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Anxious About College Decisions? Frank Bruni Has Comforting Words for You.
New York Times  - Apr 7, 2016
It is college decision season. And, to many, there are few words that incite more terror, hysteria and then, for an increasingly small number, elation than the words Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Amherst, Duke and Northwestern - among other prestigious colleges.....
College buyer's remorse is real
CNBC  - Apr 7, 2016
Many millennials don't know what they owe on their student loans, what interest rate they are paying or whether college was worth it, according to a survey released Thursday by Citizens Bank....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

What High School Juniors Should Do Now For College
Forbes  - Apr 12, 2016
You may have noticed a sudden reserve in your high school junior’s behavior in the last few weeks. As the end of the year approaches, along with final projects and exams, he or she now must face the glare of the college admission process...
Video takes aim at stressful college application process
CBS News  - Apr 8, 2016
For many high school seniors this is the most nerve-wracking time of their lives. They have just three short weeks left before the May 1st college admissions deadline. It’s becoming such a high-stakes, stressful process that some colleges and universities are trying innovative ideas,..
11 Gift Ideas For Anyone Who Helped in the College Process
Her Campus  - Apr 8, 2016
The time leading up to college is nothing if not suffocating, and sometimes, it is easy to feel completely isolated. After all, much of the decision-making is completely up to you what schools you look at, whether or not you put in the work to apply to those schools, and where you ultimately end up choosing to go...
Ex-Ivy League admissions officers dissect an essay that got a girl into 5 Ivies and Stanford
Business Insider  - Apr 8, 2016
High school senior Brittany Stinson recently shared with Business Insider a humorous admissions essay that got her into five Ivy League schools and Stanford. That essay - which got her into University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Cornell, and Stanford - went viral....
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Time To Decide: Making A College Decision
Forbes  - Apr 13, 2016
Across the country, thousands of students are in the process of making an important decision: where to go to college. This decision is the culmination of their high school journey and the first step in their college career. Many of these students have had the College Board accompany them on that journey,...
Making Your Big College Decision? These 4 Steps Can Help
TIME  - Apr 8, 2016
Now that you know which schools have accepted you, here's how to choose The One. Despite all the hype about the 90-plus percent rejection rates of a few famous colleges, about half of all college applicants have been accepted by at least two colleges this spring....
4 Tips for African-American Students Choosing a College
TIME  - Apr 14, 2016
Nearly all colleges' brochures and websites offer images of diverse students cheering on a team or happily mingling on a quad. Meanwhile, in the real world, incidents of discrimination against African-Americans continue to roil many campuses,...
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Wait Listed

Steps to take if you want to stay on the wait-list
Charlotte Observer  - Apr 8, 2016
If you've decided you want to stay on the wait-list, here's what you should do and what you should avoid doing....
When wait lists become abusive
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Apr 11, 2016
The National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) specifically asks colleges to provide each waitlisted student with a fair assessment of their odds of being offered admission....
The wait list - is it worth it?
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Apr 6, 2016
For the admissions office, it's a kind of pressure relief valve - useful for controlling the flow of students admitted to the institution. But for the applicant who has waited six long months for a decision, the wait list feels like a one-way ticket to nowhere....

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Apr 14, 2016
Helping Students Decide
SNow that the madness of early April has calmed down, the time comes when students will be coming to school counselors, looking for advice on what college they should attend—or if they should go to college at all. ... More

Counselors play vital role in getting students career ready
Des Moines Register  - Apr 7, 2016
The Iowa Legislature has been given some important recommendations this session from the Secondary Career and Technical Education Task Force. While the primary objective is to set the stage for high-quality Career and Technical Education programs ...
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It's the time of year when college rejections crush ... parents
NY Post  - Apr 11, 2016
While doing research for a college-admissions book, I once spoke with a parent whose son had been rejected by a top college he had been pinning his hopes on for years. “They should write rejection letters to the parents also,”¯ ...
College Rankings Should Include Campus Safety
TIME  - Apr 7, 2016
Students and their parents have a right to know. It’s college acceptance season. Millions of students are now weighing their options about where to spend the next four years of their lives. As they do, they will likely turn to premier college rankings guides such as The Princeton Review, ...
Reducing the Fear of Life After College
NY Post  - Apr 12, 2016
America’s students and parents have good reason to fear life after college. Though Bachelor’s degrees are now needed more than ever, over the last 15 years the average wage for someone holding one has declined by 10 percen ...
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SAT advice from an expert: Keep calm and bubble on
NewsWorks  - Apr 11, 2016
WESTPHALIA, MI - It’s sharpened pencil and bubble sheet season across Michigan, as high school juniors gear up to take a redesigned SAT Tuesday....
SAT to the rescue? Why Delaware and other states are embracing a new role for an old test
NewsWorks  - Apr 13, 2016
n April 12, Delaware's high school juniors will take a standardized test. That in itself isn't remarkable. Every year millions of kids across the country take statewide standardized tests. It's a fact few students enjoy, and some adults decry....
Even parents stressed by standardized testing season
Chicago Tribune  - Apr 11, 2016
ong with the arrival of baseball and season-ending injuries to Cubs players selected at random by cruel fate, April is the season of standardized testing. This would explain the shouts of joy emerging from households across the county....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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How to Decode a College Financial Aid Award Letter
Consumer Reports  - Apr 11, 2016
It's college admission season, the time of year when you find out if you're accepted by the schools you hope to attend this fall. It's also the time that you find out something else - how much financial aid the schools offer you...
College Admissions: 4 Ways to Increase Your Financial Aid Package
GoLocalProv - College Admissions  - Apr 11, 2016
Over the next few weeks, many families with high school seniors will be comparing financial aid packages. A dizzying array of terms, numbers and types of aid will appear with no standard format from college to college. Most families think the packages will be straightforward and easy to understand; they are wrong...
How to win at getting college financial aid
CNBC  - Apr 8, 2016
Want to boost your chances for college financial aid? Start early — as in, before your child's sophomore year of high school. Until your child is a high school senior, you don't have to tangle with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (aka the FAFSA)....
How to read your ridiculously confusing financial aid letter
CNN.com/Money  - Apr 13, 2016
Congrats on getting into college! Now, how much is it going to cost? It can be maddeningly difficult to figure out, especially for high school seniors who have just a few weeks left to compare offers and decide where to enroll....
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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education a key part of revitalized ed outlook
Education DIVE  - Apr 7, 2016
It is no secret that there is a gap between the skills employers want and those recent graduates entering the workforce possess. According to a recent survey by the Business Roundtable, 95% of American CEOs believe their companies suffer from a skills shortage....
A Push To Get More Young Women Into Trades
WGBH.org - OnCampus  - Apr 12, 2016
Amenyonah Bossman manages construction projects across the city of Boston. On most of her sites, she feels isolated. “Typically, I’m the only woman and it’s always nice when I see another female face," Bossman said standing on a construction near Logan Airport in East Boston...
Students Who Take Career, Technical Education More Likely to Graduate, Be Employed
Education World  - Apr 7, 2016
A new analysis of student data from Arkansas has found that students who are exposed to career and technical education are most likely to both graduate, pursue higher education and be employed...
Archives - CTE
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Student Athletes

Recruiting tip: One college option isn’t enough
USA Today HSS  - Apr 11, 2016
Here is an interesting perspective from the parent of a high school volleyball player. The parents and the athlete felt as if her recruiting process was complete because one Big 10 college was “talking” to their daughter. This could be no further from the truth. Coaches talk to athletes daily, are interested in some and sign a few....
Archives - Student Athletes
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Maine Voices: Commitment to affordable college tuition is a boon for schools, students
Portland Press Herold  - Apr 8, 2016
If you've decided you want to stay on the wait-list, here's what you should do and what you should avoid doing....
Overdue incentive to meet college cost
Sentinel and Enterprise  - Apr 7, 2016
If you've decided you want to stay on the wait-list, here's what you should do and what you should avoid doing....
Massachusetts Is Waking Up to Sleep-Friendly Schools
Huffington Post  - Apr 11, 2016
If you've decided you want to stay on the wait-list, here's what you should do and what you should avoid doing....
A Closer Look At Low Graduation Rates At Maryland Universities
WYPR  - Apr 13, 2016
Public universities that serve low income students have struggled for years with low graduation rates. Historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, including those in Maryland, face this problem especially acutely....
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Teen Dating

Is your teenager a victim of dating violence?
KSL  - Apr 11, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY — Is your teenager being abused? While you probably answered that question with a confident “no,” it is important to know that approximately 20 percent of female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner...
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