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College Consequential

Pardon the play on words in my title today. College Confidential would be the first to admit that college is consequential, in one way or the other. I think about this quite a bit. When I do, the questions that most frequently come to my mind are: Why do we want to go to college? ...

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Temple or Penn State for Confused Future Doctor?

Question: I’m currently stuck between a rock and hard place I feel like my life is falling apart. I made a decision to go to Penn state but my parents are totally against it and wanted me to go a much more adorable school like Temple. Penn state is a well know degree and I ...

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College Knowledge Nirvana

One of my best friends and I are always debating our favorite topics, one of which is baseball. He knows far more than I do about it, but now and then I come across some arcane fact, statistic, or anecdote and I love to taunt him with it. For example, Mickey Mantle was my childhood ...

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The Gap Year Choice

Not all college-bound high school seniors will be on a campus this fall. Some will be pursuing a Gap Year. For the uninitiated, let’s explain the Gap Year. Could there be a better place to discover what a Gap Year is than gapyear.com? Probably not. So what does that site have to say about Gap ...

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Seniors: Still Shopping for A College?

It’s the second week of May. The famous May 1 enrollment deadline is in the rearview mirror. Most college-bound high school seniors are busy with year-end testing, financial aid packages, and wearing their college-branded shirts and caps. But … what if you, too, are a college-bound senior, but you haven’t enrolled anywhere yet? What if ...

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Deadlines to Remember

Monday is May 1. May Day. It’s an important day to note for most of you high school seniors who are headed to college. It’s enrollment deadline day. I’m sure that you’re aware of this, but I thought I would issue this reminder, just in case. Your senior year is rapidly coming to a close, ...

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Two Types of College Visits

We’re counting down to May 1: Enrollment Decision Day. Some of you high school seniors are on spring break and making some last-minute campus visits in an attempt to contrast and compare those schools that have admitted you. Some you juniors may be using this time off to begin the task of sampling colleges with ...

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Deposit Decisions

May 1 is about to be upon us. Ten days from this writing, college decisions — and their related deposits — will be due. Many of you may have already made that deposit, either through an Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) acceptance. Others, accepted Regular Decision (RD), may have made their enrollment deposit ...

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Is The Testing Tide Going Out?

The absolute reign of standardized testing is showing signs of weakening. I took a stroll down memory lane this week as I was clearing out many years of various college-related files that I had collected (a.k.a. “hoarded”) over the decades. As I flipped through the seemingly endless file folders, I came across information pertaining to ...

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New Horizons in College Admissions

For the most part, the Class of 2021 has ended its college quest. There were many winners, with their fat envelopes and exclamation point-laden emails, and there were, unfortunately, those with their skinny envelopes and conciliatory electronic messages. I sincerely hope that you high school seniors were in the former category. In looking back over ...

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