The subject of getting into college – everyone’s got an opinion

Dear Friends, Nothing brings out rumor, innuendo and hearsay more than the subject of getting into college. Everyone’s got an opinion – each wackier and more uninformed than the next. Unchecked rumors are what cause families to apply for early decision when they shouldn’t… apply to 27 colleges… get hammered on the college bill because […]

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When being well rounded doesn’t pay

Friends, Have you ever visited a college for an official visit? At most universities, the process goes like this: Step 1: the Director of Admission or Assist. Director of Admission gives a speech. Step 2: some students and/or professors are brought in and they give a speech. Step 3: question & answer session. Step 4: […]

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A Summer Job That Pays $500/day

Friends, Here’s a common question I usually get in the Springtime: “What should my child do this summer to improve her resume for college?” Actually, the question is usually phrased more like this: “Is Lauren better off doing an algae census on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef or calculating the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?” […]

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College gives $10,000 to improve your SAT score

Friends, Sometimes we make things more complicated than they have to be. Want colleges to offer you more money? Have your student raise his/her SAT or ACT test scores. Works every time. In fact, there’s no surer way to increase your aid offer. For example, let’s take a look at Miami University (Oxford, OH), an […]

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What to ask when visiting colleges

Friends, When I go on college tours, here are some of the questions I typically hear asked: Where is the rock-climbing wall? What percentage of freshmen students gets basketball tickets? Do you have Chipotle? When is Spring Break? Gloria Cordes Larson is the president of Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Here are some questions she […]

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Lies in Your Financial Aid Letter?

Friends, In the hierarchy of obfuscation, Mark Twain said, “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Clearly, Mr. Clemens didn’t know about college financial aid letters, which are currently arriving in the mailboxes of high school seniors. To say the least, thy can be tricky. Of course they’re not supposed to be. Colleges are supposed […]

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People Disagree With Us

Friends, College planning should start with the 40-year career in mind first, then work backwards to finding appropriate majors and right-fit colleges. Not everyone agrees. Many argue that college is our one-and-only chance in life to “find ourselves,” and that the real point of college is intellectual exploration. A valid viewpoint, certainly. In fact, this […]

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a Must-Read NY Times Article

Friends, Don’t know if you saw this or not. Last week, Frank Bruni wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times about college admissions. His eloquent article is called, “How to Survive the College Admissions Madness.” In my opinion it’s a must-read — definitely worth your time. You can find it at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-how-to-survive-the-college-admissions-madness.html?_r=0 The […]

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Hi, I’m Ed – What’s your major?

Friends, Plymouth State University in New Hampshire offers a Health and Human Performance major that includes backpacking through the White Mountains or kayaking off the Baja coast. Students study personal relationships, philosophy and theory, as well as the administration of outdoor programs. The University of Connecticut offers Puppet Arts as a major. In 2010, Jordan […]

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Easy Scholarships

Friends, I recently met a student who said he needed a scholarship to be able to go to college. He asked if I could help him. I started listing a few scholarships I knew. To each one, he shook his head. After three or four no’s I asked what the problem was. “I don’t want […]

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