Planning

College Visits for High School Juniors

As the first day of spring arrives, anxious high school seniors hold their breath and await the verdicts from the colleges to which they have applied. Sometimes the arrival of the mail (either the “snail” or “e” version) can be a traumatic experience. I recall when my son received his tiny envelope from his Early ...

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Tending Your Spring Break Budget

Spring breaks are breaking all over the place. Some began earlier this month while others won’t begin until April. The beaches of America (and their residents) are braced for the onslaught of super-serious partying. As I heard one college junior say, “Leave no bar unvisited!” Sounds like fun, if you’re into that scene. However, more ...

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Which Senior Math Class Will Boost Ivy Odds?

What math course should I take in my senior year in order to have a great chance of earning acceptance to an Ivy League school if I am currently a sophomore enrolled in Precalculus? The Ivy League colleges expect that the majority of their admitted students will have taken the “Most Demanding” course load available ...

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Recommended B.A./M.D Programs?

Question: Which colleges are recommended to complete an undergrad and medical degree togther in 6/7/8 years. Thanks It’s not responsible for an Internet “Dean” to recommend a combo-med college (or ANY college) without knowing a lot about the student involved. However, you may find this earlier “Ask the Dean” column helpful: http://www.collegeconfidential.com/dean/choosing-a-combined-bachelorsmd-program It’s about seven ...

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Nontraditional Students Go Back to College

My post today is aimed more at parents rather than at high schoolers. Adults who go to college comprise what is generally known as the “nontraditional” college student demographic. Over the years, I’ve toyed with the idea of returning to college for a number of reasons. Although many returning adults these days are doing so ...

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What’s Wrong with Higher Education?

The nice part about having a blog is being able to spout off about whatever topic happens to be bothering me the most. Today, I’m going to take advantage of my bully pulpit here to talk about the problems of higher education. Well, I’m going to express a few of my opinions and then hand ...

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Should You Go to College?

Here are some U.S. Department of Education observations about the state of American higher education: A whopping 98 percent of American adults want their children to go to college, and with good reason.  The benefits of a college education are profound — greater lifetime earnings, a greater appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship, a greater ...

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Spring Break Sites: Rank(ed)

I never went on a wild and crazy spring break. Of course, back then, most of today’s favorite spring break locations were just swamps, weed-filled fields, or too hot to occupy since the earth was still cooling after its formation. Yeah, that was a while ago. Anyway, it’s that time of year again, when thousands ...

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IB Magnet High School vs. Sci-Tech School?

Question: My child has a choice between an IB magnet high school and a science and technology magnet high school. What are the pros and cons? Her goal is to join medical school. Which would be a better way to go? It sounds like you’re facing a tough choice and I empathize with that. However, ...

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How do I get on college mailing lists?

Question: I would like to receive mail to my home from colleges. I need to expand my knowledge of college information now that I am in the 10th grade & I would like to know if this can be done. This may be one of those “Be careful what you wish for situations.” Once you ...

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