The College Search

Faster FAFSAs

As the parent of two former college students, I recall my FAFSA days (or should I say “daze”?) with not-so-fond emotions. Filling out financial aid forms was a form of procrastinated drudgery that I don’t think about with nostalgia. Both of my children went to private colleges. That resulted in the Terrible Trio, as I ...

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College Drinking: One Theory

Party schools. That’s a big concern for many parents. Although there certainly are enough problems with drinking in high school these days, the majority of young people don’t really confront the full force (and hangovers) of serious drinking until they get to college. Speaking of party schools, you might be wondering which schools lead the ...

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Got Math?

I’ve never been a numbers person. My strength, such as it is, lies in words. My children (that is, “our” children — my wife played an important role in my acquisition of kids), on the other hand, have strong numbers skills. One is an engineer, in fact, who got little to no help from my ...

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Aid Packages as Trojan Horses

The past month or so has been very exciting for college-bound high school seniors. Acceptances have flowed forth via email, the U.S. mail, FedEx, UPS, and perhaps other delivery means. The adrenaline rush from getting into a favored school or, especially, a “dream” school is a memory for a lifetime. In many cases, along with ...

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College Admissions: Now What?

High school seniors and their parents have just completed what is charitably known as “the college process.” For some students (and parents), depending on the general level of angst, this process may have started with pre-school, kindergarten, or during the elementary school years. Yes, that’s how intense and long-term the college process can be for ...

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One Price of Protest

This has been a period of upheaval on college campuses around America. Over the past year, it seemed as though every week we were reading about student groups making seemingly outrageous demands to college administrators. The administrators, in response, acquiesced to varying degrees, sometimes even resigning their positions in hopes of quelling student unrest. I ...

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Likely Letters

Even though it’s past Valentine’s Day, colleges are still sending love letters to their applicants. I call “likely letters” love letters because they represent a college’s efforts to woo their applicants to join them at the alter of enrollment, so to speak. Questionable metaphors aside, it is a fact that the fierce competition among colleges ...

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College Abroad?

It’s a big world out there. It can be a dangerous world these days, too, but opportunity abounds for high schoolers and their parents who are willing to look beyond “traditional” domestic undergraduate college programs. I received a press release last week that intrigued me. It’s about a new Web site that will debut mid-April ...

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Visiting Campus … Newspapers

There’s lots of excitement on the horizon over the coming months. College admission decisions will be issued. Along with those “fat envelope” (or should we call them “fat email”) verdicts comes another big decision: where to enroll. Even those of you who have already been accepted via Early Action have until May 1 to make ...

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PC Counterpoints

The realities of global terrorism, which have affected Europe and the United States recently, have knocked the once-raging stories about bellicose college students’ outrage and associated demands off the top of the news. In case you’re unfamiliar with the substance of those demands, you can brief yourself here, in my recent post called, appropriately, “The ...

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