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Making Ivy League Admission Decisions

Those of you who have gone through or about to go through the so-called elite (a.k.a. ultra-competitive) college admissions process have no doubt wondered how your application was or will be evaluated. There are numerous sources available that offer insights into how this is done, but now there is an especially pertinent resource available to ...

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College Admissions and College Confidential

The College Confidential site went live August 1, 2001. Over the past decade and a half, CC has become the go-to place for one of the world’s greatest archives of college admissions-related information. It’s all free. One of the most interesting aspects of CC is the discussion forum, where countless high schoolers, parents, grandparents, and ...

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College Isn’t Always Animal House

There have been a disturbing number of campus deaths noted in the news. The majority of these deaths have been related to excessive drinking. One of the main venues where the deaths occur is fraternities and occasionally sororities. Greek life can be perilous. When a parent considers what lies ahead for their son or daughter, ...

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Tyranny in Testing?

Over the past eight or so years here, I have strongly expressed my opinions about the shortcomings of standardized college entrance tests and their biases and inadequacies to deliver their intended purpose. So, I’m always interested in any new takes that may support my viewpoints about these tests that can alter a young person’s life ...

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Social Media Impact on Admissions

One of the hotter admissions-related topics the past year or two has been how your social media “presence” can affect your admission chances. It’s now common knowledge that admissions officers routinely take some time to visit the social media pages of applicants to get a vibe for who that young woman or man is. I’ve ...

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Dreams (And Realities) of Your Major

This post is for high school juniors and maybe even sophomores and freshmen. (Is it bad form these days to say freshmen anymore?) A few questions: How far ahead have you been thinking about your life? When you think about your future, does it include college? If so, do you wonder about which academic direction ...

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Spring Break Considerations

College students and parents of college students: Question for you: What’s up for spring break this year? Traveling to “fun” destinations? Coming home for break? Even staying on campus? There has been some sobering news lately concerning some of the traditionally favorite spring break spots. Have you seen it? At least four killed in gunfight ...

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Social Media vs. College Admissions

The past several months have brought out the worst in many of us. The presidential election has turned friend against friend, neighbor against neighbor, siblings against siblings, and even children against their parents. The epicenter for this fallout has been concentrated in the various applications of so-called social media. That would include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ...

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Collegians: 69 Ways to Save Your Money

The great American lyricist and song writer, Paul Simon, wrote a hit called 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.  It appeared on his album, Still Crazy after All These Years. I was reminded of that song when I saw an article on the Campus Grotto site entitled College Budgeting 101: How to Save Money as a ...

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College in Canada?

For you high school juniors looking for a good college match, have you considered a Canadian school? Our neighbors to the north have a lot to offer. Depending on where you live in the United States, going to school in Canada may not require traveling as far as you might have to do if you ...

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