Mike Gannon

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The counterintuitive economics of choosing a college

Our daughter is about to go off to university in the US. And that means college applications have been a big feature in our lives since last year. It also means that “National Decision Day” on May 1, the last day for American teens to commit to a college, will mark the end of this process.<p>At the …

How the flawed earnings information in the College Scorecard misleads students (opinion)

By failing to account for where graduates live, its earnings information is flawed, argues Doug Williams.

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The hidden crisis on college campuses: 36 percent of students don't have enough to eat | NOLA.com

WASHINGTON - Caleb Torres lost seven pounds his freshman year of college - and not because he didn't like the food in the dining hall. A …

Perfect ACT, SAT scores don’t mean admission to top universities

<i>(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)</i><p>CUPERTINO — Vishruth Iyer’s parents gathered close as their …

Here's how to understand your financial aid offer

When it comes to applying to college, there is only one notification more significant than being accepted: the financial aid letter.<p>But unlike …

College Waitlists Often Waste Would-Be Students' Time

"<i>Does being waitlisted count as half an acceptance??"</i><p>"<i>Literally got waitlisted everywhere"</i><p>"<i>Being waitlisted from your top choice is the worst feeling"</i><p>"<i>What should one do when waitlisted at their top choice school? Asking for a friend."</i><p><i>"All these waitlisted</i> <i>got me feelin like Ladybird.</i><i>"</i><p>Those are just …

Rising SAT Scores Affect Admissions Decisions

The redesigned SAT is yielding higher average scores than both the old SAT and the ACT, according to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Charles Deacon …

Merit Aid Madness

Why It’s So Hard to Calculate What You’ll Pay for College

ALONG THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE — It’s high season for the people with some of the toughest jobs in higher education.<p>No, not the admissions officers and their piles of applications. I’m talking about the people who run what’s come to be known as enrollment management. When they’re not talking to …

What Your College Application Decisions Won't Tell You

With many colleges releasing early admissions decisions (MIT will drop their decisions on 12/13/14 at 15:16), seniors are creating more parallel universes than the Matrix movies combined. This "what if" game is so intense, it's easy to think you'll know all about your future life, once the college …

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Why Applying to College Is So Confusing

The annual college applications frenzy is upon us — a season when high school students agonize over G.P.A.s and personal essays, hoping and praying that they will stand out among throngs of applicants.<p>The anxiety among applicants about how to present themselves to universities is very visible …

The Surprising Secrets of College Admissions

<b>Top 5 Secrets of the College Admissions Process</b><p>As parents and students look ahead to education opportunities after high school graduation, the headlines overwhelmingly paint college admissions as bleak and increasingly competitive. Actually, there is much good news. There are more colleges than …

Seven College Planning Pitfalls To Avoid

As a psychologist, I see many teens immersed in the college planning process. Unfortunately, the sequence of events that unfolds typically follows …

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Avoid This One Mistake As You Consider Colleges

Perhaps this statistic from the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s State of College Admission 2015 report will shock or surprise you:<p>The average selectivity rate—percentage of applicants who are offered admission—at four-year colleges and universities in the United States was …

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Don't Have A 'First Choice' College

With college acceptance rates falling like the mercury in a Chicago winter, it’s more important than ever for students and parents to research colleges thoroughly and apply thoughtfully to ensure at least one acceptance. Counselors usually advise students to have six to eight selections, roughly …

5 people from around the world share what it's like to get free college education

Things are hardly this dire in certain other countries, where everything from preschool to university is paid for — at least in part — by the government.<p>Some governments even cover the entire cost of a college education, leaving graduates with zero debt and a clean slate to start their new …

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Higher Education's Biggest Scam Is Legacy Admissions Policies

Thought Experiment<p>As freshmen flood college campuses across the U.S. this year, Harvard University has trumpeted the fact that its incoming first-year class of 2021 is majority non-white. But it left something out.<p>In recent years, about as many Harvard students have come from the top 1 percent of …

The Long Story of the Movement Toward College Cost Clarity

Once upon a time, paying for college was a relatively simple task.<p>Parents who could often did. Teenagers with parents who lacked either the ability or the willingness to pay worked their way through school, which was easy enough to do at many schools before 1985 or so.<p>But then came rising costs and …

Colleges are finally figuring out the tuition is too damn high

The unthinkable has become thinkable: Some colleges are cutting tuition prices.<p>Not all of them. And not the highest-profile institutions. But across the country in recent years, a drumbeat of smaller, mostly private colleges have been taking the axe to sticker prices that have appeared increasingly …

How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus

America’s universities are getting two report cards this year. The first, from the Equality of Opportunity Project, brought the shocking revelation that many top universities, including Princeton and Yale, admit more students from the top 1 percent of earners than the bottom 60 percent combined. …

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Professor Ratings: Some Surprising Results

How do you know if the colleges or universities that your child is looking at would provide him or her with an excellent education?You won’t.College …

Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work

There's plenty of anxiety in the U.S. over getting into a top college. But a new Gallup poll suggests that, later in life, it doesn't matter nearly as much as we think. In fact, when you ask college graduates whether they're "engaged" with their work or "thriving" in all aspects of their lives, …

In Reversal, Colleges Rein In Tuition

Prices of higher education are rising in line with inflation as enrollment stagnates<p>U.S. college tuition is growing at the slowest pace in decades, following a nearly 400% rise over the past three decades that fueled middle class anxieties and a surge in student debt.<p>Tuition at college and graduate …

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100% Matters: How College Admission Changes Lives

Taped to a wall in his bedroom, one of our seniors keeps pictures of friends who have been victims of gun violence. It’s not surprising that he’s been touched by the violence in Chicago. Since he started high school, more than 12,000 people have been shot, mostly young Black men in a handful of …

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Prelude To The Common App: A Primer On "Getting Started"

If there is a single question <b>The College Whisperer™</b> is asked most about the college application process, it is, "Where do I begin?"<p>My typical …

Your Money: Money secrets of parents with multiple kids in college

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sometime soon after his fourth child was born, it dawned on Howard Krooks that he was going to be on the hook for 12 consecutive years of college tuition payments when they all grew up.<p>It scared him into action.<p>"I'm a planner. I don't like surprises," said Krooks, an elder law …

Michigan joins ranks of schools with free tuition

If you're looking for a bargain education, don't count public colleges out of your search.<p>The University of Michigan is the latest institution to …

Craig Melvin: Applying to College With Financial Restrictions Doesn’t Have to Be Restrictive

Students choose schools for a variety of reasons, but for many — including NBC newsman Craig Melvin — the financial package is incredibly important.<p>"My parents did not put limits on where I applied, but they did make it abundantly clear that there had been a certain amount of money allocated for …