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Big Picture

A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure
NPR.org  - Dec 29, 2013
Diallo Shabazz was a student at the University of Wisconsin in 2000 when he stopped by the admissions office. "One of the admissions counselors walked up to me, and said, 'Diallo, did you see yourself in the admissions booklet? ....
Getting Out of Discount Game, Small Colleges Lower the Price
NewYork Times - Dec 26, 2013
SPARTANBURG, S.C. ó A higher education riddle: When can a college slash tuition by almost half, without losing revenues? Answer: When nobody much pays full tuition anyway.....
GED Test Overhauled; Some States Opt For New Exam
NPR.org  - Jan 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) ó The GED test, for decades the brand name for the high school equivalency exam, is about to undergo some changes. ....
2013: The Year America Went Back to College
Slate Magazine  - Dec 26, 2013
It is the time of year when writers either resist or wallow in the social convention known as the year-in-review retrospective. Rather than be a hero, I have decided to cave gracefully. Looking over the year that was, the increased coverage of higher education is rather amazing....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

The Application Colleges Want
WBUR.org  - Dec 26, 2013
BOSTON ó Are you well-rounded or are you angular? Thatís the language of the college admissions process these days. And if youíre a high school senior, the answer could affect whether you get into the most selective schools....
College Admissions: A 'Game' Everyone Can Win
Huffington Post - Dec 23, 2013
Last week, the first big tranche of high school seniors found out where they're headed next year, as colleges released their Early Action and Early Decision notifications. ....
A counselor's college admission advice
Huffington Post - Dec 19, 2013
Late December is the crucial time when high school seniors navigate the final stages of the college admissions process, while juniors are increasingly thinking about their preparations for the next stage of their academic careers.....
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College Essays

Conquering the college essay
Charlotte Observer  - Dec 22, 2013
MThe college essay strikes fear in the souls of students, who stare at the blank space on the application and wonder: What should I write?....
Archives - College Essays

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Early Rejection/Deferment

Getting deferred: How to handle college admissions limbo
Boston.com  - Dec 30, 2013
Well, itís finally here. The moment every college applicant has awaited for what seems like years, but has really only been a few weeks. Itís the day that decision letter finally arrives....
Crazy early admission numbers
Charlotte Observer  - Dec 30, 2013
The application numbers are in for the Early Action and Early Decision admissions cycle for the class of 2014 and theyíre scary high Ė and the acceptance rates are scary low at some schools...
How to Overcome College Rejection in 4 Easy Steps
Her Campus - Dec 27, 2013
Rejection sucks. Whether itís a guy, friend, or college telling you ďno,Ē itís bound to sting at least a little bit. College rejections in particular can be especially painful, especially if youíve just gotten turned down from your dream university or college...
Early Admission Apps Soared for Class of 2018
Golocalprov  - Dec 23, 2013
Early admission numbers are still being released since many colleges extended deadlines due to Common Application issues this year. Nevertheless, it appears that the predicted low in the number of college-age students has not affected early action and early decision applications at the nationís most competitive colleges...
Archives - Rejection/Deferment
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Visits/Interview

Avoid These Top College Admissions Interview Mistakes
US News - Dec 30, 2013
Acing a college admissions interview can be just what you need to give your application that extra boost. But having a bad interview can also harm your chances of being accepted....
6 Things You Need to Say in Your College Interview
Her Campus - Dec 31, 2013
Applying to college on paper is nerve-wracking in itself, so itís no wonder that a face-to-face conversation with an admissions officer can be intimidating! Not all colleges recommend an interview during the application process, but those that do take your conversation into serious consideration...
Archives - Campus Visits & Interviews
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SATs & ACTs

Why Every SAT Essay is the Same
Businessweek  - Dec 31, 2013
Weíre not quite sure why, but for some reason a lot of students tend to freak out over the prospect of having to write an essay for the SAT in 25 minutes. ....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Parents

The dire consequences of helicopter parenting
Washington Post - Jan 1, 2014
źAmy (not her real name) sat in my office and wiped her streaming tears on her sleeve, refusing the scratchy tissues Iíd offered. ..
ĎSnowplow parentsí may be trapping their children
Washington Post - Dec 20, 2013
A new moniker, snowplow parents, refers to those who not only hover like helicopter parents but also plow ahead to preemptively eliminate any obstacles from their childís path....
15 ways for students - and parents - to deal with college application stress
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Dec 25, 2013
A freshman from Bloomington took to Twitter early this week with an astonishing self-revelation. Only four days into winter break, she wrote: ďI canít wait to go back to the U!Ē....
Parents, Teens And Starting College
KCUR - Dec 25, 2013
Late nights, too much microwave popcorn and a whole lot of workógetting used to college in your first semester is tough.....
Archives - Parents
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FinAid/Scholarships

New financial aid rules for college-bound in 2014
CBS News - Dec 31, 2013
New Yearís Day kicks off the beginning of college financial aid season for the 2014-2015 school year. It is the first day families can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid....
Winning the financial aid game
DC College Admissions Examiner - Dec 27, 2013
Families have a better chance of winning the financial aid game by going on the offensive early. While the folks at the U.S. Department of Education feverishly prepare for kickoff on January 1st, take to the practice field and work on getting in shape starting today....
Navigate the Financial Aid Process at U.S. Colleges
US News - Dec 26, 2013
When it comes to finding scholarships and financial aid for international students at American universities, there is good news and bad news....

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Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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West

Calif. Schools Prepare for Transgender Rights Law
ABC News  - Dec 26, 2013
With a law that spells out the rights of transgender students in grades K-12 set to take effect in California, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for coaches, assessing who will sleep where during overnight field trips...
NM Colleges Are Worst in the Nation
Rio Grande Sun  - Dec 30, 2013
Secretary of Higher Education Jose Garcia has a definite answer for anyone who has wondered how New Mexico is doing competitively, as a state in higher education. Not well.....
Does Tuition Keep Hawaii High School Students from Taking College Courses?
Honolulu Civil Beat  - Dec 24, 2013
It can cost a local high school student as much as $1,032 to enroll in a single University of Hawaii course as part of a college jump-start program offered to eligible public school students across the state....
OPI releases results of "College Application Week"
KPAX  - Dec 30, 2013
HELENA - Earlier this year the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Office of Public Instruction gave more than 5,200 Montana seniors the chance to have a college application fee waived or deferred.....
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Teen Drinking

Parent-Sanctioned Teen Drinking Parties Persist Despite Laws, Officials Say
Hartford Courant  - Dec 21, 2013
The kids knew the rules: If they were drinking on the Sibiga property, they had to spend the night or leave their keys at the house, they told police.....
Teen Smoking, Drinking Rates Are On The Decline; Marijuana Use Is Up
Hartford Courant  - Dec 21, 2013
Thereís no doubt that American attitudes on smoking tobacco have shifted in the past 38 years. What was once seen as the cool, mature thing to do is now seen as a dirty habit committed by a person with poor judgment.....
 
 
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Proces/Strat
Essays
Defer
Visits
SATs & ACTs
Parents
FinAid
West
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