Make Your Next Four Years in College a Success

First-year college students are beginning to settle in. We wish you the best of luck on your college career. But, we also want you to be a wise scholar! Today, a college degree is not all that is needed for a successful future. You next four years in college should be a time of study and learning, but you should consider more.

Here is some advice for college students to use their time as best they can:
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College Application Frenzy

Are students applying to too many colleges? The answer is YES! The Common Application allows a student to send up to 20 applications on one form. And, students apply, often to all 20,  driven by the fear of rejection. Applying to college has become a numbers game. Instead of making out as many college applications as you can, the whole process should be a sober examination of where is best for you to apply.
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Should All Students Admitted to College Go to College?

Deans of students at colleges across the country often meet with first-year college students who are having difficulty with their college experience in the first few weeks of school. Some are in academic difficulty: low grades, sleeping through classes, missing important tests. Sometimes the problems are emotional: not making friends, drinking infractions, cutting or self-harm.

By the time these students are in the dean’s office, they are usually facing a tough decision, to drop out mid semester or suffer though the semester to try to salvage some credit hours. Some have already been sent home, often with conditions for return that make that return even less likely.
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Ninth Grade is Your First Step on the Path to College

It may seem like it’s too early to worry about getting into college; it is four years away. But, let us give you some important advice. The ninth grade of high school is not too early to start preparing for college. Both your ninth grade academic and extracurricular records will be part of your college application.

Here are some suggestions for college-bound ninth graders to do to positon themselves for college.
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How to Choose the Right College

You have been accepted to college…but to more than one! How do you decide which college is best for you? One thing to remember is that you are attending college in order to continue your education. One of the most important questions to ask is whether or not the college you choose has a good academic program.

Here are some suggestions for you to make an academic assessment among the top two or three choices you have.
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What Can Middle School Students Do to Prepare for College?

Caution: This article is not about parents hovering over 13-year old to force them into Harvard grads. However, the seventh and eighth grades are not too early to start developing habits that will help students have the kind of high school experience that will lead them to a good college education.
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New Essay Prompt on the Common Application

The College Application organization is already getting ready for the fall—which means college applicants should be getting ready now, too.

 

The organization that puts out the Common App has surveyed its members and has made revisions for the fall of 2015. The revisions will go live in August, but they are available now. Read the rest of this entry »

Homeschoolers and the College Admission Process

Home-schooled students’ college applications are not in the minority any longer. In fact, colleges are now recruiting home-schooled students. But, because homeschoolers may not have peers and guidance counselors shepherding them through the complicated process of applying to college, they may need to plan more carefully during their application process, and maybe even years before.
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How to Get to Know a College through the Internet

Choosing the right college to attend is hard. What will you like? What will feel right? The best way to tell about a college is to visit it, but what if a college you’re interested in, or even one that accepts you, is too far away to visit? How can you assess whether or not it’s a place you want to study at?

There is a way to evaluate a college without actually visiting it—through the Internet.

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Problems with the New SAT?

Why is the SAT changing in 2016? To answer the criticism that the SAT does not reflect what students learn in high school, nor does it predict very well how students will do with work in college.

 

The new test will be redesigned to better correspond to what teachers do in the high the school classroom and to reflect the new Common Core Standards. But is this change actually going to increase opportunities for all high school students to be admitted to college? Possibly not.

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Student Loan Crisis: An Answer

The average undergraduate student loan debt is $30,000. The total student loan debt is $1.1 trillion. Almost 20% of student borrowers default on their student loans. Not good statistics!

 

There is an answer, and it’s been around since the 1990s. Beginning with President Clinton, improved by President Bush, and improved again by President Obama in his Affordable Care act (Obama Care), there is a law that alieves student debt. It is the Income-based Repayment Plan (IBR). It is available to students who borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education. Note: this option is not available to students who borrow from private banks, even if these banks are subsidized by federal monies—although President Obama has greatly reduced those subsidies.

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