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Disarming the Selective College Arms Race: 6 Strategies for Parents

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 08.26.2015 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

So how can we, the parents, help our kids navigate this crazy arms race of elite college admissions without feeding the beast? While we may be powerless to change the system, what steps can we take to make the best of a difficult situation, for our kids, our families, and our communities?

Advice on College Application Essay Writing

Kevin Liu | Posted 08.23.2015 | College
Kevin Liu

Because one essay will be a testament to your passions, strengths and character, it can be an important component of the application. Thus, it is worth spending some time to compose something that accurately represents you, and stands out against the backdrop of other applicants

Don't Wait for the College Admissions Sales Pitch. Get in Front of It By Doing the Right Things on a Campus Visit

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 07.07.2015 | College
W. Kent Barnds

Parents and guardians have lots of questions and tend to dominate in the asking. But, what admissions really wants to know is what does a student want to know?

College Minority Recruiting

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 06.27.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Not everyone needs to attend college to obtain a good job. But for most college continues to be the principal route to a good life. It's time now for a national conversation between community colleges and public and private four-year colleges and universities about how to create a pipeline that offers a pathway for minorities, especially black students.

Don't Wait to Get off a College Waitlist

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.31.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Anything you submit must be new and compelling evidence about why you are a great fit for the college. Do not repeat information you already provided. Prepare the materials now!

Making Sense of The Jinx, Robert Durst and What He Said

Joe Navarro | Posted 05.24.2015 | Crime
Joe Navarro

I don't know if the statements made by Mr. Durst in the HBO documentary will be admitted in a future trial or even if they are needed. What I can say from experience is this: We should not be surprised when people make utterances that inculpate them in crimes.

University Tells 800 Applicants They're In, Then Out

AP | MICHAEL R. SISAK | Posted 02.17.2015 | College

Ben Leibowitz called up relatives to tell them he got into Carnegie Mellon University's graduate computer science program. He even went out to dinner ...

How To Rock The "Why College X?" Essay

The Prospect | Posted 01.24.2015 | College
The Prospect

You want to demonstrate that your reason for applying stems from more than just the prestige of the school.

What NOT to Write on a College, Grad School or MBA Resumé

Sam Johnson | Posted 01.18.2015 | College
Sam Johnson

Colleges and grad schools ask a lot of their applicants these days, and one of the trickier requests is a compelling and typo-less resumé.

The Secret Sauce of College Admissions

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 12.07.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The numbers suggest that the older ways of recruiting a class must change quickly if tuition-dependent institutions are to continue to be viable.

On Access For Low Income Students, Which Top Colleges Walk The Walk?

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.12.2014 | College
Peter Dreier

Because colleges and universities are tax-exempt institutions and receive other forms of government subsidies, policymakers can and should insist that they meet some basic standards in promoting economic diversity among their student bodies.

Top 5 Reasons to Apply to a Private School

Alexandra Rice | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

When applying to college, most students take into account three deciding factors: academics, finances and campus life. But what does it mean to attend a public school over one that is privately funded?

7 Important Confessions of a Salutatorian

The Prospect | Posted 09.27.2014 | College
The Prospect

Looking over my high school experience that culminated in being named salutatorian, there's a couple of things I've come to realize that could've totally changed my entire four years.

Don't Abolish Single Test Admissions for NYC Specialized Schools

Jack Cahn | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Jack Cahn

Every Stuyvesant student remembers the day they took the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). I was thirteen, a student at the Ramaz Midd...

5 Truths About College Every Incoming Freshman Needs to Know

The Prospect | Posted 08.17.2014 | College
The Prospect

Looking back on my own freshman year, there are a ton of things I wish I'd known; they would've saved me a lot of anxiety and confusion. So, college freshmen, here's what you need to know before you head here in three months.

It's Not Easy Being Green

Write for the Future | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Chris Drakeford "It's not easy being green," In today's world, green is everywhere from supermarkets to car showrooms. But to be honest, I had n...

The Problem with College Acceptance Shaming

The Prospect | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
The Prospect

There is a popular (though not-so-new) trend among high school seniors wherein, following one student's acceptance at a highly selective school, fellow peers will attempt to figure out the reasons behind the acceptance.

Hallways of Trouble and Classrooms of Success

Write for the Future | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By: Jakobi Jackson Scene One: The Hallway of Trouble. "Hey you, I heard you were talking about me, bitch!" Mya yelled. She rushed straight to Susan...

An Entrepreneur's Hunger for Understanding

Write for the Future | Posted 06.25.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Francesca Polycarpe The radiant sun shone on my face as I moved through a swarm of people at a street fair. I squinted in a desperate atte...

Engaging Extracurriculars

Write for the Future | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Twice a month the members of "pitch" sit in a quiet dark room during lunch. Every face assumes a blank stare for five minutes, as we sit in silence....

Bringing a Global Perspective to Campus

Write for the Future | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Given your interests, values and goals, explain why Oberlin College will help you grow (as a student and a person) during your undergraduate years....

My Reconciliation with the A-Word

Write for the Future | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Justin Schnell Two months before my Bar Mitzvah, I secretly went to my computer and googled "don't believe in God." I was driven to Google when ...

New Changes to the SAT Reflect a Changing Admissions Process

James Werner | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
James Werner

The new adjustments to the SAT are part of a systematic change in the admissions process. While scores may remain an important component of the decision process for the immediate future, the measure of an individual's preparation and potential has begun to shift.

My Friends - the Notebooks

Write for the Future | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Romea Noel My notebooks and I are inseparable. Look inside and you will find stories from a girl with a heart and a mind of her own. When I writ...

1000 Characters on a Work Experience

Write for the Future | Posted 04.29.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Some people might not find managing the flow of golf carts exciting, but I do. The summer after my junior year, I began my first and current job as ...