Category Archives: College Advice

Keep testing in perspective

Over-emphasizing the ACT and/or SAT at the expense of academic achievement and other meaningful aspects of students’ lives can interfere with what genuinely matters to colleges. This article stresses how it is far more valuable in the long run to have … Continue reading

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A note for new college parents

As drop-off looms, a professor’s note for new college parents: “You can help them maintain balance in their lives: Invest in people, not just school work. Remember that success and happiness in life depend on relationships. College gives most young people … Continue reading

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Forget the term ‘safety’ school

“Classifying the schools on a college application list as ‘first choice’ and ‘the rest’ sets students up for disappointment. Every school on a student’s list should be one he or she is eager to attend.” This article explains the importance of … Continue reading

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How to measure a college’s value

“We know which colleges supposedly produce the highest earners, because there are lists and rankings devoted to that. But what do we know, in the end, about the relationship between a student’s college experience and his or her actual satisfaction … Continue reading

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Building a balanced college list

“Ideally, a likely college is a school that is a good academic, social, and financial fit for a student, where he or she is very likely to be accepted based on the admitted student profile. Students should be just as excited … Continue reading

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Biggest lies in college admissions

This excellent article debunks recurrent college admissions themes that mislead students and parents

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Parents: Worrying productively

“Our children may not control where they go to college, but they control how. That is their true power.” This article offers strategies for how parents can best help their children during the college search process.

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So you want to be an engineer?

This article has great advice for high schoolers: What can you do now to find out if engineering is the right path for you?

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A parent offers advice

“The individual personalities and styles of the admissions official (presenting the information session) and student tour guide greatly affected our impression of the school. Find a way to counteract a bad impression due just to the presentation – and good … Continue reading

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Extracurricular Involvement

A few words of advice on extracurricular involvement: Keep in mind that “college admission officers are interested in meaningful engagement, not perfunctory participation, and are smart enough and experienced enough to distinguish between the two.” More sound advice is found … Continue reading

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