Early Decision is Alive and Well
December 18, 2009

The smart money thought that the number of Early Decision (ED) applicants would fall this year, since ED applicants agree that if admitted they will attend, thereby prohibiting students from shopping for the best financial aid package. Well, as they say in France, au contraire mon… Read More>>

Public College No Longer A Bargain?
November 1, 2009

Public colleges long have been the less expensive way to get a good education, with some, like the University of Michigan, UCLA, The University of Virginia (can't forget the "The"), and SUNY-Binghamton, functioning as "flagship" schools of their respective state college systems. With state contributions… Read More>>

2008 College Enrollment Sets Record
October 29, 2009

In 2008, almost 40% of 18-24 year olds were enrolled in college, setting a new record. The Pew Research Center report attributed this to a surge in students enrolling at community colleges. Other factors include a steadily lowering dropout rate and the largest pool of recent high… Read More>>

Athletic Spending Soars Compared to Academic Spending
October 27, 2009

Is this really news? University presidents are concerned about the commercialization of college athletics but feel powerless to do anything, says a new survey by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. According to the Commission, athletic expenditures are rising anywhere from three to four times as… Read More>>

Changes to the Student Loan System Looming
October 26, 2009

Government loan, private loan, what's the difference? Just take the one with an easier application that you qualify for, right? This may change if Congress can get its act together and requires colleges to offer the Federal Direct Program. The House of Representatives has passed a… Read More>>

No Surprise Here: College Costs Continue to Rise
October 20, 2009

With the economy still slumping and unemployment hitting new heights, there is one constant: the rising price of a college education. At four-year schools, tuition and fees rose 6.5% last year at public colleges and 4.4% at private colleges. What is driving this? The College Board… Read More>>

Advice For When You Get There
September 5, 2009

Helpful advice for incoming college freshmen from educators on a variety of topics. While geared towards incoming college freshmen, these shorts are just as applicable to high school seniors. The series of articles include hunting for a good teacher, reading challenging authors, partipating in class, playing politics, thinking about… Read More>>

SAT Scores Correlate with Family Income
August 27, 2009

Do students from wealthier families perform better on the SAT? It seems so, and in a big way. Based on voluntary disclosures by approximately two-thirds of test takers, the College Board compared 2009 SAT scores to  family income bracket. The bottom line: family income level matters. Read the New York… Read More>>

Parents Spend More Time Caring for Their Children? It's All Part of the College Admissions Race
August 26, 2009

After falling for 30 years, the amount of time that parents spend with their children (more so older children) began to rise in the 1990s, particularly with college-educated parents. Why? It could be part of the increased competition for college admissions. Two economists at the National Bureau of Economic… Read More>>

2009 SAT and ACT Scores Stay Steady
August 25, 2009

The average SAT and ACT scores for the Class of '09 remained steady overall, say reports issued by The College Board and ACT. The average SAT scores were 501 in critical reading (compared to 502 in '08), 515 in math (also 515 in '08), and… 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.


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.



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>>



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