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March 15, 2011

Looking Beyond the Rankings to Find the Right College Fit

In searching for colleges, the parent looks to the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings. The son looks at where he can play ultimate Frisbee. Who's right? Marty O'Connell, executive director of the nonprofit organization Colleges That Change Lives, maintains that unless the parent p...

March 14, 2011

College Process Not So Complex, New Poll Reveals

Contrary to the hype about the college-application process, the College Board finds most parents and students don't think the process is overly complex.

March 01, 2011

Schools Embrace Web to Streamline College Planning, Apps

Some districts are turning to Web-based tools to empower students to manage their academic records and make it easier to apply for college.

February 21, 2011

Tips for Making the Most of Spring Break College Visits

Thinking about swinging by a few college campuses over spring break? I spoke with Don Fraser Jr., director of education and training at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about how to make the most out of your visit. Planning is critical. Research ahead of time to learn all ...

February 07, 2011

New Facebook App Predicts College Acceptance Chances

A new Facebook app matches student profiles colleges and universities to predict the likelihood of the student making the cut.

February 07, 2011

Hovering Parents Don't Do Kids a Favor in the College Search

This generation of playdate-arranging, safety-obsessed, achievement-oriented parents often has a hard time letting the child take the lead in the college process. But, the experts say, we must.

January 18, 2011

College Board: Families Need Earlier Education About Costs

A report finds just 46 percent of parents know the cost of attending a public college in their home state, and many don't know about the aid available.

January 13, 2011

Calling on the Business Community to Boost College Grads

The business community has a lot to offer in the nation's effort to increase college graduation rates, says the head of a philanthropic group. Between advising higher education on how to be more efficient, supporting workers who pursue college, and advocating policy change, Jamie Merisotis, the pr...

January 12, 2011

Knowing Graduation Rates Affects College Decision

Knowing how well colleges do in graduating students makes a difference to parents in choosing a school, a study released today by the American Enterprise Institute shows. Providing graduation-rate information positively affects a parent's choice when looking at two separate public, four-year colleg...

December 28, 2010

High School Counselors Lack Training in College Admissions

Counselors' inadequate preparation can hinder college access for first-generation, minority students, an expert in admissions counseling writes.

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