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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Give it the old college try…again.

This is the time of year when seniors get all their news–both good and bad–from colleges.  Some of those applicants across the country will, unfortunately, get all bad news and be left with no college choices.  This article reminds them (and the rest of us) that there is still plenty of room on lots of […]

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A Fool’s Errand?

A Swarthmore professor of psychology offers his proposed fix for the college admissions craze in this article. While I don’t necessarily agree that drawing students out of a hat is the right solution (though he certainly makes a good case), his premise is absolutey true–"Students trying to get into the best college, and colleges trying […]

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Fake Ranks?

We’re not fans of the US News rankings, and apparently, neither is the president of Sarah Lawrence College.  Her recent op-ed piece in the Washington Post argues that the problem with US News college rankings is that they "are far from reliable" and in fact, "some of their numbers are made up." The letter is […]

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St. John’s College

Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM The home page of the St. John’s College website reads:  “The following teachers will return to St. John’s College next year: Plato, Newton, Galileo, Cervantes, Dante, Melville…” The list of recognizable names continues on and fades into the background. No, St. John’s doesn’t literally reincarnate history’s greatest minds, but […]

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Honesty and Senioritis

Seniors have undoubtedly heard that an admissions decision from a college can be revoked if a severe case of senioritis results in an academic decline.  But this month’s edition UC Notes Digest reminds students that it is their responsibility to report such an academic decline immediately. In fact, doing so might even help your case. […]

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what 2do and not 2do

My wife interviews freshman applicants for one of those Ivy League schools everybody wants to go to.  Last week, she got her list of applicants to contact and promptly sent each of them a personal email inviting them to schedule their interviews.  So far, only one student has responded to her email. If you’re a […]

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Unannounced Visitors

A lot of families tell us how hard it is for them to make time to travel and see colleges.  And we bet a lot of our blog readers read the entries about our own college visits and think to themselves, "Well, of course these Collegewise guys visits schools all the time.  It’s their job!” […]

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for High School Kids

It’s that time of year when we make our New Year’s resolutions, and we’ve got a few recommendations for high school kids to help them enjoy the ride to college a little more.  So, here are our Collegewise “Top Five New Year’s Resolutions” that might not be so obvious, but will definitely help you get […]

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