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Early Applications and Hurricane Sandy

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As Yogi Berra famously said, “It’s déjà vu all over again”. November 1 is a big day for college application deadlines.  Many colleges that offer binding Early Decision and some that offer Early Action have a Nov. 1 deadline for the completed application to be submitted. We used to say that it had to be […] [Read More]

Buyer Beware

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The rising cost of college and the huge debt that students and their families incur is often in the news.  Sometimes when I see the amount a student has borrowed I wonder why anyone would approve these loans to the family. In my blog post of May 17, I said this about a story I […] [Read More]

Finding Your Passion…or Not

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A colleague posted the link to this article in the NY Times—about students following their passion—and I almost didn’t read it.  Some words associated with college admissions, and students in general, are overused. In my opinion, two of them are “passion” and “voice”. However, when I did click on the link and read the article, […] [Read More]

Is College Worth It?

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This is a topic that simply will not die. I talked about the flurry of articles asking this question in my blog posts of June 14 and June 28 in 2011. It doesn’t surprise me that there are still articles about this, given both the current US economy and college costs. Newsweek has a comprehensive […] [Read More]
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What I Wish I Knew Before Going to College:

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This is the time of year when college freshmen are buying dorm supplies and getting ready to go off to their respective campuses. I am reprinting two of my blogs from last year (July 26 and Aug. 2). The information is timely and still relevant: I recently read an article that gave advice on what […] [Read More]
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The Common Application is Online

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The Common App is online and ready for the graduating class of 2013.  Seniors—to your computers! The Common Application, if you are relatively new to the college application process, was started in 1975 with 15 colleges as members.  Today, the Common App has 488 member colleges and universities in 46 US states and the District […] [Read More]
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Buying Essays

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I was reading Jay Mathew’s column in the Washington Post the other day.  He is one of my favorite education writers and I am always interested in what he is discussing.  His column was about essays that students buy online, from essay mills. Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon. However, technology now makes this […] [Read More]

Merit Aid versus Need Based Aid

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This article in the New York Times discusses the rise of merit aid at some colleges.  This is not a new discussion and some folks are against the idea of merit aid and feel that it takes resources away from need based aid. As an Independent Educational Consultant, I get a lot of questions from […] [Read More]

Optimism at The University of Connecticut:

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The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran this story, tilted,  Bucking the Bad Economy, a Few Universities Plan to Hire Hundreds of Faculty. (This article is only available to subscribers.) The article, written by Beth Mole, describes a visit to the campus by a prospective professor who said the vibe on campus was optimistic. To […] [Read More]

College Board Cancels Summer SAT

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Yesterday, the College Board canceled its ill-conceived idea of allowing a handful of students– whose parents had paid $4500 for a summer program– to take the SAT in August. As I wrote in this blog last week, the decision to give the SAT in the summer—when many, many students would love to take it— to […] [Read More]