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College Applications and Attendance Up As Value of College Degree Grows

College Applications and Attendance Up As Value of College Degree Grows Recently released findings from the National Association of College Admissions Counseling and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shed light on the state of American higher education and the continued value of a college degree. 1. College Applications Have Increased In 2010, 73 percent […]

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The Right and Wrong Reasons for Selecting a College

[This article helps students understand the right and wrong reasons for selecting a college.] As a college faculty member and administrator for more than a generation and the father of a college student, I have seen too many families choose colleges for the wrong reasons. Here are a few common mistakes students make in choosing […]

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Ten Important College Admissions Trends

Here are Ten Important College Admissions Trends, for students applying to colleges: The most recent results from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling’s annual survey of what is transpiring in the world of college admissions follow. 1. College Enrollment Is Up As of 2009, 20.4 million students were enrolled in college, representing 70 percent […]

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Ten Mistakes to Avoid in Your College Essays

Here’s a better way to write your college admissions essays, so that you avoid the most common mistakes in applying. Ten Mistakes to Avoid in Your College Essays It is college essay time and you want this part of your college application package to complement your academic and non-academic achievements, and not distract from them. […]

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Interesting College Admissions Trends….

As applications continue to climb for the most competitive colleges and acceptances sink to the single and low double digits, it is crucial that students and their families be conscious of trends which will impact upon their prospects. Four college admissions trends follow. 1. Challenging High School Courses Are a Must But in Moderation While […]

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How to prepare for your college admissions interview

College interviews are often an integral part of the application process at colleges with competitive admissions processes. College admissions interviews don’t have to be tough! Here’s some help for that all important admissions interview. Four ideas for a successful admissions interview follow. 1. Be an Interesting Interviewee by Getting Out of the Typical Teen-Age Comfort […]

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Is it an advantage if you can pay full tuition? If so, how does it affect college admissions?

(Highlights of College Admissions Directors Survey) A new survey of senior admissions officials at 472 nonprofit colleges and universities reveals an emphasis on finding full-paying students in a period of financial uncertainty. Selective results of the survey follow. Survey Results from Admissions Directors: (1) For many colleges, a top goal of admissions directors is recruiting […]

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What to do at a High School “College Visit” Fair

Recommendations for a Successful College Fair Visit As we transition into the fall, the college fair season is also upon us. How can you make the most of this opportunity? The following recommendations should be of assistance in this area. 1. Organize Before You Go Review a list of the participating schools, usually available online […]

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Graduate School Admissions Trends: Masters and PhD Programs

Want to know more about graduate school admissions? A new study released by the Council of Graduate Schools paints a mixed picture of American graduate school education today. Trends identified by the study include the following. 1. Enrollments in Master’s Degree and Graduate Certificate Programs Are Down, but PhD Program Enrollments are Up Enrollments in […]

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A Four Year Plan for Getting into College

Want a four year plan for getting into the best colleges? If you wait until your junior or senior years in high school to prepare for college, you’re behind the curve and the challenge of finding the right institution can be elusive. A four year plan for getting into college and maximizing your potential follows. […]

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