Number of Required SAT Subject Tests Wanes
January 7, 2011

Elite colleges routinely required applicants to submit scores from three SAT subject tests, in addition to the SAT or ACT. Since the introduction of writing sections on both the SAT and ACT in 2005, many of these schools have reduced the subject test requirement. Now, the most subject… Read More>>

Using Twitter Equals Higher GPA?
January 7, 2011

A recently released study indicates that using Twitter can increase both a student's involvement in class and their GPA. The study, published in the The Journal of Computer Assisted Learing (, tracked 125 students at a public university, and found that those who used Twitter… Read More>>

Is it Worth Going to an "Elite" College?
December 17, 2010

High school students face pressure, perhaps none more than the pressure to get into an "elite" college. But what is the value of going to an "elite" college? Does it help a student to be more successful in life, make more money, make more connections?… Read More>>

Colleges Cutting Foreign Language Programs – Penny Wise and Pound Foolish?
December 3, 2010

With states continuing to cut funding, some public colleges have decided to end majors in foreign languages. The impact reached France, where an op-ed article appeared in the French paper Le Monde about the cuts. So are universities still training their students to be global citizens? Only if… Read More>>

Early Action/Early Decision Applications Increase
November 12, 2010

Colleges that participate in the Early Decision and Early Action programs are reporting significant increases in the number of applications received this year. As an example, Northwestern University reported a 24% increase in the number of binding Early Decision applications. Although this is only a… Read More>>

New Haven High School Students Can Go To College For Free
November 9, 2010

A new program in New Haven will pay up to 100% of the tuition at any state college in Connecticut for students who graduate from New Haven public high schools, regardless of their family's income.For more information, The program is designed to stem a 38% dropout… Read More>>

Tutor, Homework Helper, or Crutch?
November 8, 2010

Many overworked parents turn to academic tutors in order to help their children succeed in school and to teach the skills required for independent learning. Some have expanded this to include "homework helpers," who often serve as putative babysitters, merely making sure the homework gets… Read More>>

There Is More Than One Way To Apply Online
November 7, 2010

Just about everyone has heard of the Common Application. But what about the Universal College Application, Xap, Embark, and ConnectEdu? All promise a one stop shop, but each is different. Which one is best for you depends on what you are looking for.For more information, One… Read More>>

As College Costs Rise, So Does Financial Aid (at least this year)
October 28, 2010

As everyone knows, state funding to public colleges has suffered as a result of the recession. According to a College Board report, public universities increased their tuition and fees by 8% for the 2010-11 year to over $7,600. The increase at private colleges was only… Read More>>

Can I Bring My Dog (or Cat) Too? More Colleges Say "Yes" to Pets
June 6, 2010

It is either a sign of the Apocalypse or a positive trend, depending on your view, but more colleges are allowing students to bring their pets to live with them at college. Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, is renovating a dorm into "Pet Central" to accommodate… 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?

Can't make the real thing? You can attend a virtual college fair. College Week Live sponsors an online college fair where students and parents can interact live with college admissions counselors from over 300 colleges. The next college fair is scheduled for November 2-3, 2011. CollegeWeekLive hosts a variety of online events and features presentations from admissions experts, counselors and students. Among these is Paying for College. Many colleges also have virtual one day open houses on the site. You can view the event calendar and register on the collegeweeklive website. Click here to go there.



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