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Big Picture

Why Are Girls Losing Self-Esteem During College?
The Daily Beast  - Sep 29, 2013
College is supposed to be a time of fun and learning, of making new friends and finding out who you want to be. Unfortunately, it might not be working that way for young women. Boston College set out to track the personal development of students by polling them on a variety of issues in their freshmen year and then checking back in on them when they’re graduating. ....
College officials respond to calls for tuition equity
PBS.org Newshour  - Sep 28, 2013
Sunday's broadcast piece on tuition equity looks at proposed legislation to allow undocumented students to benefit from in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities in New Jersey. ....
Fewer people view college education as part of ‘American Dream’
Washington Post  - Oct 1, 2013
In 1986, a full 68 percent of Americans said that they viewed going to college as a big part of the American Dream. Today, according to a new poll, 52 percent do. This was one of the findings in a major new Washington Post-Miller Center Poll that looked at how Americans have changed how they define success ....
Why does college still matter? A top-five list for BuzzFeed’s president
MSNBC  - Sep 28, 2013
Last week, public policy think tank New America Foundation hosted a conversation between tech industry leaders on issues of innovation, technology, the economy, and education. During that discussion, one of those leaders offered this critique of the recent college graduates who come to his company seeking jobs:...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

The 7 People You Need to Talk to Before Making Your College List
Her Campus  - Oct 1, 2013
You’re a high school senior. It’s fall. You know what that means: it’s time to get started on applying for colleges. We don’t need to tell you that this is a pretty daunting experience. First, you have to pick out which colleges you want to apply to. ....
IECA's 'Top Strengths and Experiences Colleges Look for in High School Students'
DC College Examiner  - Oct 2, 2013
FAIRFAX, VA—The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) released today its biennial survey of educational consultants, “Top Strengths and Experiences Colleges Look for In High School Students.”...
The Key to College Readiness
Huffington Post - Sep 30, 2013
It's the first month of school, and seniors are already in the doldrums. That glow of the first day of senior year is a million miles away, buried under layers of college essay drafts, emails to the teachers writing your college letters ...
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Common App

The Common App: What it is & How to Make Yours Amazing
Her Campus  - Sep 26, 2013
Applying to college is a stressful whirlwind of trying to figure out where you belong, which programs best fit your academic goals and who has the best dining hall food (you know it’s important!). ...
331 'non-exclusive' Common Application member colleges look like geniuses (Photos)
DC College Examiner  - Sep 29, 2013
In addition to bringing on new software, this past year the Common Application engaged in an aggressive marketing campaign to increase the number of “exclusive” member colleges and universities for 2013-14....
Common Application Says Bugs Are Being Fixed
Inside Higher Ed  - Sep 23, 2013
Many admissions officers at the annual meeting of the National Association for College Admission Counseling were complaining about technical glitches on the Common Application's new back-end system, which was launched in August. Some applicants have complained of difficulties in inputting their materials ....
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Seniors: Does the early bird always catch the worm?
True Admissions Blog - Sep 30, 2013
There can be a lot of pressure to apply early at this time of year -- from peers, parents and media. Students start thinking that they must apply NOW under an early action or early decision plan. Before you succumb to that pressure. ...
Should Your Child Apply Early Action or Early Decision to College?
College Solution Blog - Sep 30, 2013
Applying early action and early decision has become an increasingly popular practice among teenagers who are aiming for highly selective colleges and universities. ...
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How to Write College Admissions Essays: A Letter to High School Seniors
Huffington Post  - Sep 27, 2013
Dear High School Seniors, Unfortunately, family tensions often run high when it's college admissions' time. Phrases such as, "I don't need you. You're wrecking my life!" and "You can't go anywhere until your personal statement for the common app is done!..
“The Rite of Passage Question”
Charlotte Observer  - Sep 30, 2013
Bliss is boring! That’s my favorite cautionary line I’ve heard about Common Application Prompt No. 4: “Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?”...
The Admissions Essay Is Back
Inside Higher Ed  - Sep 30, 2013
Bard College announced Sunday that it will offer a new path to admission: an online essay examination in which applicants will have to submit four 2,500-word research papers ....

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"What Do You See Yourself Doing in 10 Years?" - College Interview Tips
About.com  - Sep 30, 2013
This interview question can come in many flavors: What do you want to do with your life? What are your goals? What is your dream job? What do you want to do with your college degree? ....
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Juniors: Are you Taking the PSAT?
True Admissions Blog - Oct 2, 2013
The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered on October 16 and October 19 to high school juniors. The PSAT is a "practice" test for the SAT and colleges do not see scores. ...
Ace the ACT With Tailored Test Prep
US News & World Report - Sep 30, 2013
To ace the ACT, students should create and commit to a detailed study plan. Choose a structured prep regimen for the time you have available and mark all of your designated study times on a calendar to stay on track. ...
$6 Can Make a Difference
Inside Higher Ed  - Oct 1, 2013
In an era when sticker price at some colleges tops $60,000, it may seem odd to think that $6 could make a difference in students’ decisions about the institutions to which they apply....
This Year's SAT Scores Are Out, and They're Grim
The Atlantic - Sep 26, 2013
Fewer than half of the 2013 graduating seniors who took the test got college-ready" scores. ...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Oct 2, 2013
The Note You Send Every College-Bound Senior Before the Application Deadline
Completing a college application is an exciting experience, but it’s important to make sure the excitement is a positive excitement, not a panicked one.... More

Admitted.ly, A College Counseling Service, Launches Today To Level The Admissions Playing Field
Tech Crunch  - Sep 26, 2013
Applying to college is confusing. Straight up. Especially so when your only reference points are a copy of the Fiske Guide To Colleges and an over-booked guidance counselor.....
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It’s SAT Week! 5 Tips for Parents with Teens
Parade Magazine - Oct 1, 2013
Saturday, October 5th is SAT day for many college-bound teens. While most parents aren’t taking the test, many are sweating it out with their kids. As test day approaches, it’s normal, but not comfortable, for family tension to climb. ....
6 Things Only The Mother Of A Teenage Girl Would Understand
Huffington Post - Sep 30, 2013
Years ago, when my then 8-year-old daughter was as sweet as sugar and my then 5-year-old son a holy terror, someone wise said to me "It all changes when they become teenagers." While my now 16-year-old daughter ...
Simple advice for college students from a parent
Boston.com - Sep 30, 2013
Sometimes we over-complicate things. It’s kind of human nature, right? Every now and then a simple, terse reality check from someone who’s “been there, done that” is just what we need. So, when a Dean College staff member ....
When Do ‘Family Rules’ Change for Teenagers?
New York Times - Motherlode - Sep 27, 2013
Life was easier when my children were young and my husband and I could easily make rules and stick to them. But now that two of my daughters are teenagers, it’s harder to be firm with the rules, or even know what the rules should be. ....
Essays, smack-talking siblings and a big college deadline
DrStrangeCollege - Sep 25, 2013
We are parents of a high school senior and we are in the midst of college application season. Our oldest child worked his way through applications two years ago, acquainting us with the rhythms of deadlines and the components....
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Quick! Show Me the Money--the CSS Profile
San Ramon Express - Sep 27, 2013
Timing is critical. For high school seniors who plan to request financial aid, now is the time to determine the forms required at each college on your list. You can do this by looking at the financial aid webpage found under the admissions tab.....
How does divorce affect college financial aid?
CBSNews MoneyWatch - Sep 27, 2013
(MoneyWatch) I received an email this week from a divorced mom in San Diego who was confused about which parent should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which is required to get a college loans....
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College Admissions: 4 New England College Visit Road Trips
GoLocalProv  - Sep 30, 2013
t won’t be long before the leaves are turning and autumn is in full swing. For parents of juniors and seniors, this can be a great time to take students to see New England campuses before the snows of winter make tours painfully cold....
New emphasis on advanced education for Delaware public schools
University of Delaware Review - Sep 30, 2013
The State of Delaware’s official website announced the Delaware State Board of Education approved a $300,000 grant on Sept. 19 in favor of Delaware Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn’s Accelerated Academic Achievement program proposal.....
New Standards in Vermont Schools Aim to Get Students Involved With Science
University of Delaware Review - Oct 1, 2013
While many Vermont schools were already heading in the direction of getting students involved in scientific work, the state’s new science standards require it. Adopted June 25 by the state Board of Education, the Next Generation Science Standards are the first major update to public school science requirements since 2004......
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Teen Driving

Endangered species? Why fewer teens are driving
First Coast News - Sep 27 , 2013
For the parents of today's teens, getting a driver's license was a rite of passage often considered crucial to everything from dating to working-and feeling like an adult. For today's teens themselves? Not as much.....
A Dad On Teens And Driving: Book Is A Guide For Parents
Hartford Courant - Sep 16 , 2013
HARTFORD — Seven years ago, friends and supporters gathered at Asylum Hill Congregational Church to mourn the death of 17-year-old Reid Hollister, who died in a car accident on Interstate 84 in December of 2006.....
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