Tag Archive: college rankings

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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Jul 31

The Agony Of College Choice And How To Get Through It

As I work with my students through the college choice and application process, I believe this article to be very informative and helpful. “It’s hard choosing among so many colleges and universities; how can families minimize anxiety during the process?… In the process, one question often remains unasked, although it’s often evident in every other …

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Mar 28

Fun, Useful, Unexpected “Stuff” about Colleges You Probably Don’t Know!

A FEW COLLEGE FACTOIDS… CO-OP PROGRAMS… PECULIAR MAJORS… PET-FRIENDLY COLLEGES… AND MORE…  Click here to continue reading.

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 15

Ten Ways Colleges Work You Over

Must Read! Your many questions are answered in this excellent article. Some topics include: #1 Just because a school encourages you to apply doesn’t mean they actually want you #2 A college may not be as selective as it seems. #3 You may be rejected or wait-listed at a college simply because you are not …

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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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Sep 07

Why Are Colleges Really Going Test-Optional?

This is a very interesting article about the ever increasing number of colleges going test-optional. So why are they doing this? “The question is: Beyond the admirable goal of wanting to reach more traditionally underrepresented students, why else would schools go test-optional? ‘No. 1,’ says Burd, getting more applications ‘allows schools to then reject more …

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Jul 12

Why Your Brilliant Child Didn’t Get Into The Ivies

This is an article I posted about a year ago but it warrants another post. These new Ivy rejects are far from slackers. They’re incredible kids with impressive resumes — 2,350+ SATs, straight As in their 16 APs, debate champions, flute soloists and MVPs. Parents who have been dreaming of an Ivy education for their …

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Jun 14

Should You Apply Early?

There are pros and cons to applying early to college. There isn’t one general answer to this question for everyone. When I work with high school students, we discuss what is the best answer for the particular student. However, there are some very good reasons that should be considered. This article discusses 4 Reasons To …

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