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November 08, 2010

Colleges Boast Growing Application Pools

To make their schools look even more selective, colleges love to publicize the number of applications they receive each year. Once they tell about the thousands of students who apply, they then share the small percentage of students they actually welcome to their campuses. Proclaiming just a 7 perc...

October 25, 2010

Ivy League Mentors Give Advice to College-Bound Students

We can give students all the advice we want about the college-application process, but what they really listen to are other students. Now, a group of 45 students at Ivy League schools are offering their services as mentors to college-bound students through a new website called IvyAlly. Some of the ...

October 21, 2010

Students Applying to More Colleges and More Online

Feel like the college-application process is ramping up? Now a report, released yesterday, confirms it. Each year, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors surveys counseling and admission officers to learn more about what's happening in the field and track trends in admission an...

October 19, 2010

School Counselors Stretched at a Time When Needed Most

What schools need now are more counselors—not fewer—based on experts' recommendations. This is particularly true in high schools, where students are eager for help navigating the transition to college and careers. But the reality is that counselors are stretched, trying to give advice and ...

October 14, 2010

Students Unprepared for Community College Entrance Tests

When a student does poorly on a community college assessment test, it can be the beginning of the end of his or her career in higher education. Too often, students take the test unprepared, end up in developmental education courses, become discouraged, and never finish their degrees. A report look...

October 13, 2010

It Pays to Comparison Shop When It Comes to College

College is too costly these days not to shop around. In his paper, "Is College Worth the Investment?" Mark Schneider, a former official at the U.S. Department of Education and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, finds the answer on the value of higher education...

September 22, 2010

Legacy Preferences: Giving an Unfair Leg Up to the Wealthy?

Are legacy preferences for college admissions un-American, or is the concern overblown? Academics, policy experts, and attorneys weigh in.

September 09, 2010

Granting Students a Clean Slate by Forgiving Bad GPAs

Some colleges are offering academic forgiveness programs that allow returning students to start over and reset their grade point averages.

August 13, 2010

Community Colleges Rethink 'Open Door' Admissions as Remedial Costs Rise

Is Chicago's move to end open-door community college admissions a sign of things to come?

May 28, 2010

Answers to Top-Ten Questions About Getting Into College

When parents and students are confused about the college-application process or how to pay for it, many go online for answers. The popular search engine Ask.com responds to 1 million questions every day and many deal with college. Here are the top-10 questions received by Ask.com about applying for ...

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