College Search

Rankings Based on Other Rankings

Staying on the topic of rankings, as we did last time, have you ever wished that somebody would throw all the various college rankings into a pot, stir them all up, and come out with a Grand Composite Ranking? Well, if you have, your wish may have come true. Late last month, The Washington Post ...

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Weird College Rankings

If you’re at all involved with the world of college admissions or college in general, you’ve no doubt seen all the different varieties of college rankings. If you’ve spent much time on the College Confidential discussion forum, especially in the late summer, you’ve probably seen the massive discussions — sometimes heated arguments — about the ...

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College “Fit” vs. Rejection

Most of you high school seniors who have chosen Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) have already submitted your applications. Now, you’re managing your academics, extracurriculars, and looking at other colleges, either as additional candidates beyond your EA school(s) or as a contingency in case your mid-December results are not what you desired. Speaking ...

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Pros and Cons of Applying to a Test-Optional School

Today’s article was submitted by David White. Depending on how you feel about standardized tests, the idea of a test-optional college applications could be one of the most hope engendering phrases you’ve ever heard. When it comes to the college application process, standardized tests like the SAT and ACT (undergraduate), and the GMAT and GRE ...

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The Importance of College Visits

We’ve discussed college visits quite a bit here over the years. There’s a simple reason for that: it’s a crucial part of the college admissions process. Most people wouldn’t buy a car before taking it for a test drive, even a new one. Most people wouldn’t buy a house without having a home inspection done ...

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Mistakes College Process Rookies Make

For you high school seniors heading to college out there, this is your first and only time that you will be going through the undergraduate college application process. This can be quite intimidating for rookies. For you parents who are going through the process for the first time because your son or daughter is your ...

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Which Way Does Your College Lean?

In case you haven’t noticed, things have become highly political lately. (I think that may qualify as an understatement.) The presidential race is on the verge of wrapping up, much to the relief of many millions of Americans. The final presidential debate concluded last evening. The candidates and the people are near exhaustion. How, then, ...

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Looking for An “Innovative” College?

The college search is based on many criteria … or at least it should be. Do your criteria include “innovation”? Let’s define our terms. What is innovation, as it applies to colleges? One media company, Thomson Reuters, defines it as “institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global ...

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Are Fraternities Really Like “Animal House”?

– Question for all you guys who are newly minted freshmen this year: Should you join a fraternity? – A more refined question: Do you need to belong to a fraternity in order to have an enjoyable social life on campus? I received a large number of sometimes impassioned answers to those questions in a ...

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Your College Picks: Be Realistic

Attention high school juniors … Let’s talk about selecting colleges for your application process next autumn. Let’s temper your idealism with some realism. Okay, the new U.S. News “Best Colleges” rankings have just come out and you’ve been scouring the listings for inspiration. Naturally, if you’re like most of us, you’ve gone right to “the ...

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