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Social Networking and Admissions: Who is Checking?

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I am not a big fan of social networking like facebook and twitter. I am sure that this is mostly due to my age and the other part is that I am not fond of  the amount of over-sharing we see.  Yes, I finally got a facebook account but that was the only way to […] [Read More]

College Decisions–By Mail or on the Web?

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Jay Mathews of The Washington Post posed this question to his readers today. Would they rather get their admissions decisions by mail –the old fashioned way– or by logging on to a website to find out their fate? Although I really like the idea of knowing an exact day and time to log on and […] [Read More]

How Many AP Classes?

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Jay Mathews, education writer for The Washington Post, has written an article about how many AP classes a student ought to take. After initially writing in an article that students do not need to overload on AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) classes, he decided to solicit some opinions on the number of these […] [Read More]

The GPA Game

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As an Independent Educational Consultant, I am often asked about what the colleges are really looking for. “Does not having community service hurt my son in admissions?” “Will one poor grade kill my daughter’s chances?”  “How many extra-curricular activities do I need?” The answers to these questions and more will be discussed at a seminar […] [Read More]
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Race and Admissions

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Racial preference in admissions is a delicate subject and it has been in the news recently. On Feb. 17 The NY Times “The Choice” blog ran this headline, “Discrimination Investigations End at Princeton and Harvard”. “The Education Department said that the original complaints were received last August, and that both had recently been withdrawn. The […] [Read More]
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College Tour

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Last Friday I was in Washington, DC to see some of my students in that area and tour American University. I have toured both Georgetown and George Washington University twice but I had not had the chance to see American. I always tell my students that nothing substitutes for a college visit and that held […] [Read More]

College Reported False SAT Data

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I don’t know what was more surprising. To read in Inside Higher Ed that a well respected liberal arts college had reported incorrect SAT data to several rankings entities or to read that Claremont McKenna inflated its scores by 10 or 20 points on the Math and Critical Reading sections.  10 Points? Claremont McKenna is […] [Read More]

Growing Number of Application Essays

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I just read an article titled “College essays are getting ridiculous”.  The author goes on to give two college essay prompts that I instantly recognized, having helped some of my students this year decide how to approach them. She chose one question from the University of Maryland and one from the University of Chicago. Chicago […] [Read More]

For-Profit Colleges

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I have recently read two interesting new stories that discuss for-profit colleges.  For-profit colleges, also called proprietary colleges, operate like a business. The first article took me by surprise because it discusses Mittt Romney’s praise of a for-profit institution, Full Sail, in Florida.  The New York Times article said, “At a town-hall-style meeting in New […] [Read More]

Early Decision–No Longer Just For The Elite

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Early Decision is a system in which high school seniors apply before traditional deadlines, typically in early November, to one and only one college. The answer arrives from the college in mid December.  The decision is binding, and if accepted, the student is required to attend that college and must rescind all applications to other […] [Read More]