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ARCHIVES Something New - Something Old |
We have been asked more than once to have access to the archives. It sounds easy, but it required some thought on how to make it really useful. We are still working on it but here's what we have so far. Archives you will also see at the end of some of the topic sections a link to the archive for that topic. Let us know what you think. Thanks.
|Are College Degrees Inherited? |
The Atlantic - Apr 11, 2014
Nothing is more American than the belief in second chances. But the latest College Board/National JournalNext America Poll suggests that the choices young people make as they complete high school echo with surprising power throughout their lives....
|The College Faculty Crisis |
New York Times - Apr 13, 2014
The public colleges and universities that educate more than 70 percent of this country’s students were burdened by rising costs and dwindling state revenues long before the recession. They reacted by raising tuition...
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|3 Steps to Take if You Are Rejected From Your Dream College |
US News - Apr 14, 2014
If you're like many of the students who applied to college this year, you probably waited impatiently for months hoping you would be accepted to the one college you fell in love with the moment you stepped on its campus....
|Wait-listed for college? Here are 10 things you need to do |
Charlotte Observer - Apr 14, 2014
It’s that nail-biting time of year: Colleges have commenced sending acceptance letters to high school seniors. “There’s still a lot of anxiousness out there,” said Thomas Griffin, N.C. State University’s director of undergraduate admissions.....
|Moving off the college waitlist |
The Intelligencer (blog) - Apr 11, 2014
After battling through the epic journey of the college application process, with all its emotional twists and turns, the torturous anticipation, the potential heaven of acceptance or hell of rejection, judgment day has finally arrived....
|The "Perfect" College Essay Does Not Exist |
Huffington Post - Apr 15, 2014
Some students have a difficult time starting their college essays. Perhaps, it is a challenge selecting topics or a feeling that their essays must be perfect. The words "perfect essay" are engraved all over the media and Internet. ...
|College Essay More Important Now Than Ever |
Gazette Newspapers - Apr 14, 2014
The essay has always been an important factor in the admissions process: this year its import reached an even higher level. This observation is a product of the sheer number of applicants plying their qualifications for spots in the most selective schools...
SATs & ACTs
|New SAT Sample Questions Released |
U.S. News & World Report - Apr 16, 2014
While more than 1 million students are taking a college admissions test some say has been in dire need of updating, the College Board on Wednesday released new sample questions for the redesigned SAT that college-bound students will begin taking two years from now. ...
|I taught America to beat the SAT. That’s how I know it’s useless. |
MSNBC - Apr 14, 2014
Like many students whose standardized test scores got them into college, I liked the SAT. In my sophomore year, my mastery of the test got me a job tutoring high school students. After graduating in 1981, I started The Princeton Review....
|Low ACT Scores? What Now? |
About.com - Apr 12, 2014
There's so much hype surrounding a few of the country's most selective colleges that many applicants feel they need a 35 or 36 composite score on the ACT to get into a good college. The reality is quite different...
|SAT changes could boost lucrative test prep |
CNBC - Apr 14, 2014
Jennifer Iadanza has already begun considering how recent changes to the SAT exam may affect her daughter Emma, an 8th grader at Roslyn Middle School in New York State who will be in one of the first high school classes to be affected by those changes...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Apr 17, 2014
Making the Right Decision About Decision Day
It started out as a pretty simple idea. High school seniors would celebrate their admission to college by wearing a T-shirt or sweatshirt from their college on May 1,... More
|In their own words: Students talk about high-school counseling, applying to college |
Seattle Times - Apr 12, 2014
Education Lab’s latest story focuses on the changing role of high-school guidance counselors. As traditional counselors’ face increased workloads, programs like Seattle’s Rainier Scholars and the National College Advising Corps are providing disadvantaged students with one-on-one assistance as they navigate the college application process.....
|Helping Teens Deal with College Rejection |
Teen Life Blog - Apr 10, 2014
Years ago, when parents told their teens that a letter had arrived from the college admissions office, the immediate question would be “thick or thin”? A thick envelope meant “acceptance” and a “thin” one unfortunately meant rejection.....
|Six Words of Advice for Parents of College-Bound Juniors |
Huffington Post - Apr 10, 2014
One group is more anxious about this year's college admissions decisions than the parents of this year's seniors -- and that's the parents of next year's seniors. Junior parents love their children, and they would welcome any advice colleges could offer that would give their child's application an inside edge....
|On College: How to weigh financial aid offers |
San Jose Mercury News - Apr 15, 2014
High school seniors and their families are in the midst of a very exciting and anxiety-ridden process -- choosing a college. Among the many factors that families should consider, finances will be one of the most important......
|Different Scholarship Results for National Merit Finalists |
The College Solution Blog - Apr 16, 2014
As promised, today I am sharing my thoughts on the email that I posted on Monday from a disillusioned mother from Alabama, who is bitter about her brilliant daughter’s admission results.....
|Finding and winning scholarships hiding in plain sight |
Long Island College Prep Examiner - Apr 10, 2014
Ready or not college bills will be arriving soon for the college-bound and scholarships can help pay the invoice. Grants are need-based financial aid offered to students based on their financial need....
|Time Out: The Value Of A Gap Year |
Forbes - Apr 9, 2014
After 13 years, 117 months and approximately 2,350 days of continuous school, Lindsay felt she needed a break. Instead of heading directly for her freshman year at a prestigious upstate New York college”...
|After the acceptance: walk-ons and GPAs |
Bowdoin Orient - Apr 5, 2014
Walk-ons -- The Barker report states, “Heavy recruitment and emphasis on finding athletic talent in the applicant pool can [make] teams become less accessible to students who have little or no previous training in the sport.” It goes on to say that “such ‘walk-ons’ are thus, to a large degree, excluded from intercollegiate sports because the teams are becoming filled with so many ‘rated athletes.’”...
|College Admissions: 8 Ways Teens Can Explore Careers This Summer |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Apr 14, 2014
As summer draws near, many families forget that summer is the perfect time for students to explore career options. With a tight job market, parents want to know that a six-figure investment will result in their child being able to launch a career when they graduate. ....
|How SC students will be tested next year unknown |
Charlotte Observer - Apr 14, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. A years-long effort by state officials to help create standardized tests for South Carolina's public schools may become moot, leaving uncertain how students will be tested next spring....
|Schools prepping students for work world |
The Advertiser - Apr 14, 2014
With Lafayette Parish poised to add thousands of jobs in the coming years, the school system is working to enhance career preparation for students. The district's Comprehensive Career Plan extends from the elementary grades all the way to high school, said Burnell LeJeune, ....
|Tennessee Promise means opportunity for all graduates |
Tennessean - Apr 11, 2014
In February, during his State of the State address, Gov. Bill Haslam proposed something extraordinary. He introduced the Tennessee Promise, an initiative that will provide "last dollar" ....
|Confronting Suicide Part 1: Teen Suicides |
AZ Public Media - Apr 14, 2014
Daniel Moreno was - among many things - a wrestler, a long-distance runner, a cook and a poet. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and his mother Susan sought help for him, even taking him to the National Institute of Mental Health. Still, he died by suicide in 2005......
SATs & ACTs
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