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June 06, 2011

Common App Essay Limited to 500 Words—Again

After a four-year experiment of letting applicants write essays as long as their hearts desired, Common Application is limiting essays to a 500-word maximum beginning this fall.

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 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...

April 20, 2011

Waiting, Waiting ... And Then Wait-Listed: Now What?

Just when high school seniors thought the waiting was over—in the form of an acceptance (or rejection) letter from their dream school—many got word of being wait-listed. Do you move on with the sure thing or hold out hope? It's a conundrum. Wait lists are growing in popularity as studen...

April 12, 2011

Some Colleges Tinker With Option of Deferred Acceptance

When it comes to college admissions, students can be accepted, rejected, or wait-listed. Now a small, but increasing number of selective schools are trying a new strategy: offering deferred admission after a student goes to another institution for a year and maintains a certain grade point average. ...

April 07, 2011

Selective Colleges Even More Selective This year

This has been a particularly tough year for students trying to get into the most selective colleges.

March 28, 2011

Decisions, Decisions...How To Weigh College Offers

This time of year many high school seniors are getting the long-awaited word from colleges about whether their application rose to the top of the pile or not. Applying to multiple schools may have seemed like a good idea a few months ago, but now the result may be multiple offers. How to decide? ...

March 25, 2011

Gaston Caperton to Leave College Board Presidency Next Year

College Board President Gaston Caperton announced today he will be stepping down on June 30, 2012. He has held the position since 1999. Caperton delivered the news at a meeting of the organization's Board of Trustees in Reston, Va. today. Under Caperton's reign, the College Board membership has gro...

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