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Big Picture

Group of colleges creates its own admissions app
MarketPlace  - Sep 29, 2015
Applying to college is like the high school version of doing your taxes. But it is also stressful for the schools themselves. Like recently, when there were major tech problems with the common application. ...
The new college admissions coalition: Is it really about access?
Washington Post  - Oct 5, 2015
Last week, a group of 83 public and private colleges and universities made an announcement that stunned much of higher education: They were joining together to form “The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.”...
Like Fares On A Plane, College Tuition Bills Vary Widely
NPR.org  - Oct 5, 2015
Our friends over at Planet Money built this interactive graphic that illuminates yet another aspect of the Education Department's new College Scorecard. It shows the average annual price that families actually pay at 1,550 four-year colleges, by income....
Farewell to America’s Small Colleges
The Atlantic  - Oct 2, 2015
“Schools will do anything to survive,” said Kent Chabotar, a former president of Guilford College, in a recent interview with Inside Higher Ed. “The last thing a school wants to do is shut down.”...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Where Else Are You Applying? Colleges Can't Ask Applicants Much Longer
Chronicle of Higher Ed  - Oct 6, 2015
Colleges soon must stop asking prospective students where else they are applying on admissions applications, according to new ethical guidelines approved late last week....
US: NACAC updates admission advice guide
PIE News  - Oct 1, 2015
The National Association for College Admission Counseling has unveiled an updated guide on college admissions, including specific information for international students and transfer students for the first time....
3 Differences Between Studying Abroad, Pursuing a Degree Overseas
US News  - Oct 6, 2015
For some students, there is a temptation to think that enrolling at an international university for a degree and studying abroad for a semester or year are similar experiences....
Turn this into an expert skill
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Oct 6, 2015
Soft skills are important but expert skills set applicants apart from others in the job or college market. Teens are not too young to be experts. It’s a matter of honing a strength that already exists.....
The 6 Do’s and Don’ts of Senior Year of High School
Her Campus  - Sep 30, 2015
It’s the final stretch of high school – and while it may seem like the perfect time to sit back and relax, it’s also a great time to take advantage of your final days at high school....
3 Things You Can Learn from Malia Obama’s College Search
TIME - Oct 5, 2015
You don’t have to be the First Daughter to benefit from some of her smart college search tactics. Even living in the White House doesn’t exempt you from the strenuous job of applying to college. In fact, for 17-year-old Malia Obama, all the media attention being given her big decision may make it all the more stressful....
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College Admissions: Why Early Action and Decision Matter
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Oct 5, 2015
n the last decade, early admission programs have become an increasingly important aspect of college admissions. Many colleges are filling 30-70% of their freshman class via Early Action or Early Decision. So, students who wait to apply during Regular Decision are competing with far more students for a much smaller number of seats....
Early Action Backlash
Inside Higher Ed  - Oct 2, 2015
SAN DIEGO -- A few years back, many seeking to reform college admissions focused on early decision, under which applicants pledge to enroll if admitted, and both apply and find out if they got in months before the normal schedule. The system, they said, favored wealthier applicants and forced high school students to commit to a college earlier ....
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Countdown to College: 'Why this college?' You need a good answer
Charlotte Observer  - Oct 2, 2015
Why is the “Why this college?” so important? Colleges care why students put their college on their list and many colleges incorporate the “why?” question into their applications.....
How to Choose a Topic for Your Common App Essay
Greenwich Free Press - Oct 1, 2015
You’ve never trekked through the jungles of Thailand, volunteered on a mission trip abroad or founded a non-profit organization? Don’t worry — you will still find something to write about in your college application essay and get into a competitive college....
Archives - Essays
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Fall College Visits for Seniors (Hint: Bring Mom or Dad!)
Huffington Post - Oct 5, 2015
For most parents and their high school seniors, having a happy memory from the college search is about as rare as getting into Harvard these days. But it doesn't have to be.....
How to Make the Most of a College Tour
TIME - Oct 5, 2015
There's more to a school than a pretty campus. A tour of a college campus is one of your best opportunities to make sure that the college of your dreams—the college you’ve heard so much about, the one that looks so great in college guidebooks and on its website—is actually a place where you would want to go to school....
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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Gap Year

Pre-College Gap Years Beckon For These 5 Types Of Students
Forbes - Oct 3, 2015
What kinds of high-school students are most likely to want time off before college? Jason Sarouhan, a long-time champion of “gap years,” says he and colleagues have identified five types of teens that fit the bill....
Archives - Gap Year
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Oct 8, 2015
Before You Talk to Juniors
Hardly a week has gone by in this young school year without some big announcement that will affect the college plans of this year’s juniors. More

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A Parent's Guide to College Freshmen
Huffington Post - Oct 6 2015
When teenagers are in their first year of college, you as parents still have a crucial role to play. While you're not in the same kind of control as you had been, you might consider adopting a coaching presence. While it will get you no place to demand an accounting of their whereabouts, ..
Paying for kid’s college drops off parents’ to-do list
Detroit News - Oct 4 2015
Seattle — Joel and Lisa Hamilton have steady jobs, a suburban home and three lively daughters that they worked very hard to bring into the world. But their desire to pay for their children’s college educations, save for retirement and maybe fix up the house collided with financial realities.. ..
Archives - Parents
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Surprisingly Few Urban High School Students Take The ACT Or SAT
NPR.org  - Oct 7 2015
Waking up early on a Saturday. Sharpened No. 2 pencils and a calculator. For teenagers headed to a four-year college, taking a standardized entrance exam such as the ACT and SAT is typically a requirement. But it's far from a universal experience. ..
How the PSAT Could Save You Thousands in College Costs
TIME  - Oct 6, 2015
Students who do well on the PSAT can be eligible for several types of scholarships. With most of today’s high school students taking several high-stakes standardized tests before graduation, a so-called “practice test” might seem insignificant. ..
SAT Essay Losing Steam Among Admissions Officers
The Journal  - Oct 5 2015
University admissions officers are ho-hum about the essay question. According to a survey of 300 colleges and universities, only a handful of them will expect applicants to submit their score from the new SAT's essay section. ..
Should Juniors Take the New SAT Test?
Charlotte Observer  - Oct 5 2015
Should juniors in high school take the new SAT test? This is a question that many 11th graders are stressing out about as the rollout for the new SAT approaches. The dramatically overhauled test will make its premiere on March 5, 2016. ..
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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The 2016-17 financial aid season officially kicks-off with CSS PROFILE
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Oct 1, 2015
It’s the lesser known financial aid application. And most families who are new to the process have no clue that the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE is required by nearly 400 colleges,....
Think Locally to Boost Your College Scholarship Odds
US News  - Oct 1, 2015
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of scholarships? Most people think of substantial awards from major companies, like the scholarships Nordstrom, Coca-Cola and Ford give away, or big scholarships from globally recognized nonprofits and government agencies.....
What does “prior-prior” year mean?
Spokane College Examiner  - Oct 5, 2015
Recently the federal government came out with an update for those families filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is required by almost all colleges in order to receive federal financial aid and provides the schools with an estimated family contribution (EFC) ....
Archives - FinAid
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States Unite to Improve Career-Technical Programs
EdWeek - Oct 7, 2015
School leaders from 17 states have signed on to a new effort to make career technical education relevant, rigorous, and accountable...
America: Abandon Your Reverence for the Bachelor's Degree
The Atlantic - Oct 4, 2015
Many high-school graduates must choose between two bad options: a four-year program for which they’re not academically or emotionally prepared, or job-specific training that might put a ceiling on their careers...
Archives - CTE
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College Rankings Fail to Measure the Influence of the Institution
New York Times - Oct 2, 2015
Students, parents and educators increasingly obsessed with college rankings have a new tool: the Obama administration’s College Scorecard. The new database focuses on a college’s graduation rate, graduates’ median earnings 10 years after graduation and the percentage of students paying back their college loans...
The top 25 universities (and junior colleges) — rated by you
USA Today - Oct 2, 2015
Ratemyprofessors.com, the website that lets us do the judging, has released its annual lists of highest-rated professors, schools and hottest professors in the U.S. — all calculated from user-submitted information...
Archives - Rankings
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Student Athletes

How Student Athletes Get Full-Ride Scholarships
Forbes - Oct 3, 2015
Most of America’s 7.4 million high-school athletes won’t enjoy a free ride throughout college because they want to score touchdowns or turn gymnastic flips. For 150,000 of them, or 2%, however, a sports scholarship is in their future...
Free time is at a premium for student athletes
TCU 360 - Oct 3, 2015
Collegiate athletes have the task of balancing schoolwork and their sports while at TCU. Most college students study 25-35 hours a week, but collegiate athletes have to balance those academic hours with the 40 hours a week dedicated to their sport....
Archives - Student Athletes
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How affluent Florida parents pay for their children’s college costs
Tampa Bay Bisiness Journal - Oct 2, 2015
Rich Floridians expect to pick up a bigger part of the tab for their children’s college education than the wealthy in other parts of the United States....
U. of Texas schools given green light to propose increase in tuition and fees
USA Today - Oct 6, 2015
AUSTIN — The University of Texas System Board of Regents gave schools the approval to present proposals for increases to tuition and fees for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 during a special meeting Friday....
Too many fail to complete college, training
MySanAntonio - Oct 3, 2015
Thanks to the focus on higher education in recent years, Texas has made great strides in creating a college-going culture. Yet despite those efforts, just a little more than half of Texas students in the high school Class of 2015, like those before them, are likely to have enrolled in college classes this fall....
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Laws To Stop Bullying Can Protect Teens If They're Done Right
NPR.org - Oct 5, 2015
There's good news from the front lines in the fight against bullying: anti-bullying laws can help reduce aggression, both online and in real life....
Bullying and Hazing In Youth Sports
USA Hockey - Oct 5, 2015
Over the years, we’ve all likely seen reports of bullying and hazing incidents in youth sports. Liberty Mutual Insurance and its Play Positive® initiative, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, along with many coaches and parents, are committed to making sure we do everything possible...
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