November 5, 2019

College Athletes Can Now Earn More Money Off the Field

Last week the NCAA’s Board of Governors voted to allow college athletes to be paid for the use of their name, image and likeness.  They can also hire agents and sign endorsement deals. I’m all for allowing college athletes to make money from video games, public appearances, autograph signings and commercials. […]
November 4, 2019

High Point University: Will Incentives Matter?

High Point University (NC) gained notoriety within the higher education press this semester when it openly announced incentives for prospective students to apply Early Decision.  The ethics of offering baubles such as a personal parking space or autographed books can come into question. But they are nothing compared with making […]
October 31, 2019

When Should You Consider Regional Public Colleges?

If you looked at four-year colleges as a selection of choices within a marketplace, which would you say have the largest market share of students?  If you guessed the large flagship state schools such as Penn State-University Park or Rutgers-New Brunswick you would be wrong. Over 40 percent of college […]
October 7, 2019

Who Were My College Advisors?

The field of college admissions counseling is fairly new. Most of us did not have the benefit of working with college advisors when we were applying to colleges. I was actually lucky I had two, my parents. My father passed away last week. He previously survived a heart attack and […]
September 23, 2019

The Five Flavors of Early Action

Early Action is, when timing works, one of the fairest processes in college admissions when applying to many schools. It can also be an unfair process at a very small number of very selective colleges.  Early Action comes in five flavors, depending on the school. None obligate you to send […]
September 18, 2019

Many Get A Discount at the University of New Mexico—More Might Get Free Tuition!

Since 1941 New Mexico license plates have featured the words: “Land of Enchantment.”  With a recent proposal for free public college, New Mexico might just live up to that nickname for higher education.  Today Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a proposal to make free public college tuition a reality for […]
September 16, 2019

The Public Ivy Schools for 2019-20

The start of the new admissions cycle is also the time that I begin to compile my list of ‘Public Ivy’ schools. Only I have may have a different view of what makes a school a Public Ivy.  To me a Public Ivy should: Retain at least 90 percent of […]
September 11, 2019

Financial Aid Tips for First-Time College Applicants

September marks the beginning of not only a new admissions cycle, but also the process of applying for financial aid. The process of requesting financial aid could be more complex. I’ll try to help you started on the financial aid process in this post, so read on! Who should apply […]
September 9, 2019

Changes in College Admissions You Should Know

College admissions officers belong to a volunteer membership association, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The organization sets professional and ethical standards for the college admissions process and the admissions community. Beginning last year NACAC was the focus of an investigation by the US Department of Justice  (DOJ) […]