Category Archive: liberal arts

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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May 01

Hybrid Jobs Call For Hybrid Education

Will you be ready for the new jobs that are emerging? This is important to think about as you think about college. “But in addition to such familiar jobs such as engineer, consultant, or financial analyst, we’re increasingly seeing new job titles emerge: forensic technologist, digital storyteller, and marketing automation manager…. What does this mean …

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Mar 06

I Said We’d Never Hire A College Admissions Adviser. Then We Did.

“As I watched my friends with teenagers begin the college search process, I quietly judged those who hired a college admissions adviser. Certainly the admissions process is hard, but hiring someone to help your kid through the process? That’s something that “those” parents do, and we were not going to be those parents. Those are …

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Dec 07

What Parents Can Do To Foster A Lifetime Love Of Learning-Are you doing enough?

Over the many years I have been consulting with students, the one thing that is often the missing ingredient to their admissions prospects and lifetime goals, is a love of learning. The focus tends to be on grades to the almost exclusion of pure curiosity and learning for its own sake. A love of learning …

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Nov 08

If Students Are Smart, They’ll Major in What They Love

Some students and parents believe that students must know what they want to do in life before they enter college, at the age of 17 or 18 years old. “The premise that choosing a major is choosing a career rests on the faulty notion that ‘the major’ is important for its content, and that the …

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Sep 20

I Said We’d Never Hire A College Admissions Adviser. Then We Did.

This is a very insightful NY Times article on hiring a college admissions adviser. Over the years that I have been an independent college consultant, I have heard this from many parents who had then hired me to counsel their children through the college admissions process. “In spite of our bravura, we had been in …

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Aug 31

How Picking A College Is Like Buying A House

There are many similarities between selecting a college and buying a house. Click here to read more in an article I authored. If you’ve ever bought a house or have thought about buying a house, you are likely to consider many factors. If you want to find a house that is truly a home, think …

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Aug 10

Thinking Of A Liberal Arts Degree?

“Is a liberal arts degree worth it?… Does that kind of broad-ranging, historically conscious, inquiry-based study really lead to a job? In our knowledge-based economy, the basic skill for everyone to learn is how to keep learning. Many of the good jobs of the future don’t even exist yet. In this ever-changing, global economy, a …

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Apr 12

When It Does Matter Where You Go To College

It’s called “undermatching.” “There are all sorts of reasons why students pick less-selective colleges. They might want to stay close to home or go to the least-expensive college (this is particularly true of poorer students). Or maybe they are worried they won’t be able to keep up with their classmates. Bowen and the other researchers …

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Feb 15

Recruit To Deny

Why colleges aggressively recruit applicants just to turn them down– As college-admissions season kicks into high gear, Kelley is a target of a little-known practice among colleges and universities called “recruit to deny,” in which they try to make their admissions process look more selective by boosting their number of applicants — then turning many …

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