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Big Picture

Cost Tipping Point?
Inside Higher Ed  - Sep 23, 2013
TORONTO -- Has the rising cost of college reached a tipping point? Perhaps not, said three panelists at the National Association of College Admissions Counselors’ annual conference in here last week.....
Freebies for the Rich
New York Times - Magazine  - Sep 29, 2013
Max Russell had always been a conscientious student, but when his father died during his junior year of high school, he had to take on a 25-hour-per-week job to help his family pay the bills. The gig inevitably ate into the time he spent on homework,....
How college admissions are like baseball, or not
Washington Post  - Sep 24, 2013
How is the college admissions process like baseball? Consider two key statistics. Baseball fans are obsessed with batting averages. They know the math: Hits divided by number of times at bat.....
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Big Picture - High School

America’s High School Cheating Epidemic
GoLocalProv  - Sep 23, 2013
The other day, a beautiful and bright high school senior sat in my office discouraged with school. Why? "Half of the kids are cheating" she told me. They pass around notebooks with exams, papers and other materials from past students....
The Case Against High-School Sports
The Atlantic  - Sep 23, 2013
The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide. And we wonder why we lag in international education rankings?...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Why You Shouldn’t Be a Stealth College Applicant
The College Solution Blog  - Sep 25, 2013
Do the schools that your children are interested in attending know that they exist? Or will they be stealth college applicants? As you’ll learn momentarily, stealth applicants can unwittingly hurt their admission chances at some colleges and universities.....
Weigh Benefits, Drawbacks of Following Friends to College
US News & World Report  - Sep 24, 2013
It's bound to happen sometime or another, either during the final talent show, or the senior prom, or while you're scribbling inside jokes into your last high school yearbook.....
Juniors: Introduce Yourself to Your Counselor
True Admissions Blog  - Sep 19, 2013
Juniors, although most of you won't begin the college application process in earnest until later this semester, there are some things you can do right now to get on track for a great college application process....
How I Got to College: Fiona Dunn
US News & World Report  - Sep 24, 2013
This spring, U.S. News visited Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C., to ask eight students from the class of 2013 about their paths to college and to invite them to pass along any helpful lessons learned. ....
The 10 College Applicants You'll Meet
Huffington Post  - Sep 24, 2013
Between your common application, your list of prospective colleges and the number of schools you get accepted to, no two college application processes are alike. Though there is no typical way to handle this phase ...
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Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation: The Real Icing on Your College Admissions Cake
Huffington Post  - Sep 20, 2013
Almost every private college and university -- and these days, some public schools as well -- requires at least one recommendation letter as a part of their college admissions packet. If you take a look at the list of their freshman applicant requirements, you will find one or more of the following:...
Seniors: Have you requested your Letters of Recommendation?
True Admissions Blog  - Sep 23, 2013
Most private colleges -- and more and more public universities -- require letters of recommendation from one or two classroom teachers of academic subjects and the high school guidance or college counselor. Make the job easier for the teachers and counselor who will write your recommendations by providing them with a list of the colleges...
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Tips for Common Application Prompt No. 4
Charlotte Observer  - Sep 23, 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?”...

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5 Secrets for Great College Visits
Parade  - Sep 25, 2013
Autumn is here, which means plenty of high school juniors and seniors and their parents are kicking into gear for a little college-bound sightseeing. ....
Visiting Colleges: A Pre-Collegiette's Guide
Her Campus  - Sep 19, 2013
Choosing where you want to attend college can feel like a daunting task. It’s all about where you want to be, what you want to study, and which school is right for you. While a school may seem perfect on paper, to really experience it, you’ll have to go on a college tour....
"Why Are You Interested in Our College?" - Interview Tips
About.com  - Sep 23, 2013
"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. ...
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Hints on the New SAT
Inside Higher Ed - Sep 20, 2013
TORONTO -- David Coleman, president of the College Board, was fairly general here Thursday in describing the changes coming to the SAT. His theme was that the new SAT would be more closely tied to high school and college curriculums and less coachable than is the current version...
How to dive head-first into SAT prep this fall
SAT Prep Examiner - Sep 20, 2013
With the passage of Labor Day comes a return to all things academic: college applications, homework, and, yes, preparation for dreaded standardized tests like the SAT. . ...
3 Reasons Your PSAT Score Matters
US News & World Report - Sep 23, 2013
Most high school students are familiar with the SAT and spend considerable time getting ready for the exam. However, before they ever sit for the SAT, many will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a standardized test cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. ...
7 cheap ways to study for the SAT and ACT
CBSNews MoneyWatch - Sep 23, 2013
(MoneyWatch) It's SAT and ACT testing season, which means millions of teenagers are now stressing about these high-stakes college entrance exams. ...
College Admissions Officers Ready for Revamped SAT
US News University - Sep 22, 2013
This past February, David Coleman, president of the College Board, sent an email to the nonprofit organization's members explaining that the SAT - the test the College Board owns - will undergo a redesign. . ...
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Rankings and Reactions

NACAC Takes Issue With US News College Rankings
Say Campus Life - Sep 24, 2013
US News & World Report has long published its own college ranking system, a much referenced if not controversial way to rate colleges and universities. US News’s methodology has been called useless by some and tripe by others.....
Princeton Review names best entrepreneurial colleges
USA Today - Sep 23, 2013
According to a survey of 2,000 undergraduate and graduate business schools, Babson College has the best undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the country, while the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor tops the graduate school list.....
Ranking the college rankings: What should they actually tell us?
McClatchy Washington Bureau - Sep 23, 2013
BOSTON — President Barack Obama wants Washington to grade colleges and universities based on their costs and success rates, but some people are already way ahead of him.....
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Finding financial aid for college
The College Solution Blog - Sep 16, 2013
Millions of young Americans recently began their senior year of high school. If your kid is among them, he or she is probably busy juggling homework, extracurricular activities and maybe a part-time job — all while trying to savor the last official year of childhood and simultaneously prepare for impending adulthood....
Make Quick Work of These Easy Scholarship Applications
US News & World Report - Sep 19, 2013
Whether you're a high school junior just getting started on scholarship applications, or a college student with a sheaf of essays, you've learned by now that applying for college cash can take awhile.....
Top 5 Reasons You Should Apply for Financial Aid
Huffington Post - Sep 16, 2013
It's that time of year again when parents and their high school students gear up for the college application process. Somewhere along the line you are also going to have to deal with the financial end of things. You may even be dreading that. Perhaps you have heard stories from other parents who told you what a challenge it was.....

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 25, 2013
Three Tech Tools to Move Your Counseling Forward
It’s never easy keeping up with the latest developments in technology. Before you know it, the state-of-the-art gizmo you just bought has been replaced with something more sleek, and your kids or neighbors are gently chiding you for having a piece of technology that debuted with the dinosaurs.... More

Counselors always there for students
Philly.com  - Sep 22, 2013
Coming from a small school district, I know what guidance counselors do: They help you work through problems, from the trivial, like a fight with a friend, to the life-changing, like a school shooting. Today, because of budget cuts, too many students in Philadelphia don't have access to these essential professionals....
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10 Things Not To Do When Your Child Applies To College
Huffington Post  - Sep 23, 2013
Ah, Autumn. The leaves will start turning soon, there's a nip in the air, football, apple cider, pumpkins... And for parents of high school seniors, college applications....
How to Talk To Your Parents About Applying to College
Her Campus  - Sep 19, 2013
College application season is in full swing! From Common App essays to what seems like a million supplements to fill in, applying to college is stressful enough without your parents looking over your shoulder....
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Colleges recruit economically disadvantaged high school students across New Hampshire
Concord Monitor  - Sep 23, 2013
Representatives from 13 New Hampshire colleges and universities spent the past two weeks traveling the state with a message for high school students from rural and economically disadvantaged communities: There’s a place at our schools for you.e....
Delaware Seeks to Steer the Poor to Top Colleges
New York Times  - Sep 19, 2013
Delaware announced on Wednesday a new effort to encourage high-achieving low-income students to apply to top colleges, saying it would send application fee waivers and other information to every such high school senior in the state....
NY raises college admission standards for teachers
WHEC  - Sep 24, 2013
Aspiring teachers will have to be near the top of their class and pass an entrance exam to attend a State University of New York program under tougher college admission requirements announced Monday.....
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Teen Dating

Teen dating abuse growing to epidemic in some cities e
Waterbury Republican American - Sep 25, 2013
DALLAS - Scared and confused, the pregnant 16-year-old slid onto the cold, cracked leather seats of the white and blue taxicab, her heart racing. She was oblivious to her destination. "It was a secret place," said Mayra, now 18. She closed her eyes as she recalled the nondescript building....
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