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Does Going to a Selective College Matter?
The Atlantic - Aug 18, 2015
It’s a familiar scene, a high-school student anxiously opening an email or letter that hopefully contains good news: admission to his or her college of choice. The ritual has become a recognizable part of American culture, one that plays out in movies..
Feds to stop tipping off colleges on student choices
CBS News - Market Watch  - Aug 17, 2015
For years, the federal government has been delivering inside information to colleges about an applicant's school preferences that has harmed some students' chances for admission and awards...
Billions in Pell dollars go to students who never graduate
Hechinger Report - Aug 17, 2015
She was in the second semester of her freshman year at the University of California, Berkeley, when Monica Mata started to worry she might never make it to graduation...
High School Students Are Stressed Out About College Admissions; The Reality Of Burning Out Before College
TIME - Aug 19, 2015
Students become stressed as they try to get into some of the most competitive colleges in the country. But at what cost to their health? Researchers from New York University conducted a major four-stage study to explore the stress levels of high school students..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

How to Get Into a Great College Without Great Test Scores
TIME - Aug 19, 2015
"Suffering," plus extra essays, can make up for weak ACT or SAT scores. Even smart, well-prepared high schoolers can flub their college admissions tests, earning scores that significantly understate their ability. Instead of despairing, those students should:...
What Changed In College Admissions This Summer
Huffington Post - Aug 8, 2015
If they've done it the right way, members of the Class of 2016 are just coming back from their Best. Summer. Ever. to realize it may be time to get serious about college. Since many college-bound families started their search in junior year..
Countdown to College: Update on the Common Application
Charlotte Observer - Aug 7, 2015
It’s just the beginning of August, yet for many rising high school seniors Aug. 1, the date the Common Application officially opened and released its 2015-2016 application, means it’s the official end of summer....
Answer this, then apply to college
Long Island College Prep Examiner - Aug 11, 2015
There is a burning question that plagues the college-bound because they think the answer can help guide their college choices. It is asked by colleges, college counselors, teachers, parents and peers....
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10 College Application Tips: How to Write for Tired Eyes
Huffington Post  - Aug 17, 2015
These flourishes of onomatopoeia fly at me as I read several students' college application drafts. Normally, I enjoy a jaunty hook. But such framing devices, including snippets of conversation in media res, ...
What Works For Successful College Essays?
WBUR.org - Hear & Now  - Aug 11, 2015
It’s getting more competitive to get into top schools, and a new company called AdmitSee has compiled data on successful college application essays to help guide students...
College Essay Cliches
Huffington Post  - Aug 10, 2015
High school students are stronger writers, storytellers, and thinkers than they, or the adults around them, often give themselves credit for. When left to its own devices, though, even the sharpest teenage minds frequently gravitate towards college essay topics that are so common ....
The Keys to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay
Bloomberg  - Aug 05, 2015
Bloomberg's Scarlet Fu discusses the keys to writing a successful college admissions essay with Bloomberg's Mark Crumpton on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)...
7 fatal errors to avoid in your personal statement
USA Today  - Aug 14, 2015
n the process of planning, writing and perfecting your personal statement, what you don’t include is just as important as what you do. You already know that your statement needs to have great content and be free of errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation...
Archives - Essays
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Aug 19, 2015
Things Have Changed While you Were Away!
July doesn’t seem to be all that long when you’re a school counselor. More

Counselors offer advice on what to do when asked where else you are applying
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 19, 2015
Last spring, Todd Rinehart, associate chancellor for enrollment and director of admission at the University of Denver and chair of the National Association for College Admission (NACAC) Admission Practices Committee, started a conversation about the appropriateness of asking applicants...
Educators Work to Stave Off 'Summer Melt'
EdWeek - Aug 5, 2015
Switching his college choice in late June has made the summer hectic for Christopher M. Triplett, a recent graduate of Lindblom Math and Science Academy on the South Side of Chicago....
Counselors often work through multiple crises and tragedies
The Oakland Press - Jun 21, 2015
Nancy Buyle has been helping administrators and teachers in the Macomb Intermediate School District deal with crisis situations for more than 15 years.....
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Author: Helicopter Parenting Damages Kids – And Society
Huffington Post  - Aug 18, 2015
As the former Stanford University Dean of Freshmen, Julie Lythcott-Haims had the opportunity to meet some of the country’s brightest, most engaging, interesting and driven young students. And many of them fit the bill...
6 Things You Should Never Do As The Parent Of A College Applicant
Huffington Post  - Aug 12, 2015
Broadly speaking, the role of parents in the college application process is strictly financial. Students pick; parents pay. Sounds harsh? We are reminded of the college admissions rep who quipped privately that "Mrs. Jones must really want to go to school here...
College Admissions: Student-Parent Agreements
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Aug 12, 2015
Congratulations, you’re off to college! But before you go, consider making some deals with your parents about how you’ll relate to each other now that you’re leaving home. ....
College Admissions: 6 Great Summer Reads for College Students (And Their Parents)
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Aug 10, 2015
Lazy days of summer are here. If you have a student heading off to college in the fall, or if you are about to suffer the loss of having kids at home, here are some “must have” books that will help ease the transition and arm you with valuable strategies for success:....
Archives - Parents
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IECs overwhelmingly recommend ACT for Class of 2017
DC College Prep Examiner - Aug 12, 2015
Upcoming changes to the SAT, scheduled to debut in March 2016, are affecting advice independent educational consultants (IECs) give their students about which college entrance exams to take—the “old” SAT, the “redesigned” SAT, or the ACT,....
SAT and ACT Prep: When Should You Start?
TeenLife Blog - Aug 12, 2015
The SAT and ACT have somehow earned monster status in the minds of most high school students. Need proof? “My daughter is a great student - but she’s not a very good tester.”....
SAT and ACT Less Important for College Admissions?
WDTV - Aug 12, 2015
Standardized testing has become commonplace in our academic culture. And, when it comes to college admissions, the SAT and the ACT have both been used to judge college potential. But, some colleges and universities are looking less at these tests and more at other things....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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'Top Colleges' guide ranks everything: from best dorms to most queer-friendly
NBC News - Today Show - Aug 11, 2015
You don't have to be best at everything, to be best at something. That goes for colleges, and is the thinking behind the Princeton Review's annual Best Colleges guide, which offers its most recent edition, "The Best 380 Colleges," starting today. ...
2016 Best Colleges Rankings Coming Sept. 9
US News - Aug 19, 2015
U.S. News will release updated rankings of top schools nationwide, as well as a new Most Innovative Schools ranking....
Archives - Rankings
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Changes to a crucial financial aid formula may hurt middle-income families
Yahoo Finance - Aug 11, 2015
One of the formulas the government uses to determine how much financial aid families can get for college has changed drastically over the last few years, cutting middle-income families’ eligibility for financial aid. ..
This Financial-Aid ‘Trick’ Won’t Work
US News - Jun 16, 2015
I have a confession: Before I began writing this column, I thought a good college-savings plan was to set aside some money each month for my son’s “529” account. But after just a few months of seeing reader questions and tracking down answers, I’ve come to realize ..
Students Are Totally Clueless About Financial Aid and It’s Costing Them a Lot of Money
TIME  - Aug 4, 2015
A new report says better outreach and simpler financial aid information would help students choose the right college and know how to pay for it. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Eight career-building alternatives to a college education
Christian Science Monitor - Aug 14, 2015
College isn't for everyone, and as U.S. student loan debt continues to rise unchecked, many would-be undergraduates are looking for alternatives to the traditional four-year college experience. ...
Putting a Spotlight on Technical and Vocational Skills
Huffington Post - Aug 11, 2015
Every parent has a dream for his or her child, whether it's that they win the big game, excel in mathematics, become the band leader, or lead the science club...
Hands-on high school prepares students for the real world and jobs, but what about college?
Huffington Post - Aug 11, 2015
SAN DIEGO — During her junior year of high school, Grace Shefcik wrote and directed a play about the Lavender Scare, the time during the Cold War in the 1950s when gay and lesbian people lived in fear of prosecution....
Archives - CTE
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Student Athletes

How to Contact College Coaches
The College Solution Blog  - Aug 10, 2015
What’s the best way to get on a college coach’s radar when seeking an athletic scholarship? You first need to understand that the burden is on your family to contact coaches. This might seem like an easy thing to do, but parents and teenagers frequently make mistakes when reaching out....
College scholarships for athletes
GoLocal PDX College Admissions  - Jun 17, 2015
Being an athlete requires a lot of time and dedication. Some students are able to secure athletic scholarships from the college or university they will be attending, but others are not. Luckily there are some scholarships out there specifically for students who participate in sports....
Archives - Student Athletes
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Teen counselors push back on pot legalization
Burlington Free Press - Aug 3, 2015
When Gov. Peter Shumlin lays out arguments for marijuana legalization, listen for the sound of Vermont high school counselors gnashing their teeth......
Connecticut to Require All 11th Graders to Take the SAT
New York Times - Aug 7, 2015
Connecticut announced on Thursday that all 11th graders in the state’s public schools would soon be required to take the SAT college admissions tests, replacing an existing statewide exam...
Students: Here Are the Best Colleges for Your Buck in Massachusetts
NerdWallet - Aug 10, 2015
Picking a college to attend has always been one of life’s tough choices. And for high school students with their hearts set on attending one of the top-tier schools in Massachusetts, the decision can be even more mind-boggling....
VTDigger - Aug 12, 2015
Student retention and graduation rates, the cost of instruction, financial aid, student debt load, and job placement rates after graduation are measurements used in many states to link higher education dollars to performance-based funding...
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Teen Driving

Parents expect teens to text back ASAP -- even while driving
Chicago Tribune  - Aug 13, 2015
you want your teenage kids to stop texting and driving, stop texting them while they're driving, say the researchers behind a new study....
Study Finds Driver's Ed Reduces Teen Crashes And Tickets
WOWT  - Aug 13, 2015
A new study that followed more than 150,000 teen drivers over eight years has found that driver's education significantly reduces crashes and traffic violations among new drivers....
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