January 30, 2018

Which of America’s College Towns is Amazon’s ‘Best Fit’ for HQ2?

Amazon recently selected 20 cities and metro areas as possible sites for its second headquarters, all in or close to college towns. Few of these finalists have the land and infrastructure to accommodate an eventual 50,000 new jobs with a single firm, though all of them are likely to submit […]
January 26, 2018

Could Early Decision Ever Go Away?

Early Decision is one of the more popular, and most loathed, practices in college admissions. The concept is simple: if you have a first-choice school, apply early. If you get accepted you must deposit, then withdraw all of your other college applications. Interestingly, few state schools offer the opportunity to […]
January 24, 2018

What if Early Action Went Away?

Early Action has been a popular way for college-bound high school seniors to apply to some of their favorite schools. Early Action is tied to an early application deadline (usually by mid-November) deadline. It is not restrictive. Accepted students can wait until May 1st to deposit. Its low risk for […]
January 22, 2018

What is the Classic Learning Test?

Late last week, a member of a Counselors Facebook group posted an article about the Classic Learning Test, an assessment similar in some ways to the ACT and SAT. I knew nothing about the test, so I decided to do a little research. Based on the Great Books for critical […]
January 16, 2018

Leadership Training and the Liberal Arts

Liberal arts colleges are too often criticized for not providing an education that prepares their students for the “real world.” Such criticism is unwarranted. Students who have chosen a liberal arts education not only learn “employable skills,” they may also have the opportunity to learn what it takes to lead […]
January 11, 2018

Should You Consider Test-Optional Schools?

Fairtest, a national non-profit organization that monitors and updates listings for test-optional colleges and universities, recently announced that there are more than 1,000 test-optional schools in the United States. The organization also provides a chronology of more than 200 schools that have de-emphasized the ACT and the SAT since 2005 […]
January 10, 2018

Are Apprenticeship Programs A Good Substitute for College?

In June President Trump announced a plan to provide $200 million to the US Department of Labor to expand apprenticeship programs where “students can learn and earn.” As of June there were 505,000 apprenticeship positions in the US workforce. Fewer than 50,000 apprentices entered the workforce in 2016, before Trump […]
January 9, 2018

Make Sure You Can Get the College Major You Want

The choice of a college major can often have an influence on the choice of a college. However, its important to make sure that the admissions process at each school on your list allows your student to have a fair chance at being accepted to both. More than other colleges, […]
January 8, 2018

College Costs That Can Creep Up On You

Whether you are early in the college prep and search process or are sorting between acceptances and financial aid awards, there are some college costs that you should be aware of that, without planning, can become unpleasant surprises. While colleges have become more predictable when it comes to managing the […]