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 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 […]
January 5, 2018

Does It Pay to Go to College Far From Home?

I live in New Jersey, a state that most college-bound students prefer to leave for college. But when New Jersey students choose to leave the Garden State, they usually don’t venture far. New York and Philadelphia, across rivers to the north and south, are popular destinations. I get that. New […]
January 4, 2018

Can Football Success Make The University of Central Florida into ‘Another Ohio State’?

This past football season the University of Central Florida (UCF) had the best college team in Florida. I’m sure that the success of the Golden Knights elevated UCF’s national profile. I’m also sure that prospective college students watched the Peach Bowl and thought: “Wow, that’s a really  good team, and […]