September 16, 2020

So You Want to Be a Psychology Major?

While the liberal arts are constantly under fire for the perceived value, the Psychology major is still one of the most popular choices on college campuses.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Psychology was a more popular major than Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Communications, and any other social […]
September 15, 2020

Early Action Comes in Five Flavors

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 11, 2020

No Football, No Fraternities. Does That Make a Better College?

I had not given a thought to this until recently, but I’ve been a few schools that have neither a football team nor social fraternities with houses. Drew University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Skidmore College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) have no […]
September 10, 2020

‘I Was the Worst High School Athlete Ever’ or ‘How Not to Write a College Admissions Essay’

I never had to use the Common Application when I was applying to colleges. Today, so many schools use it that it probably cannot be avoided when submitting a college admissions essay. Too often I see and read of high school students choosing this prompt (below) for a college admissions […]
September 10, 2020

Nursing Admissions in the New Normal Called Test Optional

Regardless of the size of the college, nursing admissions are going to be the most competitive. Undergraduate nursing programs need to often specialized coursework and smaller laboratory classes. They also need to be able to provide clinical opportunities to every student. But until now, most nursing admissions have been test […]
September 9, 2020

The New Normal of Test Optional Admissions

Test optional admissions have become a “new normal” for the upcoming college admissions cycle. They have presented many concerns and questions for parents and students alike. There is also uncertainty about upcoming test centers and test dates as high schools and colleges plan to reopen this fall.  This post features […]
September 9, 2020

College Rankings Are What They Are: College Rankings

The fall semester or quarter is upon us at colleges across the country. So is college rankings season. College-bound students and their families want to know which colleges are hot and which might not be.  I want to leave you with an important piece of advice. College rankings are what they […]
September 8, 2020

Can Colleges Go Too Far with Test Blind Admissions?

Over the past four years I have written two posts about test blind admissions. My first was about Hampshire College, a rather eclectic school that was once on the brink of closing. My second was about Northern Illinois University, a regional public university that recently made the decision to go […]
September 3, 2020

Six Conditions to Apply Early Decision to Your First-Choice School

Early Decision has been a popular option with college bound seniors, especially those who have their hearts set on schools with selective admissions. If you are a high school senior or the parent of one and you’re at least a year into the college search, you have probably researched your […]