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Big Picture

The Price of College Has Increased 1120 Percent Since 1978, So Is It Worth It?
The Daily Beast - Jan 24, 2014
Andrew Rossi, the director of Page One: Inside the New York Times, asks: WTF is going on with college? He takes on higher education in his new documentary, Ivory Tower, which premiered at Sundance. ...
Why Are American Colleges Obsessed With 'Leadership'?
The Atlantic - Jan 21, 2014
Earlier this month, more than 700,000 students submitted the Common Application for college admissions. They sent along academic transcripts and SAT scores, along with attestations of athletic or artistic success and—largely uniform—bodies of evidence speaking to more nebulously-defined characteristics: ...
Nation's Youngest Will Face Less Competition Getting Into College
Forbes - Jan 27, 2014
Demographics are changing rapidly in the United States. From the late 1980’s until a few years ago, the number of high school graduates has been steadily increasing until it peaked in 2008 at about 3.3 million students.....
New Worry for College Students: Food Insecurity
TIME.com - Jan 28, 2014
For most college students, eating problems stem from having too much food (albeit unhealthy) around. But a new study suggests that a higher than expected percentage of them might not be eating enough because they can’t afford it....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Great advice for Juniors from the Admission Officers at Tufts
True Admissions Blog - Jan 28, 2014
Tufts University has an excellent behind-the-scenes blog written by the school's admission officers -- Inside Admissions. In today's post, Meghan McHale offers up spot-on advice for juniors on how to maximize what remains of their high school years...
How To Narrow Down Your List Of Colleges During Senior Year
Her Campus - Jan 20, 2014
If you're lucky enough to hold a pile of acceptance letters in your hand, congrats! Each college can bring thrilling opportunities and prepare you for your future, but there's just one problem... you can only pick one....
5 things juniors can do now to make applying to college less stressful
Seattle College Bound Examiner - Jan 29, 2014
It may seem early, but college application season will be here before you know it. The stories you may have heard about it being a terribly stressful time don’t have to be your story. Here are 5 things you can do to avoid a lot of unnecessary stress....
5 Must-Have Tech Skills for College Students
US News - Jan 28, 2014
It may not seem immediately apparent, but possessing a solid foundation in using daily technology can greatly smooth a student's transition to college academics. In order to be successful, there are a few technical skills students should develop long before reaching college....
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Early Rejection/Deferment/Acceptance

Applied early but didn’t get accepted? Here’s what you do
Davis Enterprise - Jan 28, 2014
The new year is underway; a chance for fresh horizons and new endeavors. For high school seniors who applied early to colleges, now might be a time to rejoice … or to regroup. ...
The Perks of Applying Early
Teen Ink - Jan 28, 2014
I applied to one college. Yes, only one. From the offset this sounds fool-hardy (of course everybody told me that,) but through early decision this was possible. I wouldn’t suggest only applying one place to anyone because if you don’t get in there’s a lot of stress, but for me it worked ...
Archives - Rejection/Deferment
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Juniors: Check out a College Fair
True Admissions Blog - Jan 29, 2014
Juniors should be knee deep in creating an initial list of colleges. Here's another tool for your research arsenal -- college fairs. At college fairs, admission representatives or alumni are present to answer questions and pass out brochures and other information to students and their families...
"Tell Me About Yourself" - A Simple Interview Question?
About.com - Jan 25, 2014
Your college interviewer wants to have a pleasant and meaningful conversation with you, so she or he is going to ask you some softball questions to get the dialogue rolling. One of the most common?--"Tell me about yourself." ...
33 Facts About 33 Colleges You Won't Hear On An Admissions Tour
Huffington Post - Jan 23, 2014
When admissions office reps tour high school kids around the tall, storied buildings and stadiums of their possible future home, they usually neglect to mention students once built ramps for salamanders. ...

Archives - Campus Visits & Interviews
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What the New SAT May Look Like and Why It Could Be Mandatory
Huffington Post - Jan 28, 2014
Last February, new College Board president David Coleman announced that the SAT would be changing its format again in 2015. The announcement was not shocking; the SAT changed its content in 1994 and again in 2005, so a change in 2015 would have been on schedule.. ...
Surviving the Math Portion of the ACT
AL.com - Jan 28, 2014
A.C.T.: Possibly three of the most dreaded letters for high school students. The American College Testing (A.C.T) is not only one of the most important tests students will take during their four years of high school,...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 30, 2014
Ten Things Principals can do to Improve the College-Going Culture in Their Building
With National School Counselor Week next week, your principal may be wondering how to honor your work. Slip this to their administrative assistant, and see what happens—and be sure to remind them if you prefer dark or milk chocolate.... More

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Female athletes commit to colleges. Next stop: 9th grade
Boston.com - College Bound - Jan 27, 2014
Sanford, Fla. — Before Haley Berg was done with middle school, she had the numbers for 16 college soccer coaches programmed into the iPhone she protected with a Justin Bieber case. ...
Archives - Athletes
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For Parents of College Applicants: Who Not to Talk to Until April 1st
Huffington Post - Jan 24, 2014
Once college applications are completed, high school seniors enter a lull period, an interminable limbo, worsened by the pressure to keep their grades up...
High schools can't guarantee admissions to top universities
San Jose Mercury News - Jan 27, 2014
Q: My child is in seventh grade right now and my husband and I are trying to figure out which is the best high school for him to attend so he can get into the best colleges. If he attends a private school, would that guarantee he gets into one of those colleges? ..
Students won’t learn? Go visit their parents.
Washington Post - Jan 26, 2014
Caleb Rossiter once told his math students at H.D. Woodson High School in the District that they would not be allowed into his classroom without their homework. It didn’t work. ..
Archives - Parents
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Best Value colleges generous with financial aid
USA Today - Jan 28, 2014
Some of the lowest tuition and best financial aid for prospective college students are offered by some of the most academically demanding institutions, The Princeton Review says in annual rankings released today.....
Is the Term “College Ratings” Toxic?
Washington Monthly - Jan 16, 2014
In what will come as a surprise to few observers, much of the higher education community isn’t terribly fond of President Obama’s plan to develop a college ratings system for the 2015-16 academic year.....
Archives - Rankings
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Financial Aid Myths – Part 2
Charlotte Observer - Jan 26, 2014
While the “fear of financial aid forms” is not likely to surpass the top-ranked fear of public speaking, most families would agree that completing the forms is typically approached with dread and anxiety...
FAFSA student aid and 7 ways to pay for college (+video)
The Christian Science Monitor - Jan 27, 2014
If you know much about college financing, you probably know the basics of improving a financial aid package: Save in your own name, rather than your child's, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA student aid) as soon after Jan. 1 as possible ..
6 Costly Financial Aid Mistakes to Avoid
GoLocalProv - Jan 27, 2014
If you have a senior in high school, the next few weeks are critical in the financial aid process. While federal financial aid deadlines (FAFSA) may stretch into the summer, college-based aid is most plentiful now. The longer you wait, ..
Four college financial aid maneuvers that can backfire
MSN Money - Jan 27, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Spiraling college costs can tempt families to stretch the truth trying to get more financial aid. These methods carry significant risks and may not even work. There are legitimate ways to get better offers (see), but here's what you want to avoid: ..
2014 FAFSA deadlines come way sooner than you think
DC College Admissions Examiner - Jan 27, 2014
Nearly every college and university has a clearly posted priority financial aid deadline by which the FAFSA should be filed for students to have the best possible chance of receiving both institutional and federal aid. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Online college classes click in Florida
Sun-Sentinel - Feb 2, 2014
Florida's colleges are seeing a boom in students who prefer keyboards to blackboards, apps to athletics, chat rooms to dorm rooms......
Computer Programming Could Count As A Foreign Language
StateImpact Florida - Feb 3, 2014
Florida students could choose computer programming courses instead of a foreign language as part of a bill to help Florida schools add more technology and digital instruction.....
Texas education board overhauls graduation requirements
Dallas News - Jan 31, 2014
AUSTIN — State Board of Education members approved sweeping changes in high school graduation requirements Friday. They give students more flexibility in their studies and spelling out the coursework for five alternative pathways to graduation....
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Teen Drinking

College Students Can Learn To Drink Less, If Schools Help
NPR.org - Jan 28, 2014
Drinking remains one of the biggest health risks for college students, with 80 percent of students drinking alcohol and more than one-third binge drinking...
Peer Pressure: Tips for Parents
Social Work Helper - Jan 27, 2014
Teenagers do not have an easy time in today’s world. Along with maintaining their academic grades, completing homework assignments on time, learning how to drive a car, and making first attempts at romantic relationships..
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