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Early Decision Applications Increased This Year

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That is the headline from quite a few recent articles (here and here) and the NY Times “The Choice” Blog and the Washington Post are keeping a tally. That headline, by the way, has been repeated every year for the last several and it is always followed by the obvious results of an increase in […] [Read More]

Co-ed Dorm Rooms

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As an Independent College Admissions Consultant, I read several newspapers, online magazines and blogs about college admissions daily.  This is necessary to keep current and also a guilty pleasure of mine. Last week I was reading the Washington Post and came across this article about George Washington University allowing students of the opposite sex to […] [Read More]

Honesty Is Still The Best Policy

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In one of my past blog posts, I mentioned that prospective college students will very likely have to answer application questions about disciplinary infractions at their high schools and about criminal convictions. These are questions that people my age probably did not get asked when we applied to college. But things are different now and […] [Read More]

First Time Back Home for College Freshmen:

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This week, college freshmen will arrive home for a four day– or even longer –Thanksgiving break. For many, this will be the first time they have been home for an extended visit since they left the nest in late August or early September. Here are some tips for getting through the “first time back home” […] [Read More]
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Budget Cuts Lead to Online Classes for Undergraduates

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As an Independent College Admissions Consultant, I give my students suggestions on what to do, what to look for and things they should ask when they are visiting college campuses.  One of the questions that I suggest students ask, especially at the larger universities, is whether they will be taught by full professors or graduate […] [Read More]

Nothing Online Remains Private

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In my last blog I talked about the implications of social networking on college admissions. Social networking sites, such as facebook, are changing the way teens communicate and I would say this change is not for the better. Here is an example of how some things students do on these sites can get them in […] [Read More]

Social Networking

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Social networking– Facebook, Twitter, et al is here to stay and no amount of hand wringing over these forms of communication is going to make them go away. Can Social Networking Hurt You in College Admissions? The answer is yes, it can hurt you. I hate to admit this, but I think there is a […] [Read More]

Early Decision

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In my last blog post, I talked about crunch time and how so many students have an early deadline–either for Early Decision, Early Action (of one type or another) Rolling or otherwise. Now comes news from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) that “For the third year in a row, about half (47 […] [Read More]

Crunch Time

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For many high school seniors, this is crunch time. “How can that be?” you ask. It is only mid October. Seniors are barely through the first half of the first marking period. Even so, for many seniors this is when they are completing applications for an early November deadline. Many students will apply to a […] [Read More]

College Rankings, Part II:

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Previously, I wrote about college rankings in a lighthearted way–poking fun at the predictability of US News and World Report’s rankings.  However, there is a more serious side to the rankings and how parents and students can be misled and how even colleges can be hurt by the rankings. As I stated in my last […] [Read More]