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Trump Victory Jolts Higher Ed
InsideHigher Ed - Nov 9, 2016
Many academic leaders fear the president-elect could scare off foreign students, encourage discord on campuses and promote the anti-intellectualism that won him broad support from non-college-educated males. UPDATE: American Council on Education congratulates president-elect. ..
Polls: Americans increasingly mistrustful of college costs, leadership, and value
Hechinger Report - Nov 7, 2016
Overshadowed by the presidential race has been another set of polls this campaign season. They expose declining confidence. Low approval ratings. Financial worries. Mistrust. ..
Chinese Company’s Connection to US Universities Raises Questions
VOA.com - Nov 6, 2016
A Chinese education company has given thousands of dollars to representatives of top universities in the United States. Reuters news agency says the money was for services to help Chinese students apply to these schools. Reuters suggests the company did more than help the students., ..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

New Item on the College Admission Checklist: LinkedIn Profile
New York Times - Nov 6, 2016
“I did not make a LinkedIn profile for my friends,” said Matthew Martratt, a high school senior in Marietta, Ga. “I made it to show people who don’t know who I am what I am about.” Credit John Kelso for The New York Times Applying for admission to many American colleges already has high school students jumping through hoops., ..
Harvard Looks At Your LinkedIn Profile: Using Social Media To Get Into College
Forbes - Nov 6, 2016
When it comes to social media, college applicants are often told, “Clean up your Facebook! Watch the Tweets!” But as social media becomes an increasingly permanent part of everyone’s life, ..
How to Get Your College Apps in Order if You Majorly Procrastinated
Her Campus - Nov 8, 2016
So, you waited until the last minute to start working on your college applications and now you're stressing hardcore. It's not the end of the world ––or the end of most deadlines, yet! Since your timeline is cut short, you'll have to prioritize and set some realistic goals. ..
To make shrewd college choices, act like you're buying a car
USA Today - College - Nov 7, 2016
No matter how complicated your life is now, you simply cannot adopt the “we’ll figure it out when we get there” methodology of financial planning. ..
Considerations for Choosing a College Application Method
US News - Nov 7, 2016
The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success Application is a new initiative designed to increase access to college. While a recent article provided an overview of the Coalition Application, now you may be wondering whether to use this, The Common App or individual school applications...
5 Tactics Sure to Send Your College Application to the Top of the Pile (Hint: Start early!)
Philadelphia Magazine - Nov 7, 2016
Good grades and well-written essays are staples of stellar college applications. But what really makes a student stand out to college admissions counselors? Students can earn a coveted spot at their dream school with these five easy steps to an A-plus application...
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College Admissions: 4 Things To Do While Waiting For Early Admissions
GoLocalProv College Admissions  Nov 7, 2016
Many parents and students are anxiously awaiting the first round of college admission responses. Early action and early decision acceptances are usually returned around December 15, but some colleges will send them out sooner and some will go later. What many parents don’t realize is that this time period sets the tone for the remainder of senior year. ..
Applying For College? Rejection Means Not The Right Fit For The University?
UniversityHerald  Nov 8, 2016
It can be depressing for students to get rejected by the college they seek admission to. They have worked hard on the last year of high school just to become a university student finally and closer to their dreams.. ..
Archives - Early
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Letters of Recommendation

Those pesky Letters of Recommendation
Tribune News Service  - Nov 3, 2016
Letters of recommendation carry varying weight, depending on the perspective of the college or university and who writes them. The more selective colleges may ask for two or three recommendation letters....
Archives - Letters of Recommendation
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Don't Make These 10 College Essay Mistakes
TeenLife Blog - Nov 8, 2016
A key part of any college application is the college essay. Essays create much stress among students (and their parents) who want to craft the best possible application essay to make the best possible impression on admissions officers...
How to write the perfect college essay, according to a dean of admissions
Business Insider - Nov 3, 2016
For high-school seniors across the nation, college admissions deadlines are beginning to loom large. One of the biggest areas of stress is often the admissions essay. ..
Archives - Essays
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Campus Visits

Procrastinating? Delaying College, University And Campus Visits Is A Big Mistake
University Herald - Nov 7, 2016
When looking for a college or university to apply for, sometimes high school students neglect the most essential preparations. One such preparation is delaying campus visits. College admission can be a daunting task for junior and senior high school students. But according to a book titled "There Is Life After College," .. ..
Colleges offer 360-degree guided virtual tours
MyCentralJersey - Nov 4, 2016
Students searching for the “perfect fit” college often hope to travel the country visiting scores of colleges about which they have heard or read great things. They know that there is nothing like touring a university to get a sense of whether or not it offers the physica ..
College Tours Were a Lesson in Letting My Kid Trust His Gut
The Stir - Nov 8, 2016
Driving down the highway, the sun barely up, my teen asleep next to me, I fantasized about the bonding experience of our first college visit. I envisioned how he would get excited over the prospect of heading off to college and all the wonderful things we would share on the tour. .. ..
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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Students with Disabilities

9 College Scholarships for Students With Learning Disabilities
TIME - Nov 7, 2016
ADHD, dyslexia, or autism can qualify you for some extra financial help. More than 6 million young Americans—about 13% of students—have been diagnosed with some sort of learning challenge that makes school more of a struggle for them ..
New Era for Disability Rights
Inside Higher Ed - Nov 7, 2016
Miami University in Ohio last month became the latest institution to overhaul its accessibility policies for people with disabilities. Within a year and a half, students there will receive personalized accessibility plans and encounter course materials, ..
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Nov 10, 2016
College Access under President Trump It really should come as no surprise that the results of a presidential election lead to change. Just like the start of a new school year, or getting a new principal, change requires us to focus on what we do and how we do it in a brand new way... More
School counselors advise students and parents to begin career planning early
The Dickinson Press - Nov 5, 2016
Guidance counselors across Stark County emphasized the importance of students and their families getting a jumpstart on planning for the future whether that means entering the job force or pursuing higher education or trainin. ..
The role of high school guidance counselors have changed
The Daily Ptgress - Nov 9, 2016
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — About 23 years ago when Barb List started as a guidance counselor at McCutcheon High School, you could only reach her by telephone or by walking into her office. ..
Admissions By Design
ACCIS' AdmitAll blog - Nov 7, 2016
My parents love HGTV, so whenever I go home to visit them, I will consume hours of “Fixer Upper,” “Love It or List It,” and “Design Star.” ..
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What Teenagers Need From Us More Than (Almost) Anything Else
Huffington Post - Nov 3, 2016
Perhaps it’s because I grew up swimming. Or maybe it’s because my oldest daughter is almost 14 and a full-blown teenager (in ALL senses of the word). Either way, I can’t stop thinking about an image used by Lisa Damour in Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood......
Those Hidden College Fees
New York Times - Nov 3, 2016
The parade of fees on college campuses never seems to end. There are extra charges to start college, such as orientation fees and freshman fees, and extra charges to finish, such as senior fees and commencement fees.....
3 Steps for Parents to Take When Teens Cheat in School
US News - Nov 7, 2016
No parent wants to deal with a teen who has cheated on school work, but it happens. Nearly 200 students were involved in a cheating scandal at one Georgia high school recently, while nearly 40 Arizona high schoolers ...
Navigating the College Application Process: How to Help Your Child
Jewish Link - Nov 3, 2016
High school can be an exciting, creative and stimulating time, but it is also wrought with academic, social and interpersonal challenges. Students have the daunting task of managing a social life, grades and trying to build a resumé for college. Throw in the SAT and ACT, and it’s no wonder they are stressed! ....
Archives - Parents
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Exclusive: ACT cancels test scores in Asia after leak of essay question
Reuters - Nov 3, 2016
Students in Asia have been notified that their scores on the writing section of last month's ACT college-entrance exam are being canceled, in the latest example of how standardized test makers are struggling to contain an international epidemic of cheating....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Financial Aid: The Definitive Guide for Parents
Lifezette - Nov 7, 2016
For most parents, financial aid is like a secret code filled with foreign acronyms such as FWS, BBAY, and SAR. Many approach the process completely unprepared; they believe it is an unwinnable battle....
College Admissions Expert Elizabeth Levine: Errors When Completing FAFSA
Chronicle Newspaper - Nov 6, 2016
What are some of the errors people make when completing the FAFSA (Federal Financial Aid) form? Listed below are common errors people make when completing the FAFSA that can potentially mean tens of thousands of dollars to your bottom line when it comes to receiving financial aid. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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How can New York City fix its high school admissions system? Experts weigh in
Chalkbeat New York - Nov 3, 2016
The city’s choice-based high school admissions system should, in theory, allow students to apply to any school in New York City and then deliver each a good match. But as any city eighth-grader can attest, the reality on the ground is far more complicated....
Pennsylvania state colleges try to stave off teacher shortage as fewer decide to major in education.
The Morning Call - Nov 5, 2016
When Caleb Pettis told his parents and teachers he wanted to be a teacher, they worried about his career choice....
University of Maine System Sees Increase in Enrollment
Maine Public Radio - Nov 4, 2016
For the last 12 years, the seven campuses of the University of Maine System have struggled with consecutive year-to-year declines in fall enrollment numbers. But UMS officials are now reporting a 1.6 percent increase over last fall’s head count, with 29,465 students enrolled.....
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Cyber-bullying isn’t just popular among teens — it’s deadly
New York Post - Nov 7, 2016
The girl was smart, pretty — and obsessed with the idea of taking her own life. She was just 14 years old. What drives a child to such a dark place — in which death seems the logical escape from unbearable suffering?...
5 signs your child is being bullied at school
NBC News - Today - Nov 3, 2016
Though it's not uncommon for a child to remain silent about being bullied by a schoolmate, Dr. Meg Meeker, author of "12 Principals of Raising Great Kids," says there are several signs that can clue parents in to a bullying issue....
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