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Another Barrier to Enrolling a Diverse Student Body: It's Expensive
The Atlantic - Jan 21, 2014
Amherst College is one of the oldest, most selective, and most prestigious liberal-arts colleges in the country. It has also made a huge commitment to recruiting talented students from all backgrounds, regardless of their ability to pay tuition ...
Colleges Guide Low-Income Students From Getting In To Graduating
NPR.org - Jan 16, 2014
Bryn Mawr College is located just outside Philadelphia, but every year the school goes looking for students in Boston. Bryn Mawr typically admits 10 low-income students from the Boston area each yea ...
Randomize College Admissions!
Washington Monthly - Jan 21, 2014
Sixty-nine percent of students who apply to Stanford University with perfect SAT scores are rejected. Let that sink in for a minute…getting a perfect SAT is far from easy...
Who Defines Merit?
Inside Higher Ed - Jan 17, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- As college presidents went to the White House Thursday to talk about new efforts to attract more low-income students to higher education, admissions leaders gathered here and talked about how they define merit ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

High School Classes Colleges Look For
GoLocalProv - Jan 20, 2014
At most schools, course selection for next year is around the corner--leaving many families wondering what the best choices are for college-bound students. How many years of a lab science or language are really necessary? ...
Students Share Tips on Applying to Top National Universities
US News - Jan 20, 2014
Applying to college is a taxing process for many students, and that stress can certainly increase when a prestigious school is on their wish list. Students applying to any of the top 25 National Universities ...
High School Seniors' January - June College Admissions To Do's, Redux 2014
US News - Jan 21, 2014
Seniors! If you're not completely finished with your college applications now, surely you will be very soon. There are a few more things you need to do before you say "buh bye" to high school. ...
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Early Rejection/Deferment/Acceptance

What to Do if You Regret Applying Early Decision
Her Campus - Jan 16, 2014
Applying early decision to your dream school may have felt like a good decision back in November, but now you’re feeling the pressure roll in. Early decision is a binding process in which you apply to a school that you know you want to attend come fall. ...
Archives - Rejection/Deferment
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7 Ways to Make College Visits More Fun
Her Campus - Jan 14, 2014
We know you have college visits lined up left and right from now until May. While touring each campus and checking out the available dorm rooms are extremely important, it can be difficult to stay interested ...
Good and Bad Questions to Ask During Your College Interview
About.com - Jan 14, 2014
Much of your college interview will be devoted to answering questions. Before you set foot in the interview room, be sure you have answers to these 12 common interview questions....
Archives - Campus Visits & Interviews
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When Should You Take the SAT or ACT?
The College Solution Blog - Jan 17, 2014
A couple of years ago I listened in on a webinar about SAT strategies that impressed me. The guest speaker was Jeb Applerouth, who runs an eponymous test-prep firm that’s headquartered in Atlanta. Jeb gave me permission to share the following blog post where he discusses whether there is an ideal time to take the SAT or ACT. ...
How students will benefit from the changes to the SAT
SAT Prep Examiner - Jan 21, 2014
Beginning in 2016, high school students will complete a new version of the SAT. Other than having to adapt their test prep, why should students care? Because these changes will benefit them long-term, which is partially why these changes are coming into effect;. ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 21, 2014
New Studies: Liberal Arts Majors Make Money, MOOCs Don’t Get Completed, and Snow Days Rock
JYou’re not alone if you think winter is a good time to curl up with a good read. Professional journals are awash with reports, studies, and findings that impact a great deal of our work.... More

Meet the modern guidance counselor
Marketplace - Jan 21, 2014
When Tyler Lattimore was applying to college, he had to wait days to meet with the one counselor assigned to his high school in Gainesville, Fla. When he finally did, she didn’t seem to know much about the elite, out-of-state schools he was interested in. ...

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New study quantifies impact of ratings
The Hechinger Report - Jan 16, 2014
Being named a top party school by the Princeton Review could cost a university an 8 to 9 percent decline in the percentage of out-of-state students who enroll......
Colleges with top four-year graduation rates
DC College Admissions Examiner - Jan 22, 2014
If you’re under the impression that college is a four-year proposition, one of the scarier numbers in postsecondary education might be the national “six-year” college graduation rate.....
Archives - Rankings
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The great college aid game: Ways students can avoid full sticker price
The Christian Science Monitor. - Jan 21, 2014
For five New Rochelle High School seniors who have applied to colleges, January has been spent facing a new pile of forms – for financial aid. Most students never pay full tuition, but it takes savvy help to make that happen.....
Seniors: Apply, apply, apply… for financial aid!
True Admissions Blog - Jan 21, 2014
The single biggest mistake families make in the college application process is failing to apply for financial aid. So, apply! Even if you think you won't qualify, apply....
The Big Mistake Students Make When Filling Out The FAFSA
Pleasanton Weekly - Jan 21, 2014
As the flurry starts to die down around applying to colleges, there is a new issue for students and their families to consider. Students may have to be just as thoughtful about filling out the FAFSA ...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Ten Tips for Student Athletes
Huffington Post - Jan 22, 2014
Since many college coaches finalize their lists of recruited students in the summer before senior year, student athletes go to the front of the line in the admissions process. This means that they also have to start visiting and communicating with colleges earlier than other students ...
Archives - Athletes
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Why I Let My Daughter Get a ‘Useless’ College Degree
TIME - Jan 21, 2014
My oldest child, Emma, just returned to campus after a long holiday break to finish up her last semester of college. ...
Archives - Parents
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Ron Wolk: Rhode Island flubs diploma standards
Providence Journal - Jan 20, 2014
With some 4,000 Rhode Island seniors said to be in danger of not graduating next spring because they did not get the required score on the New England Common Assessment Program test in their junior year...
College Access Center receives grant from TD Charitable Foundation
DelcoTimes - Jan 20, 2014
The College Access Center of Delaware County recently received a $52,500 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, to help fund the center’s signature Road Map to College Program...
High school entrepreneurs show their stuff
Boston.com - Jan 16, 2014
Kaili Kellam stood tall in her pressed oxford shirt and black stilettos, looking coolly over an audience of 20 fellow teenagers in a Babson College classroom as she not only bared her personal struggles, but also masterfully married them to a mock business proposal....
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How a 13 Year Old Plans to Use Social Media to Track Bullying Nationwide
TIME - Jan 22, 2014
A 13-year-old boy hopes to use social media to track bullies nationwide. Vice reports Viraj Puri of Great Falls, Va., who spearheads a blog called Bullyvention...
New app causing bullying issues in schools
WAFF - Jan 22, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Yik Yak is the latest app causing trouble in the classroom. Jefferson County Deputy Mike Yarborough says it was recently brought to his attention by school officials....
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