Adding up…

When I was at the grocery store this afternoon, a group of four college guys were stocking up for what appeared to be a college roommate barbecue–hot dogs, buns, charcoal, chips, generic brand ketchup and mustard, and of course, (very) cheap beer. When the elected accountant of the group did a rough calculation and told […]

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Your best academic experience?

The best academic experience I ever had was my eighth grade science class. It was better than any class I ever took in high school or college, and it was almost entirely due to the teacher, Mr. Schmidt. I’d never been a science guy, but I loved that he could make everything from introductory physics […]

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Works in progress

I've noticed three things about our former Collegewise students when they describe their college experiences.  If you ask some current college students about their collegiate lives, you'll likely find the same three similarities. 1.  Almost all of them are happy in college. Statistics show that most students like their colleges, even those who are attending […]

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Authentic applicants

Every college looks for authentic applicants.  Authentic means, "Not false or copied; genuine; real."  They want to get to know the real you, not some contrived version of you that's been molded to try to impress colleges.    Authentic is telling a college you want to work closely with a particular marine biology professor because […]

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Choosing test prep

It’s easy for students (and the parents paying the bill) to get paralyzed by the options available to them to prepare for the SAT or ACT. You have books, online courses, weekend seminars, long classes and private tutoring, to name a few. And the price tags range from free to more than the cost of […]

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What students and parents need to know about search letters

Colleges do a lot more marketing today than they used to. When juniors take the PSAT, most of them check the optional box that asks if you would like the College Board to share their contact information with colleges that might be interested in you.  And for most students, that guarantees that as you get closer to applying […]

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Meant to be?

Parents, imagine your son came to you one day and said this: "Someday, I want to marry a blond lawyer who's really good looking.  So for now, I need to work hard in school so she'll think I'm smart.  I'll play soccer because I think women like athletes, do community service so I can show […]

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