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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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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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Lost in Translation

High school seniors who are headed to college, as well as their parents, should know how to translate the words they hear from college admissions officials. This also applies to what they read on colleges’ Web sites and in their related literature. My College Confidential colleague, Sally Rubenstone, refers to this language as “AdmissionSpeak.” Shades ...

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Making Best Use of a High School Counselor

Question: Can you make some recommendations on how to make the best use of the high school guidance counselor?  My children attend a college prep school that seems to have good relationships with top colleges and universities. I have heard some parents say that the school counselor “really fought for” their child to gain admittance ...

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College Mythology 101

The annual cycle of college admissions just keeps on turning. Here we are again on the cusp of yet another November 1 Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) deadline. The gears keep on grinding, year after year. The desire to seek higher education is something that is either born into or instilled into young ...

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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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College Confidential’s Road Trip

College Confidential co-founder, Roger Dooley, made an announcement last week: College Confidential is transitioning to Hobsons’ longtime partner, Roadtrip Nation, an organization dedicated to helping students succeed in school and in life. (Learn more here.) Founded by three college students who hit the road post-college to try and find their own paths, Roadtrip Nation has ...

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