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Applying to College

Colleges Dared To Care More About Passion, Less About Tests

Reuters | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.20.2016 | College

BOSTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - U.S. educators on Wednesday endorsed a Harvard University-developed proposal to reform college admissions by relying less ...

A Change in Store for College Admissions?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.20.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Thanks in large part to the ridiculous idea that there is one best college for everyone, applying to college has turned into a parody of Reality TV, where students spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours preparing for a four hour test that, in the eyes of many, holds their future well-being in the balance.

Better Career and College Advice Is a Phone Call Away

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.10.2015 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Saddled with the fifth largest caseload in the country (with 704 students per school counselor), the counselors in our state are used to being overworked and under appreciated, but they've been hoping things might change that would make their work easier.

Before You Scream at Your School Counselor

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.02.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

You've worked so hard to schedule, prepare, and nudge your high school senior to apply to college on time. You shared that small thrill when they hit...

5 Things Parents Must Do To Survive The College Application Season

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.22.2015 | Fifty

Technically speaking, we are at half-time in the big college application game. The first batch of early action and early decision applications have b...

The Truth about Applying to 'Reach' Colleges

Kat Cohen | Posted 11.11.2015 | College
Kat Cohen

When applying to reach colleges, target those reach schools that would show an interest in an applicant like you. For example, a selective liberal arts college might be recruiting more students interested in studying a science field like chemistry or physics.

Report: Despite Public's Desire, Training in College Counseling Lags

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 10.05.2015 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Every year, the Center for Michigan conducts Community Conversations throughout the state to determine what's on the minds of Michigan citizens, and this year, the number one topic was college and career readiness.

Don't Get Conned Paying for College: Five Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams to Watch Out for this College Application Season

Abigail Seldin | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

What's scarier than a pile of blank college applications? How about being conned out of your college savings by the very people promising to help you pay for school. Thousands of students and parents are targeted by those seeking to capitalize on the public anxiety around tuition costs.

80 Colleges Just Announced A Website To Make It Easier To Apply

AP/HuffPost | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.28.2015 | College

BOSTON (AP) -- More than 80 colleges are creating a website where students will be able to apply to dozens of them and get help along the way. Some o...

The Truth About Applying to 'Likely' Colleges

Kat Cohen | Posted 08.25.2015 | College
Kat Cohen

One of the most important things students will do during the college admissions process is develop a balanced list of schools to which to apply. Ideally, this list sets students up to apply to a range of colleges, with varying probability of admission.

What Changed In College Admissions This Summer

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.10.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If they've done it the right way, members of the Class of 2016 are just coming back from their Best. Summer. Ever. to realize it may be time to get serious about college. Since many college-bound families started their search in junior year, the biggest question they have right now is "What's changed over the summer?"

What You Need to Know About the Princeton Review's College Rankings

Robert Franek | Posted 08.06.2015 | College
Robert Franek

Every one of these academically outstanding schools has a profile in the book and on our website chock-full of direct quotes from those students, offering you a campus snapshot with #nofilter.

Wazzup! 12+ Things You Should Know About the New Common Application 2015-16

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.05.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

I hope the information in this blog helps you complete the Common Application confidently and as thoroughly as you can. Remember, colleges only know you from what you say to them in your application. Give them the best of what you have to offer.

No College Counseling Class, No Job

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.09.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

A fable. For now.

Great Summer Apps and Websites for College-Bound Juniors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.04.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Juniors, you're in a tough spot. You want a summer filled with beach; your parents want a summer filled with college prep, and writing essays on the sandy shore is out. What to do?

It Isn't Too Late to Un-Double Deposit

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

"Double deposited--you know, where they put in an enrollment deposit in more than one college last spring, so they would have more time to decide what college to attend."

7 Common College Application Answers, Translated

Hana Nazir | Posted 05.28.2015 | Teen
Hana Nazir

"President and CEO of Technological Connection Assistance Company" = I helped my grandparents make Facebook accounts so they would stop asking me if I was in a relationship.

Advice for the High School Class of 2015

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

As is always the case with May Madness, there is rarely time for a proper goodbye and a dispensing of last words of college advice, so this will have to suffice. These bite-sized gems may not be as self-explanatory, but life will help you make sense of them at just the right time.

Applying to Columbia as a Survivor

Amelia Roskin-Frazee | Posted 06.21.2015 | College
Amelia Roskin-Frazee

I'm tired of feeling alone. I'm tired of not being surrounded by activists fighting for survivors like myself. I smiled at No Red Tape's protest for the same reason I almost started crying with joy when I was accepted to Columbia: I know that, come August, I won't be alone anymore.

Choosing a College? Don't Do This

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.21.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's getting down to the wire for members of the Class of 2016, who have until May 1 to put down a deposit at the one (and only one) college they'll be attending.

College Planning Checklist for High School Juniors

Abigail Seldin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Abigail Seldin

The spring of junior year can be one of the most exciting and productive periods in the college search and admissions process. At most schools, it's the time when your high school guidance counselors finally start paying attention to you.

Skip the SAT? Why?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.09.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

I can't believe people are getting nervous about an exam that's going to be rolled out next month but not given until next year. Consider this.

Selecting the Class

Eric J. Furda | Posted 05.10.2015 | College
Eric J. Furda

We are heading into an intense and rewarding few weeks selecting the class of 2019. Our recruitment process is meaningful because it allows us to admit the broadest representation of intellectual and life experiences into this class.

SAT or ACT? College Testing Advice for Michigan's Tenth Graders

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.10.2015 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Tenth graders in Michigan were pushed into the mania of college testing a little early. The tumult began when the Michigan Department of Education announced it would be offering the SAT as the required state test for college admission, starting in the 2015-16 school year.

The College Search: Advice for You and Your College Roommate

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
W. Kent Barnds

Parents are not asking for the "inside scoop" or "the real story." Instead, they want to know what their role should be in preparing their kid to be successful and realistic. And, I must say that I appreciate the realism they bring to the conversation.