Should You Roll with Rolling Admission?

Many high school seniors right now are targeting November 1. That’s the Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) date for a number of top (a.k.a. “elite”) and some other American colleges and universities. This is putting considerable pressure on ED/EA seniors because we’re over a month into the new school year, classes, and extracurricular…

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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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Fighting The Freshman 15

We have discussed the best college food here in past posts. Surprisingly (maybe not surprisingly), some high schoolers rank a college’s food quality near or at the top of their selection criteria. That mystifies me, but I have listened to high school students try to justify allowing food to be such a strong influence in…

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Who Needs U.S. News?

Every late summer, U.S. News releases its annual college rankings. Are you using them, or have you used them to make college selection decisions? If so, be careful. The College Confidential discussion forum explodes this time every year with an avalanche of frantically defended guesses as to which schools will top the rankings’ lists and…

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College Drinking: One Theory

Party schools. That’s a big concern for many parents. Although there certainly are enough problems with drinking in high school these days, the majority of young people don’t really confront the full force (and hangovers) of serious drinking until they get to college. Speaking of party schools, you might be wondering which schools lead the…

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Prepping for The PSAT

If you’re a high school junior (and maybe even a sophomore), you no doubt know about the PSAT. If you’ve never heard of the PSAT, here’s the scoop: The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in…

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