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Can I Keep My AP Exam Scores Private from My High School?

Question: Is it possible to keep my AP scores private from my high school? That’s a very good question and it’s one that “The Dean” hasn’t gotten before. If you are enrolled in an AP class at your high school and you take the corresponding AP exam, your teacher and school AP administrator will have ...

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Term Breaks & Other Parental Stressors

Been there. Done that. My wife and I enjoyed/endured eight term breaks across the years our daughter and son pursued their respective college degrees. The BIG term break happened during the months of late November/early December through early-to-mid January, the so-called “holiday” term break. Well, Moms and Dads, were on the cusp of this year’s ...

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Financial Aid: Panacea Or Prison?

Those of you high school seniors preparing your college applications are answering tons of questions as part of those applications: “Why do you want to go to [college name here]? “What elements of diversity will you bring to the [college name here] community?” “Where do you see yourself 10 years after graduating from [college name ...

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What is an .edu Email address and How Do I Get One?

Question: What is an “.edu email address”? I just tried to sign up at a Web site but was told that I couldn’t do it without an .edu email. When students enroll in college, the vast majority are given a new email address that includes the college name and the “.edu” suffix.” I see from ...

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I Want Out! Can I Transfer in the Middle of Freshman Year?

Question: I just started my freshman year of college and I already I think I’ve made the wrong  choice. This university is quite selective but it feels too large and too conservative. Can I transfer as early as this coming January? This is yet another time when “The Dean” must respond with an unsatisfying “It ...

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Can My Daughter Change her College Plans in August?

Question:  My daughter recently attended orientation at the university she had planned to attend but decided that she didn’t fit in there at all. So we contacted another university that had accepted her in the spring (but she turned down) to ask if they might still have room for her, and they said yes! So ...

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The Fruits of A College Degree – Part 2

Last time, we took a look at the results of a survey that tracked how college graduates are dealing with the realities of life after graduation. We saw some interesting statistics that revealed real-world circumstances vs. the idealistic visions of college students. In other words, for those grads surveyed, we saw that some, who had ...

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Is Who You Are What You’ll Be?

One of the more stressing questions teenagers ask themselves, especially those more introspective than others, is, “Who am I?” Maybe some of you middle-agers out there have also asked this question of yourself. One of my favorite places for self-interrogation is in the bathroom mirror (while making sure to keep the lighting level low!). Inquiring ...

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How Do Colleges Protect Students’ Personal Information?

Question:I am concerned about the safety of students information in college registration office. Is it possible, that the college lost students records and information due to, for instance, cyber attack? I want to know more about what measures, do the college generally have, to prevent the lost of students records? From my own experience (having ...

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