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Big Picture

Higher Ed's Moneyball?
NPR.org - Oct 14, 2015
It's 20-year-old Randall Lofton's third shot at college. He's already wiped out twice. Too much partying and basketball, he says, and not enough studying. "I didn't apply myself."...
The Allure of the Out-of-State Student
The Atlantic - Oct 15, 2015
At public colleges, they pay significantly more tuition and help address budget gaps, but are they hurting the chances of in-state students?....
The Education Games: Making College Admissions Less Complicated, More Accessible
Houston Chronicle - Oct 19, 2015
According to research done by the Center for Public Education, it is not actually harder to get into college than it was a decade ago. But what may be more difficult – and what may need to change – is the admissions process, by striving to “level the admissions playing field between rich and poor.”....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

3 Tips for Selecting the Right Reach Schools
US News - Oct 19, 2015
According to the Department of Education, there are roughly 3,000 four-year colleges in America. You likely should not apply to all of them. In fact, you should leave the majority of them off of your short list. Each school that you apply to during senior year of high school will cost you time, effort and money, so it is important to choose colleges carefully....
The 7 most common mistakes kids make on their college applications
Business Insider - Oct 15, 2015
Many decisions cause stress for teenagers during the college admissions process, from deciding between applying early or regular decision to figuring out a topic for the perfect admissions essay.....
Tips for filing successful college applications
MyCentralJersey - Oct 15, 2015
The key to filing college applications that will attract letters of acceptance is to recognize what the colleges are seeking and then focus the applications accordingly....
NACAC releases FREE 80-page ‘Guide to the College Admission Process’
DC College Admissions Examiner - Oct 19, 2015
Students navigating the college admissions process now have a really fantastic new resource to help them search for, evaluate and select a school that’s “right” for them.....
A terrific, free college application essay organizer
NY College Admissions Examiner - Oct 19, 2015
Fall is college application time for high school seniors, with students opening Common Application accounts to file many or all of their applications in one place...
5 Websites That Will Seriously Help You Manage Your College Applications
Her Campus - Oct 14, 2015
It’s no secret that college application season can be stressful. Despite all of the teachers, counselors and other resources at your school, at some point you’re going to have to do some research and manage your applications on your own....
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Should You Apply to College Early?
About.com - Oct 10, 2015
Most highly selective colleges in the country have a regular admission deadline sometime between the end of December and mid February. Most also have a deadline for Early Action or Early Decision applicants that typically falls in early November. This article explores some of the advantages as well as a couple disadvantages of applying to college under one of these early admission programs.....
Is Early College Decision Right For You?
TeenLife - Oct 20, 2015
It’s more and more common for students to apply to college early. With the highly competitive nature of today’s applicants and the number of students applying to college, many opt to jump ahead of the pack.....
Do early birds catch the college acceptance?
Boston Globe - Oct 15, 2015
With the November early application deadlines fast approaching at approximately 450 colleges and universities around the country, it’s time for high school seniors to decide whether fast-tracking the waiting game is right for them.....
College smarts: Hit early admission deadlines for better chance at scholarships
NewsOK - Oct 20, 2015
In October, college seems a lifetime away for college-bound high school seniors, but if you want to put your best foot forward to securing scholarships, early admission may be something to move up high on your priority list now.....
Archives - Early
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Countdown to College: Essay topics to avoid
Charlotte Observer - Oct 15, 2015
What do colleges want to know about you? That’s a good place to start when you’re brainstorming your college essay. You know colleges don’t want you to tell your life story in 500 words. But, you keep pestering yourself wondering..
8 things admissions officers wish people would stop doing
USA Today - Oct 19, 2015
One of the best ways to make your admissions essays stand apart from the crowd is to avoid the most common mistakes that applicants make. Admissions officers are looking for sincere and passionate essays that help them get to know you better...
Archives - Essays
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Should I attend a college information session?
USA Today - Oct 20, 2015
Ah, fall: colorful leaves, crisp air and pumpkin spice everything. Yet fall also signals one more very important thing: college applications. But before you start applying, you need to narrow down your college selection — and that’s not always easy.....
Meet & Greet: 9 tips for attending the Big Apple College Fair
New York Post - Oct 21, 2015
College fairs are a great way to get a taste of the life offered at a number of colleges in a short time without the expense of travel, especially for first-in-their-family students. Here are some tips to get you on your way....
Making the Most of Your College Admissions Interview
Lamorinda Weekly - Oct 21, 2015
Many students request interviews, or 'sit downs' as they are sometimes called, with admission representatives who visit our communities this time of year. Others receive emails or phone calls to schedule an interview appointment from an alumnus or other individual who represents a college. Regardless of who initiates the interview or what it is called,....
College fairs offer more than free pens
Daily North Shore - Oct 15, 2015
Sure, the college fair is a place where you can pick up a pen or two with a college name emblazoned on it, but savvy students use this great resource to inform their college search. Here’s how to make the most of attending a college fair.....
Archives - Visiting/Interviews

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Gap Year

Top Reasons to Take a Gap Year
Huffington Post - Oct 3, 2015
My second child just left home. She didn't run away, she just graduated from high school. But, she's gone, like many other college freshmen. However, unlike many of her college bound peers, she is headed many miles away from campus....
Archives - Gap Year
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Oct 22, 2015
Applying to College? It’s Simple as 1-2-3
Since I'm from Detroit, it's only natural for Motown songs to come to mind on big occasions. On my daughter's birthday, "Isn't She Lovely" comes to mind. When a heavy snow closes school, the whole family joins in a chorus of "How Sweet It Is." More

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Older parents face college-debt crunch
Seattle Times  - Oct 19, 2015
Middle-class families grappling with the rising cost of college often find solutions in borrowing. The result has been an explosion in student-loan debt.....
Why College Applicants (and Their Parents) Should Care Deeply About Gender Ratios
TIME - Oct 15, 2015
When it comes to choosing a college, today’s teenagers consider much more than just academics. Some applicants want to know how good the campus Wi-Fi system is, whether the fitness center offers spin classes or even if the cafeteria has an organic salad bar....
Paying for College 101: 5 Tips Parents Need to Know
Huffington Post  - Oct 19, 2015
As the fall semester swings into full gear, many current and prospective college students--and their parents-- are thinking about how they will ultimately pay for that coveted degree....
Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children
Concord Monitor  - Oct 18, 2015
Julie Lythcott-Haims noticed a disturbing trend during her decade as a dean of freshmen at Stanford University. Incoming students were brilliant and accomplished and virtually flawless, on paper. But with each year, more seemed incapable of taking care of themselves.....
Archives - Parents
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Why the new SAT is spooking high school students
CBS News MarketWatch  - Oct 15, 2015
The prospect of taking the SAT or ACT has been stress-inducing for millions of American teenagers over the years, but the angst is even more palpable this year for high school juniors....
New SAT prompts a scramble as students worry about which admission test to take
Washington Post - Oct 15, 2015
Like millions of college-bound juniors, Tatiana Davidson faces a stressful question this fall with an unusually tricky set of possible answers: Which college admissions exam should she take?.....
Will the new SAT earn higher scores? (+video)
The Christian Science Monitor  - Oct 14, 2015
More than a million high-schoolers packed up their pencils, calculators, and ID Wednesday to take the PSAT, the “preliminary” SAT exam that prepares students for the real deal. But while some students may fret ove...
Here's Why Some Experts Recommend You Take the ACT Instead of the SAT — But Only If You're a Junior
Seventeen Magazine - Oct 15, 2015
If you're deciding between the SAT and the ACT, listen up: Some college admissions experts recommend that you have a better shot at a high score with the ACT if you're currently a junior in the Class of 2017. Here's why.....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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5 Things You Need to Know About Financial Aid
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Oct 19, 2015
If you have a student applying to college this fall, you need to be filling out financial aid forms and filing them now. Many colleges require the CSS Profile, FAFSA or their own form when you submit your applications. Waiting will mean you miss out on important grants, scholarships and loans....
4 Steps for Getting the Best Financial Aid
Credit.com  - Oct 20, 2015
We have all heard it in the news. Most of us have even heard it from our friends and family: Student loan debt is taking a serious toll on those who choose to pursue higher education. In order to curb some of these intimidating costs...
Tips on Understanding a College Financial Aid Letter
NASDAQ  - Oct 20, 2015
Your child’s already been accepted to the college of his or her choice, and you’ve been waiting patiently to find out how much you’re going to have to pay for that top-notch education. Now the wait is over: Your financial aid award letter has finally arrived in the mail. ..
Archives - FinAid
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U.S. begins pilot to let students use federal aid for training ‘bootcamps’
Washington Post - Oct 14, 2015
Ever since the federal government started granting loans for higher education, the money has only been available for traditional, accredited colleges and universities. On Wednesday, the Education Department unveiled a pilot program that could change all that....
Not Enough Cooks in the Restaurant Kitchen
New York Times - Oct 21, 2015
The drumbeat began about five years ago, as the restaurant industry started to recover from the recession. The sound was faint, but chefs noticed. Openings for junior jobs like prep cook and line cook were taking longer to fill, and the applicants had weaker skills...
Archives - CTE
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Maine high schoolers flock to early college programs
Portland Press Herald - Oct 19, 2015
Participation is at a record level as various courses give students a way to cut tuition costs, get a taste of what's ahead or help decide whether to pursue a degree....
New test: Less than half New Jersey students college-ready
Philly.com - Oct 19, 2015
WEST TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Results released Tuesday from a new standardized test finds what others before it have: Less than half of New Jersey's public high school juniors are ready for college....
Career education programs gain popularity
WBAL - Oct 19, 2015
BALTIMORE —Career education programs are gaining popularity among high school students who want more options along with their diplomas. A growing number of Maryland high school students are choosing work over college in their first few years after graduation...
Pennsylvania budget impasse leaves college students without funds
Tribune-Review - Oct 17, 2015
Because Pennsylvania has not approved an annual budget, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has not provided Lauffer's grant money to Point Park, so Lauffer received about half. Busy with school and work, the 21-year-old increased her freelance photography workload and added a part-time job to cover the missing grant money....
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High School Educators Share Advice on Preventing Bullying in Class
US News  - Oct 19, 2015
Anti-bullying laws may be wo+rking for high schoolers, and reports of bullying and cyberbullying are down, according to two recent studies. 20....
10 Ways To Deal When You're Being Bullied
Teen Vogue  - Oct 15, 2015
It can be really hard to talk about what you’re going through when you’re being bullied. I was bullied for 8 years and it wasn’t until I started writing my book The Survival Guide to Bullying that I realized how important it was to not go through bullying alone.....
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