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 […]
April 17, 2016

Community College or Branch Campus–Which is the Better Option?

College in who live in states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin have the option of beginning their undergraduate education at community colleges or branch campuses of the larger schools. The costs of attending the community college are significantly lower, although the ease of transferring credits to the junior year is greater if […]
April 16, 2016

‘Risks’ of a College Education: Community Colleges Teach You the First Two Years for Less Money

Community colleges have been in the U.S. since 1901. Joliet Junior College (IL) was the first, and it focused on the liberal arts. During the Depression job training programs were housed in community colleges. They have been there ever since. The great expansion of community colleges happened during the 1960’s. More […]