April 3, 2018

How Can College-Bound Students Deal With the Wait List?

Invitations to the wait list are among the less pleasant surprises in college admissions. The wait list is not usually a reward for extraordinary achievement or a consolation prize.  It exists in case a college admissions office comes up short in filling a freshman class. The wait list might turn out to […]
March 9, 2018

Trade School: A Good Alternative to College?

Trade school, also called vocational-technical school, aka “vo-tech,” has been actively discussed as an alternative to college in the media, and not just the education press. A trade school might be more appealing to high school students who: Already have strong interests and/or skills in a trade that is in […]
February 28, 2018

A Tough Audition for an Entry-Level Job

This week in Indianapolis the National Football League will kick off its annual Scouting Combine, the toughest entry-level job audition that its prospective employees could imagine. Each year, the Combine welcomes up to 335 presumably NFL-ready college football players, all competing to earn the highest level of employment and financial […]
February 28, 2018

Should A College Education Come With a ‘Money Back Guarantee’ ?

More and more opinion leaders in education, whether they work in the sector or not, have questioned the value of college. Some colleges have responded by offering their versions of a ‘money back guarantee’. No, the college will not issue a full refund on your investment in a college education, […]
February 28, 2018

Daytripper University Nails The ‘Musts’ and ‘Wants’ of College Campus Visits

Recently, I have had the privilege to collaborate with Daytripper University, a site that focuses on the ‘musts’ and ‘wants’ for families planning college campus visits. Founded two years ago by co-owners Bonnie Klein and Liora Yalof, co-developers of Daytripper365, a site that curates travel itineraries, Daytripper University has deployed […]
February 26, 2018

What is an Up and Coming College?

Last week I reported on Christopher Newport University, which could be considered to be an ‘up and coming’ college. It has dramatically expanded its academic programs and its attractive campus over the past two decades. It has also improved its retention and  well as graduation rates to the point where […]
February 20, 2018

Should Legacy Admissions Be Consigned to History?

Last week, The Atlantic ran a story that called for an end to legacy admissions. Legacy admissions practices have, on many occasions, helped children of alumni to gain admission to selective colleges. This article mentioned that about three-quarters of U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 universities give some preference […]
February 14, 2018

How Is Your College Application Considered?

This is the season when high school seniors who have not received the acceptances they hoped might be looking to send out another college application while juniors begin to consider where to send their first ones. At the same time, both wonder how their college application is considered, and whether […]
January 30, 2018

Your Financial Aid and Financial Need Are Not the Same With Every College

My friend, Lynn O’Shaughnessy, financial aid reporter as well as the author of The College Solution book and Web site recently posted a comprehensive piece on how different colleges consider home equity when then calculate financial need and aid. I encourage everyone to read this, not only because of the content, but […]