An increasing number of colleges and universities now make standardized testing an option, not a requirement. That is, some colleges leave it to individual applicants to determine whether they wish to take the SAT I or ACT or Subject Tests, and then report the scores to schools.
Parents all have reasons why they want their children to commute. Surprisingly, for all social-economic levels, finances are not the major obstacle as the parents can either afford to pay for housing or financial aid will cover the majority of the costs.
Everyone on campus waved to one another and most of the students knew each other. At a big school, it would be difficult to get to know everyone in my graduating class. But Williams felt like a family.
Believed to be more closely aligned to traditional high school curricula and with a markedly lower emphasis on the high-level vocabulary the SAT is renowned for, the ACT is now accepted by all universities and preferred by many students.
I'm worried about fitting in. What if everyone is more intellectual and sophisticated than me? What if I go from being one of the smartest kids in the room to one of the dumbest? I'm probably stressing out too much about this, right?
Going away to college is one of the most exciting times of life. It is, at least, for me. I'm thrilled about moving away, but not too long ago, right before I began applying to schools in New York, I cared intensely about how my friends might react. I was nervous they wouldn't understand.
As we begin the next phase of our national dialogue about college affordability and student financial support, we must focus on the basic criteria that a 21st century system of student financial support should meet.
Given this frenetic level of activity, this probably isn't the time to be talking about fall -- but there are a few autumnal things to put on the smartphone, personal planner, or family fridge.
Whether you're cramming for one of the spring exams or looking ahead to the next set of exams in the fall, here are some tips to help you build your confidence and raise your score.
Where you spend four to five years of your young adult life and upwards of $200,000 is your decision -- it should matter only to you, regardless of what others, including those in the $20 billion education industry, purport.
Admitted students day is the colleges final shot to woo any still undecided students to attend their school. So if you are one of those still undecided students what can you do to make your decision easier?
Looking at the other grades counting down the days until summer, I am envious. While they are all off on exciting adventures, nearing exciting portions of their lives, all I am feeling is apprehension. My summer? A mountain of summer work.
Whatever school students choose, I hope they get at least these three things from their college experience: discovering work they love to do; getting better at it; learning to share that work with others.
It was a snowy Saturday afternoon, and I was walking through downtown Chicago, heading to an interview, and I was nervous. For starters, the interview was for Harvard! And second, I was lost!
This is the second year in a row college admissions officers have told me that application essays, as a group, were pretty disappointing. They use phrases like "they're writing too safe" and "we appreciate the effort," but what they mean is clear; they were given celery when they were looking for steak.
Thousands of parents spent March biting their nails wondering if their children would be admitted to their first choice university. And now that the fat and thin envelopes have been sent, the worry isn't over.