September 25, 2018

HBCUs Have a Tough Time Playing D-1 Football

I recently finished reading a book about the 1968 New York Jets on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the franchise’s only Super Bowl title. A look at their roster shows that seven players hailed from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Another, Billy Joe, later became the second-winningest […]
September 25, 2018

Who Should You Turn To For College Recommendation Letters?

College-bound seniors have the responsibility for sending complete applications for admission, including college recommendation letters. These are especially important at colleges that are reasonably selective. They have more applications than available seats in either their freshman class or a competitive academic program such as business, engineering or nursing. Some schools […]
September 20, 2018

How Did Rutgers ‘Move Up’ in US News’ College Rankings?

Rutgers suffered an embarrassing football defeat this past weekend at the hands and feet of the Kansas Jayhawks. But when it comes to the 2019 US News college rankings, there is much for the Rutgers community to cheer for. Their university has moved up to 56th among National Research Universities, […]
September 17, 2018

No College Offers a ‘Guarantee of Success’, Not Even Stanford

Stanford was one among my “dream schools” in high school. But when I got my first SAT scores, I told myself to keep dreaming.  I recently finished reading A Practical Education by technology writer Randall Stross, where I learned that a Stanford education offers connections and direction, but offers no […]
September 4, 2018

Which Extracurricular Activities “Really Matter”?

College admissions advisors, admissions officers and school counselors get many questions from high school students as to which extracurricular activities “matter” when applying to college.  Some activities can turn a student into a star, others are hobbies, and might stay that way well into adult life. But I don’t like […]
August 28, 2018

Try To Avoid Remedial Math In College

Remedial math instruction has been a fact of life for many who start at two-year or four-year colleges. Colleges have offered non-credit remedial math instruction to help incoming students become more prepared for the more demanding academic work that happens in the later semesters. Depending on how these courses are […]
August 28, 2018

Are You a ‘Heavily Recruited’ High School Senior?

If you are a college-bound high school senior, regardless of grades and standardized test scores, you have likely received at least one brochure or letter from a college that is interested in receiving your application—to the point where the admissions office will even let you complete it on their Web […]
August 22, 2018

They’re Not ‘Dorms’, They’re Residence Halls

Residence halls are one of the most frequently mocked aspects of college life. But they are also one of the most important considerations for any family that is sending a child away to school. Residence halls are not called dorms anymore. Young children live in dorms when sent away to […]
August 14, 2018

How to Make Early Admissions Work For You

Early admissions have become a common trend as high school seniors consider where they might want to spend their college years. If you can get your applications completed before Thanksgiving, chances are that you will receive at least one acceptance before Christmas.  Colleges offer one or more approaches to early […]