Brown University Name Change?

Brown University has been in the news quite a bit recently. First, we saw the dramatic move they made when they killed “Columbus Day” and renamed it “Fall Weekend.” Now a new movement is possibly stirring: a name change for the school. In March, a commission — established by Brown, the city of Providence and…


On Saving for College

This New York Times article shows that there’s more than traditional ways to start saving for college. Here’s an excerpt: Want to pick up the tab at Harvard for a child born today? It will probably cost about half a million dollars come 2027. Hey, at least you have 18 years to plan. Parents footing…


Free Speech for Me But Not for Thee

Here’s part of a disturbing news story from the North Carolina-base News & Observer: Protest stops Tancredo’s UNC speech CHAPEL HILL — UNC-CH police released pepper spray and threatened to use a Taser on student protesters Tuesday evening when a crowd disrupted a speech by former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo opposing in-state tuition benefits to…


Student Loan Wars

Political commentator Dick Morris states in a recent editorial: If your philosophy is that government can do everything better than the private sector, eventually, you’ll luck out and hit one area where that otherwise nutty philosophy happens to be true. President Obama’s plan to end private student lending and channel all loans through the direct…


Financial Aid 180

This is the time of year when big decisions are made: which college to choose from among the list of available candidates and perhaps most importantly, the effect of the financial aid package.  Many high schools seniors and their families look to the aid package as a strong–if not THE–deciding factor when making college-choice decisions….


The Problem with Prestige

It’s what you do when you get there that counts . . . Either way, if you’re thinking about college quality in terms of rankings or prestige, you’re looking at it all wrong. That provocative statement is part of an interesting Forbes article by Joie Jager-Hyman.  Here’s another:

Princeton Admissions Novel

As a Princeton parent, I’m always on the lookout for anything Princeton.  I noticed that there’s a new novel coming out about the Princeton admissions process that may be of interest to those of you aspiring to Princeton or elite schools, in general. Here’s an excerpt from a review:

More College Knowledge Q&As

Question: I’m not a good writer.  I’m afraid I won’t be able to put together a decent college application essay.  What should I do? Answer: You’re not alone.  Many high school students fear the essay, or “personal statement.”  You may not have to write one, though.  Quite a few college applications either require no essay…


16 Ways to Work A Waitlist

Waitlists are the purgatory of college admissions and this year, due to the recession, colleges are hedging their bets on enrollment even more carefully than hedge funds are angling for bailouts.  What’s a waitlisted applicant to do? Well, thanks to Kathleen Kingsbury of The Daily Beast’s college blog, you can get 1.25 dozen of great…