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Reduced College Application Requirements Bad News for Students

As someone who scours college application requirements, I am keenly aware of changes in application requirements, and without a doubt, a new trend has emerged. High school seniors will initially be grateful for this trend, but will eventually curse the […]

Are You Asking the Wrong Questions on Campus Visits?

Are You Asking the Wrong Questions on Campus Visits?

As a good consumer on the verge of making a major investment, you will likely ask some very astute questions (or your parents ask a barrage of them, mortifying you in the process). Proactively asking questions as you visit colleges […]

What the Extinction of the H.S. Guidance Counselor Means to You

What the Extinction of the H.S. Guidance Counselor Means to You

Time Magazine painfully quantified what many of us know intuitively: the number of guidance counselors in public schools is woefully inadequate and getting worse. Due to radically contracting budgets, counseling jobs are being cut and those remaining must assume additional, […]

Lessons from a Waitress on College & Career Success

When a three-time Pulitzer Prize winning, bestselling author talks, we would all be smart to listen carefully, and that’s exactly what I did as New York Times Journalist Thomas Friedman spoke to almost 5,000 college admission and high school guidance […]

College Admissions Survey is Good News for Students

College Admissions Survey is Good News for Students

According to a recent survey, nearly 60% of colleges did not meet their freshmen enrollment goals for the 2013-14 academic year, and this could be the best news you’ve heard all day.  To be sure, counted among the ranks of […]

Why one student said no to the Ivy League

Why one student said no to the Ivy League

Ashlie isn’t going to change the world…she already has, and her story is an important one for college-bound students. Ashlie is bright, witty, intellectually curious, generous and much more.  She’s incredibly talented and this was recognized by the Ivy League […]

No Nagging, Less Stress – The Perfect Way to Apply to College

No Nagging, Less Stress – The Perfect Way to Apply to College

We created College Application Wizard to save your sanity!  If you are a college bound teen or work with one, College Application Wizard will eliminate stress by organizing and managing the multitude of deadlines and requirements in the college admission […]

Net Price Calculators: What families should know

My latest assignment is about financial aid (and if you want to stop reading now, I completely understand).  This is not exactly my favorite subject, but it is a necessary evil.  You don’t need me to tell you that the […]

Where to Find the Real Scoop about Colleges

If you’re the slightest bit familiar with the college admissions process, you havevery likely been exposed to the sleek marketing and glossy brochures that admissions offices use to attract prospective students. After viewing happy, spirited students on pristine campuses, it’s almost impossible to fathom that there […]

College Knowledge from a junior wizard

Although I’m a self-proclaimed college admissions wonk, there are some things that even I would change if I were to start this chapter of my life all over again. The first thing that comes to mind is taking a foreign […]