May 5, 2016

Five Things to Know if You Plan to Transfer from a Community College

While incoming freshmen were celebrated on “D-Day”  aka “Decision Day” or “Deposit Day” on Monday transfer students still have time. I am reposting this to help them complete applications and make their best informed college decision. Transferring from community college to a four-year school is widely promoted as a way to make a […]
May 4, 2016

Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught In College?

The more schools I visit the more I see different approaches to teaching college students how to become entrepreneurs. It’s possible to find schools that will teach future moguls how to prepare a business plan (it can be a thesis!), raise capital and actually launch their venture on campus before […]
May 2, 2016

My Time on Campus: Amherst College (MA)

Amherst College was the third New England school that I visited, though I spent only three hours there, mainly taking the campus tour and sitting in a crowded information session in a conference room. Amherst is one of the most selective (less than 15 percent of those who applied for […]
April 28, 2016

‘Disrupted’ Gives Students a Taste of Start-Up Culture

This week I finished Disrupted, a business/memoir book by Dan Lyons, who now writes for the television show Silicon Valley, and formerly covered technology business for Forbes and Newsweek. Lyons, who, like me, is in his middle 50’s, spent slightly more than a year worked for HubSpot, a dot-com that makes […]
April 27, 2016

UMaine’s Flagship Match Might Boost Non-Resident Student Recruitment

Next year the University of Maine (UMaine) launches a program called Flagship Match. Admitted students who come from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will pay no more in tuition and fees than they would pay to attend their flagship state university. There is a provision: they must have […]
April 27, 2016

‘Hacking College Admissions’ Has Sound Advice–for Seventh Graders

Last week I wrote about two recent high school graduates, Victor Agbafe and Harold Ekeh, who successfully gained admission to all eight Ivy League schools two years ago. Victor is now at Harvard, Harold is attending Yale. These two men collaborated on a book called Hacking College Admissions. The company that […]
April 25, 2016

Quality Journalism and the Campus Newspaper

Last week the Rutgers-New Brunswick student community voted as a majority to continue to allow the charges for the campus newspaper, The Daily Targum, to be assessed on student term bills. It allows the Targum, the second-oldest college daily in the United States, to remain independent from the university. The news about this vote […]
April 22, 2016

Will More Colleges Practice ‘Test Blind’ Admissions?

Last week I paid a visit to Hampshire College (MA), the only college in the U.S that practices “test blind” admissions. Test blind means that standardized test scores are not considered at all during the admissions process. Applicants need not bother to submit them. No one in the admissions office […]
April 22, 2016

For $38 You Can Find Out What It Takes to Get Into the Ivy League

Last summer two students who had gotten into all eight Ivy League schools published their story in an e-book called Hacking College Admissions. If you want to know their stories all that you need to do is fork over $38. I suspect that many ambitious college-bound students and/or their parents have already done […]