March 1, 2009
In this, the year of the high school senior hunting for a great college at a bargain price, highly regarded public colleges fear a surge in acceptances that could make for crowded campuses in the Fall 2009 semester. SUNY-New Paltz, named the hottest small state school by… Read More>>
February 26, 2009
A proposal to overhaul the federal financial aid system for college students would increase grants to the neediest and eliminate subsidizing of loans provided by the private sector. How will this affect you? The proposal, the biggest change in the system since 1965, would make the U.S. Department… Read More>>
February 24, 2009
Although the traditional college experience is a four year adventure, most students take over four years to graduate. In this era of increased cost consciousness, some colleges are adopting programs that allow students to graduate in three years, potentially saving up to $40,000. How do they intend to… Read More>>
January 13, 2009
So you think that highly touted high school senior athletes are immune from the financial havoc impacting every aspect of your life? Think again. College athletic recruiting is taking a financial hit, and recruits are rethinking how far they want to travel for college. Colleges… Read More>>
December 31, 2008
On December 30 and 31 the Common App website was inundated with so much activity that the site experienced a slowdown, upsetting many high school seniors seeking to file their applications prior to the January 1 deadline. The executive director of the Common App downplayed the… Read More>>
December 23, 2008
The worst thing to do on your college application? Try to be too perfect. That's what admissions deans at several colleges had to say recently when asked about the 2009 applicant pool, the largest ever. Some applications are too "slick," as a result of too… Read More>>
December 23, 2008
With the economy continuing to tank, 529 plans losing money and tuition bills coming due, what is a college student to do? Get creative. College financial aid offices recognize the problem and are coming up with programs to help, so let your aid office know… Read More>>
December 3, 2008
A new report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education should sound alarm bells for prospective college students and their parents - the net cost of a college education (tuition, fees, room/board, minus financial aid) continues to rise at a rate that… Read More>>
November 30, 2008
Ever thought of leaving the U.S. for college abroad? You are not alone. More American high school students are being recruited by and are applying to universities in Canada and Europe. The University of St. Andrews in Scotland (think, birthplace of golf) has approximately 1,200 Americans… Read More>>
November 20, 2008
With the volatile economy, many thought that the number of Early Decision applications would be lower for Fall 2009, since families would not want to be bound to a high-priced college. On the contrary, colleges are seeing an increase in both Early Decision and Early… 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?
Looking to apply Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) to college this year? Many high school guidance counselors require students to provide their completed application two weeks prior to the deadline. This allows the guidance counselor enough time to complete the school forms and submit them in a timely manner. For the unprepared student this can be quite a shock. Suddenly that November 15 deadline becomes November 1. The best way to reduce your stress level is to ask your guidance office what they need and when they need it. Less surprise equals a smoother process for you and your guidance counselor.
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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