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Can You Afford Your Dream College?

The last of the Ivy-elite early admission results will be out this mid-December week. I’ve witnessed many happy reports from those who got their good news over the past few days or so. Of course, along with that good news comes the financial aid package, which, for those who are not in the “full pay” ...

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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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Excellent Essays Can Be Easy

Before you start working on your Common Application essay and the associated Common Application supplements that colleges just love to throw your way, you need to start seeing yourself in the proper perspective in regards to being an applicant to your candidate colleges. This stratagem applies even if you’re not aiming for the top, as ...

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Choosing A College Major

For those of you newly minted high school graduates who are headed to college, here are some questions for you: Have you decided in what area you will major? What will be your program of emphasis? Will you go with your heart or your head when deciding? Who might be influencing your choice? Your friends? ...

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A Process for Academic Success

For those of you high school students dreaming about going to college, what are your criteria for success? Do you have some kind of special mental image of yourself prospering academically, socially, and possibly athletically during your years behind the ivy walls? Visualization can be an important part of your preparation for college. You may ...

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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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It’s Harder Than You Think

D-Day has come and gone. I’m talking about Decision Day for the Ivy League schools. Those applicants holding their breath for their Regular Decision decisions on March 28 this year were sufficiently nervous to cause server slowdowns on the College Confidential discussion forum. That’s a tribute to their anxiety, eagerness, and just plain curiosity. If ...

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Yes You Kahn

We were talking before about revolution in higher learning. I’d like to be able to come back in 50 years to see what the collegiate landscape in America looks like then. There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on these days and some colleges and universities are having a hard time holding on. That’s as it ...

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