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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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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A New Way to Judge College Application Essays

College admissions essays inset personality into the college applications, but essays are judged subjectively. Now it is believed there can be a more equitable, provable way to evaluate college essays—through statistical analysis.

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College Counseling is a Must

A college degree is necessary today for a good job and a good future, and yet the college application process is becoming more competitive and more complicated.   How, then, can students who have fewer advantages and who come from lower income homes get the college counseling that private high school students and kids from affluent neighborhoods get? Their schools are understaffed, and they cannot afford to pay for private college counseling. Can students from poorer areas of our country get a fair chance to attend college?

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Do You Want to See Your College Admission Records?

Stanford University has recently been hit with student requests to see their educational records. These requests have been filled with the encouragement from a student group called Fountain Hopper. They are telling students they have the right to see their records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Ferpa).
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College Applicants: Are you Using Parchment?

Parchment is an online service for colleges, students, high schools, and employers. What does it do? It offers secure sending, receiving, and storing of educational credentials.

Why file or send your transcripts, diplomas, and certificates as paper any longer? Stored online they are readily available and can be sent as eTranscripts.
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College Interview Mistakes

College admission interviews usually are the icing on the cake, allowing you to make a good impression and a personal connection to a college, improving your chances of admission. An interview can also harm an otherwise terrific application because of a poor impression.

Here is some advice for avoiding interview mistakes.
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Holistic College Admission

Already some colleges are not requiring standardized college admission tests scores (SATs or ACTS). Starting in 2016 even more colleges are moving away from traditional applications such as the Common Application in order to evaluate student applicants as a whole and not through documents like grades and tests scores. These colleges are experimenting with what are called holistic applications.

Here are some holistic alternatives for applying to college.
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Video Interviews for College Admission

Video interviews are common today for job applications, but now more and more colleges and universities are using Skype to interview their applications for college admission because it saves time and money while still providing face-to-face exchange.

Here are some tips for video job interviews that can also help you with your college admission.
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Is It Really That Hard to Get into a Selective College?

Harvard admitted less than 6% of the 35,000 applicants to their Class of 2018! This can be a discouraging figure!

But, don’t be discouraged. This tiny percentage represents the number accepted from 35,000 students who applied to Harvard. What this figure is really telling us is that more and more students are applying to Harvard, not that fewer and fewer students are getting in.

What, then, is the real possibility of getting admitted to Harvard or a like college?
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