February 4, 2019

TuitionFit May Help Students Lower College Costs

TuitionFit, a new entry among college search and financial aid Web sites, launched on January 1 with a simple concept: data sharing among accepted students may lower college costs. The site invites accepted students to share data from their award letters under anonymity. It helps them compare their awards with […]
January 30, 2019

Why Do Colleges Close Their Doors?

Last spring former NFL Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl champion coach Mike Ditka was a featured speaker at a dinner to try to save a college that was closing. It was not his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, but St. Joseph’s College (IN) where the Chicago Bears […]
January 23, 2019

Test-Mandatory Small Universities That Change Lives

Yesterday I updated a list of test-optional small universities that change lives that I started last month. Before writing my update, I had received comments on that post asking why some deserving schools were excluded. The main reason was that there were test mandatory. But test scores are not an obstacle […]
January 15, 2019

What Does It Mean to Be a Princeton University Tiger?

For 16 years I have lived near Princeton University as a shopper or tourist. Being one has certain privileges, especially when you can get a taste of what it means to be a Princeton Tiger. You get to attend amazing reunions Five and a half years ago, I “snuck into” […]
January 8, 2019

Division III Sports Through A Look At The College of New Jersey

Many high school student-athletes aspire to continue in their sport in college. But most are not likely to qualify for athletic scholarships. According to the NCAA nearly 450 four-year colleges compete in Division III sports and they offer no athletic scholarships at all. But among the vast majority of the […]
December 11, 2018

The Last Autumn: A Novel of a Princeton University Senior

I have not reviewed a book here for some time, but last week I finished The Last Autumn, a timely novel on the senior year of Alex Williams, Princeton University, Class of 2015. The author, Daniel Scavone, a college friend and a Henry Rutgers Scholar in English Literature, has sent […]
December 11, 2018

What Makes Princeton University Special Among Selective Schools?

Over the past couple of weeks I have spent almost a full day at Princeton University, only six miles from home. I have walked through the campus for 16 years, but never reviewed the university for this site. It’s really silly to cover Princeton as I would a lesser known […]
December 4, 2018

Small Universities That Change Lives-Update

Last month I wrote about liberal arts colleges that should probably be considered among the Colleges That Change Lives, but are not. In December I reported on the University of Scranton, a relatively small (3,600 full-time undergraduates) university that would be a good fit onto a list of Small Universities That […]
November 29, 2018

Colleges That Should Be Colleges That Change Lives

More than 40 colleges have been called Colleges That Change Lives since 1996. The late Loren Pope, former education editor for the New York Times, wrote the first three editions of a book by this name, and the book became a popular guide among parents, school counselors and college admissions advisors. After […]