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To Get Into Elite Colleges, Some Advised To 'Appear Less Asian'

By: Bella English

June 4, 2015

As lawsuits allege racial quotas at elite colleges, high-achieving applicants call on consultants to help win admission — and receive guidance on minimizing their ethnicity...

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State Testing Turmoil:
End Of Course Math Exams Won't Hurt Kids' Grades

By: Sonja Isger

May 19, 2015

Florida's education leaders have issued perhaps the biggest teacher pass on a final exam ever, clearing the way for the scores of more than half a million middle and high school math students to be ignored when calculating final...

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The 2015–2016 ACT Sample Score Report

By: ACT

May 18, 2015

ACT previously announced enhancements to the ACT® test beginning in September 2015 that include modifications to the writing test and the inclusion of new readiness scores and indicators. These enhancements will require minor modification to....

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6 Huge Changes For The Common App In 2015-16

By: Nancy Griesemer

May 12, 2015

Although months away, the debut of the 2015-16 Common Application will include six huge changes reflecting recommendations made by counselors and applicants over the past two years—since the "new" Common App came online in August 2013.....

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ACT Officially Launches Online ACT Tests
for State and District Testing

By: ACT

May 08, 2015

Approximately 6,000 Students Took Online Version of the ACT in Recent Weeks...

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Student Loan Facts They Wish They Had Known

By: Ron Lieber

May 1, 2015

The federal Department of Education takes its shot in its role as the de facto provider of advice to people borrowing their first federal student loans and repaying them. That counseling is mandatory for borrowers, but because the topic is....

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Navigating The Thickets Of Student Loan Counseling

By: Robert Neubecker

April 24, 2015

As a former student loan borrower himself, President Obama has more than a passing familiarity with the complexities of higher education finance. But in a little-noticed bit of comment last year in an interview with David Karp, the founder of.....

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Florida Lands Third In Ap Exam Success Nationwide

By Kyle Swenson

Monday, April 13, 2015

This might completely blow your mind, seeing as we're about to drop some actual positive education news on you. It might further explode your gourd to know that this particular piece of good tidings comes in the category of school testing....

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How Many AP Classes Do Elite Colleges Require?

By: Lynn O'Shaughnessy

April 7, 2015

If your child is aiming for the most elite schools – the Ivies, MIT, Stanford and a few others at the very top of the rankings heap – you might be wondering how many Advanced Placement courses he or she must take....

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Admission Stats Across The Ivy League

By: The Daily Pennsylvanian

April 2, 2015

Were you just accepted to the Penn Class of 2019? Check out our class of 2019 page at thedp.com/penn19...

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Harvard, Stanford Reject 95 Percent of Applicants This Year

By: Janet Lorin

April 1, 2015

Ivy League colleges once again disappointed tens of thousands of teenagers as they accepted a lower percentage than ever -- even as they encouraged more to apply...

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New Psat - Sample Test Just Released By College Board

By: CollegeBoard

 

Simulate test day by printing and taking the official redesigned PSAT/NMSQT practice test provided here as a PDF. After you've finished, use the answer explanation PDF to check your answers, read...

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3 Study Tips for History, Science Material on the New SAT

By: Brian Witte

March 23, 2015

The 2016 SAT will debut an entirely new design. The exam will emphasize the use of context when answering questions, as well as the analysis of passages from significant historical documents and scientific sources...

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Ivy League Admissions Are A Sham:
Confessions Of A Harvard Gatekeeper

By: Anonymous

March 19, 2015

I graduated from Harvard in 2006, and have spent eight of the last nine years working as an admissions officer for my alma mater. A low-level volunteer, sure, but an official one all the same. I served as one of thousands of...

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How To Survive The College Admissions Madness

By: Frank Bruni

March 13, 2015

HERE we go again. At Harvard, Emory, Bucknell and other schools around the country, there have been record numbers of applicants yearning for an elite degree. They'll get word in the next few weeks. Most will be turned down....

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Skip the College Wait List

By: Lynn O'Shaughnessy

March 11, 2015

This is the time of year when students are getting offered spots on waiting lists. I wanted to share a previous post that I wrote about waiting lists that is just as relevant today...

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The Financial-Aid Fine Print

By: Beckie Supiano, Jonah Newman, and Brian O'Leary

February 23, 2015

Admissions counselors from any of the country's wealthiest colleges would probably describe their financial aid in similar terms. Something like: "Yes, our price tag is....

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How One Student Used Twitter To Figure Out
Which College Was Right For Her

By: Lauren Weaver

February 16, 2015

Social media has changed the way high school seniors are approaching the college application process. It has, at the same time, influenced the way that....

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Bucknell University Receives Record Number Of Applications

By: Lewisburg, Pa. (PRWEB)

January 30, 2015

Bucknell University dared prospective students to rise to the challenge, and they did — applying in record numbers for admission to the Class of 2019....

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The Redesigned SAT: New Math. Sunny Skies,
Or Ominous Clouds?

By: Judi Robinovitz, M.S., IECA (FL)

January 27, 2015

Having followed intimately for many decades the changes in SAT form and content, I am feeling rather ambivalent today about the new Common Core-inspired math questions that the College Board...

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On The Road In Alabama With The Independent Educational Consultants Association

By: Nancy Griesemer

January 21, 2015

Shrugging off the cool temperatures and overcast skies typical of winter in the deep South, 30+ independent educational consultants, all members of the...

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What To Research Before Choosing A Private School

By: Private School Review

January 20, 2015

When making an important decision that will impact the lives of your children, you need to have all the facts in place....

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Learn About The Redesigned SAT Suite Of Assessments

By: College Board

January 13, 2015

The College Board is launching a redesigned SAT in March 2016 and a redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and PSATTM 8/9 in October 2015...

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5 Reasons Your College Decision ISN'T
Your Biggest Decision Ever

By: Winnie Ma

December 25, 2014

Chances are college decisions are to blame for all of your anxiety right now. After all, it probably feels like your entire life up to this...

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35 Best Bets For College Merit Aid

By: Michelle Kretzschmar

January 2, 2014

Are you serious about looking for an affordable education at a good college? Don't think you'll qualify for any significant financial aid? Then...

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What Happens When Your College Crush Won't Commit?

By: Haskell Flender

December 26, 2014

I knew you and I were a perfect match," the young man begins, "ever since I laid eyes on you at my sister's graduation. And spending time...

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Going Wild

By: Bethany Bray

December 23, 2014

In a matter of months, 16-year-old "David" had gone from being a successful student to spending 12 or more hours per day playing video...

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Why Thousands Were Deferred This Year
By The University Of Michigan

By: Nancy Griesemer

December 21, 2014

At NACAC's annual conference last fall, University of Michigan Senior Associate Director of Admissions Sally Lindsley directly addressed the issue of early action and what has come...

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Duke's Dean Of Admissions: Who Gets Into Top Colleges
And What Makes The Difference

By: Troy Onink | Forbes

December 19, 2014

In this interview, Christoph Guttentag, Duke University's highly respected Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, takes parents and students inside the mysterious process of determining...

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Stanford Releases 2014 Early Action Decisions
And Harvard Rivalry Continues

By: Nancy Griesemer

December 14, 2014

Stanford's Restrictive Early Action (REA) applicants received their admission decisions today at precisely 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)—right on schedule...

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Colleges That Invite Graded Papers In
Lieu Of Essays Or Test Scores

By: Nancy Griesemer

November 17, 2014

And considering the number of remedial writing and communications classes offered at even the most prestigious institutions, the need for making an accurate assessment of college-readiness in this...

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The Six-Step SAT Cheating Operation In Asia -
And How To Stop It

By: Valerie Strauss

November 16, 2014

New allegations of cheating on the SAT administered in Asia on Nov. 8 have been made even as concerns are growing that plans are underway for cheating on the exam scheduled for Dec. 6....

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New Concerns About Cheating On SAT In Asia

By: Valerie Strauss

November 10, 2014

Nothing has been confirmed but new allegations of cheating on the SAT are being made by school counselors in Asia after the November administration of the exam, ones similar to those made in October when...

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Counselors And The Road To College

By: Bari Walsh

November 6, 2014

Educators and policymakers increasingly realize that the road to college and career leads directly through the offices of school counselors. But according to a new White House report, today's counselors are too few...

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Here's The Average SAT Score For Every College Major

By: Natasha Bertrand

October 24, 2014

Students who plan on majoring in multi/interdisciplinary studies tend to do better on the SAT than those who major in engineering or math, according to the College Board's 2014 SAT Report on College and Career Readiness...

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A College Financial Aid Guide For
Families Who Have Saved Nothing

By: Ron Lieber

October 17, 2014

A mother of five children in Bath, Me., admitted on the New York Times's Motherlode blog earlier this year that she and her husband had no college savings...

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Details of Enhanced ACT Writing Test Announced

By: Steve Kappler, Interim Vice President, Marketing and Communications

October 13, 2014

As announced earlier this summer, we are providing additional information on the enhanced ACT® Writing Test that will be introduced in fall 2015...

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10 Things The College Admissions Office Won’t Tell You

By: Daniel Goldstein, Personal Finance Reporter

October 9, 2014

For the more than two million high school seniors who intend to go to college next year, the stomach-churning slog of filling out applications is in full swing...

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Unspoken Use Of Private Consultants Affects Admissions

By: ZAC HARDWICK, The Dartmouth Staff

September 24, 2014

More than $5,000 worth of private college counseling bought five months of advice on realistic school choices, deadline reminders and application essay vocabulary for a female...

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Fight Admission-Induced Stress With Georgia Tech's AARG

By: Georgia Tech

At Georgia Tech our researchers have developed The Accurate Admission Resource Guide (AARG) to combat Admission Induced Stress (AIS). Are you ready for the antidote? Pull back the...

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Admissions 100: Getting In

By: Wendy Kahn, Gael Casner, Carolyn P. Mulligan, Health Einstein

Colleges' use of "Big Data" to track demonstrated interest: It's no secret that in making admissions decisions, colleges value applicants who have "demonstrated interest"—students who visit the campus...

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Drexel to build Jewish center

By: Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer

September 6, 2014

With a goal of expanding Jewish enrollment, Drexel University will build a Center for Jewish Life on its West Philadelphia campus...

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40 Tremendous College Traditions

By: Jason English

September 4, 2014

In this week's episode of The List Show, John Green discusses college traditions around the country...

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How To Get Into An Ivy League College Guaranteed

By: Peter Waldman

September 3, 2014

The academic transcript looked like a rap sheet. The 16-year-old had dropped out of boarding schools in England and California because of behavioral problems and had only two semesters left at a small school in Utah...

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How To Game The College Rankings

By: Max Kutner | Boston Magazine

September 2014

Northeastern University executed one of the most dramatic turnarounds in higher education. Its recipe for success? A single-minded focus on just one list....

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Syracuse named nation's top party school

Carolyn Thompson

August 4, 2014

The No. 1 ranking was revealed Monday by The Princeton Review based on a nationwide survey of 130,000 students....

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Common App members and others welcome your resumé

Nancy Griesemer

August 4, 2014

It seems that when it comes to resumés for high school students, you're either for them or against them...

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The Best Colleges for Your Money

Bob O'Connor

July 30, 2014

Using unique measures of educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes, MONEY’s new value rankings will help you and your child find the right school at the right price....

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The 'Uncommon' Application: Member Pages Replace Writing Supplements For Some

Nancy Griesemer

July 29, 2014

As hard as folks at the Common Application push to enforce ‘a one-size fits all’ application process, Common App member institutions push back equally forcefully...

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‘Temple Option’ Will Open More Doors
To A University Education

Kim Fischer

July 29, 2014

In a bold move underscoring Temple University's commitment to access and diversity, President Neil D. Theobald today announced the "Temple Option,"...

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A New Factor In The AP 'Arms Race':
Are Grades Being Tied To AP Scores?

Nancy Griesemer

July 23, 2014

Last September, students in two different Advanced Placement (AP) math classes in the same local high school received intriguing offers from their teachers...

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The 'Best And Brightest' Aren’t Always Obvious

By: Angel B. Pérez

July 21, 2014

I was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to parents whose aspiration of overcoming poverty and giving their children a better opportunity led them to New York...

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Rising Tuition Discounts and Flat Tuition Revenues Squeeze Colleges Even Harder

By: Scott Carlson

July 2, 2014

By now, the picture painted in a new survey of tuition discounting, net-tuition revenue, and other enrollment trends should be drearily familiar to many in higher education...

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Naked Confessions Of The College-Bound

By: Frank Bruni

June 14, 2014

THE Yale applicant had terrific test scores. She had fantastic grades. As one of Yale’s admissions officers, Michael Motto, leafed through her application, he found himself more and more impressed...

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Efforts By Colleges To Curb Assaults Focus On Fraternities

By: Richard Pérez-Peña And Steven Yaccino

June 12, 2014

EVANSTON, Ill. — At the University of Tennessee this year, some fraternity pledges had hot sauce poured on their genitals. At Emory in Atlanta, pledges were required to consume items...

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Re-Evaluating the College Rankings Game

By: D. D. Gutterplan

June 1, 2014

LONDON — Although the rating of colleges and universities around the world has been heavily criticized by educators and politicians alike, the academic rankings business is big, and booming...

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The Common App probes pricing models for the future

By: Nancy Griesemer

May 30, 2014

At the member conference held in Washington, D.C., a couple of weeks ago, Paul Mott, interim CEO of the Common Application, put forth a timeline for gathering input and possibly making changes...

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To Young Minds of Today, Harvard Is the Stanford of the East

By: Richard Perez-Peñamay

May 29, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In academia, where brand reputation is everything, one university holds an especially enviable place these days when it comes to attracting students and money...

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Brown University Gets Into the MBA Game

By: Ingfei Chen

May 23, 2014

Brown University's governing body voted Friday to begin issuing a master's in business administration for the first time in its history...

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For Frustrated Gifted Kids, A World of Online Opportunities

By: Patrick Clark

May 21, 2014

When parents find they have a two-year-old who can read, or a five-year-old who wakes up talking about square roots, the task of ensuring that these exceptionally bright children get the educational nourishment they need is unchartered territory...

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No More LSAT 'Flagging'

By: Scott Jaschik

May 21, 2014

The Law School Admission Council has agreed to stop "flagging" the scores of those with disabilities who get extra time to take the test, which is central to admission to many law schools...

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So You Want to Go to Medical School? 5 Think-Ahead Tips for High Schoolers

By: Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

May 19, 2014

Despite rising educational costs, and changes in the last decade that make medicine less certain as a high-income career...

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If Purdue Can Freeze Tuition, So Can Others: Our View

The Editorial Board

May 14, 2014

College costs have risen so fast for so long — from about $1,600 a year at a four-year public college in 1973 to more than $18,000 in 2013 — that schools brag when tuition rises by less than the customary amount...

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10 Charts That New College Graduates Are Going To Hate

By: Andy Kiersz

May 13, 2014

Congratulations, Class of 2014! Unfortunately, you are graduating into one of the hardest moments ever for young workers. Here's a rundown of where you are and of some of the challenges ahead of you...

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82 percent of admitted to attend

news.harvard.edu

May 9, 2014

Nearly 82 percent of the students admitted to the Class of 2018 will matriculate at Harvard College, which would be the highest percentage...

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In College, Nurturing Matters

By: Charles M. Blow

May 7, 2014

I was a college freshman at Grambling State University in Louisiana. It was the middle of the night, the day before a personal essay was due for a writing seminar...

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More Colleges Join Universal College Application – Seeking Easy to Use, Accessible Application Alternative

By: applicationsonline.com

May 7, 2014

Brandeis University, University of Chicago, Colgate University, The College of Mount Saint Vincent, University of Rochester and Wilson College are pleased to announce...

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Wesleyan Makes Tests Optional in Admissions

By: Kate Carlisle

May 7, 2014

Both the SAT and the ACT tests will be optional for high school applicants to Wesleyan University starting next fall, President Michael S. Roth announced this week...

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A ‘wish list’ for the Common Application

By: Nancy Griesemer

May 7, 2014

Tomorrow, Common Application member colleges and universities will meet for a second annual Member Conference in Washington, D.C...

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Amherst College Bans Students From Joining Fraternities

By: Tyler Kinkade

May 6, 2014

Amherst College said Tuesday it will ban students from joining fraternities and sororities, beginning this summer...

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Penn announces 2014-15 essay prompt

By: Nancy Griesemer

May 4, 2014

In his admissions blog, Page 217 (a play on a recently-retired Penn essay prompt), University of Pennsylvania Dean of Admissions Eric Furda...

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U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations

By: www.ed.gov

May 1, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today a list of the higher education institutions under investigation for possible violations...

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U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher

By:Cory Turner

Apr 30, 2014

High school students in the U.S. take lots of standardized tests. There are state tests, new Common Core-aligned field tests...

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Getting Into The Ivies

By: David Leonhardt

Apr 26, 2014

Ask just about any high school senior or junior — or their parents — and they'll tell you that getting into a selective college is harder than it used to be....

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Redesigned SAT

By: www.collegeboard.org

When students open their SAT test books in spring 2016, they'll encounter an SAT that is more focused and useful than ever before...

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What You Don't Know About Financial Aid (but Should)

By: Richard Pérez-Peña

Apr 09, 2014

Marilyn Ferreira has solved her share of financial puzzles — running a business, buying a home and arranging a mortgage, raising six children as a single mother...

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Emmanuel College Announces New Test-Optional Policy

By: Richard Pérez-Peña

Apr 08, 2014

Enrollment at American colleges is sliding, but competition for spots at top universities is more cutthroat and anxiety-inducing than ever. In the just-completed admissions season....

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Emmanuel College Announces New Test-Optional Policy

By: Jaleesa Baulkman

Apr 07, 2014

Emmanuel College in Boston, Mass., announced that it will no longer require the SAT or ACT scores of applicants for admission, Inside Higher Ed reported....

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Student Financial Aid: Guaranteed Merit
Scholarships At Colleges & Universities

By:Sandy Clingman

Apr 4, 2014

College-bound seniors have until May 1 to decide whether they will accept or deny a school's offer of admission. Some students weigh institutional prestige and rankings heavily when making their....

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Waitlisted: When Colleges Hold All The Cards

By: Nancy Griesemer

April 4, 2014

The National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) asks that colleges provide each waitlisted student with a fair assessment of their odds of being ultimately being admitted...

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College Admission Rates For Class Of 2018: An Imperfect But Closely Watched Metric

By: Nick Anderson

April 3, 2014

Of all college statistics, the admission rate might be the most misleading. Which is saying something because there are other strong candidates for that title. Graduation rates, for instance...

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Why Your Brilliant Child Didn’t Get Into The Ivies

By: TheNeuroticParent.com

April 3, 2014

Late last week, decisions from top colleges were delivered electronically to stressed-out high school seniors...

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What This Year's College Results Mean to Next Year's Seniors

By: Patrick O'Connor

April 3, 2014

The smoke is still clearing after the last college notifications were sent to the Class of 2014, but it isn't too early to use this year's results to offer advice to next year's seniors...

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What Was In The Essay That Got This Kid Into All 8 Ivies?

By: Post Staff Report

April 2, 2014

What does it take to get into all eight Ivy League colleges? A 2,250 SAT score, straight-A grades — and an awesome essay...

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Wilderness Works

By: Susan Foster

April 1, 2014

Wilderness therapy “gave me my son back — and better,” says Stephen Mace. His son, Christian, age 15, participated in th