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|Should we turn high school into college? |
Hechinger Report - Oct 22, 2015
A low-income school district in Texas wants to prove all of its students can succeed in high school and college at the same time..
|The New Common App? |
The Atlantic - Oct 22, 2015
A coalition of 80 colleges recently announced the creation of a free, online college application system that’s designed to improve access for disadvantaged students and encourage all kids to think more deeply about higher education early on..
|A New Coalition of Elite Colleges Tries to Reshape Admissions |
New York Times - Oct 26, 2015
Perhaps the college application process should be preceded by a trigger warning. For students, it’s the season of stress. Admissions deans aren’t so fond of it, either. They complain of a system that is rushed, less revealing than they would like and “very transactional,:..
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Countdown to College: Don’t make these applications mistakes |
Charlotte Observer - Oct 23, 2015
An important college application deadline, Nov. 1, is almost upon us and the stress in many homes with high school seniors is almost palpable. Here are some tips to make the last part of the application process run a little more smoothly:..
|The Importance of the High School Resume |
TeenLife Blog - Oct 24, 2015
A high school resume is more than just a list of accomplishments to pass along to colleges. It’s a snapshot of who you are, what you’re passionate about, and how you spend your time. ..
|How to Make Your Extracurriculars Look Best on Your College Applications |
Her Campus - Oct 22, 2015
You’ve probably been told all throughout high school to get involved and participate in clubs and extracurriculars. For many college admissions officers, seeing that you’re really committed to your activities proves that you’re responsible and you can manage your time well..
|What is demonstrated interest and why is it important? |
College Examiner - Oct 23, 2015
College recruitment season is still going in full force, at least for a few more weeks. Admission representatives visit thousands of high schools throughout the United States, attend college fairs, and present to parents at special events both on and off-campus...
|Differences, self-reflection key in college enrollment process |
Spokesman Review - Oct 24, 2015
In a perfect world Philip Ballinger wouldn’t reject a single college application. But the world of college admissions is no utopia, and Ballinger, the associate vice provost for enrollment at the University of Washington, knows it. ...
|Getting In: Early Decision Crunchtime |
Slate Magazine - Oct 27, 2015
Plus we hear about the early applications being submitted by Alessandra LePera and Ellis Wells. And we meet the newest addition to our group of seniors, Jordana Meyer of Chevy Chase, Maryland, who’s applying early decision to her favorite Ivy.....
|Your Early Decision College Application Checklist |
Huffington Post - Oct 27, 2015
The 11/1 deadline for the college admissions Early Decision and Early Action is just days away. If you're like many of my students, you're probably scrambling to figure out whether you've completed all of the necessary paper work.....
|E.D. II: The Not-So-Early Decision |
New York Times - Oct 26, 2015
This week, thousands of students will click “submit” on their early-decision applications, hoping for a thumbs-up from their first-choice college. With competition for slots ever increasing, let’s assume the worst: You don’t get in. What then? .....
| ||College Essay Tips for Parents and Students |
The College Solution Blog - Oct 26, 2015
It’s college essay time. That dreaded stretch of the college admission process that high school seniors AND their parents often hate. I feel for everyone going through this right now, which is why I want to help...
|An MIT Team's Platform Brings Essay Feedback for Everyone |
BostInno - Oct 27, 2015
Fall means different things for different people. For most of us, this season is all about breaking out the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored everything. But for high school seniors, autumn is the start of the college applications mad dash...
|Don’t skip the college visit |
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner - Oct 22, 2015
College bound students sometimes skip visiting colleges as they are researching their post high school plans. Instead, they choose to review the materials sent by the colleges, scour the institution websites, and read reviews from other students. While some of the information out there is good.....
|November is the perfect month for college visits |
MyCentralJersey.com - Oct 22, 2015
Many high school students are looking forward to early November when Election Day and Teacher Convention Days provide a welcome break from school. But instead of sleeping in on these days, students can put this time to great use by visiting colleges that are almost all in session....
|5 tips for taking a gap year before college |
Bankrate - Oct 3, 2015
With a decade-plus of schooling under their belt and further studies on the horizon, students finishing high school are finding they don't have to leap immediately into the confinements of a university classroom.
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Oct 29, 2015
20 Questions About Your College Counseling Program
Many high schools are celebrating College Application Week this fall, a time when the entire school focuses on the possibilities that await students in pursuing some kind of college option after high school. More
SAT & ACTs
|4 Vocabulary Strategies for the Redesigned SAT |
US News - Oct 26, 2015
?By now, you are likely well aware that the SAT will change in 2016. These changes will not be cosmetic – the new exam prizes complex understanding rather than rote memorization ...
|Colleges cope differently with ACT headache |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Oct 15, 2015
The complaints began with a vague rumble. While ACT scores were coming in slightly slower than in previous years, the Writing portion of the test was taking much longer. ...
|ACT urges students to send ‘screenshots’ of scores to colleges |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Oct 22, 2015
In what could be one of the bigger fails in the history of standardized testing, ACT executives today announced that scores from the September test could in many cases be delayed beyond deadlines for this year’s early college applications..
|4 steps for getting the best financial aid |
USA Today - Oct 25, 2015
We have all heard it in the news. Most of us have even heard it from our friends and family: Student loan debt is taking a serious toll on those who choose to pursue higher education. In order to curb some of these intimidating costs, it's a good idea to make sure that you or your child applies to receive financial aid....
|A small financial victory for college students |
CBS News - MarketWatch - Oct 27, 2015
College students, who are staggering under record college debt, won a small victory on Tuesday. They'll no longer be forced to pay onerous fees that cut into the financial aid dollars they need to cover their college costs....
|College Planning: 7 Steps to Filing the FAFSA |
ThinkAdvisor - Oct 25, 2015
Now that college application season has begun, it’s time for students and families to consider college costs and how they’re going to pay them. The key to college financing is the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which every school, ....
Should Students in “Boot Camps” Get Federal Financial Aid? |
Washington Monthly - Oct 26, 2015
n the last several years, a number of companies have started short-term, intensive training programs in fields such as computer programming, Web design, and business designed to give fresh college graduates the skills they need to land lucrative jobs in growing fields...
|New Test Scores Show Most SC Students Not College-Ready |
WSPA - Oct 23, 2015
New test results released Friday show that the majority of South Carolina 11th graders are not ready for college or a career. The state Department of Education released the results of the ACT, ACT Aspire, and SCPASS tests given last spring....
|UT to Supreme Court: We Need Affirmative Action |
Texas Tribune - Oct 26, 2015
The University of Texas at Austin needs to consider race in admissions if it wants a diverse, representative student body, the school told the U.S. Supreme Court 0n Monday in a 70-page brief filed in advance of oral arguments in the case Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin.....
|Fighting Online Bullying, One Emoji At A Time |
NPR.org - Oct 23, 2015
When it comes to anti-bullying campaigns, Kortney Peagram has seen many: Wear this bracelet if you're not a bully, respond to something mean with something nice. They come and go like fads, she says:...
|Do Anti-Bullying Laws Work? |
CityLab - Oct 23, 2015
At her Moraga, California, junior high school, Rachel Jackson was a safe-school ambassador (SSA), part of a program that trains student volunteers to intervene in bullying situations among their peers....
SATs & ACTs
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