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August 16, 2011

New Book Demystifies College-Admissions Process

Getting into college is not rocket science. It is a lot of hard work, but it can be done. That's the mantra that authors Robin Mamlet and Christine VanDeVelde suggest to families in their book out today from Three Rivers Press, College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step. Maml...

August 15, 2011

Conversation on Access to College for Low-Income Students

More students are going to college than ever before, but the road is rough if you are from a low-income family. Not only do you often lack the money for school, but the process of applying and getting financial aid can be daunting. Here's are some stark statistics: While 84 percent of high-income ...

August 11, 2011

What to Know Before an Overnight Campus Stay

Touring colleges during the day and watching students go to class is one part of campus life. But it is on an overnight stay where prospective students get a true flavor of a school. What to know before you go? Rather than visiting on your own, it's best if you arrange an overnight through the adm...

July 29, 2011

Crafting College-Specific Admissions Essays

After wrapping up visits to college campuses this summer, many high school seniors are thinking about what schools they liked and why. The application for some requires students to translate those thoughts into an essay that answers the question: "Why do you want to go to X university?" This is a t...

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.

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