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The worst things parents can say to teenagers taking exams

<b>The exam season is here. For families living in the exam zone, it's a tricky time. Emotions are running high. Nerves are frayed. Parents try to be encouraging and supportive - and that's usually a sure-fire way of starting an argument. There is nothing that says it's the exam season better than the</b> …

French teens unable to 'cope with' baccalaureate English question

Thousands of disgruntled French teenagers have signed a petition claiming that a question about Ian McEwan’s Atonement in their baccalaureate English paper was “impossible” and calling on the education minister to instruct examiners not to count the marks, or lack thereof.<p>Pupils were instructed to …

High School

Adding a written admissions test, Cambridge University makes it even harder to get in

Cambridge University, one of the world’s best universities, is introducing a written test as part of its application.<p>If they make it that far, each applicant will be invited to take the test, tailored to their subject, as well as an in-person interview, starting from autumn 2017. Cambridge said it …

UC Berkeley requests letters of recommendation from applicants — and sparks a debate

In a significant break from tradition,<p>UC Berkeleywill ask some freshman applicants to submit letters of recommendation from teachers and mentors this fall. And the UC system is studying whether all of its nine undergraduate campuses should do the same in future years as another way to choose among …

The 11 best colleges for a job on Wall Street

It turns out that many of them — at least the ones based in New York City — went into finance from one of 11 schools.<p>That's according to Emolument, a salary benchmarking website that collects self-reported pay data.<p>Emolument surveyed 1,541 NYC-based front- and back-office investment banking …

Juniors: Prepare for Admissions

Get ahead of the game, juniors!The more you prepare for college admissions now, the easier the process will become.There are a variety of things you …

Early Decision Schools: Complete List of ED Colleges

Thinking about applying to college Early Decision? Here's a complete list of early decision schools in the United States.

College & University

What college admissions officers say they want in a candidate

Watching your kid sweat over college applications? Wondering which college is the best fit for your child and how to help them make that happen? We asked dozens of admissions officers to reveal the truth about admissions today. Here is what some of them told us. <i>[Responses edited for length]</i><p><b>Martha</b> …

3 College Essay Clichés You Should Avoid

The college essay. It’s the most daunting paper you’ll ever write in your high school career —and for good reason. This is your first personal …

Got a high school sophomore? All You Need To Know About PSAT and PreACT

<i>By Sarah Protzman Howlett</i><p>Another school year means yet another round of standardized tests for our teenagers. Sophomores will take their first shot …

College tour fail: Why can't admissions offices tell it like it is?

I traveled across 12 states, from Georgia to Rhode Island, touring colleges this summer, a ritual thousands of families take part in every year. I listened while admissions officials repeated the dos and don'ts of the application process: Don't send 20 recommendation letters when only two are …

The 25 best colleges in America under $25,000 a year

Fortunately, there are plenty of great schools that cost far less than that.<p>For our seventh annual list of the 50 best colleges in America, we chose what we perceived to be the top 100 schools and surveyed over 1,000 Business Insider readers, asking them to choose the colleges they think best …

Colleges That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need

A generous financial aid package can make the difference in whether some students can attend a certain college – especially if that school comes with …

The Best Colleges for Your Money

If you (or your offspring) applied to Harvard or Princeton but didn’t get in, cheer up. According to PayScale’s 2016 College Salary Report, degrees …

This Daughter Is Hilariously Documenting Her Mom Becoming A College Student Again

Brenda is the most adorably "mom" college student.<p>"She lives far and I live on campus so she'll stop by my house to have lunch or use the bathroom," she said.

Top 100 world universities 2016/17 – THE rankings

The University of Oxford has knocked the California Institute of Technology off the top spot in annual league tables, becoming the first UK institution to lead the rankings.<p>The five-time champion, Caltech, dropped to second place, swapping places with the elite UK university, while the rest of the …

College & University