Rachelle

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Date registered: February 18, 2011

Latest posts

  1. How Do Colleges Evaluate Applications? — June 19, 2017
  2. Harvard Rescinds 10 Admissions — June 10, 2017
  3. When a Friend Chooses a College, Be Happy or Be Quiet — June 3, 2017
  4. Is Your Child Addicted To Video Games? — May 20, 2017
  5. Where the 2017 Tony Nominees Went To College — May 13, 2017

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Feb 11

New 2017-18 Common Application Essay Questions Are Out

The 2017-2018 common application essay prompts are now out. Take a look at them to get a head start. “Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear …

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Jan 29

Don’t Fear General Education

“One area that seems most elusive is information about a college’s ‘core curriculum’ or general education program…. Why is information about the general education program so mysterious? Why don’t colleges devote time and energy discussing their core curriculum? I think the answer probably lies in the fact that most prospective students and their parents think …

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Jan 22

Seize Your Possibilities For Real College Success

This is a very interesting blog to read, as a high school student or as a college student. “When your attention is focused on getting into college it’s easy to forget about what happens after you’re admitted. The excitement of getting a ‘yes’ easily blots out thoughts of how to be successful once you’re on …

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Jan 15

Top 10 Ways To Annoy Admissions Counselors

“Ultimately, though, college admissions counselors are people. There are certain things that irritate them.” Click here to read more.

Dec 17

Five Myths of a Liberal Arts Education

“Here are the five big myths surrounding liberal arts education — and why you shouldn’t believe them: Liberal arts education is only for the elite It’s prohibitively expensive to attend a liberal arts college Graduates have a staggering amount of debt This kind of education isn’t practical Liberal arts graduates are unemployable We only need …

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Dec 10

College Board To Offer More Accommodations For Students With Disabilities, ELLs

“The College Board announced on Thursday that it would make it easier for students with disabilities to request test accommodations… The College Board and its competitor, ACT Inc., have increasingly faced criticism—and questions from the U.S. Department of Justice—for testing practices that put students with disabilities at a disadvantage compared to students without disabilities. Now, …

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Dec 04

A Guide To Getting A Bachelor’s Abroad

“While graduate programs have long attracted international students, undergraduates are seizing upon the vast opportunities to enroll in foreign colleges for a complete bachelor’s degree. The number of options to do so is growing by the year.”  Click here to read more.

Nov 13

Colleges are paying to get personal information on students — here’s how they’re using it to make admissions decisions

“Just as companies pay for consumer data to make informed decisions, it turns out, colleges and universities do the same, according to a report by non-partisan think tank New America.,,, The report also explained how colleges rank students based on this data. Admissions teams individually score students’ likelihood of becoming an applicant, being admitted, and …

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Nov 06

Letters of recommendation: An unfair part of college admissions

“But ironically, many of these calls for reform seem to overlook, and even re-emphasize, one of the biggest barriers to college admission at selective institutions: The letter of recommendation, which is either required or recommended by over 1,100 of the 1,943 four-year, private and public universities that grant degrees and admit freshmen, according to federal …

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Oct 30

How To Make Sense of College Rankings

Frank Bruni of the New York Times writes about rankings. “Rothwell, who is now at Gallup, conceded that even the best rankings were ‘deeply flawed.’ ‘They don’t measure learning outcomes,’ he told me, ‘and it seems to me that that’s probably the chief goal of higher education: to teach people.’… ‘We should not overlook the …

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