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 […]
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 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, […]