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College Big Picture
|Not all college majors are created equal |
Washington Post - Jan 14, 2012
I have this game I play when I meet college students. “What’s your major?” I ask The student might say, “English,” “psychology,” “political science” or “engineering.”....
|Applications at Elite Colleges Slow |
Bloomberg - Jan 19, 2012
Elite U.S. colleges such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University are experiencing a slowdown or drop in applications for freshman admission after years of record increases...
|The Shocking Truth About Graduation Rates |
The College Solution Blog - Jan 16, 2012
I met a teenage girl during the fall who was excited about applying to Hampshire College. She had visited the campus in Amherst, MA, had met professors and talked with students. She was smitten.....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|10 Ways to Improve Your Chances |
About.com - Jan 16, 2012
A winning college application is about more than strong grades or high test scores. To get admitted to the country's most selective colleges, applicants will need to put together an application that shines in all areas....
|What Do Students Need to Know About Transferring Colleges? |
US News & World Report - UNIGO - Jan 18, 2012
Almost one in three students end up transferring colleges, so if the thought has crossed your mind, you're certainly not alone. One of the hardest parts, though, is finding helpful advice on how to change schools...
|5 ways to create your personal brand |
USA Today - Jan 14, 2012
Your college application could be the most important sales pitch of your life. The product, in this case, is you: the prospective student. Will you bring diversity to the class? Are you a natural leader? What unique passions and talents do you offer? Who are you?...
| Interview can make or break college admission |
Post-Tribune - Jan 9, 2012
Dear Mr. Bradshaw — I have applied to several colleges; now, I am preparing for my interviews. Some schools are willing to conduct interviews over Skype; others say I still have the option to be interviewed on campus or by an alumnus. ...
|When is the best time for college visits? |
NY College Admissions Examiner - Jan 16, 2012
Larry Dannenberg, owner of College Solutions college consulting, offers great advice for high school juniors and sophomores planning their college visits. He reminds students that as of January, "Ninety is the number of days you have to visit colleges and talk with students." Here are his tips:....
|More college application tips |
IndyStar - Jan 16, 2012
Visit, visit, visit - "I just think the college visits are huge," said Nancy Herndon, director of guidance at Hamilton Southeastern High School. "You really can tell how (students) feel about a place as soon as they step out of the car.":....
|College Choice: Why Are We So Obsessed With Our Kids' Decisions? |
Huffington Post - Jan 17, 2012
A woman I know -- let's call her Joan -- recently took a leave of absence from work in order to focus on her son's college search. "His choice of school will determine the outcome for at least the first part of his adult life,"...
|Getting Into College -- Demystified |
LifeGoesStrong - Jan 18, 2012
Top universities are reporting record-breaking numbers of wanna-be students. Stanford, for example, admits only 2,400 or so freshmen each year but received 36,744 applications this year. What can you, the parents..
|Save time and money on your kid's college search |
CBS News - Jan 17, 2012
Applying to college is a difficult process. Guidance counselors are overwhelmed. It's tempting to pay $5,000 or more to a private college counseling service to help your child, but when you add in travel to half a dozen potential schools you're looking at a hefty price tag....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Jan 19, 2012
The Wrong Story on Applying to College
High school counselors may see an uptick in anxious college students this week. NBC Nightly News recently ran a piece on college essay writing, and since the title was “Cracking the Code” ... More
|Counselors face challenges |
Jamestown Sun - Jan 18, 2012
School counselors also provide individual counseling for students, ... School counselors also do group counseling, supporting children dealing with ........
|An Easier Way to Find Financial Aid and Scholarships |
Huffington Post - Jan 18, 2012
Millions of current and prospective college students are in need of financial aid. So why do millions of students fail to take advantage of the scholarships and other financial aid available to them each year? ....
|Go ahead and fill out FAFSA |
Charlotte Observer - Jan 17, 2012
Why is it that even the most organized, buttoned-up and get-it-done families struggle to collect their information and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid - www.fafsa.ed.gov)?....
|UC applications up 13 pct. after admissions change |
San Francisco Chronicle - Jan 10, 2012
The University of California on Thursday reported a 13 percent increase in students applying for undergraduate admission, driven by a surge in out-of-state applications and a new policy aimed at expanding the applicant pool...
|Facing poor college readiness, Utah eyes reforms |
Salt Lake Tribune - Jan 16, 2012
Orem • Every day that teens walk through the front doors of the Utah County Academy of Sciences, the same image greets them: giant, colorful maps matching photos of the school’s more than 100 seniors with the colleges they plan to attend.....
|Why Fewer Transfers to the University of California? |
Washington Monthly - Jan 13, 2012
According to a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News, the University of California system has seen a huge increase in applications, but fewer transfer applications. As Matt Krupnick writes:....
|Lawmaker takes issue with college barriers study |
Washington Examiner - Jan 18, 2012
A state lawmaker is taking issue with a new report that suggests Idaho could help more students go to college by boosting the ranks of high school counselors....
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