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College Big Picture
|Courting Merit Scholars Opens Door to Questions |
New York Times - Dec 12, 2012
Oklahoma specifically targets National Merit scholars for recruitment, seeing them as a way to raise the university’s quality and profile. And while some academic administrators dislike the practice, many of Oklahoma’s peers do the same, though not with the same fervor or favors.. .
|What You Study Does Not Determine Where You Work |
washingtonmonthly - Dec 11, 2012
I wrote earlier today about Vermont’s discussion about charging different tuitions to people with different majors. One of the difficulties with this is as policy that the majors that might lead to lucrative jobs are more expensive to administer.... .
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|3 Ways College Applicants Can Improve Their Online Brands |
US News & World Report - Dec 6, 2012
When students apply to colleges, their entire lives may be put under a microscope and reviewed by admissions professionals. Students who have excelled at promoting a positive image online may improve their admissions chances... .
|Write your way to college success |
Houston Higher Education - Dec 10, 2012
If you are a high school senior deciding which college to attend or an adult considering returning to school, take some helpful advice from a college teacher and learn how to write effectively before the semester begins.... .
|Early Decisions: What to do next if you're accepted, deferred or denied |
True Admissions Blog - Dec 13, 2012
It's decision time for students who have applied early action (EA), early decision (ED) or restrictive early action (REA) with the news soon to arrive via email or snail mail. Once you receive your notification, there are still some steps to be taken. .. .
|Deferred? What Now? |
About.com - Dec 13, 2012
It's that time of year when students are hearing decisions from their Early Action and Early Decision college applications. For a large number of students, the decision will not be as clear cut as a simple acceptance or rejection...
Inside the Admissions Office
|Admissions: The Challenges of Connecting With Students |
Huffington Post - Dec 8, 2012
As the flow of information becomes increasingly instantaneous, college admission counselors must consider the best means to contact prospective students. There is not a "one-size fits all" approach. ..
|Winter slowdown hits essay writers |
Charlotte Observer - Dec 11, 2012
Reluctant Writer Syndrome, like the flu, hits every year around this time. Most typically affected are high school senior boys who seem to specialize in procrastination on college essays...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Dec 13, 2012
What to Tell Your Seniors (and Teachers) Right Away
The word among college admissions offices and high school counselors is that more early applications to college have been submitted than ever before. Many students applied to these early programs in the hope they would have an early answer, but because there are so many applicants... More
|Seniors and parents: What to do now? |
NorthJersey.com - Dec 10, 2012
The end of the calendar year is usually a hectic time in many high school counseling offices, as well as in the homes of seniors who are looking forward to attending college come September....
|What Should You Wear to a College Interview? |
About.com - Dec 11, 2012
The college interview is a great place to make a positive impression on the admissions folks. The interview allows you to show off your personality and demonstrate your interest."...
SATs & ACTs/AP Tests
|2012 PSAT scores are now available online |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Dec 7, 2012
And make no mistake, your PSAT score report is a valuable tool. Unlike most services provided by our friends in Princeton, the PSAT offers an amazing amount of FREE information and advice all packaged together in materials test-takers automatically receive. So whatever you do, don’t trash the packet!...
|Schools Continue to Drop SAT/ACT Requirement |
GoLocalWorcester College - Dec 11, 2012
This week, Roger Williams University became the latest college to adopt a test-optional policy, allowing students to apply without SAT or ACT scores. RWU joins more than 850 colleges .. .
|Early Decision: A Letter to My Son |
Huffington Post - Dec 11, 2012
As the mom of a high school senior applying to college, this fall has been a busy one -- not only helping my kid stay focused and optimistic, but also fielding curiosity and fascination from well-meaning friends and family and helping anxious buddies try to hang in there and keep a calm, reasonable perspective about the whole process.. .
|5 College Conversations for Families During Winter Break |
US News & World Report - Dec 11, 2012
If Thanksgiving break was a good time for college students and families to check in with each other on grades, social life, health, and career thoughts, the extended winter break offers another opportunity to discuss subjects that might warrant more than a phone call or E-mail... .
|Some Colleges Discount Tuition for Siblings |
US News & World Report - Dec 11, 2012
Paying for one college education can be a financial stretch, requiring significant savings, scholarship searches, and possibly even student loans. For families with more than one child enrolled in college, finding funding can be an even bigger burden... .
|How Parents Can Stretch College Savings for Students Living at Home |
US News & World Report - Dec 12, 2012
New York City mom Veronica Defonso carefully saved for her daughter's education, but she doesn't want to use up those funds before her child gets to graduate school. "Graduate school is absolutely necessary to get my daughter that much farther ahead," she says... .
|The ABCs of college financial aid |
Los Angeles Times - Dec 9, 2012
If you have a child heading to college in the next few years — or even in college now — there are a few things you ought to keep in mind this holiday season. ... .
|December Financial Aid Checklist for Seniors |
True Admissions Blog - Dec 12, 2012
College advisor Alice Kleeman is back this month with advice for seniors on what you should be doing with regard to financial aid. Remember it is you, the student, who applies for aid.... .
|College financial-aid fraud rises as online study grows |
AZ Central - Dec 11, 2012
As online college classes grow in popularity, financial-aid fraud rings are increasing as well, Arizona authorities say.
In the last three years, federal officials have uncovered three financial-aid schemes ... .
|Which Highly Ranked Universities Operate Most Efficiently? |
US News & World Report - Dec 6, 2012
In these times of tight or reduced state budgets, it's important for some colleges to efficiently spend their limited resources in order to produce the highest possible educational quality. U.S. News has developed an exclusive new list showing which schools are able to produce the highest educational quality ... .
|Truths about College Rankings |
Boston.com - Dec 12, 2012
Take a look through this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, University of Chicago. It’s a parade of nearly-impossible-to-get-into schools, scored by metrics that often privilege reputation over real student experiences.... .
|'U.S. News' adds insult to injury |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Dec 12, 2012
It’s bad enough that colleges are forced to endure arbitrary ranking systems designed to sell magazines to a public anxious to bring order—any order—to the college admissions process. ... .
|Colorado colleges make their promises |
Education News Colorado - Dec 6, 2012
Colorado State University-Fort Collins intends to increase the number of undergraduate degrees issued by 1 percent a year. For its part, Metropolitan State University promises to do the same thing – plus increase the number of credentials earned by traditionally underserved students by 2 percent a year....
|Utah education leaders discuss changing graduation requirements |
The Salt Lake Tribune - Dec 7, 2012
Allowing kids more flexibility in how they earn high school credits, moving computer literacy to middle school and changing the way teachers grade are just a few ways Utah could potentially improve high school education and increase graduation rates, a State Office of Education Committee said Friday...
|Many People Still Hate the New U. of California Logo |
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Dec 12, 2012
A petition attacking the new University of California logo has 50,263 supporters and counting. After introducing the logo as part of a statewide “Onward California” marketing effort, administrators have been inundated with calls and e-mails from students...
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