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College Big Picture

College Costs: Will Tuition Discounts Get More Students to Major in Science?
TIME  - Jan 3, 2013
How much money would it take to get an English major to switch to engineering? Would a $1,000 discount on tuition every year do the trick? What about $5,000? What if switching majors not only reduced students’ debt load but also made it much more likely they’d find a job after graduation? ...
Liberal arts colleges forced to evolve with market
The Associated Press  - Dec 30, 2012
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — They're the places you think of when you think of "college" — leafy campuses, small classes, small towns. Liberal arts colleges are where students ponder life's big questions, and learn to think en route to successful careers and richer lives, if not always to the best-paying first jobs... .
Is the Ivy League Fair to Asian Americans?
The Atlantic  - Dec 21, 2012
In my review of the College Bound posts for 2012, I noted that readers continue to be fascinated with rankings—both college and high school—despite controversy about their merit. Also, the saga over the cost of student loans was closely watched. ... .
Top Issues in 2012 on Road to College and Careers
Education Week  - Dec 21, 2012
Are Ivy League institutions discriminating against Asian Americans by limiting how many are admitted? That's the subject of a debate published this week in the New York Times. Let's start with the folks who believe that there's effectively a race-based quota limiting Asian Americans. ... .
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Some new year's resolutions for the high school students to consider
San Jose Mercury News  - Dec 31, 2012
A new year is upon us and with every new year comes a list of resolutions. And in the spirit of a new year being a new beginning, below is a list of resolutions for the high school student. While many resolutions fade as the days and months pass and a new year is no longer new.. .
"Why Are You Interested in Our College?" - Interview Tips
About.com  - Dec 28, 2012
"Why are you interested in our college?" It seems like such an easy interview question, and it is -- assuming you've done your homework and have some specific answers to provide. Comments about wanting a college degree and a good paycheck aren't going to impress.. .
Tips for successful second semester of junior year
Baltimore College Prep Examiner  - Jan 3, 2013
For a high school junior with an eye on the future, the time is now to start setting yourself up for college admissions success. If you haven't already done so, begin to rank the colleges you would like to attend.. .
Facebook And The Idolatry Of College Admissions
Forbes  - Dec 26, 2012
It is the holidays, and for high school seniors that also means open season for well-meaning relatives to pose the repeated college questions about where they have applied to college, where they have been accepted “early,” if they have won any scholarships,... .
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Deferred? 8 Things You Can Do
The College Solution Blog - Jan 2, 2013
What happens if your child recently received a college admission deferral in the mail? Plenty of students, who applied to schools via early action and early decision applications, received their deferral notices around the holidays.... .
What to do if college admission is deferred
Charlotte Observer - Dec 25, 2012
When students apply to college via Early Decision-ED (binding) or Early Action-EA (non-binding) programs there are earlier deadlines and earlier notification, usually by mid-December. .... .
Early Applications. Bad News: You Were Deferred. Good News: You Weren't Denied!
Huffington Post - Dec 31, 2012
By now, most students who applied Early Action, Restricted Early Action or Early Decision to a college have heard back from them. The outcome of any early application is acceptance, deferral or denial. . .... .
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A Plea From the Admissions Office to Go for the ‘Dangerous’ Essay
New York Times - The Choice  - Dec 21, 2012
he task, as colleges and universities around the country have assigned it, is to describe yourself in 500 words or less. Sum up all of who you are — your aspirations, perspective, strengths, intellect, personality, all of it — in one page, single spaced.... .
Stand Out: Making Yourself an Uncommon Applicant
The Hudson Independent  - Jan 2, 2013
This year, 488 colleges and universities will accept the Common Application. I don’t begrudge its usefulness as a streamlined approach for vetting members of an incoming class based on commonalities—extracurricular engagement, grades and honors.... .
College admissions: A creative way to stress out students
Los Angeles Times  - Dec 21, 2012
Garrett Brinker, an admissions official for the University of Chicago, told the Los Angeles Times in Wednesday’s story that questions like “So where is Waldo, really?” are “a way to see students who can think differently and go beyond their academic, intellectual and extracurricular comfort zones.”.... .

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SATs & ACTs/AP Tests

College Admissions: SAT Myths Busted
GoLocalProv - College Admissions - Dec 31, 2012
For high school juniors, SAT time has arrived. Many are beginning test prep courses and going online to register for winter and spring test dates. The SAT has undergone some significant changes over the last 5 years, ... .
SAT Tip: Pointers for a Perfect Essay
GoLocalProv - College Admissions - Jan 2, 2013
The SAT essay is worth 25 percent of your total SAT writing score. If you can prove your writing skills on college applications and on the SAT essay, you’ll be well-prepared for undergraduate work. Follow these tips to get a perfect score on the SAT essay.... .
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12 Insider Tricks To Pay For College
Forbes  - Jan 2, 2013
Is this system nuts, or what? College has gotten insanely expensive, and the tuition aid formulas have gotten insanely complicated. But if you don’t figure them out you will be crushed.... .
Holiday Break Tests the Spirits of Freshmen and Their Parents
New York Times  - Dec 31, 2012
STEVEN and Loraine Summer adore their sons Jason, 20, a junior at the University of Maryland, and Ari, 22, a graduate student at the University of Colorado.r... .
5 Financial New Year's Resolutions for College Students and Parents
US News & World Report  -
The new year is a time to reflect on our habits over the past year and address those we most wish to change. While many people pledge to shed a few pounds or save money, college students and their parents may have particular resolutions to make.... .
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Best Values in Public Colleges, 2013
Kiplinger - Dec 31, 2012
Truman State University president Troy Paino sits at the head of a long table facing six students, all members of an honors society that regularly meets with him. “What’s the value of a Truman education?” he asks.....
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6 ways to get help with the FAFSA
CBS News MoneyWatch - Dec 27, 2012
But there are ways to obtain help when completing the FAFSA, Here are six resources to help you complete the financial aid form successfully:.... .
Ring in the New Year With 5 Resolutions to Find Scholarships
US News & World Report - Dec 27, 2012
That second item is of particular importance to current and prospective college students, as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which passed late Tuesday night, will affect student financial aid.... .
How the Deal on the Fiscal Cliff Affects Financial Aid
New York Times - The Choice - Jan 2, 2013
That second item is of particular importance to current and prospective college students, as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which passed late Tuesday night, will affect student financial aid.... .
FAFSA is here!
Long Island College Prep Examiner - Jan 2, 2013
January 1, 2013 is the first day the college bound can file their FAFSA for the 2013-2014 school year. Counselors, states and the federal government are urging students to submit this federal financial aid form as soon as possible,... .
Five Things to Keep in Mind as You File For Financial Aid
Huffington Post - Jan 2, 2013
The New Year is a time for reflection, introspection, and resolutions. One resolution you should make if you are a high school senior or the parent of one is to get your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted before the end of this month.... .
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'Teen Whisperer' helps students make key decisions
USA Today - Dec 30, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Teenagers arrive daily at the West Des Moines home of Ramona Barber, and some expect a psychic. Parents prefer the title "Teen Whisperer.".... .
Technology challenging school counselors
Argus Leader - Dec 21, 2012
School counselors today face unique challenges in today's culture that weren't as prevalent a decade ago, an official with the South Dakota School Counselor Association said today.... .
Viewpoint: High school counselor Robert Bardwell says schools still remain safest places for kids in wake of Newtown, Connecticut, shootings
Fairmont Sentinel - Jan 2, 2013
Much has been written about the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the deadliest public kindergarten through 12th-grade school shooting to date in our nation.... .
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Look Now for Your Summer Job
SayCampus - Jan 2, 2013
The new year has just begun, but student planning for a summer job should begin right now. The days or weeks before the spring semester begins can be the best time to look for work, including internships that you might undertake...
2013 summer internships for high school students
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 26, 2012
Internships provide incredible opportunities for high school students to gain significant work experience and make decisions about future career goals. And winter break is a great time to pursue options for next summer.. .

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College Prep Idea Spreads To 3 More Schools
New Haven Independent - Dec 21, 2012
College-going boosters showed up at the city’s biggest high school with a “secret sauce”—a real live New Haven public school grad who beat the odds to make it through her first semester in college...
Vocational Schools Abruptly Close Doors
CBS Local - Dec 31, 2012
A business and medical training school operating in Connecticut for more than half a century and an associated enterprise which has been in operation more than twenty years have abruptly closed their doors, ...
More deep cuts, tough choices for Maine schools
Portland Press Herald - Dec 28, 2012
As soon as they return from their holiday break, school officials around Maine will have to start finding ways to reduce spending in budgets that already are depleted by half....
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Bullying over food allergies
CNNnbsp;- Dec 26, 2012
Kids can be cruel to one another for all sorts of reasons. Children who are too fat or too thin or those who have few friends are commonly targeted by schoolyard bullies, but new research finds that children with food allergies are also vulnerable....
Bullying by peers changes genes
UPI - Dec 26, 2012
MONTREAL, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Bullying by peers changes the structure around a gene involved in regulating mood, making victims more vulnerable to mental issues, Canadian researchers say.....



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