Five College Planning Mistakes Parents Must Avoid

It’s normal for parents to want to help. And kids need your support during what can be a stressful process. But make sure you don’t make these common mistakes (all of which are made with the best of intentions). 1. Don’t get involved with the college essays Parents think and write differently than kids do.  […]

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The Art of the Graduation Speech

Every year around this time, a few of our Collegewise kids ask us to look over the graduation speeches they’ve written so we can “give them feedback.” And every year, our most important feedback is that they not write the standard high school graduation speech. I know that standard speech well. In fact, every kid […]

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College of Wooster

Wooster, OH We love a college with a sense of style. Take the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, a community of 1800 students who take learning much more seriously than they take themselves. The college’s mascot is the “Fighting Scot.” The marching band wears kilts and plays bagpipes. Seniors are each given a Tootsie […]

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Young, Gifted, and Not Getting Into Harvard

I’ve done my share of ranting about the media’s focus on all the bad news in college admissions today.  So it was nice to see this article as a voice of reason in the "Parenting" column of the New York Times.  The author, a Harvard interviewer, points out that most of the kids he interviews […]

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Decisions, Decisions

Like many seniors across the country, the members of our Collegewise class of 2007 are making their final college selections before the May 1 deadline.  And more than any class we can remember, they seem to be wrestling with their choices, seeking our advice about which college will really be the right  choice for them.  […]

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Telling It Like It Is

We’ve always been impressed by colleges who aren’t afraid to come right out and say, "We aren’t for everybody."  We think kids deserve honest answers about what their life at each college would actually be like, but it’s often hard to get those answers from the slick brochures and flashy websites.  Student blogs, however, are […]

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Just Say “Yes.”

We’re always telling our Collegewise kids that where they go to college isn’t nearly as important as what they do while they are there.  That’s an even more important concept to remember at this time of year for kids who might be dealing with some admissions rejections.  Four minutes is hardly enough time to explore […]

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A Brief Trip to the Soapbox

This year, the nation’s most selective colleges got even more competitive.  Is anybody really surprised?  Every year they get more competitive.  And every year around this time, respected media like the New York Times run articles like this one about acceptance rates dropping, applicant numbers rising, and exceptional students failing to gain access to the […]

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“Fair” thee well…

A lot of students and parents return from a college fair wondering what they really got out of it.  But you can make your experience at the fair much more productive with just a little preparation.  The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) offers some good tips to get the most out of your […]

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