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Summer Resource Guide - 2013

We are introducing a new section - to connect counselors and parents to a host of enrichment programs available over this upcoming summer. Check it out
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College Big Picture

Struggling to Stay Afloat
New York Times - Apr 12, 2013
STUDENTS piling on debt to go to college might attract all the attention, but colleges have been on a borrowing spree as well, nearly doubling the amount of debt they’ve taken on in the last decade to fix aging campuses, keep up with competitors and lure students with lavish amenities.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Here's Why You Should Do an Optional College Interview - Apr 15, 2013
For admission to many colleges, an interview is optional. This does not mean that the school does not value the interview. For many schools, it simply isn't practical to conduct an interview with every applicant....
"Who Has Most Influenced You?" - College Interview Tips - Apr 15, 2013
College planning – improving your chances for college admissions
Denver College Admissions Examiner - Apr 16, 2013
The college admissions process requires a pre-planned strategy right from your freshman year. It takes time, effort and thorough research by parents and their college-bound student. What should you do first?....
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Countdown to College: Making that tough final decision
Charlotte Observer - Apr 15, 2013
The biggest question I get this time of year is: “How do we decide?” Being faced with several good choices is both challenging and tantalizing. Here are some thoughts that go beyond the pro/con charts that are always a good first step.....
More College Applicants Aren’t Welcome Till Winter
New York Times  - Apr 17, 2013
Elizabeth Bricker of Rumson, N.J., was still half-asleep when her mother came into her room two weeks ago carrying an envelope from the University of Southern California.....
6 ways to pick a college
CBS MoneyWatch  - Apr 15, 2013
(MoneyWatch) For high school seniors stressing over where they will be going to college in the fall, time is running out. The national college decision day is May 1. That's the date when many colleges and universities expect their accepted students to put down their deposits.....
Admissions paralysis: What happens when students have to choose a college
SF College Admissions Examiner - Apr 16, 2013
Not so many years ago, students applied to a few colleges--many close to home and quite possibly the school their parents attended. ....
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Wait Listed

Waitlisted? Questions to Ask
True Admissions Blog  - Apr 16, 2013
Yesterday we addressed factors you may need to consider in deciding whether or not to accept a spot on a waitlist. Information about some of those factors may be included in your waitlist letter...
The College "Wait List" and 3 Ways to Survive It
Huffington Post  - Apr 11, 2013
If you've already applied to college (or soon will), there's always a chance this could happen: Placement on the "wait list." For many students this "admissions limbo" means an added layer of stress.....
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Inside the Admissions Office

What College Admissions Offices Look for in Extracurricular Activities
Huffington Post - Apr 12, 2013
Admissions officers look first at test scores, the rigor of the courses you take, and your grades in those courses. After that, they are interested in a student's extracurricular activities ....
Two, Three Essays? More Can Mean Less
New York Times - Apr 14, 2013
DURING a staff retreat last winter, Boston College’s admissions officers decided something had to change. Although the college was receiving more applications each year, increasingly larger shares of admitted students were choosing to go elsewhere. ....
What goes into getting in: Inside the college admissions process
Lacrosse Tribune - Apr 14, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — The case before the admissions panel holed up in a small room at Lehigh University was complex. The applicant had scored 1300 on the verbal and math portions of the SAT, on the low end for the highly selective....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Apr 18, 2013
The Three Big Picture Items Counselors Need to Focus On
pring is a busy time for school counselors. Between state mandated testing, scheduling for next year, awards presentations, college decisions, and professional conferences, we might as well bring a sleeping bag to the office and request a meal voucher from the budget we don’t have. it..…... More

Summer Texting, Mentoring Keeps Incoming College Students on Track
Ed Week - Apr 12, 2013
Over the summer, research shows as many as 40 percent of students who intended to go to college fail to carry through with their plans. The problem is especially acute in low-income communities where first-generation students may not have the same supports as their peers once they leave high school.....
Colleen Quinn: The importance of school counselors
Steamboat Today - Apr 14, 2013
April is National Counseling Awareness Month and as a school counselor in the Steamboat Springs School District, I wanted to share some information with the community about who school counselors are,....
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New Stuff and Sponsor Blog

Teens Battling Cancer to Get Free College-Planning Help
Post - April 18, 2013
IBattling cancer doesn’t stop teens from going to college. But costly medical bills can make it difficult to afford college. .....
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The world’s top universities—by reputation
DC College Admissions Examiner - Apr 16, 2013
If you’re looking for the “super-brands” among universities, the Times Higher Education reputational ranking provides a fairly predictable list of 100 universities with the best “reputations” in the world.....
More Fudging of SAT Averages
Inside Higher Ed - Apr 16, 2013
When Bucknell University in January admitted that it had been reporting false SAT averages to U.S. News & World Report (and others), it followed a flurry of similar confessions over the previous 12 months. ...

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5 Questions to Ask About Financial Aid Award Letters
US News & World Report - Apr 11, 2013
It's that time of year again. Acceptance letters have arrived and students have until May 1 to decide which college to attend....
How to get the best college financial aid deal possible
Minnesota Public Radio - Apr 11, 2013
College costs are rising, and so is student debt. The average overall cost to attend an in-state public school was $22,261 this school year; for four-year private schools it was $43,289. ...
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Parents get competitive on college
Boston Globe - Apr 12, 2013
If bragging has a season, this is it. Sometimes the other parents strike before Lora Tarlin, a Sharon mother, has even started her day, when she’s lying in bed scrolling through Facebook on her iPhone. ....
What Parents Think About College
Inside Higher Ed Upcoming Webinar  - Apr 12, 2013
Parents of pre-college students offer their views on the most important reasons to go to college, why jobs matter, the liberal arts, money and affirmative action in an Inside Higher Ed survey conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. In this free webinar,....
The One College Expense You Forgot to Factor In
Fiscal Times - Apr 12, 2013
Most parents of prospective college students know what they’re in for when it comes to today’s hefty tuition and room-and-board bills – about $50,000 a year or more for most private universities – and they gird up for that whopper in numerous ....
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College Admissions: 11 Ways For Teens To Explore Careers This Summer
GoLocalProv College Admissions Expert  - Apr 15, 2013
It may seem as though spring has just sprung, but teens will be getting out of school in just 2 months. Many summer programs and internships are already sprouting waiting lists. With a tenuous economy and college costs soaring, many families have been focused on students finding a major before heading off to college.....
Juniors: Start a summer reading list...
True Admissions Blog  - Apr 17, 2013
Read, read, read… There are many theories about education, but there is one fact. The key to doing well in school and getting into college is reading. It improves grades, test results, and is the best predictor of whether students will succeed in college...
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Campus Safety

College Admission Questions Rarely Identify Criminal Behaviorr
ScienceDaily - Apr 16, 2013
A new study shows that neither criminal background checks nor pre-admission screening questions accurately predict students likely to commit crime on college campuses.....
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40 percent of Colorado high school grads need remediation before college
Denver Post - Apr 16, 2013
Nearly 40 percent of Colorado's high school class of 2011 needed remedial courses in at least one subject before beginning college-level work, down from 41.4 percent the year before, according to a report released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Higher Education....
Budget cuts may harm California program aimed at getting kids into college
San Jose Mercury News - Apr 8, 2013
Getting kids onto a college track is not rocket science. But it is a social science, one that takes deliberate engineering and investment and can be honed to a fine art -- as one long-standing program, known as AVID, has prove.....
Education in California: PPIC poll says most favor governor's school funding proposal
Contra Costa Times - Apr 17, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A majority of Californians support the governor's proposal to give more money to school districts with a high percentage of low-income and English learner students, a new survey shows......
California High Schools Are Sick of the Coachella Cut Day 'Mess'
Atlantic Wire - Apr 12, 2013
Right now, hundreds—maybe thousands—of teenagers are enjoying their successful pilgrimage to the desert of Indio, California, some hundred miles East of Los Angeles, for the first of two weekends of sweat, music, drugs, and Lindsay Lohan at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival.....
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Teen Drinking

Most teen-drinking deaths aren't traffic-related
USA Today - Apr 17, 2013
MADD is warning parents of teenagers that drunk driving is not the only underage drinking concern. Its analysis of federal data estimates that just 32% of underage drinking deaths are traffic-related.....
Parents Can Help Their Children Avoid Alcohol Pitfalls During Transition from High School to College
ScienceDaily - Apr 16, 2013
Prior research has shown that the transition from high school to college is a particularly vulnerable time, associated with increased alcohol use and risk of negative alcohol-related consequences. While studies have examined the effectiveness of prevention programs to address this problem, ....


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