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| Editor's Note |
There will be no HSCW published next week due to Christmas.
|The False Promise of 'Holistic' College Admissions |
The Atlantic - Dec 17, 2013
Many institutions claim to evaluate applicants based on who they are as people rather than simply looking at test scores and grades—an approach that incites anxiety in students and parents alike....
|Top Students at Community Colleges to Have Chance to Raise Ambitions |
New York Times - Dec 13, 2013
A disparate group of colleges from across the country — public and private, two-year and four-year — plans to announce a novel alliance on Friday aimed at producing high-achieving community college graduates and making it easier for them to transfer into bachelor’s programs....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|How to Handle Complications With the Common App |
US News - Dec 18, 2013
Many students who tried to apply to colleges early this fall hit a snag with The Common Application. Major technical glitches tied to the rollout of the platform's latest edition in August, used by more than 500 universities, were widely reported. ....
|When Choosing a College: How close to home is too close? |
True Admissions Blog - Dec 16, 2013
How close is too close when it comes to choosing a college -- for students and parents? My husband drove our son, Pete—a second-year University of Virginia (UVa) student—back to college Sunday evening after Thanksgiving. ...
|Debunking the myth of college rejection rates |
Financial Advisor Magazine - Dec 17, 2013
Getting into college is easier than your clients may think — and debunking the myths about college selectivity could be the key to a better deal on their children's education....
|Jump-Start a Stalled College Search |
US News - Dec 16, 2013
Some students know exactly which college they want to attend. It could be Dad's alma mater, a top vocal performance school or one with an amazing surfing spot right outside the dorms.....
|Aligning Your Interests With Your College List |
Huffington Post - Dec 17, 2013
As a dean of admissions for a selective Ivy League university, every December I give the same advice to high school seniors approaching deadlines and receiving Early Application results: Now is the time to revisit and remind yourself why a college is on your list and why it has and should remain on your list...
|Get creative! 5 unique admissions tactics that actually worked |
USA Today - Dec 8, 2013
Imagine you’re a college admissions officer at a state university. You’ve spent the morning reading essays from high school students about the ways your school’s mascot, the Sleeping Goat, means something very personal to their lives.. ..
|The 6 Craziest Things High-Schoolers Did To Get Into College |
Her Campus - Dec 11, 2013
College applications are a daunting task. You’ve packed countless hours of homework, volunteering and activities into your schedule, and now you have to explain to someone why that means you deserve a spot at their school. ..
|How to handle a deferral |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Dec 16, 2013
Harvard deferred 3197 applicants to regular decision out of 4692 students who applied “single-choice” early action this fall. Brown deferred 71% of its 3088 binding early decision candidates, while MIT deferred 4538 of its 6820 early action applicants ..
|Surviving Early Decision Blues |
Huffington Post - Dec 13, 2013
What a day. I've seen the highs, mediums and lows of college admissions as high school seniors found out all day whether they had been admitted to their dream colleges. ...
|College Admissions: Handling Early Admission Rejection |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Dec 16, 2013
For many seniors around the country, early admission returns have begun to roll in. For some, it is a time of exuberance because they have been accepted to their first choice college. ...
|Deferred? What Now? |
About.com - Dec 14, 2013
It's that time of year when students are hearing decisions from their Early Action and Early Decision college applications. For a large number of students, the decision will not be as clear cut as a simple acceptance or rejection....
|Getting into college: Your essay may help more than you realize |
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) - Dec 12, 2013
Maggie Anderson had a successful career in marketing communications, producing video and writing. She is the author of “Do You Stand Out Enough?" She also coaches executives and entrepreneurs how to use their communications more powerfully....
| ||Tips To Handle The Dreaded College Essay |
NY1 - Dec 12, 2013
Applying to college can be a stressful but exciting experience, and a key part of the experience is the dreaded college essay. Rob Franek, a senior vice president and publisher with the Princeton Review, offered some college essay tips....
SATs & ACTs
|What is the best interview advice for students? |
True Admissions Blog - Dec 16, 2013
Informational, evaluative, alumni, admission office, scholarship— there are several different types of interviews. Students may be talking with an admission officer on the college campus, an alumnus at the local Starbucks, or with a scholarship committee over Skype....
|Applying to college? Think before you post |
Charlotte Observer - Dec 16, 2013
Can a student’s social media presence influence their chances in the college admissions process? Hundreds of articles have been written to alert students that colleges are researching applicants online as part of the application process....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Dec 19, 2013
The Year in Review, and a Look at What’s New
2013 was filled with consistent change, the kind of contradiction school counselors have to get used to in order to make long-term commitments to their schools and their profession..... More
|6 Questions to Ask Your HS Counselor Before Graduation |
Her Campus - Dec 5, 2013
High school and the college application process often send pre-collegiettes searching far and wide for information and advice, but many don't think to visit one unassuming place right on campus for help: the counselor’s office....
|Schools That Award Lots of Merit Scholarships |
The College Solution - Dec 16, 2013
I recently wrote a post that shared the colleges and universities that say that they meet 100% of financial need for the majority of their families. If you missed it, here it is:...
|College Friends Home From Break? Drink This In |
Huffington Post - Dec 17, 2013
Note: In 30 years as a college counselor, I've never talked with a student or former student about this issue. I guess that's why I wanted to write this column....
|THE HOLIDAY SEASON MEANS TEENS AND DRINKING |
Sky Valley Chronicle - Dec 17, 2013
(OLYMPIA, WA) -- This holiday season, when party planning goes into high gear for many people, parents are being encouraged to discuss the risks of alcohol use with their teens.....
SATs & ACTs
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