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College Big Picture

Dropouts: College's 37-Million-Person Crisis-and How to Solve It
The Atlantic  - Dec 5, 2012
The biggest hindrance to completing college isn't financial preparedness, but academic preparedness. Half of the students in community colleges need high-school-level courses when they enroll.... .
How Americans Think About College
Washington Monthly  - Dec 3, 2012
A new national survey conduced by Northeastern University indicates that Americans think college is really important, but aren't so sure that it's really a good value anymore. Also, biggest problem: cost.... .
The (Needless?) Frenzy
Inside Higher Ed  - Nov 29, 2012
More applications. More stress. Less certainty. For colleges and for college applicants, the admissions process has become more complicated, and that's reflected in much of the data in the "2012 State of College Admission" report .... .
For Third-raters Who Want to Get Into Harvard, It Helps To Have Parents With $10 million to Grease the Skidse
Forbes  - Dec 2, 2012
Indeed, ambitious young people who consider dropping out of college a smart option have a different set of role models from those in the 1960s, who were basically stuck with the acid-guru Timothy Leary and his “turn on, tune in, drop out” ramblings.... .
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College - Worth It?

Is College Worth It?
Forbes  - Dec 4, 2012
I was in Silicon Valley last week and my meetings and discussions only confirmed for me that the region is the symbolic center of U.S. creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. From small start-ups to iconic organizations known around the world,... .
Top Three Flawed Arguments of the Anti-College Crowd
TIME - Dec 5, 2012
The anti-college movement has been the subject of increasing media coverage over the past few years. Worry about rising debt loads, soaring default rates, and high unemployment rates among recent college grads - combined with the high-profile success stories of a few dropouts-turned-billionaires.. .
Saying No to College
New York Times  - Dec 2, 2012
Indeed, ambitious young people who consider dropping out of college a smart option have a different set of role models from those in the 1960s, who were basically stuck with the acid-guru Timothy Leary and his “turn on, tune in, drop out” ramblings.... .
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

What factors count most for getting into college?
CBS News - MoneyWatch  - Dec 6, 2012
What are college admission officers looking for as they pour through the latest crop of student applications? College gatekeepers say that the applicants whom they value most have taken college-prep classes in high school and have performed well in these courses.... .
5 Last Things You Should Know About Completing College Applications
Huffington Post  - Dec 3, 2012
December is clearly an important holiday season with Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Year's Eve all taking place. However, for high school seniors it is also a "big-time" for college admissions, with many applications due as of January 1, 2, 5, 10 and 15... .
Playing catch-up - Top 10 list
Charlotte Observer  - Dec 3, 2012
There clearly is something about sharing turkey with family members from far and wide that prompts lots of panicky post-Thanksgiving calls.... .
How to Make a High School Resume
US News & World Reprt  - Dec 3, 2012
Resumes aren't just for job seekers; high school students applying to colleges need resumes, too. Here are some tips for making the process an easy one.... .
December College Checklist for Juniors
New York Times - The Choice  - Dec 4, 2012
Be Committed to the Process The college application process, from research through to submission, takes about 40 hours of work by the student. You do not need to wait until the summer or the fall of your senior year to do much of this work...
December College Checklist for Seniors
New York Times - The Choice  - Dec 3, 2012
Seniors: Let me start by saying, I feel your pain. Even though I tell myself every year that I won’t wait until the last minute to finish my tax returns, I just can’t make myself do them sooner. (Remind the adults in your life of this fact the next time they nag you about procrastinating on your college application.
Steps to take after you hit submit
DC College Admissions Examiner - Dec 3, 2012
If you're still waiting to push the “submit” button on the last of your college applications, stop reading. You need to put 100 percent of your effort into completing the job—preferably before the holidays.....
Is Resistance Futile? Avoiding Serious Misconceptions in College Admissions
San Ramon Express - Dec 3, 2012
Widespread misconceptions flourish in the college admissions world, providing advantages to colleges but often hurting applicants and their families. You can resist falling prey to these preventable and often expensive mistakes by becoming more well-informed.....
Part 1: College Students Answer Readers' Questions About Admissions and Campus Life
New York Times - The Choice  - Dec 3, 2012
Q: If you were to create a template for what a high school student should do in high school, what would it include – activities, leadership, GPA, etc.? Thanks! .
Part 2: College Students Answer Reader's Questions on Admissions and Campus Life
New York Times - The Choice  - Dec 4, 2012
Part 3: College Students Answer Reader's Questions on Admissions and Campus Life
New York Times - The Choice  - Dec 5, 2012
Part 4: College Students Answer Reader's Questions on Admissions and Campus Life
New York Times - The Choice  - Dec 6, 2012
GOODE Questions to Ask College Admissions Counselors
Montgomery County College Prep Examiner  - Nov 28, 2012
These are questions I give students adapted from a College Board handbook and similar resources, along with my own personal additions, that can be posed to college representatives. Feel free to tweak them to your needs/concerns....
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""Does Your Record Reflect Your Ability?" - College Interview Tips
About.com  - Dec 3, 2012
During your college interview, you might be given the chance to explain a bad grade or weak semester. The question can take a variety of forms, but it will be something along these lines: "Does your high school record accurately reflect your effort and ability?"...
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Tips for an Essay on a Character in Fiction
Post-Tribune - Nov 29, 2012
First, it's important that you understand the essays are a hugely important part of your application. If nothing else, let that fact prime the pump and start the adrenaline flowing. Almost every college applicant Must write an essay about himself or herself....

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SATs & ACTs/AP Tests

Op-Ed: AP Classes Are One of America's 'Great Frauds'
NPR.org  - Dec 3, 2012
Hundreds of thousands of high school students enroll in Advanced Placement classes each year, with hopes to strengthen high school transcript and earn college credit..... .
Comparing Your Teenager's SAT Scores
The College Solution Blog  - Dec 6, 2012
A mother recently asked me what constitutes a good SAT scores. I told her that it depends on the caliber of the school. At some colleges a 1600 out of a 2400 score is above average while at other schools, applicants with that kind of score wouldn’t even be seriously considered.... .
College Admissions: What Your PSAT Scores Really Means
GoLocalProv - Dec 3, 2012
PSAT scores will arrive for anxious high school students this week. These scores mark the time when sophomores and juniors can begin to target colleges that are in range. ...
Juniors: For testing, get to know the basics
True Admissions Blog  - Dec 5, 2012
"Have a plan and never go into a test cold; always know the basics." -- Natalie Bitton, college counselor at Lycee Francais La Perouse in San Francisco Juniors, with the ACT and SAT upcoming, here are some suggestions for getting to know the basics: ...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 5, 2012
Why You Should Save Your Juniors from School Rankings
Despite what Andy Williams says, this really isn’t the most wonderful time of the year for high school counselors. Some of your seniors are waiting to hear from the colleges they applied to through an early response program, while other seniors are walking into your office saying “So, I was thinking about applying to college” ... More

Report: High School Guidance Counselors Underutilized
US News & World Report - Nov 30, 2012
School counselors can be a vital piece of the college-readiness puzzle for high school students, but many counselors are bogged down with tasks that don't allow them to put their skills to work.....
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College Application Guidelines for Parents
Fox Business - Nov 30, 2012
Parents want what’s best for their children and while it’s normal to help students navigate the college application process, but there’s a fine line between aiding a child and taking over completely....
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The 10 Most Loved Colleges: US News And World Report
Huffington Post - Dec 4, 2012
US News and World Report recently compiled a list of the most loved colleges, i.e. schools where the highest percentage of alumni give back to their alma mater. On the list? Several of America's smallest, most prestigious colleges....
Perception and Reality in College Rankings
Washington Monthly - Dec 4, 2012
This is interesting. U.S. News & World Report, which annually publishes the country’s major college rankings guide, has issued a piece about college rankings: which colleges are under or over performing....
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NJ colleges slow to adopt new data sheet on student aid
North Jersey - Nov 30, 2012
A new financial aid "shopping sheet" developed by two federal agencies should make it easier for college-bound students to compare financial aid packages. ...
New UMaine mentoring program reaches out to teens
Maine Campus - Dec 3, 2012
The first workshop of a Peer Counseling Training Program will be held Dec. 5 in Shibles Hall. Through a collaboration with School Administrative District 4 and the College of Education and Human Development,...
Private New Jersey College Offers In-State Tuition Rate
US News & World Report - Dec 4, 2012
For students accepted to Seton Hall University in New Jersey, freshman year tuition at the private school could cost roughly the same as it would at one of the state's public schools, the institution recently announced. ...
Measure To Educate Families On College Debt Heads To Governor Christie
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio - Dec 4, 2012
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. and Senator Robert Singer to assure that New Jersey families understand student loan rates, schedules, debt and defaults was passed unanimously by the full Senate and heads to Gov. Christie for consideration.. ...
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Bullied Teens May Suffer Lingering Trauma
US News & World Report - Dec 5, 2012
TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Bullied teenagers can develop post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, according to a new study.....
Rethinking How We Talk About the Bully: Defusing the Arch-Enemy of the Interconnected 21st Century
Huffington Post - Dec 5, 2012
The Internet has done a wonderful job of connecting us psychically to one another. We have the means to know other people's thoughts, in groups and individually....



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