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How the Internet Wrecked College Admissions The Atlantic - Oct 17, 2016 Over the last decade, the internet has made it much easier for students to apply to college, especially thanks to services like the “Common App.” For the nearly 700 schools now part of the Common Application—the nation’s leading standardized online college-application portal...
When a high school seems like a prison The Christian Science Monitor - Oct 14, 2016 School districts are far more likely to employ intense surveillance methods at schools with a high percentage of students of color, and a study shows those methods are hampering learning.....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
GOLDILOCKS GOES TO COLLEGE… FINDING THE COLLEGE THAT IS “JUST RIGHT” Tribune News Service - Oct 13, 2016 Parents: If you had it to do all over again, where would you choose to go to college? Imagine yourself in your child’s position and think about what you loved about college and what you wish you could have changed. But now think about their needs, wants and expectations. ..
3 Tips to Complete College Applications On Time US News - Oct 17, 2016 By now, prospective college students should have their applications well under way, especially if they are planning to apply early decision or early action. However, if you're struggling to finish, don't panic. Instead, take a moment to reflect on the situation, and then create a plan to successfully complete your applications.. ..
5 Reasons to Attend College in Canada GoLocalProv College Admissions - Oct 17, 2016 With many U.S. universities exceeding $50,000 per year (and some $60,000+), families are searching for viable alternative to U.S. college and universities. Yet few consider the bargains available just across the border in Canada. Before you dismiss this northern option, consider a few compelling reasons to venture north:. ..
Top 10 things colleges value in high school applicants The Philadelphia Tribune - Oct 18, 2016 What are college admission officers looking for as they review your child’s application? The admissions process varies and can be subjective to some degree, but here are 10 things that could help your child stand out and score acceptance letters from his or her favorite schools.. ..
4 Secrets Colleges Don’t Want You to Know That Could Save You Thousands on Tuition Credit.com - Oct 17, 2016 When you’re a student on a budget, you’re aware of how important saving can be. And if you’re in the process of deciding which college to attend, or you’re already enrolled somewhere, it helps to keep in mind that there are things you can do to lower your tuition bill, especially if you start early. ..
Don't Make These 10 College Essay Mistakes TeenLife Blog - Oct 18, 2016 A key part of any college application is the college essay. Essays create much stress among students (and their parents) who want to craft the best possible application essay to make the best possible impression on admissions officers.....
How to Craft the Perfect College Application Essay Teen Vogue - Oct 13, 2016 Early action applications are due in November. Admissions officials have been educating me on what they want and don’t want. Here are five underutilized ways to give yourself an advantage. ....
What to look for in evaluating college, campus The Philadelphia Tribune - Oct 18, 2016 Visiting campuses is a great way to get a feel for what college is like. And when the time comes, it can help you decide if a specific college is right for you. Here are some tips to get the best out of your campus visit. ..
Survival tips for visiting prospective colleges Tulsa World - Oct 14, 2016 We have just emerged, bloodied but not beaten, from our daughter's junior year of high school. In addition to a plethora of challenging classes, there were state standardized tests to be passed for verified credits. There were Advanced Placement tests to survive. ..
HSCW Counselors' Corners Post - Oct 20, 2016 What to Say When Your Students are Freaked About College Apps Peer pressure is an amazing thing. There haven’t been two months of school in many states, but some seniors are already convinced everyone is ahead of them in the rush to college. “I’m all through with my applications” beams Jennifer.. More
‘Honey, Who’s Going to Pay for College?’ TIME - Oct 14, 2016 Ask parents about their biggest financial worries, and the vast majority — more than 70% — will cite college costs, according to Gallup surveys. But a shocking number of parents shield their children from the reality of high college costs. ..
Applying to college can be expensive The Journal Gazette - Oct 14, 2016 As the director of college counseling at Canterbury School, Heather Case knows a lot about the college application process, such as how fees can quickly add up – even before students enroll. ..
Hey, parents: It’s never too early to talk about college Seattle Times - Oct 14, 2016 While giving a presentation to parents of middle school and early high school students, a mom challenged the notion of discussing college with her tween and ninth grader. The pressure, she said, would burden her kids at too tender an age. The full weight and scope of collegiate expectations would be explored best the fall of senior year, she asserted. ..
Administering the SAT for 53 Years The Atlantic - Oct 17, 2016 The SAT exam has gone through many iterations, each, some say, fixing some problems and creating others. Created in the 1920s, the original test featured 315 questions, a 97-minute time limit, and no distinct math and English sections. Since then, scoring rubrics have been overhauled, ,..
SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips The Philadelphia Tribune - Oct 14, 2016 Studying for the SAT is a big undertaking, and you might not know where to start. A good way to get yourself into gear is to learn about the structure of the test and different ways you can adapt your strategy to improve on each section. In this article,, ,..
SHOULD I SEND MY TEST SCORES TO COLLEGES BEFORE I KNOW THEM? CollegeVine Blog - Oct 18, 2016 It’s no secret that standardized testing is a huge part of the college process. Some students consider their ACT or SAT test date one of the most stressful days of the entire college process, second only to the day they find out their test scores., ,..
How to boost your college financial aid prospects CBS News -- Marketwatch - Oct 18, 2016 Big financial aid changes have arrived for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. If you’re hoping that your child qualifies for financial aid, you need to know what these major new developments that kicked off this month. ..
10 Things to Know About the New FAFSA Changes The College Solution Blog - Oct 13, 2016 Big financial aid changes have arrived for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. If you’re hoping that your child qualifies for financial aid, you need to know what these major new developments that kicked off this month. ..
FAFSA's Lurking, Nosy Cousin: The CSS Profile Forbes - Oct 13, 2016 You may think that once you’ve completed the FAFSA you’re all set as far as applying for college financial aid goes, but you would be wrong. The FAFSA only covers aspects of federal student aid, not the aid that might come from colleges and universities themselves..
Here’s What Readers Are Asking Us About the 2017-18 FAFSA TIME - Oct 13, 2016 The answers may help you get more financial aid too. The latest Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been available online since Oct 1, kicking off a new financial aid timeline for students and their families. You can now start applying for college aid in the fall, as opposed to after Jan. 1 of next year ..
Recruiting Column: Your coach’s role in recruiting USA today HSS - Oct 19, 2016 Teacher, Leader, Motivator, Role Model, Mentor. These are the qualities of a perfect coach. Nearly every athlete has played for at least one coach who possessed these attributes. You might have noticed that “personal college scholarship finder person” isn’t on the list. Repeat after me: It isn’t my coach’s job to find my college scholarship,..
HOW DOES SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECT COLLEGE RECRUITING? Swim Swam - Oct 17, 2016 When I was growing up, we didn’t have social media, let alone the internet. I cherished the down time and privacy after a full school day. Do you remember our lives before hourly updates of what someone ate, vacations and political views bombarded at us?,..
Why Massachusetts schools beat Rhode Island Providence Journal - Oct 6, 2016 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Massachusetts has been recognized as the national leader in school reform for more than a decade. The state consistently ranks at the top of the country on a highly regarded test called the Nation's Report Card. If the Bay State were a country, its students would rank ninth in the world in math ..
A New Push For Higher Education Vermont Public radio - Oct 18, 2016 There's a new push to get more Vermonters better educated. The goal is 70 percent of the population with a college or other post-secondary degree by 2025. . ..
Teens and Drugs
High Schools Get Frank With Teens on Heroin Epidemic US News - Oct 17, 2016 While heroin use among high schoolers has declined to historical lows, use of the drug among young adults ages 18 to 25 has more than doubled since 2002, according to federal data.. ..
Teenage Drug Addiction: Why Teens Are Easily Lured Into The World Of Drugs Parent Herald - Oct 17, 2016 A lot of teens today decide on taking drugs. This decision is oftentimes underestimated by parents. Most of these kids aren't resilient and equipped to deal with the problems life constantly throws at them. As a result they happen to become an easy victim of peer pressure.. ..
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