Way Back When College Was a Buyer’s Market
March 31, 2011

Oh to be interested in attending Harvard University in the late 1860s. Harvard and other schools like Vassar and Columbia actually advertised for students in newspapers, and any required frehman entrance exams could be taken on the weekend prior to the start of classes. How… Read More>>

Ni Hao! – NYU to open Shanghai campus
March 27, 2011

New York University announced plans to establish a degree-granting campus in Shanghai. NYU's president was expected to sign an agreement on March 28 with Chinese officials to seal the deal. This move signals a continuing trend for American universities. NYU already has a degree-granting campus… Read More>>

Study-Abroad in the Midst of Crisis
March 17, 2011

The lure of study-abroad programs draws over 250,000 college students each year. In light of recent (and continuing) crises in the Middle East and Japan, more attention is being paid to the students and their safety. NYU evacuated 50 students and staff from Egypt in… Read More>>

SAT Essay on Reality Television Stumps Some
March 16, 2011

The SAT essay normally causes angst for at least some test takers. The March 2011 SAT essay caused a firestorm among those who are not fans of "Jersey Shore" and "Survivor." The topic was reality television, and test takers were asked to discuss whether it is… Read More>>

University of Delaware Computer Glitch Results in Erroneous Acceptances
March 16, 2011

Delaware admisions officials had an "oops" moment when 61 applicants received notices that they had been accepted, when in reality they had either been designated for the waiting list or rejected. Before the error was discovered, 12 of the students had registered for a campus… Read More>>

Harvard and Princeton Reverse Course, Reinstate Early Admission Programs
February 24, 2011

In 2006, Harvard and Princeton made a splash by announcing that they would end their respective early admission programs to even the playing field between wealthier applicants (who tended to apply early) and those who needed financial aid (more low income and minority) that tended to… Read More>>

U.S. Colleges Recruiting in China Results in Application Increase
February 11, 2011

The number of Chinese students at U.S. colleges increased 30% last year, partly in response to direct recruiting by colleges. How does a U.S. college evaluate a Chinese applicant? And why do Chinese applicants tend to submit glossy four-color brochures with their applications? At Grinnell College… Read More>>

College Board Set to Unveil Changes to AP Biology Courses
January 29, 2011

On February 1, the College Board is scheduled to release major revisions to the AP Biology courses; however, changes to the AP U.S. History courses are being delayed for another year in order to garner more support from high school teachers. The Biology course changes… Read More>>

In Wake of State Aid Cuts, Public Colleges Appeal to their Alumni
January 15, 2011

Sometimes for the first time, public colleges are reaching out to their alumni due to drastic funding cuts imposed by state legislatures. The reaction in some cases has been less than warm. In contrast to private colleges, many of which have an established culture of… Read More>>

Free Merit-Based College Tuition in Georgia on the Chopping Block
January 7, 2011

Since 1993 Georgia's Hope scholarship has provided four years of college tuition to any Georgia high school student who graduates with a "B" average and attends a university or technical school in the state. Now the program is becoming a victim of its own popularity… Read More>>

Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.


In Memory of Diane Gallo

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our co-founder Diane Gallo. Diane, a beloved independent educational consultant who went above and beyond for the students she served and their families, will be greatly missed. She was a great colleague and friend to all. If you had been working with Diane, please reach out to her husband Michael Gallo with a written request for a refund of any monies that may be owed to you at 43 Hillside Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.


Did You Know?

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