Substance-Free College Housing

If you’re involved in the college process right now or know someone who is a college student who lives on campus, you have probably heard of so-called “substance-free” housing (SFH). What is that and why does it exist? For starters, think about the stereotypes of college life. What’s one of the most common images that…

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Tour de Campus

I’ve been following the Tour de France the past couple of weeks and have been reminded of the seemingly odd connection between that great sporting event and a critical component of the college process — college visits and their associated tours. Thus, “Tour de Campus.” The modern version of the Tour de France comprises 21…

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Applicant Anger

There’s an intriguing thread on the College Confidential discussion forum. What makes you ridiculously angry about the college admissions process? explores the issues that perplex and even possibly enrage college applicants and their parents. While the qualifier “ridiculously” in the thread’s title may be a bit over the top, there are certainly aspects of the…

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Holistic College Admissions

Have you heard of the term “holistic college admissions”? First of all, let’s ask Google to define the term “holistic”: … characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. Huh? Say what? Let’s try again by asking Merriam-Webster: … relating to or concerned with…

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