The College Search

How Do I Get MIT Brochures?

Question: I am asking for an AVID project. We are to research a certain college outside our state (California) with a partner. I am in middle school currently and for our project, we think an effective way to gain such information is to receive informational brochures regarding the college. How would we receive such brochures ...

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From High School to Vet School

Question: I am a rising high school senior looking into the career of a vet and I was wondering how does the whole process work? The road to a veterinary career can be a rough one: classes are challenging, vet-school admission is cut-throat competitive, and costs are high. But for those who are dedicated to ...

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Are There Public Community Colleges with Dorms?

Question: I have been out of high school and working for two years. I wasn’t a great student in high school and didn’t try hard enough, so now I would like to attend an affordable community college and later transfer to a 4-year college. However, I don’t want to continue to live with my parents ...

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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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