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College Knowledge Nirvana

One of my best friends and I are always debating our favorite topics, one of which is baseball. He knows far more than I do about it, but now and then I come across some arcane fact, statistic, or anecdote and I love to taunt him with it. For example, Mickey Mantle was my childhood ...

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College Admissions and College Confidential

The College Confidential site went live August 1, 2001. Over the past decade and a half, CC has become the go-to place for one of the world’s greatest archives of college admissions-related information. It’s all free. One of the most interesting aspects of CC is the discussion forum, where countless high schoolers, parents, grandparents, and ...

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2016 Update: Part 3

Looking back to May and June of 2016, we find these topics with their updates: From May: A Journey Through College Confidential Excerpts recap: The College Confidential site is huge. If you go to its home page, you’ll find all kinds of great incentives on which to click. However, one of the hidden gems resides way down ...

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Rankings Based on Other Rankings

Staying on the topic of rankings, as we did last time, have you ever wished that somebody would throw all the various college rankings into a pot, stir them all up, and come out with a Grand Composite Ranking? Well, if you have, your wish may have come true. Late last month, The Washington Post ...

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Your College Picks: Be Realistic

Attention high school juniors … Let’s talk about selecting colleges for your application process next autumn. Let’s temper your idealism with some realism. Okay, the new U.S. News “Best Colleges” rankings have just come out and you’ve been scouring the listings for inspiration. Naturally, if you’re like most of us, you’ve gone right to “the ...

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“Hack” Your Summer!

We’re having a hack attack! I spend a lot of time on the Web, and it seems as though just about every day — sometimes more than once a day — I encounter an article that excitedly proclaims a method to “hack” something. For the uninitiated, what exactly does “hack” mean in that context? I ...

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A Journey Through College Confidential

The College Confidential site is huge. If you go to its home page, you’ll find all kinds of great incentives on which to click. However, one of the hidden gems resides way down at the bottom of that page. Scroll down as far as you can go and click on that tiny link, “Site Map.” ...

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Revamped SAT Worries Students

It’s nail-biting time for high school students. The redesigned SAT is about to deploy and that means dealing with change. Many students have gotten into a groove with the previous SAT format and their test prep methods have calmed and reassured them. Those days are gone. To say that this redesign has caused angst and ...

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A Summer College Visit Resource

Although fall is probably the best time to visit colleges that are on your list for potential applications, summer is a good time too. Fall offers the advantage of having the student body present, which is one way to get the “vibe” of a college’s atmosphere. Summer, however, has its advantages. First of all, you ...

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2014 Highlights (Part II)

Continuing here with Part II of our look back over 2014, I’ve chosen some excerpts from this year’s past Admit This! posts, some of which you may have missed. Hopefully, if you have missed some, perhaps these snippets will motivate you to check out the complete posts. So, here we go (again) … Your SAT ...

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