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Poverty the Biggest Factor in Whether Students Go to College
TIME  - Oct 14, 2014
Income was more correlated with college attendance than other demographic factors. Income level is the greatest indicator of whether a high school graduate will attend college, according to a study released Tuesday.. ...
Americans apply to so many schools that it’s messing up college admissions
Quartz  - Oct 13, 2014
Easier application due to the Common App and an overall digital shift is driving massive growth in applications numbers, far outstripping the increase in actual students.. ...
Why Aid for College Is Missing the Mark
New York Times  - Oct 8, 2014
In 1987, when he was Ronald Reagan’s education secretary, the conservative culture warrior William J. Bennett wrote a famous essay denouncing federal aid for higher education because it allowed colleges “blithely to raise their tuitions,” at little benefit to students......
Identifying The Worst Colleges In America
NPR.org  - Oct 6, 2014
For years,Washington Monthly has been rating and ranking the nation's colleges. But for its 2014 edition, the magazine has done something new. It has put out a list of what it says are the nation's worst colleges. That is, schools with high tuition, low graduation rates and high student debt rates.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

4 Tips for Adding Safety Schools to Your College Short List
US News  - Oct 13, 2014
A great deal is written and said about how students should decide on the list of colleges to which they will apply. Students often agonize over which program is best for them, but they neglect one very important consideration when compiling this list: their safety schools. ...
Yale Application Reader Reveals 4 Proven Tips For Ivy League Admission
US News  - Sep 30, 2014
There are no guarantees in the college admissions game, especially at name-brand institutions like those in the Ivy League. Not everyone is going to gain admission, even if, as I noted in my previous post, they meet the top benchmarks for acceptance: stratospheric test results and transcripts. ...
HC’s Month-by-Month College Applications Checklist
Her Campus  - Sep 30, 2014
The college admissions process is in full swing, pre-collegiettes! It’s natural to feel overwhelmed and confused after all, there are so many drafts, deadlines and applications to keep track of! But don’t worry: Her Campus has your back. ...
5 tips to boost your chances
NorthJersey  - Oct 13, 2014
For high school seniors, the college admissions application season is in full swing. Whether you have started the application process, or you’re not sure where to begin, the following five tips will help boost your chances of college acceptance. ...
Money Saving Mondays: Applying to College
NECN  - Oct 13, 2014
All across New England this fall, thousands of high school seniors are feeling the growing pressure: Where should I apply to college? Where can I get in? And how many schools should I apply to to be sure I get enough options? ...
College is now a buyer’s market
Metro.us  - Oct 13, 2014
Colleges are increasingly worried about getting enough enrollments, and students can use the situation to their advantage. A survey of college admissions directors by news website Inside Higher Ed found that 79 percent were either very or moderately concerned about not meeting their enrollment goals this year...
Questions to ask current students when researching colleges
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner  - Oct 13, 2014
Current students at a college or university are a very important resource for prospective students. Current students are a wealth of knowledge about the institution and the surrounding area. ...
Think twice before taking ‘early decison’ college route
Charlotte Observer  - Oct 13, 2014
Before you hit submit for that Nov. 1 Early Decision (ED) deadline, consider this: Early Decision is binding. That means that if you are accepted, you MUST go. That’s a great option if the college you’re applying to is your dream school and you are 100 percent certain you can see yourself on their campus next fall...
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Common Application Prompt, Perfectly Content
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Oct 15, 2014
The intention of this series is to show readers a sample of a good essay in response to each of the Common Application prompts. This essay is an actual college admission essay, written and submitted by a real student. It is followed by comments from admissions professionals about what makes this personal statement effective......
Expert Advice: 7 College Essay Topics to Avoid
Nerd Wallet  - Oct 14, 2014
“Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, or experience that is important to you.” In some form or other, this prompt will be on almost every college application this fall, leaving admissions officers inevitably to read hundreds of college essay topics that are far too similar......

Archives - Essays
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Nurses, Counselors See Prevalence of Anxious Teens Increase
Education World - Oct 13, 2014
A recent study finds that a great amount of students today are anxious due to expectations and social media. School pressure can be one of the stressors affecting teens and more and more school personnel have been tasked to help students cope.....
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Ten things not to do when your child is applying to college
Washington Post  - Oct 15, 2014
If you are a parent trying to help a child apply for college, you know how hard the process can be. Figuring out what to do and not do can be bewildering. In this post, Liz Willen, editor of The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news website focused on inequality and innovation in education, offers some help....
The trouble with parenting the college applicant
Washington Post  - Oct 14, 2014
With the 2014-15 school year in full swing, many high school seniors are finding that they have two jobs: keeping up with classes and filling out college applications. This post is the second in a continuing series about one senior as she navigates the college search and application process.....
Archives - Parents
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Parsing the psychology of college visits
The Independent  - Oct 14, 2014
I have recently begun to dive into the process of applying for scholarships, college applications and, the latest, scheduling college visits. This has meant traveling every other weekend to a far-off campus in the state of Nebraska to see if it has what it takes for me to call it home......
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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What to Know Before Starting SAT, ACT Prep
US News  - Oct 6, 2014
Deciding whether to take the ACT or the SAT as his or her college entrance exam is one of the most important decisions a high school student must make. Although the tests are similar in many ways, there are key differences to consider before choosing one and beginning your prep. ....
Stop the Cheating: An Open Letter to the College Board and ACT
Huffington Post - Oct 6, 2014
This is high season for high stakes standardized testing. Anyone who knows a 17-or 18-year-old high school senior knows how important the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are to college applicants....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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The 20 most selective colleges in the U.S. (and why selectivity can be misleading)
USA Today  - Oct 12, 2014
A college’s selectivity is measured by dividing the number of accepted students by the number of applicants. You would think this could be an easy way to measure a college’s popularity and exclusivity....
Top schools for entrepreneurship studies in 2015
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Oct 10, 2014
The Princeton Review together with Entrepreneur magazine recently announced the results of The Princeton Review’s annual survey naming 25 top undergraduate and 25 top graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies in the U.S.....
Archives - Rankings
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Appealing Financial Aid and Merit Awards
The College Solution Blog  - Oct 13, 2014
What happens when the financial aid or merit aid package that a student receives from a school is inadequate? Is it possible to extract more money from a college? I’ve been getting questions about this lately from parents who are disappointed by some of the awards their children have been receiving.....
Everything you need to know about Parent PLUS Loans
USA Today  - Oct 11, 2014
No parent wants to see a child take on crushing debt, especially when it comes to college. When all other financial aid options have been explored, you may decide to take out your own federal Direct PLUS loan to help pay for a college education.....
Archives - Financial Aid & Scholarships
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New Jersey’s Plan to Shut Down For-Profit Colleges
Washington Monthly  - Oct 9, 2014
New Jersey’s higher education secretary would be allowed to revoke the ability of for-profit colleges to award degrees if they fail to achieve minimum graduation rates under a bill advanced by lawmakers Thursday...
N.J. Senate passes five bills to expand vocational education
UD Daily  - Oct 14, 2014
TRENTON — The state Senate today sent several bills to Gov. Chris Christie that would expand the state's vocational school programs....
College Admissions: 4 Fall Pennsylvania Roadtrips
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Oct 13, 2014
Pennsylvania is home to the Liberty Bell, Declaration of Independence and many of Ben Franklin’s inventions. From the exciting cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to countryside Amish colonies, this state boasts dozens of superb colleges...
Manchester Community College To Lead Manufacturing Education Effort
CT Now  - Oct 14, 2014
MANCHESTER — Manchester Community College will lead a federally funded effort to expand manufacturing education in the state, officials announced Tuesday.....
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Teen Sexting

Why Kids Sext
The Atlantic  - Oct 14, 2014
It was late on a school night, so Jennifer’s kids were already asleep when she got a phone call from a friend of her 15-year-old daughter, Jasmine. “Jasmine is on a Web page and she’s naked.” Jennifer woke Jasmine, and throughout the night, the two of them kept getting texts from Jasmine’s friends with screenshots of the Instagram account. ....
'Why Kids Sext' Describes Nude Photos As 'Social Currency' Among Teens
NPR.org -- Fresh Air - Oct 15, 2014
In April, residents of Louisa County, Va., were shocked to learn of a sexting "ring" among the town's teenagers. When Hanna Rosin asked teens from Louisa County High School how many people they knew who had sexted,..
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