Tag Archive: high school students

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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Oct 09

How To Maximize Your College Admissions Chances

Here is an article I’ve been quoted in, that appeared in the Long Island Herald. I hope it answers many of your questions about the college process.          

Sep 25

Test Optional: Easy In Or Alternative Path?

“Colleges are putting less emphasis on standardized test scores, but that doesn’t mean the same thing for every college…. High school performance also becomes more important in the decision process for students who don’t submit test scores—with a brighter spotlight on GPA. For a few Test Optional colleges, like George Mason University, only students with …

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Sep 10

Subject Tests Lose Favor for Colleges

Should you take the SAT II (Subject Tests) or not? “Several top New England colleges have joined a growing number of schools nationally that no longer require applicants to submit scores from SAT subject tests, saying the specialized exams lend little insight into students’ readiness and can work against low-income and minority students…. Although the …

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Sep 06

What College Admissions Officers Say They Want In A Candidate

Admissions Officers were asked “to reveal the truth about admissions today”. For the full article, click here. Here are some of the many points made in this interesting article: “Concentrate not on being the best candidate, but on being the best person. Essays can help an admission committee better understand the individual and how he or …

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Aug 21

4 Behaviors That Professors Love

Too many students do not know how to network and how to develop professional relationships that can help them. This is an excellent article that works for high school students, too! “The rapports that you create with your professors can greatly influence your college experience — both inside and outside the classroom. Cultivating strong connections …

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Aug 08

Five Things Applicants Need to Know About the 2016-2017 Common App

“Whether you have an account from last year, or you haven’t created one yet – that’s great.” This is a very helpful article from the folks at the Common App. Read more by clicking here.

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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Jun 26

2 Extra Years In College Could Cost You Almost $300,000

It’s very important to review colleges’ graduation statistics and retention rates because the longer a student stays in college, the more costs are incurred. In fact, sometimes what might seem like a less expensive route, for example, state schools, can end up costing more when students are closed out of courses they need and are …

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