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|Does Going to a Selective College Matter? |
The Atlantic - Aug 18, 2015
It’s a familiar scene, a high-school student anxiously opening an email or letter that hopefully contains good news: admission to his or her college of choice. The ritual has become a recognizable part of American culture, one that plays out in movies..
|Feds to stop tipping off colleges on student choices |
CBS News - Market Watch - Aug 17, 2015
For years, the federal government has been delivering inside information to colleges about an applicant's school preferences that has harmed some students' chances for admission and awards...
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|How to Get Into a Great College Without Great Test Scores |
TIME - Aug 19, 2015
"Suffering," plus extra essays, can make up for weak ACT or SAT scores. Even smart, well-prepared high schoolers can flub their college admissions tests, earning scores that significantly understate their ability. Instead of despairing, those students should:...
|What Changed In College Admissions This Summer |
Huffington Post - Aug 8, 2015
If they've done it the right way, members of the Class of 2016 are just coming back from their Best. Summer. Ever. to realize it may be time to get serious about college. Since many college-bound families started their search in junior year..
|Countdown to College: Update on the Common Application |
Charlotte Observer - Aug 7, 2015
It’s just the beginning of August, yet for many rising high school seniors Aug. 1, the date the Common Application officially opened and released its 2015-2016 application, means it’s the official end of summer....
|Answer this, then apply to college |
Long Island College Prep Examiner - Aug 11, 2015
There is a burning question that plagues the college-bound because they think the answer can help guide their college choices. It is asked by colleges, college counselors, teachers, parents and peers....
|10 College Application Tips: How to Write for Tired Eyes |
Huffington Post - Aug 17, 2015
These flourishes of onomatopoeia fly at me as I read several students' college application drafts. Normally, I enjoy a jaunty hook. But such framing devices, including snippets of conversation in media res, ...
|What Works For Successful College Essays? |
WBUR.org - Hear & Now - Aug 11, 2015
It’s getting more competitive to get into top schools, and a new company called AdmitSee has compiled data on successful college application essays to help guide students...
|College Essay Cliches |
Huffington Post - Aug 10, 2015
High school students are stronger writers, storytellers, and thinkers than they, or the adults around them, often give themselves credit for. When left to its own devices, though, even the sharpest teenage minds frequently gravitate towards college essay topics that are so common ....
|7 fatal errors to avoid in your personal statement |
USA Today - Aug 14, 2015
n the process of planning, writing and perfecting your personal statement, what you don’t include is just as important as what you do. You already know that your statement needs to have great content and be free of errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Aug 19, 2015
Things Have Changed While you Were Away!
July doesn’t seem to be all that long when you’re a school counselor. More
|Counselors offer advice on what to do when asked where else you are applying |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 19, 2015
Last spring, Todd Rinehart, associate chancellor for enrollment and director of admission at the University of Denver and chair of the National Association for College Admission (NACAC) Admission Practices Committee, started a conversation about the appropriateness of asking applicants...
|Educators Work to Stave Off 'Summer Melt' |
EdWeek - Aug 5, 2015
Switching his college choice in late June has made the summer hectic for Christopher M. Triplett, a recent graduate of Lindblom Math and Science Academy on the South Side of Chicago....
|Author: Helicopter Parenting Damages Kids – And Society |
Huffington Post - Aug 18, 2015
As the former Stanford University Dean of Freshmen, Julie Lythcott-Haims had the opportunity to meet some of the country’s brightest, most engaging, interesting and driven young students. And many of them fit the bill...
|6 Things You Should Never Do As The Parent Of A College Applicant |
Huffington Post - Aug 12, 2015
Broadly speaking, the role of parents in the college application process is strictly financial. Students pick; parents pay. Sounds harsh? We are reminded of the college admissions rep who quipped privately that "Mrs. Jones must really want to go to school here...
|College Admissions: Student-Parent Agreements |
GoLocalPDX College Admissions - Aug 12, 2015
Congratulations, you’re off to college! But before you go, consider making some deals with your parents about how you’ll relate to each other now that you’re leaving home. ....
SAT & ACTs
|IECs overwhelmingly recommend ACT for Class of 2017 |
DC College Prep Examiner - Aug 12, 2015
Upcoming changes to the SAT, scheduled to debut in March 2016, are affecting advice independent educational consultants (IECs) give their students about which college entrance exams to take—the “old” SAT, the “redesigned” SAT, or the ACT,....
|SAT and ACT Prep: When Should You Start? |
TeenLife Blog - Aug 12, 2015
The SAT and ACT have somehow earned monster status in the minds of most high school students. Need proof? “My daughter is a great student - but she’s not a very good tester.”....
|SAT and ACT Less Important for College Admissions? |
WDTV - Aug 12, 2015
Standardized testing has become commonplace in our academic culture. And, when it comes to college admissions, the SAT and the ACT have both been used to judge college potential. But, some colleges and universities are looking less at these tests and more at other things....
|This Financial-Aid ‘Trick’ Won’t Work |
US News - Jun 16, 2015
I have a confession: Before I began writing this column, I thought a good college-savings plan was to set aside some money each month for my son’s “529” account. But after just a few months of seeing reader questions and tracking down answers, I’ve come to realize ..
|Eight career-building alternatives to a college education |
Christian Science Monitor - Aug 14, 2015
College isn't for everyone, and as U.S. student loan debt continues to rise unchecked, many would-be undergraduates are looking for alternatives to the traditional four-year college experience. ...
|How to Contact College Coaches |
The College Solution Blog - Aug 10, 2015
What’s the best way to get on a college coach’s radar when seeking an athletic scholarship? You first need to understand that the burden is on your family to contact coaches. This might seem like an easy thing to do, but parents and teenagers frequently make mistakes when reaching out....
|College scholarships for athletes |
GoLocal PDX College Admissions - Jun 17, 2015
Being an athlete requires a lot of time and dedication. Some students are able to secure athletic scholarships from the college or university they will be attending, but others are not. Luckily there are some scholarships out there specifically for students who participate in sports....
|New Truancy Law Set to Put Pressure on Schools, Parents |
Texas Tribune - Aug 8, 2015
When the state's new truancy law takes effect Sept. 1, students will no longer face criminal sanctions — penalties that could include jail time — for skipping school. But there is likely to be more pressure on schools — and on parents, who could face more cases if their kids fail to show up for class. ...
|UT hosts ‘Conference for Counselors’ |
Jackson Sun - Aug 18, 2015
High school guidance counselors took notes and gathered college “swag” at the Jackson Chamber Tuesday morning. Later, they will take those notes back to their students, sharing information about the University of Tennessee campuses....
SATs & ACTs
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