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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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Check out our Space Available Section below. Many great schools are still accepting applications for Fall 2013.
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HSCW Summer Break

HSCW Sponsor Blog - Ways To Keep in Touch
Post - June 27, 2013
Summer Break: Another school year has come to an end. I can always tell, not only year by the weather but by the ever increasing returned email saying, “XYZ High School is on Summer Break...
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Blame It on the Dorms?
Inside Higher Ed - Jun 25, 2013
It’s the question that everybody wants an answer to: Why is college tuition so high? There's no shortage of potential culprits. At various times in the past few years, areas such as intercollegiate athletics, decreased state support, federal aid programs ...
Supreme Court raises bar for affirmative action in college admissions
NBC News - Jun 24, 2013
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed affirmative action to survive in college admissions but imposed a tough legal standard, ruling that schools must prove there are “no workable race-neutral alternatives” to achieve diversity on campus....
New Yorker - Blog - Jun 24, 2013
Since last October, admissions officers at every selective college and university in the United States have been standing, transfixed, on the tracks, watching a great freight train bear down on them. The train was Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, ....
Did the Court Punt? Or Not?
Inside Higher Ed - Jun 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- In the initial flurry of e-mails and Twitter comments about the Supreme Court's ruling Monday on affirmative action, the metaphor of choice was football. The Supreme Court had punted, the comments said, by sending the case back to a federal appeals court for further review ...
High School Initiative to Improve College-Going Rates Shows Promise
Ed Week - Jun 21, 2013
There is a growing consensus that most students can benefit from some kind of postsecondary training, but just how high schools should best prepare students for success in college is not as clear...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

How to find ‘good fit’ colleges
Spokane College Examiner - Jun 24, 2013
With thousands of colleges and universities in the United States, it is no wonder that students are confused and stressed when it comes to applying to colleges. Often they end up only applying to schools they've heard of from parents, …..
10 topics to avoid in a college admission essay
CBS News MoneyWatch  - Jun 21, 2013
(MoneyWatch) For students who are applying for college, one of the scariest parts of the admission process is writing the dreaded essay. A common mistake that students make when tackling their college essays is to pick the wrong topics...
College Admissions: 6 Ways To Ace The College Interview
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jun 24, 2013
Summer and fall are popular college interview times for rising seniors, but before you head off to campus there are some important things that you should do to get ready. Remember that the goal of the meeting!...
College in Canada more appealing than ever for Americans?
USA Today - Jun 25, 2013
As Canadian colleges cater to international students -- for a variety of reasons -- Americans are heading north for higher education....
10 Public Schools With the Cheapest Out-of-State Tuition
US News & World Report - Jun 26, 2013
State schools can allow college students to get a top-rated education without venturing too far from home or dropping loads of cash on a private institution. The University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, University of Virginia and the University of California—Los Angeles, for example....
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Pre Frosh

Surviving the summer before college
Charlotte Observer - Jun 24, 2013
What’s the best source for good advice for soon-to-be college freshmen? Talking to other students who have “been there, done that” will provide a much more accurate picture than any parent lecture that begins with “When I went to college …..
10 Questions to Ask Your Roommate Before Move-in Day
Her Campus - Jun 21, 2013
Moving day can be summed up in three words: hectic, awkward, and exciting. You’ll definitely get your workout in for the day by carrying all of your awesome new dorm décor from your car to your new home away from home. …..
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jun 27, 2013
A Common Application Plea to All Students and Parents
Counselors who are still in the building will want to take a moment to pass some important reminders on to rising seniors and their families about Common Application..... More

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Follow a Summer Study Plan to Maximize SAT Preparation
US News & World Report - Jun 24, 2013
October's changing leaves and SAT dates might seem far away in these early summer days, but the weeks and months speed by quickly. For students planning to take the October SAT, summer offers an opportunity for a slow and steady approach to test preparation....
What's a Good ACT Writing Test Score?
About.com - Jun 24, 2013
Every year, more colleges either require or recommend that students who plan to submit ACT scores take the ACT Plus Writing. The exam includes a 30-minute Writing Test that is not part of the regular ACT....
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Ten mostly offbeat ways teens can learn something this summer
Washington Post - Jun 25, 2013
Here’s a list of things teenagers can do to really forget school and do some learning, courtesy of cognitive scientist Roger Schank, an artificial intelligence theorist and education reformer who is is the John Evans Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Psychology, and Education at Northwestern University....

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Will Your Net Worth Hurt Your Chances for Financial Aid?
The College Solution Blog - Jun 19, 2013
Does saving for college (or any other savings for that matter) hurt your chances for financial aid? It’s a question that I’ve heard many times from parents who are worried that their home equity, ...
Do We Need a New Financial Aid System?
Inside Higher Ed - Jun 25, 2013
WASHINGTON — As Congress begins preparing to eventually reauthorize the Higher Education Act, many suggestions have already been put forward for reorganizing and rethinking financial aid programs to better meet the needs of current students...
How to find free money for college: The scholarship hunt
The Keene Sentinel - Jun 25, 2013
While college can be one of the best experiences of your life, it can also be one of the most expensive. The average cost per year for a four-year degree at a state-sponsored school currently runs $22,261 for in-state students and $35,321 for out-of-state students, according to a 2012 College Board report....
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Class of 2013

The 2013 High School Graduating Class: A Closer Look
Ed Week - Jun 24, 2013
Policymakers and educators methodically track rates for high school graduation, college enrollment, and degree completion. But what else should we know about students to best help them succeed?..
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Christie unveils new vocational scholarship at Burlington County College
Burlington County Times - Jun 26, 2013
MOUNT LAUREL — Gov. Chris Christie visited Burlington County College’s campus on Route 38 on Tuesday to announce a new state scholarship program to help women and minorities get training for work in construction fields...
CPR a graduation requirement under new RI law
Boston.com - Jun 25, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — High school seniors in Rhode Island will be required to be trained in CPR and the use of a defibrillator before they can graduate under a newly enacted law.…..
Pa. colleges recruit elsewhere to survive
Tribune-Review - Jun 23, 2013
Pennsylvania's public and private nonprofit colleges constitute big business, pumping an estimated $30 billion or more into the economy each year, but after years of growth, they're forced to adapt to the reality of fewer high school graduates to recruit and less money in subsidies..…..
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Teen Dating Violence

Teens trained to spot drama before it turns dangerous
CNN - Jun 26, 2013
(CNN) -- Lauren Astley knew her ex-boyfriend was having a hard time getting over their breakup. Nathaniel Fujita hadn't wanted to end their three-year relationship. He made it clear in a long e-mail, asking her to give him a chance to find "a part of you that still loves me." ...
Schools, Parents Need to Address Online Teen Dating Abuse
San Jose Inside - Jun 21, 2013
There have been a lot of reports in the media recently about teens and children being bullied at school and through social media. Dating violence among teens has been studied for years, but the relationship to online harassment is a new issue....


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