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June 29, 2011

Seizing on the Advantages of a Summer College Visit

Summer may not be the ideal time to visit a college because it can feel empty without students on campus. But the reality for families is that's when it is often most convenient. It's hard to get away during the school year when students are juggling demanding classes, studying for the SAT, working,...

June 20, 2011

College Board Spotlights Help Needed to Educate Men of Color

Recognizing the dismal fact that half of all young men of color who graduate from high school will become unemployed, incarcerated, or die young, the College Board is launching a new effort to improve their prospects through education. Two reports released today by the College Board and Harvard Uni...

June 14, 2011

Low-Income Students More Likely to Attend For-Profits

A brief released today by the Institute for Higher Education Policy finds that in the last 10 years, low-income students have increasingly being drawn to proprietary colleges and now attend at four times the rate of other students. Students between ages 18 and 26 whose total household income is nea...

June 10, 2011

Admissions Officers Say They Look at More Than Test Scores

At many colleges, getting admitted is not all about test scores.

June 01, 2011

Report Shows Low-Income Students Pay High Share of College

A new report released today by the Education Trust says that financial-aid policies too often benefit affluent students who would go to college anyway, rather than helping those with the greatest financial need. And when it comes to the bottom line of paying for college (after grants and aid), low-i...

May 19, 2011

Counselors Have Negative Opinion of U.S. News College List

They don't like how the list is generated, the impact the rankings have on how schools operate, or find it useful in narrowing the college search, but they know they have to deal with it.

May 04, 2011

New List Out of Colleges With Space Remaining in the Fall

Still looking for a college this fall? High school seniors continuing to search may want to check out the 2011 Space Availability Survey released this morning by the National Association of College Admissions Counseling This survey's results are compiled into a searchable list of 279 public and pri...

May 02, 2011

Decision Over: Colleges Review Yield; Seniors Reflect

As of yesterday, many high school seniors were likely breathing a sigh of relief. After months of visiting campuses, comparing aid packages, and weighing options, May 1 was the deadline when most students finally had to decide where they will be headed to college in the fall. Next, colleges and un...

April 29, 2011

Early Lessons in Saving Improve Odds for College Success

I'm a big believer in teaching kids about money. Giving an allowance to pay for gadgets, buy gifts, donate to charity, and establish good savings habits makes sense. Turns out, those money lessons may up kids' chances of finishing college, too. New research says that children with savings accounts...

April 22, 2011

College-Admissions Officers Check Out Students on Facebook

Attention high school students: Facebook isn't just for chatting with your friends. College-admissions officers are watching you. Be careful about what you post, but think of ways your online profile can work for you. Seventy percent of college-admissions officers said Facebook profiles are a mediu...

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