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How one top college bucked a trend to take more poor and nonwhite applicants
Hechinger Report  - Dec 18, 2015
CLINTON, N.Y. — There’s a stone patio in front of the admissions building at Hamilton College, a gift from members of the Class of 2014 to commemorate — of all things — an obscure acceptance policy that benefited many of them.....
From College Seniors: Was A State University Worth The Price?
NPR.org  - Dec 22, 2015
What do you get from a college education? And, given today's eye popping costs, is it worth it? We're following a group of college seniors through this academic year and asking them those questions.....
Scalia made headlines. But the real story is how colleges have failed to truly integrate
Washington Post  - Dec 18, 2015
In December, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made some unenlightened comments during oral arguments in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas, involving the university’s affirmative action program. Justice Scalia’s assertion that African American students would benefit from attending “a slower-track school where they do well,” is simply wrong and unsupported by evidence.....
Three Reasons for Those Hefty College Tuition Bills
New York Times - The Upshot  - Dec 18, 2015
What should we do about the high cost of higher education? As we pick the next president, that question should feature prominently in the public debate. The economic prosperity of our children and grandchildren hinges on finding the right answer.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Inside the stressful job of a college admissions dean
APR.org - MarketPlace  - Dec 21, 2015
College applications are due this time of year, but students aren't the only anxious ones. College admissions officers are under enormous pressure to fill enough seats, with the right kinds of students. That's especially true at small colleges that depend on each and every tuition dollar. ....
College admissions take new, unusual approaches to application process
Simi Valley Acorn  - Dec 18, 2015
At the National Association for College Admission Counseling conference in October, I attended a session where admissions officers from several colleges talked about new approaches they are using in applications.....
4 Tips to Guide Your College Search
SayCampusLife  - Dec 21, 2015
Getting into college is still one of the most competitive hurdles that young individuals face. In America for instance, college admission rates to prestigious colleges remain very low, with reputable schools such as Stanford and Harvard offering admission to not more that 7% of applicants.....
College Admissions: Is a Big-City School Right for You?
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Dec 21, 2015
If there is one difference between students going to college today and their parents, it has to be the high percentage of kids who think that they want (and need) to go to college in a city. In the 1970s and 1980s, it seemed that most of us wanted a pretty green campus in a quaint college town....
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You Were Deferred by Your Top College—What Now?
TIME  - Dec 18, 2015
First, don’t despair. Next, make sure your application to that college, and any others, is as strong as it can be. As the first round of college acceptance letters arrives in mailboxes this month, thousands of applicants will find themselves in limbo. They weren’t admitted or denied, but deferred....
Countdown to College – Early Decision II – a new option
Charlotte Observer  - Dec 18, 2015
Notifications for Early Decision (ED) and Single Choice Early Action (SCEA) have been delivered. This year, as in previous years, there were many more tears than fist bumps....
I got rejected from my first choice school, now what?
USA Today  - Dec 20, 2015
When your name is Patrick Sean O’Brien, you were born in South Bend, Ind. and your grandfather, older brother and older sister all attended Notre Dame, it is very easy to assume that you are going to be accepted to the school. Until you are not...
5 Pieces of Real Talk About Getting Rejected from Your Early Decision School
Her Campus  - Dec 21, 2015
You open your email one December evening to see a new unread message from your dream college, with “Your Application Status” in the title, screaming at you in the characteristic bold letters that indicate a message that has yet to be seen....
How Parents Can Help Students Handle Early Decision Rejection
About.com  - Dec 20, 2015
In the upcoming days, high school seniors that applied early action, early decision or through rolling admission to college will find out their fate....
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Tips for writing the "why us?" supplemental essay
College Examiner  - Dec 18, 2015
For students applying to selective universities, the “Why Us?” supplemental essay can be a very important part of the admissions process. The Common Application makes it incredibly easy for students to apply to a large number of colleges with the simple click of a button,..
Best and Worst College Application Essay Prompts, Supplements and Common App Questions
Huffington Post  - Dec 23, 2015
As the college application essay writing season draws to a close, with only a short time left before most regular applications are due, I'm looking back on some of the most interesting -- and most annoying -- essays prompts I've seen this year...
Archives - Essays
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 17, 2015
An Ivy League Dropout Due to Jeans, Not Genes
My first school counseling job was in a rural town, far away from the major city where I was born and the suburbs where I finished high school. More

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Dear Parents: Here’s How to Handle a College Rejection
TeenLife Blog  - Dec 18, 2015
r those students who applied EA (Early Action) or ED (Early Decision) the college decisions will be arriving. Will the college offer admission or will there be disappointment? It’s a hard place to be in as a parent, and even harder for the student..
5 Things You Need to Know When Your Kid Goes to College
TIME  - Dec 21, 2015
Author Harlan Cohen has five tips on how to approach parenting throughout your child’s college career.....
Archives - Parents
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As New SAT Looms, Students Opt for Multiple College-Entrance Tests
EdWeek (registration required)  - Dec 22, 2015
With the rollout of the redesigned SAT coming in March, this year’s high school juniors face a dilemma: Should they take the current SAT, the new SAT, the ACT—or some combination of all three?..
ACT score reports delayed by excessive humidity
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 20, 2015
Sometimes you just have to laugh. In an application season plagued with reporting snafus caused by faulty technology and some incredibly bad planning, ACT has come up with the most inventive reason yet for scoring delays....
The Princeton Review shares 5 reasons you should take BOTH the ACT and the SAT
HamletHub  - Dec 22, 2015
Want to increase your college admissions options but cut down on stress? Learn why taking both the SAT and ACT exams is a smart choice....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Applying For The Biggest Financial Aid Awards At The Best Colleges Just Got Easier
Forbes  - Dec 20, 2015
Earning a degree from one of America’s top private colleges is a good investment, and if you’d like financial aid to make your son or daughter’s dream college more affordable there is good news. ...
Applying for Federal Student Aid: Checklist for Parents
SCVNEWS.com  - Dec 18, 2015
Although a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the student’s responsibility, parents take a large role in the process when a student is determined to be dependent. If you’re getting ready to help your child apply for federal student aid on the 2016-2017 FAFSA, here’s what you should be doing over the next few months ...
Follow 4 Steps to Narrow Your College Scholarship Search
US News  - Dec 17, 2015
It is almost January, and that means tons of scholarship applications will be opening for students from high school freshmen all the way through college seniors and beyond.....
Archives - FinAid
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EDUCATION: Emphasis back on vocational classes to prepare teens for careers
Press-Enterprise - Dec 20, 2015
Jonathan Walker has a message for students who think the new welding class at Nueva Vista High School in Jurupa Valley is an easy “A.” “It’s harder than I thought,” Walker, an 18-year-old senior, said recently. “It’s a challenge. But it’s a fun type of challenge. It might even be a career for me.”...
Report: Linked learning programs lead to improved student outcomes
EdSource - Dec 17, 2015
High school students in linked learning programs are more likely to earn a diploma and are better prepared for college and careers, a new independent evaluation of programs in nine California school districts found...
Archives - CTE
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No FAFSA, No Diploma in Louisiana
US News  - Dec 19, 2015
In order to graduate from high school in Louisiana, students will soon be required to apply for federal financial aid for college. The state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the new graduation prerequisite earlier this month, and the new policy will go into effect beginning with the class of 2018....
The ‘worst and dumbest’ education program of the year could get even worse
Washington Post  - Dec 21, 2015
There are a lot of bad ideas in education — really awful. But back in July, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune ran an editorial about a new one-year program in Florida under the headline “Worst and dumbest,” and it’s hard to argue with it. Unfortunately, it could soon get even worse....
Amid STEM focus, some clamor for more vocational training
Gainesville Sun  - Dec 19, 2015
The improving job market offers opportunity for students who excel in math and technical skills, but employers in Alachua County say there are good jobs waiting for students who can work with their hands as well as with their minds.....
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Social Media

3 Points to Discuss With Teens About Anonymous Messaging
US News  - Dec 21, 2015
The latest social media trend among teens is the app After School, where teens can post anonymous messages to people at their school – parents and teachers aren't allowed....
Teens Are Using Secret Hashtags to Share Dangerous Habits
Reuters  - Dec 18, 2015
Rule-breaking may be just as irresistible to teenagers today as it was in their parents’ day, but a new study of secret social media hashtags like #selfharmmm suggests that new technology is helping kids share dangerous behaviors more easily than ever before. ....
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