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|Affirmative Action Fight Returns To The U.S. Supreme Court |
NPR.org - Dec 9, 2015
Affirmative action in college admissions is once again under attack at the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1978 and in 2003 the Court ruled definitively that colleges and universities could consider race and ethnicity....
|'Early college' offers chance to achieve in high school |
Boston Globe - Dec 4, 2015
PHARR, Texas -- Lorena Gonzalez took her first college course -- music appreciation -- when she was 15. Intimidated by the older students on campus, she would have her mother drop her off and pick her up at the doors of the class....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Here's What Colleges Really Want to See in Your Application |
TIME - Dec 4, 2015
These 12 things can make a big difference, professional college counselors say. Most college-bound students and their parents must wonder sooner or later: What exactly are college admissions officers looking for as they plow through those mounds of applications from eager hopefuls?...
|10 College Women Explain Why They Chose a Women's College |
Her Campus - Dec 2, 2015
The college selection process is hard. There are so many different kinds of schools – large, small, public, private, rural, urban – the list goes on and on. One of the many choices to make when deciding where to apply is co-ed or single sex education. ...
|College Admissions: Handling Early Admission Rejection |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Dec 8, 2015
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. But for others, it is a time . ..
|Getting In: If I Get Deferred, How Can I Stand Out in the Regular Pool? |
Slate Magazine - Nov 30, 2015
A mom whose daughter has applied early decision to an Ivy, wonders--if her daughter gets deferred--what kinds of actions can be taken to stand out in the regular pool. A high school junior asks whether skipping 12th grade to attend an early college program is a good idea....
|Last-Minute Tips for Writing a Great College Essay |
TIME - Dec 7, 2015
First, don't be boring. Your college essays need to be memorable--but in a positive way. That will help you stand out from other applicants. Choose a topic you are passionate about. ..
|COLLEGE COUNSELOR: The "Why Us?" Essay |
Gazettes - Dec 6, 2015
An essay prompt found often on applications is, 'Why us?' Why do you want to come here and what will you do once you arrive? A taste of this year's crop include: ..
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Dec 10, 2015
What Your College Application Decisions Won’t Tell You
YWith many colleges releasing early admissions decisions, seniors are creating more parallel universes than the Matrix movies combined. More
|Patience in a Snapchat World |
ACCIS -- Blog - Dec 7, 2015
Picture this: It’s 10:30 p.m. when a high school senior, pooled in desk lamp light and nerves, presses submit on his college application. Deep breath, exhale. Pause. Now what?...
|How to Tell if Your Kid is Dangerously Stressed |
TeenLife Blog - Dec 3, 2015
Kids are stressed. We just have to look at their faces or their Facebook pages to understand the complexity of their lives. So how do you know if the stress you’re seeing might be something to worry about? ...
|College Debt a Big Concern for Millennial Parents |
Tucson Local Media - Dec 7, 2015
Ah, the plight of parents with college-bound children. According to the just-released 9th annual national "College Savings Indicator Study" conducted by Fidelity Investments, while more parents than ever before are socking away money to finance their children's college educations ...
SAT & ACTs
|5 Ways to Update Your Guessing Strategy on the New SAT |
US News - Dec 7, 2015
While it is critical to prepare for the SAT, chances are you will still run into some questions that you cannot easily answer. On the current SAT, you pay a price for wrong answers – a quarter of a point per incorrect response. ...
|The College Board Under David Coleman: Bad for SAT Business |
HuffingtonPost - Dec 7, 2015
In 2009, the College Board was one of three nonprofits that were listed by name on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). (The other two were Achieve, Inc., and ACT.)...
|FAFSA form gives colleges more than financial info |
MyCentralJersey - Dec 3, 2015
About two-thirds of full-time students pay for college with the help of financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships, according to The College Board. In order to be considered for most scholarships and loans, students need to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) .....
|5 Reasons Why You Won't Get Free Money for College |
TIME - Dec 12/9/2015 12:29:01 PM, 2015
If you have too many assets or a low GPA, you may not get free money for college. College costs are staggering yet many families are turned away from receiving free financial aid because their income is deemed too high or their home equity is considered too great.....
|Get Ready for FAFSA |
Huffington Post - Dec 9, 2015
Every January millions of high school seniors, and college students, and parents sit down together to fill out the dreaded FAFSA form -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The form is more intrusive than the Federal tax forms, because it asks not only about income but assets of parents and students.....
|Money Matters: The new FAFSA process and college costs |
WMUR - Dec 3, 2015
For many parents and students, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the first step in figuring out the financial aid process. In effect, approximately 20 million students each year use FAFSA as the first step in accessing the funds available to them for their educations.....
|Op-ed: Apprenticeships Help Close the Skills Gap |
US News - Dec 2, 2015
Until recently, Preston Bailey worked for a waste disposal company as a hang loader, responsible for the safe removal of waste for businesses and homes around Detroit. The job was OK, but it paid $8.15 per hour, minimum wage in Michigan....
|Vocational training: Is it enough? |
Idaho Statesman - Dec 4, 2015
We need a well-trained workforce — on that most agree. But the current emphasis on vocational training and de-emphasis on “liberating” knowledge such as humanities and the arts is a dangerous tradeoff....
|Recruiting Column: Learn from experience |
USA Today HSS - Dec 9, 2015
My father always told me, "Try to learn something from every experience, good or bad." I generally took his advice, but I also felt like it was a good idea to learn from everyone else's bad experiences so that I'd have a better chance at good experiences!..
|Coaches' New Overture: Limit Early Recruiting |
New York Times - Dec 8, 2015
College coaches are pushing the N.C.A.A. to end a largely hidden practice that has become increasingly common: the recruitment of young high school and occasionally even middle school students...
|Major overhaul planned for Tennessee colleges |
The Tennessean - Dec 1, 2015
Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday announced plans to overhaul the state's public higher education system by creating independent governing boards for the six universities currently managed by the Tennessee Board of Regents....
|ACT isn't a good measure of success |
Greenville Online - Dec 7, 2015
Last year South Carolina state government initiated a requirement for all high school Juniors to take the ACT exam. The first instance was last spring. Subsequently, last spring’s data results covering 3rd thru 8th and 11th grades showed poor performance in math and language skills....
SATs & ACTs
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