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Kids With a 3.1 GPA: It’s an Honor to Write a College Recommendation Letter For You

Dear Student,<p>If you are student with a grade point average of 3.8 or higher and enjoy SAT/ACT scores that fall in the top percentiles, this letter is …

The Real Campus Scourge

Across the country, college freshmen are settling into their new lives and grappling with something that doesn’t compete with protests and political correctness for the media’s attention, something that no one prepared them for, something that has nothing to do with being “snowflakes” and …

Mental Health

You Got In – Now it’s Time to Lean In

Last week I traveled to Scotland on a Tech Trek trip, backpacking with 10 of our incoming freshmen. Prior to the trip, these students only knew each …

Feds Announce FAFSA Security Changes, Sparking New Worries

« Trump's Push to Expand Apprenticeships: An Update of Sorts | Main<p>| No comments<p>In response to a major security breach, federal officials have …

College Admission: Think Helicopters, not Airplanes

At a conference in Newport, RI in July, I entered my name in a raffle to take a helicopter tour. On the day of the drawing, the organizer announced …

Dear Parents, It's Time to Let Go

What college-bound students wish they could say to their parents.

Parenting

Our Bad. Your Problem.

We had an office retreat last week. One session included a quiz on Gen Z vernacular. While our results were kept anonymous, I’m going to out myself …

University of California Application: 10 Requirements Out-of-State Students Don’t Expect

UCLA<p>Are you California dreaming? Do you want to spend your undergraduate years on a University of California (UC) campus?<p>The news is good — in spite …

Students

Dropping Out of College Into Life

“I never pegged you for a dropout,” a family friend said when I moved back home to sleepy Owensboro, Ky., after my freshman year of college.<p>In high school I had been a stereotypical overachiever. Because my grades were good, I had little doubt that I’d excel in college. Instead, I did the opposite. …

Education

On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Last year, during fall orientation at Smith College, and then again recently at final-exam time, students who wandered into the campus hub were faced with an unfamiliar situation: the worst failures of their peers projected onto a large screen.<p>“I failed my first college writing …

Education

Will a college admission dean follow his own advice?

A little less than a month and a half from now, on August 1, my college admission colleagues and I will ring in the new admissions year with the …

Students

How to Keep Your College Admission Offer: Start With Digital Literacy

Harvard has rescinded acceptance offers to at least 10 incoming freshmen who posted offensive jokes about school shootings, the Holocaust, bestiality and the death of children and minorities — among other obscene topics — to a private Facebook group.<p>The jokes were posted in the form of memes, those …

Digital Literacy

Why I turned down my dream school for financial security

As we roll further past the May 1 deadline for college decisions, I keep seeing the requisite litany of posts about where my high school-aged Facebook friends are headed for college.<p>They filter through my news feed in colorful fanfare, from the standard announcement to the acceptance letter photo …

Northwestern University

Canadian Colleges See Surge of Foreign Students. It’s Not Just Politics.

Canadian universities may have a more international feel this fall.<p>Enrollment of international students will be sharply higher, universities say, and the incoming freshmen include large numbers of high school students from the United States. With the increase coming during the first year of a …

University of British Columbia

How Colleges Know What You Can Afford (and the Limits of That Tactic)

Earlier this month, Kelly Jordan, vice president for student affairs at Holy Cross College in South Bend, Ind., accidentally sent an email to the entire student body declaring that the small Catholic college was on the brink of financial ruin.<p>“It may be that I will spend the better part of the …

Higher Education

The Ethos of the Overinvolved Parent

Colleges are adjusting to increasing contact with adults who are more ingrained in their children’s lives than ever.<p>Stacy G.’s daughter was having a meltdown. Her daughter, a sophomore at a prestigious private college, wanted an internship at Boston Children’s Hospital, a plum job that would look …

Education

Ad(mission): It’s not fair.

I suppose I could have gone with “An Admission: It’s not fair!” What can I say, catchy titles are not my thing. Working on it. But at this time of …

Common Application makes more changes for 2017-2018 college admissions season

In February, the Common Application, used by nearly 700 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad for admissions, announced some big changes to its essay prompts for the 2017-2018 college admissions season. It just announced some new changes, which you will find in this post by Jeff …

Education

How to Choose a College: Like a Kid in a Candy Shop

Despite a decade of parenting, this week I made a rookie mistake. In the days leading up to the Easter holiday, I took my son into our local candy shop. With the sweet aroma of fresh chocolate and sugar taunting his senses, I allowed him to choose one item as a treat. He was paralyzed. “I don’t …

Students

Colleges' Endless Pursuit of Students

With increasingly sophisticated data, universities are constantly courting prospective attendees.<p><i>This is part one in a three-part series on the role of Big Data in the college-search process. Check back for future installments on sophisticated student-targeting formulas and data in an era of</i> …

Higher Education

Not Leadership Material? Good. The World Needs Followers.

In 1934, a young woman named Sara Pollard applied to Vassar College. In those days, parents were asked to fill out a questionnaire, and Sara’s father described her, truthfully, as “more a follower type than a leader.”<p>The school accepted Sara, explaining that it had enough leaders.<p>It’s hard to …

Education

It’s not just about jobs. Colleges must help students find their passions.

<b>By Angel B. Pérez</b><p>During a recent lecture in my Trinity College course on American higher education, I asked my students, “Why do you go to college?” Most of them answered, in various forms, “To get a job.”<p>Not one mentioned going to college to explore their purpose or to embark on a meaningful …

Higher Education

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Shut Up About Harvard

A focus on elite schools ignores the issues most college students face.<p>It’s college admissions season, which means it’s time once again for the …

Education