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Big Picture

Top colleges to low income students: We want you
CNBC  - Oct 7, 2013
The leafy campuses of the country's most selective colleges and universities have long drawn students who are intelligentóand wealthy. But if you think those are the only students who can manage to attend a top school these days, think again....
What College Will Be Like in 2023
Wall Street Journal  - Oct 8, 2013
Ten years from now college might not look too different from the outsideóthe manicured quads, the football games, the partiesóbut the learning experience students receive will probably be fundamentally different from the one they get today....
What's Holding American Students Back? The SAT
Businessweek - Oct 3, 2013
University of Wyoming President Robert Sternberg was stupid in elementary school. IQ tests said so. Knowing his scores, his teachers in the 1950s expected him to perform badly, and he agreeably lived down to their expectations.....
Study Highlights Financial Value of Completing an Associate's Degree
EdWeek - Oct 3, 2013
While many high school students have their hopes pinned on four-year universities, a new report makes the case for the value of a community college education......
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Reducing the stress of applying to college
Spokane College Examiner - Oct 8, 2013
The college application process is inherently stressful. Students want something (i.e .admission to a certain college) and must produce compelling evidence (i.e. an application) that would earn them their desired outcome in a process over which they have little control.....
The 5 Most Unusual Colleges In The US
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Oct 7, 2013
Are college tours and info sessions leaving you bored and listless? Do you feel like the campuses and curricula are all pretty much the same? Well here are five colleges that shatter the mold. They arenít for the faint of heart or traditionalists, but they do present opportunities rarely found in the realm of higher education:....
8 tips for improving the Common Application 'experience'
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Oct 8, 2013
Itís hard not to be frustrated by the ongoing software problems experienced by applicants forced to use the slightly buggy and somewhat unpredictable ďnewĒ Common Application...
Calculate Your Chances of Getting Into Your Dream College with StatFuse.com
Her Campus  - Oct 7, 2013
As you high school seniors will learn throughout the next few months, a lot goes into deciding on which college to attend. You have to consider what you want to study, whereabouts you want to live, how much the school will cost, and perhaps most importantly, ...
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Seniors: Questions you Should Be Asking if You're Thinking of Applying Early
True Admissions Blog - Oct 7, 2013
If you are thinking of applying under an early action or early decision plan, we have some questions for you to consider as you decide what might be right for you. ....
Applying to College: Is it Too Late to Apply Early?
Huffington Post - Oct 7, 2013
With September in the rearview mirror, seniors now look toward a new round of college application deadlines starting next week. Known as the Early Deadlines, these are the last opportunity students can submit applications to some colleges with the promise of an admissions decision by Thanksgiving...
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Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. II
Huffington Post  - Oct 6, 2013
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?..
Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. I
Huffington Post  - Oct 3, 2013

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How To Rock Your College Interview
The Mash - Oct 8, 2013
Do you have College Confidential bookmarked on your browser? Do you dream about the Common Application? Sounds like senior year. Leave those essays and personal statements alone for a minute and start thinking about college admissions interviews....
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5 Tips for Designing a Test Prep Timeline
US News & World Report - Oct 7, 2013
For many students entering their junior year of high school, one of the most stressful parts of preparing to apply to college is taking the SAT or ACT, one of which is suggested for application to the vast majority of four-year colleges and universities...
US News Gives More Dubious SAT Advice
College Admissions Examiner - Oct 8, 2013
A recent article in US News and World Report urges high school juniors to create a "test prep timeline" for the SAT and/or ACT. That's good advice. Choosing and committing to test dates, and then prepping during the weeks or months leading to those dates...
Countdown to College: How important is the PSAT?
Charlotte Observer - Oct 7, 2013
On Oct. 16, millions of high school juniors will be sharpening their No. 2 pencils and filling in bubbles on the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)....
The PSAT is next week. Panic ensues
Dallas SAT Prep Examiner - Oct 3, 2013
Across the country, students are gearing up for the PSAT. Parents, counselors, and friends are putting on the pressure and telling kids to study since they can "win college scholarships."....
Changes Planned For SAT And ACT
Gazettes - Oct 5, 2013
When College Board president David Coleman addressed the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) at a conference in Toronto two weeks ago, he confirmed that the new SAT, slated for delivery in 2015, will be undergoing substantial changes, especially the Essay section.....
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Include Net Price Calculators Early in Your College Search
US News & World Report - Oct 9, 2013
Students and parents can't get a clear picture of their college options without understanding the cost of attendance. Net price calculators can help bring that into focus......
Do You Know What Your Expected Family Contribution Is?
The College Solution - Oct 4, 2013
Do you know what your Expected Family Contribution is? If you donít, you should make it a priority to obtain this number. Iíd argue that families need to know what their preliminary EFC is long before they begin looking at colleges.....
Nab more cash for college
CNNMoney - Oct 4, 2013
With the sticker price on private colleges averaging $45,000 and even the typical public university asking $23,000 a year, families at all income levels need help with tuition bills: A College Board poll last February found that about three-quarters of families earning more than $100,000 were applying for aid for the 2013-14 academic year.....
Do college scholarship search engines work?
CBSNews MarketWatch - Oct 8, 2013
(MoneyWatch) A popular way to search for private college scholarships that charities, foundations and civic groups award is to turn to scholarship search engines. So just how effective are these websites?.....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Oct 9, 2013
The College Counseling Throwdown
Long-time readers to this space know it is sometimes used to expound on the significant gap that exists in school counselor training. For those needing a refresher, here are the highlights:... More

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What to Do if Your Teen Is a Bully
US News & World Report - Oct 7, 2013
No parent wants to be called into the principal's office. The meetings rarely bear good news and instead alert parents to a problem with their teen. "Your son is failing math." "Your daughter is skipping school." Neither is pleasant to hear, but in most cases, parents know how to proceed.....
Why Parents Shouldn't Make Kids Pay for Their Own College Education
CafeMom - Oct 7, 2013
Even though my son is only 7 years old, my husband and I realize that before we know it, he'll be graduating from high school and going off to college. And that's why lately we've been talking about how we need to get our butts in gear as far as saving money for his future education. ....
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Career Education

Enstitute: The entrepreneurial alternative to college
PBS.org - Newshour - Oct 6, 2013
MONA ISKANDER: Every year, thousands of young people around the country celebrate this important rite of passage: college graduation. For generations itís been the traditional route to adulthood and success....
How Apprenticeships Work in Switzerland
Washington Monthly - Oct 1, 2013
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) ó A new report exploring why the average college debt in New Hampshire is the nationís highest points to high tuition, few low-cost options and limited state funding as key culprits.....
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Report explores NH's high college debt
Boston.com - Oct 8, 2013
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) ó A new report exploring why the average college debt in New Hampshire is the nationís highest points to high tuition, few low-cost options and limited state funding as key culprits.....
With Guidance Counselors All But Gone, Philadelphia Students Scramble
CBS Local - Philadelphia - Oct 8, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) ó This is the season in which high school seniors are preparing college applications with the help of school counselors....
How Massachusetts schools compare
Boston Globe - Oct 5, 2013
Curious how your community compares with neighboring cities and towns? Here are the highest- and lowest-ranked school districts in Massachusetts in three categories (vocational and charter schools are considered separate districts). ...
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Teen Dating

Many Teens Admit To Coercing Others Into Sex
NPR.org - Oct 8, 2013
Almost 1 in 10 high school and college-aged people have forced someone into sexual activity against his or her will, a study finds. The majority of those who have done it think that the victim is at least partly to blame......
1 in 3 teens victims of dating abuse
Monroe News Star - Oct 8, 2013
Terrie Queen Autrey, a founder of the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, calls the statistics concerning teen dating abuse astonishing.....
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