April 5, 2018 Issue

Big picture
For small, private colleges, fewer students means more worries
Boston Globe - Mar 31, 2018
BROOKLINE — Joseph Chillo has a luxurious office in a beautiful building with a view of a leafy neighborhood in this wealthy town. But while his perch may look idyllic, his job is not.
How High School Diploma Requirements Fall Short of College Admission Standards
Education Week (registration required) - Apr 2, 2018
Most state high school graduation requirements are so poorly designed that they trap students in a “preparation gap,” where they don’t qualify for admission to public universities, according to a study released Monday.
You got into the college of your dreams. But will you actually go there?
Washington Post - Mar 29, 2018
By now, college acceptances (or rejections) are in the hands of high school seniors. Over the next few weeks, those who haven’t already decided where they are going to school next fall
Flagships go national: At U-Michigan, nearly half of students now from out of state
Washington Post - Mar 29, 2018
Admissions Process & Strategy
What Exactly Is A “Meaningful” Summer Experience for Your High School Student?
Pleasanton Weekly - Mar 30, 2018
Colleges still accepting applications
Tribune News Service - Apr 1, 2018
Campus Visits
College sends out virtual reality googles to entice its future students
Gearbrain - Apr 3, 2018
College Admissions: Succeeding in an Interview
VOA - Mar 31, 2018
Waiting - Rejection - Accepting
Are Waiting Lists Out of Control?
Inside Higher Ed - Apr 2, 2018
Brown University’s freshman class in September had 1,719 students. For this fall, the university admitted 2,566 applicants and should have no problem matching last year’s incoming class. Brown, after all, remains exceptionally popular with many talented high school students.
Perfect ACT, SAT scores don’t mean admission to top universities
Mercury News - Apr 3, 2018
The Progressive Case for the SAT
Jacobin Magazine - Mar 29, 2018
The SAT does not enjoy a good reputation among progressives. Arguments against the use of the test, as well as its analog, the ACT, abound. Both are widely derided as tools of elitism, rejected as culturally biased, and denounced for dehumanizing test takers.
Devote ample study time to SAT
Chicago Tribune - Mar 31, 2018
Letters of Recommendation
How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation for College
US News & World Report - Mar 28, 2018
Letters of recommendation from teachers, school counselors and other sources can help college admissions officers get a more complete picture of applicants.
Columns and Blogs

Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D

So, You Don’t Really Want More Counselors?
Post - April 5 2018

College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer

How to deal with denial and handle disappointing news
Tribune News Service - April 2, 2018

The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy

Don’t Overlook College Graduation Rates
The College Solution Blog - Apr 2, 2018
How More Meetings Might Be The Secret To Fixing High School
NPR.org - Mar 31, 2018
The BARR model, for “Building Assets, Reducing Risks,” has serious evidence backing it up as a solution for real improvements in student success.
Think twice about retirement when picking a kid's college
Reuters - Apr 3, 2018
Helicopter Parents Give Kids a Lift
WVTF.org - Apr 2, 2018
It’s no secret that students who come from wealthy families enjoy certain advantages when they come to college. Often they’ve gone to good high schools and had extra-curricular activities that prepared them for higher education.
The Four-Letter Word That Most Worries Parents And Students About College
Forbes - Mar 28, 2018
What’s the biggest worry of parents and their college-bound children when it comes to going to university? It’s that four-letter word: debt.
8 tips all college parents should know
USA Today - Apr 2, 2018
Do colleges put too much pressure on students to impress admissions committees?
PBS NewsHour - January 20, 2016
Career & Technical Education
In Most Cases, Education Credentials Are Not Viable Alternatives To College
Forbes - Apr 2, 2018
Those who support college alternatives such as smaller, career-focused learning credentials, badges or certificates often contend that college degrees are weighted down and diluted by programs and courses and expenses that are not related to attaining the valuable job skills
Donald Trump Doesn't Understand Community Colleges
The Atlantic - Mar 30, 2018
Community colleges deliver the good jobs that Trump keeps promising. So why does he dump on them?
Los Angeles Times - Apr 3, 2018
‘I don’t know what that means, a community college,” President Trump said last week during a speech in northeastern Ohio. “Call it vocational and technical. People know what that means.”
April 5, 2018
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4 Ways to Increase Odds of Winning College Scholarships
U.S. News & World Report - Mar 29, 2018
High school students can win college scholarships for a variety of reasons. So it might be tempting to fill a resume with many experiences in the hopes of catching the attention of a scholarship committee.
Why College Financial Aid Varies From Year to Year
Teen Vogue - Apr 2, 2018
Here's how to understand your financial aid offer
CNBC - Apr 3, 2018
When it comes to applying to college, there is only one notification more significant than being accepted: the financial aid letter.
But unlike getting in, it’s rarely black and white.
How to Read and Compare Financial Aid Awards
Poughkeepsie Journal - Apr 2, 2018
5 Tips for Your College Essay
TG Daily - Apr 3, 2018
Students all the time ask if their admission essay is important and makes a difference when it comes to a college application. The answer is «Yes». Your admission essay is absolutely important for any college