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College Big Picture
|Analysis: College costs shift to families |
The Associated Press - Oct 27, 2011
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — It was a transformation that was, by historical standards, remarkably swift: The decade of the 2000s saw a fundamental shift in how Americans answer the question "Who will pay for college?"...
|Public College Costs Surge 8.3 Percent |
ABC News (blog) - Oct 26, 2011
The College Board reported today that average in-state tuition and fees at four-year public colleges surged 8.3 percent this fall, just as President Obama...
|Schools Brace for More Budget Cuts |
Time - Oct 24, 2011
(LANCASTER, Pa.) — Educators are bracing for a tough reality: As difficult as budget cuts have been on schools, more tough times are likely ahead....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|7 college admissions myths |
Washington Post - The Answer Sheet - Oct 24, 2011
Help is here for the frantic seniors and their parents who are spending practically every waking moment fixated on getting into college...
|15 college admissions trends worth watching |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Oct 26, 2011
Every year, the Arlington-based National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) surveys its members to get a picture of what’s happening in the world of college admissions...
|College Admissions: What Do Schools Really Care About |
CBS News MoneyWatch - Oct 20, 2011
What do colleges want from their applicants? How about perfection? It’s easy to appreciate why many teenagers and their parents might feel that way, but most colleges and universities, beyond the most elite, don’t require perfection...
|Top 15 Colleges With The Highest Application Fees |
Huffington Post - Oct 22, 2011
Students who are searching for their future college home are generally advised by high school counselors to apply to multiple schools in order to broaden chances for admissions. In fact,...
College Admissions - Early
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Oct 27, 2011
Is it Smart to Apply Early? Maybe
With November 1st coming up, a good number of students may be coming to your door and asking the age-old college question, “Should I apply early?”... More
College Admissions & Technology
|College websites lack important info, review finds |
AZ Central - Oct 23, 2011
For years, when prospective applicants searched the Internet to learn about for-profit schools, as well as some community- college programs, the facts were difficult to track down. ...
|8 steps for composing a winning college essay |
Charlotte Observer - Oct 25, 2011
We know that safe and predictable essays aren't memorable and don't work ( charlotteobserver.com/225). So how do you write a successful college essay?...
|Can a Guinea Pig Be In a College Essay? |
The College Solution Blog - Oct 26, 2011
Last night my nephew Matt sent me his college essay to check out. We had talked a couple of weeks ago about what might make a compelling topic.,..
|The Dreaded College Essay |
Huffington Post - Oct 25, 2011
To everything in senior year of high school there is a season. There is that excitement of starting school as a high school senior,..
|What happens if Common App essays exceed 500-word limit? |
Washington Post - The Answer Sheet - Oct 21, 2011
The Common Application widely used by high school seniors to apply to college recently reinstituted a 500-word limit for its essay for the current college admissions season. But what happens to a student who exceeds the limit?..
|That Merit-Based Aid Offer Is Final, Universities Insist |
New York Times - The Choice Blog - Oct 26, 2011
At Purdue University, merit-based financial aid offers are final and nonnegotiable. “We put that on our Web site — in red,” said Pamela Horne, dean of admissions and associate vice provost for enrollment ...
|Officials target college financial aid letters |
The Associated Press - Oct 25, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Financial aid award letters can be misleading. In one common practice, for example, colleges highlight the total "out of pocket" cost for attending. ...
|A One-Page Form to Compare College Aid Offers |
New York Times - Bucks Blog - Oct 26, 2011
In its latest effort to simplify consumer finance, the new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has teamed up with the Department of Education to create a one-page financial aid “shopping sheet.”...
College Admissions Resources
|The 50 Best Blogs About Secondary Education |
Best Colleges Online - Oct 25, 2011
High school is tough for students, teachers, parents and administrators alike. Deciding whether or not to pursue tertiary education, navigating the complex milieu of peers and pop culture -- #13 High School Counselor Week...
|Get the Real College Costs |
Wall Street Journal - Oct 23, 2011
How much will college really cost? For families, the answer may soon become clearer. Starting Oct. 29, any college or university participating in federal student-aid programs must have a net-price calculator on its website...
SATs & ACTs
|Are students cheating their way into college? |
CBS News - Oct 26, 2011
(CBS News) The competition to get into a top college is driving some to cheat. On Tuesday, the College Board, which administers the SAT, said it's taking a close look at security procedures....
|College Admissions: 5 Fixes for Low SATs |
GoLocalProv - Oct 24, 2011
Fall SAT results are out, and some students didn’t do as well as they hoped. Standardized tests are a key part of admissions decisions at many colleges...
|Taking the Edge Off Taking Tests |
Wall Street Journal - Oct 26, 2011
Nearly every academic milestone in teenagers’ lives these days comes with a high-stakes test attached, from high-school graduation in many states, to college admission...
Visits and Fairs
|The College Visit Done Right |
Huffington Post - Oct 21, 2011
Year after year, the autumn season prompts the falling of leaves from trees, football season, and the start of the college admission process. As a part of this process, many student and their families (including myself) visit prospective colleges....
|Helping your child apply for college |
Hays Free Press - Oct 26, 2011
Applying to college may seem overwhelming to you and your child but, with these tips, you can provide reassurance, even if you’ve never applied to college yourself....
|Realistic or Radical? |
Inside Higher Ed - Oct 24, 2011
California’s community college system is among the most idealistic in American higher education, with a deep commitment to sharing resources equally among all its 2.6 million students. That may soon change,...
|New policy aims to reduce truancy tickets in LAUSD |
Los Angeles Times - Oct 21, 2011
The Los Angeles School Police Department has issued new rules aimed at reducing the number of truancy tickets written to students and focusing efforts instead on helping these students get to and remain in school....
|UC's new admissions rules confuse applicants |
Los Angeles Times - Oct 24, 2011
A major change in freshman admission requirements for the University of California this year was supposed to ease the burden of standardized test-taking for high school seniors and allow more students to apply....
|Facebook’s Impact on Student Grades |
New York Times - The Choice - Oct 21, 2011
How does Facebook activity affect a student’s grades? Reynol Junco, a professor at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, recently set out to determine exactly that....
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