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Are AP courses worth it?
April 29, 2009

A recent survey of high school Advanced Placement (AP) course teachers found that over half were concerned about the large increase in the number of students taking AP courses in recent years, and its impact on the effectiveness of the AP program in general. So, is… Read More>>

Didn't Get In? Just Transfer In Later. Whoa, Not So Fast.
April 13, 2009

There is a general assumption that it is easier to transfer into an Ivy League or other top tier school. The reality is a bit different. Harvard didn't accept any transfer applications for the 2008-09 academic year, and admissions officers say the ban is here to… Read More>>

Leadership Programs: Honor or Expensive Field Trip?
April 13, 2009

Students from 4th-11th grade are receiving invitations from leadership programs touting themselves as "elite," "distinguished" and "select." Are they, and do they help in gaining admission to first choice colleges? Several programs mail invitations to hundreds of thousands of students each year, with price tags ranging from $1,000 to more than… Read More>>

When Admitted Students Seek Financial Aid
April 10, 2009

Applicants who didn't apply for financial aid because they thought it would put them at a disadvantage in the admissions process are now seeking aid at an alarming rate. How does it play out in this financial environment? At Reed College, where requests for aid from admitted… Read More>>

So, Which School Did You Choose?
April 9, 2009

It is the season of the tough choice for this year's college bound, with the price of tuition and the disappearing college fund occupying a larger piece of the decision making spectrum.  With a May 1 deadline looming for most acceptance deposits, students are weighing their… Read More>>

Waiting List or Water Torture?
April 8, 2009

Congratulations!  You have been accepted at one of your top choice schools.  But hold on a minute - you have also been wait-listed at your dream school.  Is this an evil plot or what?  Wait listing has grown as high school seniors apply to more… Read More>>

UC-San Diego Mistakenly Welcomes 29,000 Rejected Applicants
March 31, 2009

"Oops" was the word coming from the UCSD admissions office after emailing all 46,377 applicants for admission welcoming them to the class of 2013.  The school realized the mistake and sent another email within hours to the 28,899 applicants who had been rejected, apologizing for… Read More>>

Athletes Who Are Visible Get Noticed
March 30, 2009

High school athletes can connect to and interact with recruiters, coaches and other athletes through www.beRecruited.com, a new social networking site. Like Facebook and MySpace, student athletes can post their profile - including SAT scores, personal information and sports stats, and can include a link… Read More>>

You Have Been Admitted . . . If You Can Pay the Tuition
March 30, 2009

Did you hear the one about the "need blind" admissions policy that gave way to the "who can afford the full tuition" policy?  That is what many college admissions officers are saying this year, as endowments plummet and financial aid applications soar.  Some colleges are… Read More>>

Shoe on the Other Foot? College Admissions Offices Bite Their Nails.
March 7, 2009

Spring usually is the season for college applicants to lose sleep, but not so this year.  With the economy in peril, statistical models that admissions officers use to predict how many applicants they should accept in order to fill their freshman class are unreliable.  Applications are soaring… 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?

Imagine only sending your best SAT scores to colleges and deleting the rest. Well, you can! Since March 2009 the College Board has offered Score Choice. You can choose one SAT sitting to send to colleges, and hide the rest. This also applies to SAT II Subject tests. Needless to say, college admissions officers have mixed feelings about the program. Some agree that it will take some pressure off high school students, while others will still demand that applicants submit all of their SAT or ACT scores.  To read more click here.

 

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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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