Colleges with The Best Food

I’ll bet that most high school students researching prospective colleges don’t give a lot of (or any) thought to how good a college’s food program is as one of their selection criteria. When you think about it, food quality is a very important aspect of college life. Many high schoolers come from homes where good…

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Cheating on Standardized Tests

We’re hearing a lot these days about academic cheating, both on the high school and college level. Even the United States military academies have had more than their share of embarrassing scandals. The Ivy League has not been immune either. Harvard University has been plagued with cheaters. Of course, one of the most high-profile areas…

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Let’s Invent An Essay Question!

If you’re a high school senior applying to college, you’ve no doubt grimaced when faced with the prospect of writing those onerous application essays. The worst ones, in my view, are those that append their prompt with such guidelines as, “(1,000 words or less”) or “Limit your response to 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages.” First of…

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College Admissions Mythology

“Common wisdom.” “Common knowledge.” “Traditional approaches.” I was in a discussion the other day with a mother whose daughter was in the midst of her college application process. It was a rather lengthy discussion that covered just about everything that the woman’s daughter was doing to effect what she thought was the best approach to…

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More College Rankings

If you’re a high school student, or the parent of a high school student, trying to figure out what colleges might be the best for you or your child to consider, the wonderful world of college rankings may appear to be a good place to start your search for candidates. To see just how daunting …

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Students vs. College Professors

Getting excited about going to college and actually being there studying are two different worlds. It’s the old battle between anticipation and the moment of truth. Anticipation can be deceptive because sometimes we tend to idealize situations about which we have little to no experience. For example, we might envision college life to include sitting…

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Male + Female Roommates?

I always enjoy working with Stanford University applicants. One of Stanford’s essay prompts says, “Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate – and us – know you better.” Aside from the fact that this prompt is…

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Financial Aid: Meeting Your Full Need

An excellent U.S. News article entitled Colleges and Universities That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need reveals a lot of information probably not known by most families, especially those going through the college admissions process for the first time. The key word in that article title is “Claim.” The subtitle of the article states a…

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The New SAT: Opinions Vary

If you are at all connected to the college admissions world, you probably know that there are big changes coming to the SAT in 2016. As you may have inferred from some of my previous writings, I’m not a big fan of standardized testing. although I do understand the need for it. I think that…

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Is Your College Student Wasting Money?

Parents, if you have a child who is also a college student, especially if this is his or her first college year, you may be wondering about how s/he is handling finances. You may already have a clue, based on what you have observed about their spending habits at home. However, being away from home,…

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