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For High School Students Who May Go On To Graduate School

For High School Students Who May Go On To Graduate School

When high school students begin searching for colleges in, say, their junior year, the vast majority aren’t ready to commit to the years of education necessary to earn a PhD.  For many bright young students, however, the option for graduate […]

One College Admissions Officer’s Facebook Blunder

One College Admissions Officer’s Facebook Blunder

Teenagers have undoubtedly heard the dire warnings about the ramifications of inappropriate  Facebook posts.  “Once you put it out there, you can’t get it back, “ we’ve all been warned.  Colleges may look at what you’ve posted, you’ve been told. If you think they’re kidding, consider […]

Why Proofreading is Vital: A Lesson from Emory University

Did you ever find that when you try to proofread your own essays, your eyes often read what your brain “thinks” should be on the page, and not what actually appears there?  It’s why you can often proofread something several […]

Vassar Shows Us What’s Missing from Online Education

In the world of higher education, not a day goes by where MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) are not in the news.  They are growing at an exponential rate.  They provide access to college coursework to a geographically, economically and […]

New Common Application Essay Topics Released

The Common Application has made several significant changes to its newest version of this widely used online college application. In a controversial move, they have eliminated  “topic of your choice” as an essay prompt.  For the first time in many […]

Time to Let Go of Law School Dreams?

Time to Let Go of Law School Dreams?

Has your teenager indicated that they might like to be a lawyer? If that doesn’t make you cringe, perhaps it should. I don’t suggest you should recoil because of some perceived ethical or moral lapse of those who enter the […]

Is College Going the Way of the Newspaper?

Is College Going the Way of the Newspaper?

Once thought an indestructible empire, the newspaper industry changed drastically with the proliferation of the internet.  Newspapers lost significant revenue in sales to the internet after accumulating significant debt in physical plant construction.  Revenue declined, but debt did not.  Simply […]

What You Should Know About Poor College Graduation Rates

What You Should Know About Poor College Graduation Rates

A lot of energy goes into the recruitment of prospective students by colleges.  Slick brochures,     appealing online campaigns with a keen eye to differentiation among stiff competition, and campus programs and amenities are all geared to attract students.  […]

Why Volunteering Matters in College Admissions

Why Volunteering Matters in College Admissions

  As we remember Dr. King on this National Day of Service, here is a look at why community service is important in the college admission process, and it may not be for the reasons that you think.  Many college-bound […]

At College, Is There a Downside to Financial Stability?

At College, Is There a Downside to Financial Stability?

Are you a parent who will be writing large college tuition checks?  If so, you’ll want to know about the findings from a recent study which indicates that the more money a parent provides for higher education, the lower the […]