College Search

When Helping Hands Can Hurt

I was talking to a friend the other day and we were remembering the days when our kids had graduated from college and moved away to work their first jobs. My buddy laughed when he told me about his two sons. He said that they always forgot about their mother’s birthday and even Mother’s Day ...

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Q: Are You Worthy? A: Yes!

We’re now past that mid-December period when all the high school seniors’ Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) results have been issued. Every year, there’s good news, bad news, and yet-to-be-decided news. Those three outcomes comprise acceptances, denials (a.k.a. “rejections”), and deferrals. Do you possess one of these? I’d like to address the denied/rejected ...

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Real-World Value from College

I often wonder if it’s fair to expect a high school senior to know which direction s/he wants his/her life to go at such a young age. When I think back across my own late-teenage years, most of what I recall relates to mild-to-moderate confusion, lack of focus, and a desire to seemingly always “doing ...

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College Brand Name = Practical Benefits?

Admission results for the current application season have already begun to arrive. Those of you who have applied Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA), with its various monikers, have gotten your good, bad, and delayed news. From the perch on which I sit here at College Confidential, the focus we see tends to prominently ...

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The Ever More Slippery Slope

The Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) verdicts began coming out yesterday. The news was even more grim than expected, as some of the news headlines testified: – College Admits 14.5 Percent of Early Applicants to Class of 2022 (Harvard) The College notified 964 students of their acceptance into the Class of 2022 Tuesday, ...

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Admission Staff Encounters

Mant colleges are on a public relations mission these days. By that, I mean they are looking for ways to enhance their “human” aspects to make them at least appear to be more friendly, regardless of how they will view your application. As you wind your way through the college process, you will encounter intersections ...

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Financial Aid: Panacea Or Prison?

Those of you high school seniors preparing your college applications are answering tons of questions as part of those applications: “Why do you want to go to [college name here]? “What elements of diversity will you bring to the [college name here] community?” “Where do you see yourself 10 years after graduating from [college name ...

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Affirming Your College Choices

If you’re a college-bound high school senior, you no doubt have a list of candidate schools to which you will be applying this fall and winter. At least you should have a list at this late point in the application season. Regarding the schools on that list, I want to ask you a question: Why ...

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Thinking about Transferring?

While college-bound high school seniors are working on their college applications, many first-year college students are heading into their second full month on campus. On the horizon is Thanksgiving then the year-end holiday break, Oh, let’s not forget about Halloween! I’ll be the first to admit that the reality of college sometimes doesn’t live up ...

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High-End, Low-Enrollment Colleges

For many of us, bigger is better. But, as they say, good things can also come in small packages. Those two opposing mindsets can apply to the college search, too. If you’re a college-bound high school senior, you no doubt have at least a partial list of candidate colleges in mind at this point in ...

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