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Parents, Know Thyselves In Your Child's College Admission Process

In my last entry, I mentioned a film that could have parents and students talking about the feelings and motivations surrounding the college admission process. In this one, I want to suggest a few specifics that parents should consider as it begins to heat up for real. While you may be …

College & University

Battle over college admission application platforms

CollegeNET, a software vendor to colleges, is suing the Common App., and also providing software support for it's newer competitor, the Coalition for …

College & University

College Admission Recruiting: Biased Or Broken?

Are recruiting practices fundamentally biased? “Yes,” say higher education researchers Ozan Jaquette at the University of California Los Angeles and Karina Salazar at The University of Arizona. Unlike most other countries where college is almost entirely funded by taxpayers, in the United States …

Higher Education

The Royal 'We' In College Admission

If there is one grammatical gaffe—perhaps a Freudian slip—that elicits the most consistent eye-rolling among college admission professionals, it is when students and parents use the royal “we” to refer to the child’s experience.<p><i>We</i> are taking the SAT this weekend.”<p>“<i>We</i> applied to ten colleges.”<p>“Did …

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College Admission Is Not a Personality Contest. Or Is It?

Documents showing that Harvard rated Asian-American applicants lower on personality traits than applicants of other races raise questions about how college admissions officers evaluate intangible criteria. What constitutes “likability” or “courage?” How do they know someone is “widely …

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It’s Time to Tell Your Kids It Doesn’t Matter Where They Go To College

When my daughter Jora was in high school, she went to a talk I gave on the adolescent brain, during which I pointed out that high school grades don’t …

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Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation

Students today are stressed out about grades, more so than ever before. A few months ago I published a post (here) with evidence that this is so for …

Yale and the Puritanism of ‘Social Justice’

Ditching class to protest won’t count against you—at least if the university approves of the cause.<p>Answering a question about which there could hardly have been much doubt, Yale’s admissions blog said last month the university would not penalize prospective students who are suspended for joining …

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A class on “happiness” is one college’s most popular course *ever*

Yale students aren’t just studying law, medicine, and other core college courses—as it turns out, some are looking for something a <i>bit</i> more …

Some Elite Colleges Review an Application in 8 Minutes (or Less)

With so many applying, fewer schools have one person read a whole application; plowing through 500 files in a day<p>As application numbers surge, admissions officers at some elite colleges say they don’t have time to read an entire file.<p>Instead, staffers from more schools—including the Georgia …

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The Ivy League has released early-application acceptance rates — here's where they all stand

The Ivy League classes of 2021 are one step closer to attending the school of their dreams.<p>Almost every Ivy League school reported the number of students who had applied and were accepted early this year, giving a glimpse into the college choices of tens of thousands of students.<p>Harvard reported …

Here are the colleges that have produced the most founders of billion-dollar startups

If you want to want to create a billion dollar start-up, consider attending Stanford University.<p>The Stanford, California-based university has educated a whopping 51 individuals who then went on to found startups that became worth at least a billion dollars, according to Sage, an accounting software …

The 48 books every student should read

<b>On Quora users have asked for books recommended for university students.</b><p>Ryan Holliday, author of "Ego is the Enemy" responded with a definitive list …

The world's 17 best universities by subject — from performing arts to archaeology

QS's latest ranking was released on Wednesday, tracking the best schools on the planet in 46 different subject areas, including standard subjects like business and history, all the way to more obscure degrees such as mining.<p>In total, 18 different universities are considered to be the best in the …

Here's which graduate degrees get you out of debt the fastest

Those seeking higher income may indeed find themselves better equipped after earning a graduate degree. But this second chance can come at a steep cost.<p>But is it worth it? And moreover, does it matter financially if you attend a prestigious graduate school or not?<p>One way of answering this question …

New York Set To Offer Free Tuition At 4-Year Colleges

If the state Senate approves the budget, New York will become the first state to do so.<p>In a major victory for the movement to improve access to higher education, New York is set to become the only state that offers free tuition at four-year colleges.<p>Deemed the Excelsior Scholarship, the free …

Princeton, Williams, U.C. Berkeley Top U.S. News & World Report College Rankings Again

The 2017 Best Colleges rankings are out from U.S. News & World Report — and there are some familiar schools in the top slots.<p>For the sixth straight year, Princeton University was named No. 1 in the "best national universities" category by the magazine, which surveys more than 1,800 colleges in …

This map shows the hardest college to get into in every state

You might have guessed that Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, would be the hardest college to be accepted to in that state.<p>But the most selective schools in other US states may surprise you.<p>Business Insider used a new list from academic review site Niche.com to find out which college …

Words Which by Their Very Utterance Inflict Injury

College students urging the punishment of speech that “wounds” risk silencing the causes they support.<p>College students seeking to suppress or punish speech in their communities are the latest iteration of a longer tradition in American life than many of their critics acknowledge. That’s true even …

The gender pay gap starts with your college major

The gender pay gap in the United States starts early — with what you choose as your college major.<p>Majors that tend to lead to higher-paying jobs are …

See how Stanford overtook Harvard as the most selective college in the US, in one chart

If it seems like gaining acceptance into selective colleges seems harder today than a decade ago, that's because it is. And at a dizzying pace.<p>Harvard and Stanford reject nearly 95% of the students who apply.<p>But that wasn't the case two decades ago when the acceptance rate at both schools was in …

Who Needs Harvard?

Today almost everyone seems to assume that the critical moment in young people’s lives is finding out which colleges have accepted them. Winning …

Why College Rankings Are a Joke

Shortly before the newest U.S. News & World Report college rankings came out last week, I got a fresh glimpse of how ridiculous they can be — and of why panicked high school seniors and their status-conscious parents should <i>not</i> spend the next months obsessing over them.<p>I was reporting a column on …

College & University

5 Ways to Make College Tours Fun Instead of Grueling

At Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., my family, including our son, prospective applicant Seth, enjoyed the natural history museum and spied on swim team practice. At Colby College in Waterville, Me., we appreciated the colonial architecture and the modern art collection. At the University of …

An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master’s Degree for a Mere $7,000

The master’s degree business is booming. College graduates looking for a leg up in the job market are flocking to one- and two-year programs that promise entry to lucrative careers. Top colleges are more than willing to provide them — for a price. Tuition for a 30-credit master’s in computer …

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The 50 college majors that lead to the highest pay right out of school

Salary potential is one of them.<p>While this shouldn't be the sole thing that attracts you to a major, it <i>is</i> helpful to know which degrees pay off the fastest.<p>"For new grads drowning in student loans and sky-high rents, a solid paycheck can be critical during the first few years in the real world," …

The 15 best colleges for your money

However, that doesn't mean we can't try.<p>To come up with the "best colleges for your money "— defined as schools that offer "a great education, at an affordable price, that prepares students for rewarding careers" — MONEY ranked 705 four-year colleges in the US with over 500 students and a …

Early acceptance rates to Ivy League schools are drastically higher than regular — but the reason why isn't as obvious as it seems

Last week, every Ivy League school, with the exception of Columbia University, reported the number of students who applied and were accepted early this year, giving a glimpse into the college choices of tens of thousands of students.<p>The figures may look a little out of sync with acceptance rates …

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