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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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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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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