Choosing A College

Where on Earth Will Your College Be?

You’ve probably heard the answer to the question, “What are the three most important considerations when dealing with real estate?” — Location, location, location. Sometimes the same goes for college selection. In that situation, the question might be, “What is your most important criterion for picking a college in which to enroll?” Again, the answer ...

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Ivy Monikers

Over my many years as an independent college admissions counselor, I’ve often wondered about what motivates high schoolers to apply to certain colleges. Certainly, there are practical reasons, like legacy. If Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Auntie, or Uncle Fred went there, then that’s good enough for some, especially if a legacy connection can result in some ...

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Your College Application Candidates

This information is targeted mainly at high school juniors. Granted, you’re busy right now with school’s year-end requirements. You’re thinking about next month’s Advanced Placement exams, maybe some Subject Tests, and/or another SAT. Maybe you’re also conducting a summer job search, now that school is winding down. If you’re a spring-sport athlete, you’ve got practices ...

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Return on Your College Investment

We’ve been having some power outages in our area over the past several months. Maybe it’s due to the strain being put on the regional grid by all the air conditioning people are using. This summer (as I write this) has been the hottest in many years. In my experience, it has been the hottest ...

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Procrastinating College Planners

Are you familiar with the term “senioritis”? In its most common form, senioritis takes place in high school seniors who have already been accepted to and enrolled in a college. This feeling of a secure academic future can lull seniors into a false sense of “I’ve got it made now!” Consequently, they tend to back ...

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Anti-California Aspirations

The state of the nation’s economy is causing some rather odd decisions concerning college applications and enrollment. Up until now, traditional thinking has been that going to one of your home-state universities was a prudent move, both financially and educationally. That doesn’t seem to be the case any longer. These days, state universities are accepting ...

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A Search Warrant for Colleges

The old Christmas song “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” has a lyric that says “He’s makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice.”  When it comes to college selection, high schoolers need to make their list and check it twice. For juniors who are considering a four-year college, it’s time to do some thinking.  You ...

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Top Schools Can Equal Low Debt

Getting into certain schools can save you some student debt. The challenge with some of these schools is getting in, in the first place. Some are hyper-competitive. Others might not have the exact combination of the criteria you need to make a commitment. Once again, the important thing is to do your homework during your ...

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Navigating College Majors

For those of you high school seniors who haven’t applied to all your colleges yet, and for you high school juniors who are looking ahead to next fall’s application season, here’s a valuable Web site to help you with your strategizing and possible admissions chances improvement. College Navigator falls under the umbrella of the U.S. ...

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Too Many Acceptances?

Some high school seniors are accepted at every college where they applied. If you’re one of those with an embarrassment of riches, congratulations. Believe it or not, having a pile of acceptance letters from colleges you like can pose a problem. It’s a happy problem, to be sure, but a difficulty nonetheless. Perhaps you were ...

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