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Big Picture

How Getting Into College Became Such a Long, Frenzied, Competitive Process
The Atlantic - Nov 12, 2013
College admissions officers in the mid-19th century had it pretty easy. Since higher education was only a possibility for a small fraction of American teenagers, admissions decisions were more about who could foot the bill than who could do the academic work ..
The Obamas' New Focus
Inside Higher Ed - Nov 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama on Tuesday kicked off a new White House push to increase the number of low-income students who apply to and graduate from college. Speaking to students at a high school here, the first lady drew on her own personal experiences as a first-generation college student ..
Record Number Of International Students Attend U.S. Colleges
NPR.org - Nov 11, 2013
International students who come to the U.S. for college contribute more than $24 billion to the economy, according to an analysis that came out Monday. A record number of international students — nearly 820,000 — came to U.S. colleges in the 2012/2013 school year, ..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions: 4 Ways To Avoid Rejection Of Your Application
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Nov 11, 2013
As many students hit the “submit” button and send off their college applications, they forget that the application itself is just one part of what needs to be submitted. There are several other documents that must be received in order for a college to consider your file ready for review...
Application Ethics
Huffington Post - Nov 11, 2013
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. I am thankful for everyone that reads my blog -- you are appreciated! For most seniors in high school this time of year is all about getting their applications together and completing them. So it seems like a good time to talk about application ethics...
Colleges that want to know where else you've applied
DC College Admission Examiner - Nov 13, 2013
Colleges are no longer satisfied with just knowing the basics. In addition to grades and scores, they want to know how often you’ve visited campus or checked out their websites. They track how you respond to emails and if you attend local events..
Article Outlines Ways to Reduce Stress of College-Admissions Process
ED Week - Nov 7, 2013
Between writing college essays, deciding where to apply, and figuring out how to pay for it all, the college-search process can be a big stressor for high school students. ..
Study: High School Grads Choosing Wrong College Majors
US News - Nov 11, 2013
Choosing the right college major is almost as important as choosing the right college. Majors give students direction and allow them to map out their path to graduation. . ..
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Gap Year

Students find clarity in gap years (Australia)
Sydney Morning Herald - Nov 11, 2013
Taking 12 months off between school and going to university has become almost a rite of passage. So much so, it has led to a new growth industry. Google ''gap year Australia'' and 75 million results pop up,....
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Learning Disabilities

Advice for Applying to College When You Have a Learning Disability
True Admission Blog - Nov 12, 2013
Applying to college can seem complicated for all students, but if you have a learning disability or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, it can appear to be downright daunting. However, with careful planning and an understanding of how the process works ..
Archives - Disabilities and College Admissions

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College Essays

How to nail the ‘Why this college?’ essay prompt
Charlotte Observer - Nov 10, 2013
“Why this college?” That pesky prompt asks the seemingly benign question, “Why do you want to attend our school?” The “Why this college?” essay ends up frequently being a lame attempt to tell the college what they think the college wants to hear. Bad idea....
4 Clichéd College Essay Topics to Avoid
Her Campus - Nov 12, 2013
It’s that time of year: deadlines for college applications will be here before you know it. As if you don’t have enough to worry about, now you have to craft the perfect essay. This essay is going to be your chance to show your potential university who you are outside of your standardized test scores and your GPA.....
An extradordinary essay could be key to college admission
Buffalo News - Nov 7, 2013
Let’s say you are at the top of your class and applying to an Ivy League school. You feel confident because you got 2,200 on your SATs, are class president, ....
The Essay that Starts with a Dialogue with the Police Or How a Parent can Make an Interesting Essay Ponderous
True Admissions Blog - Nov 11, 2013
Psychologist and counselor Jeanette Spires joins us again this month to talk about the essay, why it's a good idea to avoid too much "help" from parents, and what it means to show a college what matters to you.....
Archives - College Essays
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How to Nail Your College Interview
Her Campus - Nov 8, 2013
You’ve spent hours toiling away at all those applications and finally, after proofreading each essay so many times that you could probably recite them all from memory, you submit them......
"If you could go back, what would you do differently in high school?" - College Interview Tips
About.com - Nov 10, 2013
Your college interviewer is going to want you to talk about your high school experiences. One way to get this type of conversation rolling is to ask you what you would do differently in high school if you could go back in time...
Archives - Campus Visits & Interviews

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Should You Retake the SAT/ACT?
Huffington Post - Nov 11, 2013
The decision to retake the SAT and/or the ACT is a significant one, and you must consider several questions in order to reach the conclusion that is correct for you. Your decision should be based on several factors, including, but not limited to: how many times you have already completed the test ..
Break Through an ACT or SAT Test Score Plateau
US News - Nov 11, 2013
There are few things more frustrating in the college application process than making a serious effort to improve your performance on the ACT or SAT only to see your scores hit a slump. It can be especially maddening if your scores are falling just short of your goal. ..
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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College admission guidebook packs a wealth of advice
College Admissions Examiner  - Nov 11, 2013
As many students hit the “submit” button and send off their college applications, they forget that the application itself is just one part of what needs to be submitted. There are several other documents that must be received in order for a college to consider your file ready for review...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Nov 14, 2013
A School Counselor's Request to Michelle Obama
Mrs. Obama, your remarks this week to Washington DC sophomores were inspiring, both to the students, and to those who work with students in choosing a college.... More

Incomplete College Applications? Been There, Faxed That
Huffington Post  - Nov 7, 2013
Hu -- hello?" "Dr. O'Connor?" "Last time I checked, yes." "Dr. O'Connor, it's Robert again." "Hello Robert. What time is it?" "It's two AM, Dr. O'Connor. I'm sorry I woke you up." "Not a problem, Robert. I had to get up to answer the phone anyway. What's up?"....

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‘Snowplow parents’ overly involved in college students’ lives
Boston Globe  - Nov 9, 2013
At Boston University, one father was so upset over his daughter’s A-minus final grade that he called the professor to complain, and then the department chair, and then the academic dean....
2 major new roles for parents of the college-bound
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Nov 9, 2013
Businesses around the world were invited to take part in LinkedIn Bring In Your Parents Day on November 7, according to Linked In’s website. A week prior, on November 1, The New York Times reported parents are The New Faces of College Admissions...
How to go to college like a venture capitalist
MarketWatch - Nov 12, 2013
A job after graduation. It’s what all parents want for their kids. So, what’s the smartest way to invest tuition dollars to make that happen? The question is more complicated, and more pressing, than ever....
3 easy step college-bound time management plan-part 2
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Nov 7, 2013
The college prep cup runneth over for many parents and students pressed for time. Here’s Part 2 of a three part college-bound time management plan so students can achieve their college dreams. Stay tuned for Part 3....
Archives - Parents
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Social Media

In College Admissions, Social Media Can Be a Double-Edged Sword
New York Times - Bits Blog - Nov 11, 2013
When I wrote my Technophoria column this weekend about how some college admissions officers have occasionally identified social media posts that negatively affected applicants’ chances of acceptance, I assumed the phenomenon would not come as news to the parents of high school students....
They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets
New York Times - Nov 10, 2013
At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me., admissions officers are still talking about the high school senior who attended a campus information session last year for prospective students. Throughout the presentation, she apparently posted disparaging comments on Twitter...
Your Dream College Can See Twitter, Too
Bloomberg - Nov 8, 2013
College-admissions officers are increasingly looking at information on applicants that has nothing to do with grade-point averages, SAT scores or extracurricular work. They want to know if a young person is going to make trouble or shows signs of bad behavior that could lead to bad publicity or a legal investigation....
Why colleges shouldn’t check online life of applicants
Washington Post - Nov 11, 2013
Yes, Jacob and Sophia and Emma and Mason and all you other students planning to apply to college some year soon: Your online life can affect your chances of getting into the school of your dreams — or any school at all. Fair or not...
Here's Where Teens Are Going Instead Of Facebook
Forbes - Nov 12, 2013
Earlier this month Facebook’s chief financial officer, David Ebersman confirmed a worrying, but long-suspected trend for the world’s biggest social network: teenagers, perhaps the most important demographic for a modern-day communication tool, were becoming less active on the site....
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The 25 Colleges With The Worst Return On Investment -- An Update
Forbes - Nov 12, 2013
In August I wrote a story that attracted a lot of readers, about the 25 American colleges with the worst return on investment. The data came from Payscale, a salary listing website. Now it turns out that some of the data was faulty...
Archives - Rankings
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Colleges May Penalize Students Over Preference on Financial Aid Applications
Daily Finance - Nov 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- College applications aren't fraught enough, so here's something else to worry you. The order in which you list your preferred colleges on federal financial aid applications could be used against you....
Archives - Financial Aid & Scholarships
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Pa. colleges announce common application process
Philly.com  - Nov 10, 2013
Pennsylvania's state universities have announced a new system that will allow students to apply to multiple schools using a common application......
Mass. public colleges gain popularity, stature as private tuitions soar
Boston.com  - Nov 6, 2013
Once overlooked amid the higher education elite of Massachusetts, the state’s public universities and community colleges are stepping into the limelight with increased funding, state-of-the art facilities, honors programs, affordable prices, and higher graduation rates......
New college enrollment initiative aims to increase Delaware workforce, economy
University of Delaware Review  - Nov 11, 2013
This past summer, low-income high school seniors across the state with an SAT score of 1550 or above received a packet in the mail. Inside were letters of encouragement from Delaware higher education institutions and other selective universities with admission information, ...
Time for equity in N.J. tuition, financial aid: Opinion
Star-Ledger  - Nov 13, 2013
New Jersey can’t afford to wait while self-serving politicians in Washington, D.C., continue to play politics over comprehensive immigration reform. There are an estimated 60,000 undocumented young people in New Jersey today...
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Is It Bullying Or Drama?
Huffington Post  - Nov 13, 2013
Acting like a jerk is one thing, being cruel is another. Knowing the difference matters. Bullying is... a repeated pattern of harmful or rejecting behavior that occurs over a period of time, .....
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