On College Visits, Just See What You Want to See

I visited Notre Dame once and I only wanted to see one thing–Notre Dame Stadium.  I didn't take a tour or hear the information session or sit in a class.  I just wanted to see "The House that Rockne Built."  Sure, it's possible that I had to squeeze through an opening in a locked gate […]

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How to compare financial aid awards

Comparing financial aid awards from colleges isn't as easy as asking, "Who's giving us the most money?" We've met more than one family who admitted to being swept up by the total figure in the financial aid award letter they received along with an offer of admission from a college.  When a college says that […]

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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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