Housing

America’s Most Expensive Dorms

Ever done the math? I haven’t. It might make for some fun (or painful) conversation (and decision making). I have always wanted to do a survey of college dorm costs. My plan (which I have yet to execute) would involve surveying a list of colleges, maybe the so-called “Top 25” (or 50) and finding out ...

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What NOT to Pack for College

A while ago, I was interviewed by a reporter for a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania newspaper about the art of packing for college. The article was sagely entitled “What to pack for college and what to leave behind.” I say “sagely” because the “art” of packing includes knowing what to pack and, perhaps more importantly, what not ...

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What’s the Poop on College Dorm Bathrooms?

Question: How bad is sharing bathrooms in the dorms? For starters, it depends on whom you’re sharing with .. Neatnik Nellie or Sloppy Sadie? Then there’s your own comfort level … can you handle a few unidentified hairs or errant squirts of Pepsodent in the sink or will that send you retching toward a toilet ...

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Mixed-Gender Dorm Rooms

Back when I went to college (while the newly formed Earth was still cooling), the female residences were not only separate buildings, but they were also located in what seemed like the adjacent county. Mapquest or GPS would have been a big help for us to have found our way there for visits or on ...

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Broken Holiday Breaks

Here’s a fun topic for high school seniors and their parents: 2010’s (that’s next year’s) Christmas/holiday break strategies. Fun? Maybe not. The issue is how to bring newly free first-year college students back into the parental nest for a relatively extended period of time without driving Mom and Dad into therapy. Those all-night college dorm ...

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Co-Ed Bathroom Blues

I wonder how many high school seniors and their parents know about co-ed dormitory bathrooms. Do you know about them? In case you don’t know the scoop, here’s the deal:

Outrageous College Dorm Costs

Some parents keep their eye on only college tuition costs when considering which schools might be affordable for their sons or daughters. The smart ones, though, look at what’s known as the “student budget.” The student budget includes not only annual tuition but also room and board, various fees, and estimates on miscellaneous expenses and ...

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Most Costly Colleges 2009-2010

We’ve already seen here the list of most expensive colleges for 2008-2009. Now, from Campus Grotto.com, we have the list for 2009-2010. There have been a few changes in the rankings:

Bloggers As Defoggers

One of my most often cited pieces of college research advice is “Ask a current student.” Another is “You gotta trod the sod,” which means “You have to visit the colleges to which you’re applying.” Now, thanks to the Internet, my first mantra has gotten a lot easier to realize. In an interesting article on ...

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I Forgot to Pack My . . .

Most new college students pack way too many things when they prepare for that first year away on campus. The problem is that they many times forget to take some important items that will come in far more handy than those galoshes that Mom secretly slipped into your bag. A helpful site, College and Finance, ...

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