The college application process: then and now |
CentralJersey.com - Oct 31, 2011
Whether in the classroom, job market or presidential race, the pressure to lead the pack has escalated exponentially in recent years. The college application process is no exception. H...
|What you need to know about electronic college applications |
MSNBC - Nov 1, 2011
When I applied to college in the mid-1980s, I filled out my application on a typewriter, put in in an envelope and mailed it to my prospective colleges. My guidance counselor gathered my letters of recommendations..
|Home States of College Freshmen: Why They Matter |
CBS News Money Watch - Nov 1, 2011
College applicants from distant zip codes can enjoy an advantage over students who live near the schools on their college list. In some cases, students from far-away states have a better chance of gaining admission to colleges....
|Insight into Admissions at the University of California |
New York Times - Oct 27, 2011
The University of California may be blind to race, ethnicity and gender in its admissions, but geographic origin is fair game, and, according to Christine Van Gieson, director of admissions at the University of California, ..
|More Students Migrate Away From Home |
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Oct 30, 2011
A few weeks ago, 30 high-school students and their parents gathered here in a Hilton conference room to listen to an Arizona State University recruiter, who promoted his campus in terms his California audience could understand....
Fairs and Visting Colleges
|6 Campus Tour To-Do's for Students and Parents |
US News & World Report - Nov 1, 2011
Campus tours can be one of the most exciting parts of the college search process. But while you're taking in the sights, you also want the experience to help you with the decision process once you get back home...
|Take granddad, NOT dad, on college tour |
Washington Post - Oct 30, 2011
Peter Jennings, a veteran college counselor at the Concord Academy in Massachusetts, sent me a thoughtful proposal for more involvement by grandparents in the college admissions process...
|Advice on Whittling Your Admissions Essay |
New York Times - The Choice - Nov 1, 2011
Matt Flegenheimer’s interesting piece in The Times on Saturday on the legitimacy of exceeding 500 words on the college admissions essay got me thinking about how often such excess is actually warranted....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Nov 2, 2011
Your Essay Limit Just Got Lowered. OK.
College applicants received a cold blast from the East this weekend, and I’m not talking about the snowstorm that created power outages across New England. ... More
|Experts: Half of foster kids quit high school |
Boston Globe - Oct 31, 2011
When Carey Sommer entered foster care in California, he left his mom, his high school and his friends. Bounced from home to home, he changed high schools nine times until the disheartened teen finally dropped out...
Net Price “Calculators”
|Some Universities Could Be Hurt By Net Price Calculators |
US News & World Report - Nov 1, 2011
It's been a long time coming, but the Congressional mandate that colleges and universities make their pricing transparent finally arrived. All schools had to install their net price calculators on their websites by October 29.....
|Parents, teens navigate college crunchtime |
Miami Herald - Oct 15, 2011
As college admissions and scholarships become hyper-competitive, parents are bending work schedules to help their kids. Some companies offer assistance as a benefit....
|Boosting Your Financial Aid |
Wall Street Journal - Nov 1, 2011
The latest Weekend Investor cover story detailed tax-saving strategies for college and graduate students. When it comes to financial aid,...
|College aid bill called 'racist' |
Post Crecent - Nov 1, 2011
MADISON — The state Assembly gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a surprise proposal introduced by a Democrat, and backed by Republicans, to eliminate race as a factor in college grant applications...
|Indiana colleges noticing a drop in education majors |
Courier Press - Oct 30, 2011
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Colleges across Indiana are reporting drops in the number of education majors this fall as a bleak job situation and changes in how teacher performance is judged dampen enthusiasm for what once was viewed as a noble profession....
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