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|The real reason that colleges go ‘test-optional’ |
Hechinger Report - Aug 26, 2015
When George Washington University announced last month that it was adopting a “test-optional” admissions policy, it repeated a standard line made by colleges that allow prospective students to opt out of sending SAT or ACT scores...
|Black Colleges Matter: And We Have the Data to Prove It |
Newsweek - Aug 27, 2015
september 18 brought us yet another article claiming that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are doomed and will all be gone soon, save a few. This time the author is Alexander Nazaryan and the media outlet is Newsweek...
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Don’t make this dangerous college mistake |
The College Solution Blog - Sep 1, 2015
Here is what typically happens during college admission season: Students apply to whatever colleges they want without having any clue about whether these schools will give them grants and/or scholarships. ...
|Building Relationships with Teachers for Recommendation Letters |
TeenLife Blog - Aug 26, 2015
When submitting a college application, one of the most important components is the recommendation letter from one of your teachers. The reason being is that colleges want to get to know you for more than just statistics and grades...
|College Admissions: Why Starting in 9th Grade Matters |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Aug 31, 2015
Every fall, I see families of seniors in “crunch mode”, trying desperately to catch up on college visits, SAT/ACT testing, financial aid forms and applications. Which begs the question,...
|Market your way into college |
Long Island College Prep Examiner - Aug 31, 2015
As more colleges shy away from reliance on standardized test scores, more emphasis is placed on other parts of the college application. Technology has also transformed the college admission process ...
|COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Grinnell Case Study In Researching A College |
Gazette Newspapers - Aug 29, 2015
The better you know prospective campuses, the better you can figure out which might fit in with your postsecondary expectations. If you don’t have any or few expectations formed as yet, doing some research will get your thoughts of college into motion....
|3 Tips to Stop High School Senioritis Before It Starts |
US News - Aug 31, 2015
Senioritis is one of the most significant problems that all high school students face. Once the second semester of senior year begins and college acceptance letters start to arrive, it is extremely difficult for high school seniors to remain focused on the task at hand....
|College admission still a hurdle for homeschoolers |
OneNewsNow - Aug 27, 2015
ncreasingly, homeschooled students being told they have to obtain a GED in order to be admitted to college. A recent incident in Florida is a textbook example of that growing trend....
|Countdown to College: Get going on that college essay |
Charlotte Observer - Aug 27, 2015
Fear and procrastination are the two biggest stumbling blocks for seniors as they consider the college essay. The essay is uniformly considered the most stressful part of the college application process....
|How to Perfect Your College Application Essay |
Her Campus - Aug 24, 2015
Most college applications require some standard forms about your academic history, transcript, GPA, extracurriculars, letters of recommendations and the essay. The forms are all pretty self explanatory and cover all the basics—not too bad overall. The essay is a whole different ballgame. ...
|Common Application Prompt #1 |
GoLocalPDX College Admissions - Aug 31, 2015
Common Application Prompt #1 This is an actual college application essay written in response to the Common Application prompt: Share Your Story. It is followed by comments from admissions professionals about what makes this personal statement effective. ,...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Sep 3, 2015
The Newsletter You Really Want to Send
The start of the school year is rich with freshness and opportunity, yet this newness is too often derailed by well-meaning parents who are deathly afraid of the college application process More
|Back To School? Back To The Piggy Bank |
NPR.org - Sep 1, 2015
So if you add up all the college costs that students and parents probably didn't plan for — the stuff that isn't tuition and room and board — how big is that number? ...
|Discussing finances with your college-bound student |
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner - Aug 27, 2015
An important conversation that needs to happen between college-bound students and their parents is about finances. And, the conversation needs to happen sooner, rather than later. Unfortunately, many new college students have arrived on college campuses ...
|How Schools Are Handling An 'Overparenting' Crisis |
NPR.org - Aug 28, 2015
Have you ever done your children's homework for them? Have you driven to school to drop off an assignment that they forgot? Have you done a college student's laundry? What about coming along to Junior's first job interview?..
|4 Ways To Pay For College When You Haven't Started Saving |
Forbes - Aug 31, 2015
Are your kids entering high school, and you haven’t saved much for college? It’s amazing how fast time flies when you have children. One moment they are starting their first day of school, the next they are entering high school...
|Grandparent Power: Bonds With Seniors Help Stabilize Teens |
Wall Street Journal - Aug 31, 2015
Teens who form close, loving relationships with a grandparent are more likely to have fewer behavioral and emotional problems than less-attached teens, says a study published online in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry...
SAT & ACTs
|15 colleges and 15 different policies on new writing tests |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 26, 2015
For many colleges and universities, the jury is still out as to the overall usefulness of the essay component of the new or “redesigned” SAT (rSAT), scheduled for its first administration in March 2016. ...
|High School Teachers Dish on Why ACT Scores Aren't Improving |
US News - Aug 31, 2015
Student achievement on the ACT, the popular college admissions test, hasn't improved in years.
The national average ACT composite score for graduating high school students in 2015 was 21 out of a possible 36, according to the organizer's annual report on college and career readiness, released last week. This average has remained roughly ...
|ACT’s President Answers a Few Final Questions Before Putting Down His Pencil |
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Aug 27, 2015
When Jon Erickson joined the ACT, in 1984, the college-admissions process was not yet a front-page fixation. These days, he can’t go to a dinner party without anxious parents asking him to explain the secret recipe for conquering the ACT and getting into a big-name college....
|Time to Fix the Fafsa |
New York Times - OpEd - Aug 27, 2015
Is Congress finally ready to pass legislation that would make it easier for harried parents and students to apply for federal financial aid?.. ..
|Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools |
Forbes - Aug 21, 2015
Is CTE a good idea for me? CTE, or career and technical education, used to be called vocational education. Programs available now are varied and designed to prepare students for jobs in today’s economy. In addition to traditional, but still in-demand trade...
|Would CTE fit your needs? Here’s what you should know |
Philadelphia Public School Notebook - Sep 1, 2015
Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. Indeed readers of a certain age are likely to have fond memories of huddling over wooden workbenche...
|Iowa colleges fostering entrepreneurs |
Des Moines Register - Aug 30, 2015
Garrett Carty and Sam Lowry were about to leave money on the table — literally and figuratively — before a group of Des Moines entrepreneurs told them otherwise....
|5 years of high school can net students college degree |
Detroit Free Press - Aug 25, 2015
Justin Schlehuber is starting his freshman year soon in Lincoln Park, and one thing is already certain: He’ll be in high school for five years. But when he leaves, he’ll have something most other graduates ...
|HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT BULLYING |
ABC-7 News - Aug 28, 2015
While more than one in four children say they have experienced being bullied, only 20-30 percent of those children ever report it to an adult ..
SATs & ACTs
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