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Big Picture

The gender factor in college admissions: Do men or women have an edge?
Washington Post - Mar 26, 2014
For 35 years, women have outnumbered men in American colleges. Federal data show that female students became the majority in 1979 and for the past decade have accounted for about 57 percent of enrollment at degree-granting institutions. ...
The Myth of Working Your Way Through College
The Atlantic  - Apr 1, 2014
A lot of Internet ink has been spilled over how lazy and entitled Millennials are, but when it comes to paying for a college education, work ethic isn't the limiting factor. The economic cards are stacked such that today’s average college student, without support from financial aid and family resources..
Our Crazy College Crossroads
New York Times - Apr 1, 2014
Over recent days the notices have gone out, an annual ritual of dashed hopes. Brown University offered admission to the lowest fraction ever of the applicants it received:...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Applying to college: Focus on fit to reduce the stress
Charlotte Observer - Mar 31, 2014
“The stress is killing me and it’s destroying our relationship.” That is not an unusual comment from a parent who is involved in the college admissions process....
Voices: Your perfect college doesn't need to be perfect
USA TODAY College - Apr 1, 2014
George Washington University senior Ryan Carey-Mahoney says what's most important is finding a university perfect for you, not the perfect university..
The Top 13 Things College Admissions Officers Want to See
The Gilmer Mirror  - Apr 2, 2014
ROANOKE, Va. - Tomorrow may be April Fools Day, but it's no joke for many high school seniors. That's when many will find out which colleges they got accepted into. Students, teachers, and counselors will tell you the pressure is always on.....
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Inside the Admissions Office

The stress of college admissions a two way street
WDBJ-7  - Mar 31, 2014
ROANOKE, Va. - Tomorrow may be April Fools Day, but it's no joke for many high school seniors. That's when many will find out which colleges they got accepted into. Students, teachers, and counselors will tell you the pressure is always on.....
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On College: The acceptances are in and now you must choose
San Jose Mercury News - Apr 2, 2014
College decisions are out. Finally. While this year has been really hard on some students, the good news is that most students have choices to make when it comes to deciding their next step. And choice is always a good thing. I tell my students that it is the best problem to have...
Admitted, Denied or Waitlisted? Here's What to Do Next
Huffington Post - Apr 1, 2014
It's a big week for those of you who have applied to college. No doubt apprehension and excitement are looming as you look online or in mailboxes for admission decisions. Regardless of the decision you receive, there are things that you will need to do...
Ice Cream, Exercise or New Shoes: Managing your Response to the College Decision
True Admissions Blog - Mar 28, 2014
The envelope please: Whether it be thick or thin, or rather a peek online, the culmination of your college search is here. With May 1st as the National Candidates’ Reply date, it is just weeks until you finally choose where you will spend the next four years....
Don't Wait to Try to Get Off a College Waitlist
Huffington Post - Apr 1, 2014
First of all, congratulations for making it this far in the college admissions process. You will most likely have many good colleges options already, but if you really want to go to a college that waitlisted you, follow as many of these 10 tips as possible...
Waitlisted: welcome to admissions purgatory
DC College Admissions Examiner - Mar 28, 2014
For the admissions office, it’s called “hedge your bets.” But for the applicant who has waited six months or more for a decision, the waitlist is likely to be a one-way ticket to nowhere...
Playing The Waiting Game With Admissions
Gazette Newspapers - Mar 29, 2014
Being waitlisted is often compared to an indefinite purgatory. You linger with the hope that sometime after early May — after the SIRs (statement of intent to register), deposits, and yields (how many offered admission are actually coming) are totaled ...
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Visits/Fairs and Interviews

How to Get the Most Out of Accepted Students Days
Her Campus - Mar 27, 2014
The long wait is finally over! College decision letters are trickling in, runs to the mailbox are ridiculously frequent and high school seniors are increasingly jittery. If you've already gotten your acceptance letters, congrats! After you celebrate and do a couple of victory dances, what's a pre-collegiette to do now?..
"Tell Me About a Challenge That You Overcame" - College Interview Tips
About.com - Mar 29, 2014
A big part of a college education is developing critical thinking and problem solving skills. It makes sense, then, that your interviewer will want to find out how you handle difficult or challenging situations.....
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Navigate 3 Common SAT, ACT Reading Section Mistakes
US News & World Report - Mar 31, 2014
Many students who complete the ACT or the SAT cite the reading comprehension section as the most difficult. Other verbal portions of the exams are far simpler to prepare for and can be mastered by learning the rules of grammar and syntax, memorizing vocabulary, and synthesizing strategies for tackling question....
Anxious about the SAT? More colleges say ‘don’t worry about it’
Seattle Times - Mar 28, 2014
Almost anyone who has applied to college can trot out a horror story about the much-dreaded Scholastic Aptitude Test, better known as the SAT. The four-hour, fill-in-the-bubble test of math and reading skills has spawned innumerable opinion pieces, diatribes and nightmares.....
How Businesses Use Your SATs
New York Times - Mar 29, 2014
THE news about the SAT has been confusing lately. On one hand, so many colleges and universities have opted not to require it that the College Board, which administers the SAT, has announced a top-to-bottom revamp because the test is out of step with today’s academic expectations.....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Apr 2, 2014
Your College Advice to Juniors? Be Like Sara
Sara came home from a softball game last spring and was surprised to see her father's car in the driveway. May was a busy month in his line of work, so he usually went back to the office after watching Sara pitch, finished a little paperwork, and came home in time for a late dinner.... More

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How To Get Your Kid Over Their College Rejection
Huffington Post - Mar 28, 2014
Hear that cracking sound? It could be spring bursting into bloom. Or it could be the sound of millions of high school senior hearts breaking over college rejection letters. ....
Teen anxiety: How to recognize it, and what to do about it
Washington Post - Apr 2, 2014
Teens have a reputation—deserved or not—for being difficult, moody and belligerent. Those same behaviors can be a warning sign that your teen is battling anxiety, said Reid Wilson, director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.....
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The Devil Is in the Details: Sizing Up College Financial Aid Offers
Huffington Post  - Apr 1, 2014
For families getting ready to send a child off to college this fall, sizing up financial aid offers can be daunting. At first glance, it may seem like some of the schools are offering to cover all of your costs, but the devil may be in the details...
10 Rules For Decoding College Financial Aid Award Letters
Forbes  - Mar 31, 2014
If you’re a high school student whose family income doesn’t qualify for the 1% club, there’s a very good chance that the most important day of your college application experience won’t be the day you turn in all of your applications.....
Comparing college costs: a primer
Washington Post  - Apr 1, 2014
It’s the season for colleges to accept students and then students to accept colleges. Part of the decision for many students is price, but comparing the actual cost of attending different colleges can be tricky....
HSCW Sponsor Blog - As May 1 Decision Day Approaches for High School Seniors, CollegeWeekLive Offers Expert Advice for Comparing College Financial Aid Packages
Post - Apr 2, 2014
For high school seniors, the May 1 Decision Day for placing a deposit to reserve a spot in the class of 2018 at a college is fast approaching. For parents, the cost of a four-year college education,s...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Editorial - ‘Vocational ed' gains new respect as one of many career pathways
Star News Online  -
Any path that leads to a job that pays a living wage and offers chances for advancement or even business ownership is a good career path. The world of work understands that; our public education system is better embracing that concept as well....
High School in Southern Georgia: What 'Career Technical' Education Looks Like
The Atlantic  - Mar 27, 2014
Earlier this month my wife and I spent about a week, in two visits, in the little town of St. Marys, Georgia, on the southernmost coast of Georgia just north of Florida and just east of the Okefenokee Swamp...
'Career Technical' Education: More Middle in the Middle Class?
The Atlantic  - Mar 29, 2014
Two days ago I mentioned what my wife and I had seen this month at Camden County High School, in southernmost Georgia. There all students, in addition to regular academic subjects and 20-plus AP offerings...
Archives - Career and Technical Education (CTE)
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Long ‘waiting list’ for Florida vouchers doesn’t actually exist
Washington Post  - Mar 29, 2014
It’s the season for colleges to accept students and then students to accept colleges. Part of the decision for many students is price, but comparing the actual cost of attending different colleges can be tricky....
Tuition Tracker database shows rising college costs hitting poor students the hardest
Miami Herald  - Mar 29, 2014
Just about everybody knows that college has gotten more expensive, but a comprehensive new analysis reveals that those costs are rising faster for some — mainly the poorest families who already face huge hurdles to higher education....
Report: Texas Public School Enrollment Tops 5 Million
Texas Tribune  - Apr 1, 2014
Surpassing the 5 million mark, student enrollment in Texas public schools has hit a new record, according to the Texas Education Agency. And Hispanic enrollment continues to mark the majority.....
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As popularity rises, so does risk of being bullied
USA Today - Apr 1, 2014
"Band-Aid solutions, such as holding one assembly a year that discourages bullying, do not work," said Jaana Juvonen, a professor of psychology at UCLA.....
Why are U.S. schools failing to reduce bullying?
UPI.com - Apr 2, 2014
"Band-Aid solutions, such as holding one assembly a year that discourages bullying, do not work," said Jaana Juvonen, a professor of psychology at UCLA.....
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