Enhancing Your College Application

Many colleges require additional essays beyond the main Common Application (CA) essay. These essays appear on the colleges’ CA “supplement.” Forget about applying to all participating CA schools with just the CA. Lots of colleges, especially the more-to-most competitive ones, require additional information and essays on this nasty and time consuming additional form. One of…

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Dooley’s Uncertainty Principle for College Costs

Werner Heisenberg shook up the world of subatomic physics with his Indeterminacy Principle, more commonly known as the Uncertainty Principal. In a nutshell, he told his fellow physicists they could never know the exact position and momentum of a subatomic particle because the measurement process itself changed the value of one of these properties. Heisenberg…

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College Rankings Exposed by Paul Boyer

College Rankings Book Review College Rankings Exposed, by Paul Boyer Hardcover – 235 pages (2003) Thomson Peterson’s The title of this book, College Rankings Exposed, and the cover, which shows a college grad being manipulated by a gigantic, unseen puppeteer, are provocative. Some people will buy this book expecting to find out about skullduggery in…

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Book Review: Guide to Socially Responsible MBA Program

The Aspen Institute Guide to Socially Responsible MBA Programs: 2008-2009 (Paperback) Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.ISBN-10: 157675765X Reviewed by Sally Rubenstone As I thumbed through The Aspen Institute Guide to Socially Responsible MBA Programs: 2008-2009, I wondered how many business school aspirants put social responsibility at the top of their grad-school must-have list. So I decided to…

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Telling A College Why You Love It

If you’re applying to a number of schools via the Common Application, you’ll most likely see a supplemental essay prompt that asks something along the lines of “Why do you want to attend NYU [or whatever school]?” Some variations on this prompt would include “What specific courses of study at [NYU] have inspired you to…

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Strange Money for College

It’s time once again to take a look at whacky college scholarships. In the search for money to cover college expenses, students, Moms, and Dads scour the Internet for leads that can send financial relief their way. Some of the major sources of help include colleges. So-called “merit” aid is granted to admitted students to…

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Higher Ed with Lower Expenses

I saw an interesting statistic the other day. It said (quoting here), “a budget of $6,803 (which is the average a student spends) to use for the semester …” There weren’t any qualifiers with that, but I assume that it doesn’t include any school-related fees such as tuition, room and board. The statistic came from…

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College: Day One Emotions

Parents, is this your son’s or daughter’s first year of college? If so, what kinds of reactions have you gotten from them about their new lives, especially their classes? Those first few days (or even weeks) can be a real culture shock for many college first-year students. Of course, this topic wouldn’t be complete without…

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