An easier way to find what you’re looking for on our blog

We've just added "Categories" at the left below the "Search" box.  So whether you're looking for advice for parents, tips for counselors, test prep advice, essay guidance, Collegewise news or all of our entries about why famous colleges aren't necessarily "better" colleges, you won't have to search through hundreds of entries to find them. Thank […]

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A change that’s coming in college admissions?

I think a change is coming in college admissions.  As more colleges become outrageously expensive, more families will ask, "Is it actually worth it?"  Sure, smart families have always asked that question when it came to college.  But the colleges they thought were "the best" were immune to that examination.  Most families wouldn't question the […]

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My productivity project

First, a disclosure: This entry's going to get a little personal. For the last year, I've been frustrated by what I felt was a decrease in my productivity at work.  It wasn't from lack of effort.  I was still working about ten hours a day during the week.  I was busy all day.  I wasn't […]

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Good advice for teachers and counselors

From Steve Blank, an instructor at U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business, in his blog entry entitled, "Teach Like You're the Student”: Just pretend you’re teaching you. How would you do that? What would you want to know? What did you dislike when you were taught? What stories would you tell to make it understandable? […]

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Collegewise turns 11

It's our birthday today, as it was August 16, 1999 that I officially filed papers with the County Clerk of Orange County to start Collegewise.  At that time, the Backstreet Boys had the number one CD.  Neither the Ipod nor Facebook had been invented yet.  Google was still privately owned and (founders Larry Page and […]

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What weddings remind us about college

Katie from our Bellevue, WA office got married yesterday. With the Collegewise counselors and the dean of admission from Katie's alma mater in attendance, this was the event to attend if you needed a little college admissions advice. But what I noticed most was the importance college experiences played in event. All of Katie's college […]

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