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Big Picture

Why college admissions officers overlook low-income students
MarketWatch  - Apr 17, 2017
It’s April, which means a sliver of high school seniors across the country are celebrating acceptance letters from the nation’s top schools, while most applicants to those colleges are licking their wounds over rejections. And it’s likely an even smaller sliver of low-income college applicants netted one of those coveted spots....
Should Kindness Be Part Of College Admissions?
WBUR.org - Apr 15, 2017
It's college admissions season, and anxious high school students are increasingly searching for any edge that will help them stand out to admissions officers. Rory Gilmore made the point in Gilmore Girls, ...
If universities did more to help poor students, maybe 40 percent wouldn’t drop out before college even begins
Hechinger Report - Apr 15, 2017
In an open letter she read out at a rally last week, New Orleans high school senior Karriem Bennett (justifiably) protested the amount in TOPS financial aid Tulane University told her she’d likely receive next year: a measly $2. But if the Louisiana legislature fully funds the Taylor Opportunity ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Could Your College Acceptance Really Be Rescinded?
Her Campus  - Apr 19, 2017
You’ve worked super hard and your stress levels has gone off the charts. Then finally, it arrives. Your admission letter is finally here. And you been… ACCEPTED!!! Congrats pre-collegiette! You may think your work is done, your future is secured and it’s time to finally kick back and relax (hello, Netflix!), ...
A former Ivy League admissions officer explains how students can stand out in a sea of excellent grades and test scores
Business Insider  - Apr 15, 2017
During my time in the undergraduate admissions office at Cornell — and even more so as a college application adviser — I've come across stellar academic students whose applications didn't get the type of results they felt their hard work merited....
The Common App introduces new features for 2017-18
Admissions Intel  - Apr 15, 2017
While far and away the most popular and frequently-used online college application platform, serving more than three million students, parents, counselors and teachers, the Common App recently announce a series of “enhancements” that appear to directly respond to features introduced this year by the Coalition Application...
How a Mentor Can Help You Get Into College
TeenLife Blog  - Apr 13, 2017
The concept of mentoring is nothing new. A one-on-one relationship with someone who is a teacher, tutor and coach is an idea that has been key to intellectual development for thousands of years....
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How Can You Help Students Cope With Getting College Rejection Letters?
Slate  - Apr 14, 2017
As colleges announce their final decisions, most homes are roller coasters of emotions. Spring is a time of elation, depression, and often both. I've helped dozens of students apply to colleges and grad school as a college counselor.....
How to Get Admitted Off a College Waitlist: 6 Steps for Success
US News  - Apr 13, 2017
Being wait-listed from college can be disappointing for high schoolers applying to their dream schools. Camila Alvarez was devastated when she was wait-listed by her first choice, George Washington University, last spring.....
National Universities Where Wait-Listed Applicants Get In
US News  - Apr 18, 2017
For some applicants, being placed on a college waitlist is discouraging. For others, it might provide some hope that they will still be admitted.When an applicant is wait-listed, there's still a chance of getting in, depending on whether space becomes available in the incoming class....
College Decision Involves Head, Heart & Wallet
Forbes  - Apr 16, 2017
Between now and May Day, high school seniors will make college enrollment decisions. As we host unprecedented numbers of visitors where I work at Drew University, I have had numerous conversations with teenagers and the adults who support them. .....
Decisions, decisions: Choosing a college
Concord Monitor  - Apr 16, 2017
Despite a decade of parenting, this week I made a rookie mistake. In the days leading up to the Easter holiday, I took my daughter into Granite State Candy Shop. With the sweet aroma of fresh chocolate and sugar taunting her senses, I.....
Archives - Early/Defer/Waitlisted
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Campus Visits

8 Things to Do Before Your College Visit
Cappex Blog - Apr 14, 2017
At this time of year, you’ll find a great deal of advice about how to make the most of a college visit. But the key to ensuring a successful campus visit should happen many weeks before the trip begins.....
College Tour–The Final Checklist
Falmouth Enterprise - Apr 14, 2017
Today’s article will amplify the concept of college visits that was discussed last week. It is my hope that you have a general sense of the type of school that your son/daughter might want to attend. You should now be gathering some concepts that can help your student to further narrow down the selection.....
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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Gap Year

If It's March, It Must Be Morocco: Why The Prefab Gap Year Fails Our Students
WBUR.org - Cognoscenti  - Apr 19, 2017
For more than a decade, taking a "Gap Year" between high school and college has been a popular option for European students. The time allows young adults to travel, explore their interests, mature and rejuvenate before attending college. Now, the idea is spreading in the US. The Ivy League and most competitive colleges encourage ....
3 Reasons To Take a Gap Year
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Apr 6, 2017
For more than a decade, taking a "Gap Year" between high school and college has been a popular option for European students. The time allows young adults to travel, explore their interests, mature and rejuvenate before attending college. Now, the idea is spreading in the US. The Ivy League and most competitive colleges encourage ....
Archives - Gap Year

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Apr 19, 2017
A New Take on College Essays
The end of the college application season brings the inevitable stream of columns calling for changes to the way colleges admit their students. From plans for free college to renewed efforts to eliminate standardized testing, policy makers, college presidents, and students just completing the process are eager to offer their insights .... More

Schools can’t afford to cut guidance counselors
Charlotte Observer  - Apr 14, 2017
One of the hardest things I do as a teacher is lead an advisory group of a dozen sophomores. Until they graduate, this same group of students and I will meet to talk about issues as far ranging as how to sign up for classes to what to do about bullying....
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Why Parents Pick the Wrong Colleges For Their Kids
TIME  - Apr 14, 2017
Before May 1, the deadline for college enrollment deposits, more than half of all college-bound families will screw up their choice of a school. Fully three of five students who ultimately earn a bachelor’s degree will have changed colleges. The average time for an undergraduate to earn a diploma is five and a half years...
A Letter of Apology to a Son Graduating from College
TIME  - Apr 6, 2017
Dear Owen, Well, here we are. In just a few weeks you will graduate from college. Many things have happened over the past four years; the biggest is that while I was looking the other way, you became a man — someone who can drink and vote and die for our country. (I know you do the first two; I hope you never do the last.)...
'When I Was Your Age' And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress
NPR.org  - Apr 16, 2017
It's difficult to have a teenager's mind. The brain develops rapidly during the adolescent years, which partially explains why teens experience anger, sadness and frustration so intensely....
Archives - Parents
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College Connection: How many times should a student take the SAT exam?
MyCentralJersey.com  - Apr 13, 2017
By the time students reach high school, they are tired of taking standardized tests. But this is just the time when students need to be most diligent. Standardized tests in students’ earlier years are most important for their school and school district, to determine if educational goals are being met and to rank how the school/district compares t.....
Choose Between SAT Essay and ACT Writing
US News  - Apr 17, 2017
The essay portion of the SAT and ACT is technically optional, but that doesn't mean you should write it off. Many colleges require applicants to provide their essay results from one of the exams, while other schools will consider the SAT essay or ACT writing during the admissions process....
At hundreds of colleges, ACT and SAT scores are no longer necessary for admission
Kansas City Star  - Apr 17, 2017
For years, national standardized admissions tests have been a primary way schools decide who they’ll accept, and a stress that many graduating high school students agonize through multiple times seeking a high mark.....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Applying for financial aid, without getting hacked
CBS News  - Apr 17, 2017
Suppose that being a good parent of a college-bound child, you jumped through all the hoops and filled out the online FAFSA form to qualify for financial aid. Then you attempted to download all of your tax information from the IRS into the form -- only to find that this sensitive personal information may have been hacked...... ..
3 things you need to know about your financial aid offer
College USA Today  - Apr 17, 2017
t’s the time of year when college financial aid offers start to arrive in your mailboxes. Neatly tucked inside the eagerly anticipated envelope can be a dizzying array of numbers and acronyms. To make matters worse, it’s difficult to compare one school’s aid package to another. ..... ..
Six tips for decoding college financial aid award letters
Columbia Tribune  - Apr 14, 2017
Whether you're a high school senior or an adult looking to change careers, a college degree can be the key to a bright future. As acceptance letters arrive in the mail, another important document is not far behind: financial aid letters.... ..
'To Trim the Tuition Bill, Haggle (or Hire a Haggler)
New York Times  - Apr 14, 2017
With college acceptance letters out, high school seniors and their families now turn to what has become an annual ritual in the application process: financial aid appeals.... ..
'How I knocked $120,000 off our college tab’
CNBC  - Apr 13, 2017
With four children between the ages of 13 and 21, Richard Goldberg knew financing college would be a challenge. "Even though we started saving early, the cost of paying for all of this was daunting," he said.... ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Vocational Education Teachers in Short Supply
EdWeek (registration required) - Apr 14, 2017
I've written often before about the need to grant vocational education the respect it deserves because not all students have the desire or aptitude to pursue a four-year academic degree. But an equally pressing problem is finding enough teachers to meet the demand of employers ( .. ..
It’s ok to pick vocational education over college
Kokomo Tribune - Apr 13, 2017
During my sophomore year at Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois, my guidance counselor, Mr. Gusloff, refused my request to take auto shop because I was, he said, college-bound and my presence in a vocational program would take space needed by a student who was not so destined. .. ..
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Student Athletes

How School Start Times Affect High-School Athletics
The Atlantic - Apr 12, 2017
Catching more sleep could help student-athletes catch more touchdowns, but some still argue sports schedules are a reason against moving back the first bell....
The 5 most commonly asked questions about being a college walk-on
USA Today HSS - Apr 13, 2017
Being considered a walk-on is far more common in college sports than most families and athletes realize. According to the latest NCAA information 46 percent of DI athletes are walk-ons and 39 percent of DII athletes are walk-ons. ...
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Maine families worry that new grading system will harm college chances
Bangor Daily News - Apr 18, 2017
Right now, high school seniors around Maine are waiting nervously for their acceptance letters from colleges. And their chances depend in part on grades.. ..
N.Y.'s Tuition-Free Dream Meets Details
Inside Higher Ed - Apr 17, 2017
Details of New York’s free public college tuition program stoked a stream of strong reactions in the days since Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers reached a deal that will have it starting this fall... ..
Free tuition plan doesn’t make the grade with private colleges
Utica Observer Dispatch - Apr 17, 2017
Private colleges are not, for the most, giving high grades to the Excelsior Scholarship plan. The plan, which offers free state college tuition, passed in the state budget, along with a plan to increase tuition assistance for private schools... ..
Industry shaping colleges' technical training
New Hampshire Union Leader - Apr 16, 2017
Major employers in the Granite State are increasingly collaborating with higher education to increase the supply of workers equipped with the skills needed for advanced manufacturing. ... ..
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Teen Depression

Youth and depression: Why it's crucial to intervene early
Vancouver Sun  - Apr 15, 2017
Shilpa Narayan was 14 years old when the distress she had tried to hide for years erupted into tears after a teacher asked how her day was going. “I looked at her and I just started crying,” she recalls.. ..
Early intervention can help combat depression in children
NJ.com  - Apr 15, 2017
About a year ago, physician Elliot Rubin introduced something new at his pediatrics practice in East Brunswick and Highland Park - he wanted his patients ages 11 and older to fill out a questionnaire to measure their susceptibility for depression as part of their routine physical wellness visits... ..
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