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Can We Rate Colleges in a Meaningful Way?

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The federal government is attempting to create a rating system for colleges. Can we ever really come up with an accurate and helpful rating or ranking system that applies to students across the academic, social and financial spectrum?  My Answer is no. The list of variables and the intangibles make this an impossible task. For […] [Read More]
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Time to start filling out the forms to apply for need-based financial aid.

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Happy New Year! Time to start filling out the forms to apply for need-based financial aid. It is very important to know the deadlines to file for financial aid at the various colleges your child is applying to.  The deadlines are coming up very soon—before you have heard from most of the colleges and probably […] [Read More]
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Colleges Send Wrong Admissions Decisions

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This happens pretty much every year at one college or another. An error is made and students hear that they have been admitted to a college when they have not. At least in this instance involving Johns Hopkins University applicants received the incorrect email a few days after getting the correct information. This way they […] [Read More]
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What Number is Enough?

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What number of applications will a college consider enough? I am beginning to think there is no number high enough. Early on in my career, I read an article by Jay Mathews, education writer for the Washington Post, who wrote about the questionable practice of top colleges marketing so heavily to students. He likened their […] [Read More]
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Early Applications

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How early in senior year do some students apply to college? Today is Oct. 1 and I have a student whose application is going in today. She was offered an opportunity to apply without a fee if she submits by Oct. 1. This is not early action or early decision, just an incentive. Frankly, I […] [Read More]
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Test Optional Colleges and Universities

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Eastern Connecticut State University has joined the growing list of colleges and universities that have decided to make the submission of standardized tests—the SAT or the ACT— optional for admission. Students who feel that their test scores are a good reflection of their academic potential may submit them. However, students who feel that their test […] [Read More]
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The Secret “Handshake” Algorithm

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by Janet Rosier, IECA Professional Member (CT) According to this article in Bloomberg Businessweek, Steve Ma of San Francisco is selling his service to parents who want to get their child into an Ivy League college. Or for a little less money, a “top” college. He knows the secret handshake. Or, in this case the […] [Read More]
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Welcome to the New School Year

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Labor Day has come and gone and summer is officially over. Welcome to the new school year. For high school students, this means it is time to think about college. This advice is not just for seniors. All students should be aware that the most important part of your college application is your transcript. This […] [Read More]
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