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Best college essay ever?

Is this the best college essay ever?

By Valerie Strauss  | February 7, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  College Admissions, Laugh and cry  | Tags:  best college essay, college admissions, college applications, college essays, funny college essays, great college essays, harpers magazine, hugh gallagher  
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The ultimate helicopter mom -- college admissions category

A college admissions director tells a hilarious story of helicopter parenting.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 4, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  College Admissions, Parents  | Tags:  admissions process, application process, college admissions, college applications, college interviews, helicopter mothers, helicopter parents, student interviews  
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Colleges start revealing early admissions decisions

High school students around the nation who applied to early-decision programs at colleges and universities are starting to learn their fate ahead of the usual Dec. 15 “reveal” date.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 11, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Admissions  | Tags:  college admissions, early admissions, early decision  
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Early college admissions applicants: Have a Plan B

Early decision applicants are on edge waiting to hear if their first choice college accepted them, but they should be preparing in case the answer is "no."

By Valerie Strauss  | November 30, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Admissions, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  college admissions, college applicants, college applications, early action, early action vs. early decision, early decision  
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A plea to college interviewers

Two high school college admissions counselors write about problems with some college interviewers and the false hopes they can give to applicants.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Admissions  | Tags:  college admissions, college applications, college interviews  
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Report: Rise in college applications hurts low-income students

A new report concludes that the dramatic increase in college applications over the past 15 years is creating a rise in selectivity that will reduce opportunities for more low-income, first-generation students in all levels of higher education, including community colleges.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 19, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Admissions  | Tags:  arms race, college admissions, college admissions competition, college applications, college arms race, national association for college admissions counseling  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Be careful of 'snap apps' in college admissions, Valerie Strauss , November 14, 2010
'Find x' and other unusual college essay questions, Valerie Strauss , November 8, 2010
College admissions’ dirty little secrets, Valerie Strauss , November 4, 2010
Safety schools matter in college admissions, Valerie Strauss , October 26, 2010
The PSAT/National Merit test: What you should know, Valerie Strauss , October 14, 2010
Paper applications for tech schools: a harbinger?, Valerie Strauss , October 6, 2010
Why kids shouldn't take SAT, ACT too early, Valerie Strauss , September 30, 2010
The new risk of plagiarizing college essays, Valerie Strauss , September 29, 2010
Should colleges stop legacy preference in admissions?, Valerie Strauss , September 23, 2010
College Board vs. FairTest, Valerie Strauss , September 22, 2010
Say 'no' to college admissions creep, Valerie Strauss , July 13, 2010
Advice from a student campus tour guide , Valerie Strauss , June 24, 2010
Choosing public higher ed for the right reasons, Valerie Strauss , June 24, 2010
College Tour '10 -- Macalester College, Valerie Strauss , June 24, 2010
College Admissions: Business as Usual, Valerie Strauss , June 15, 2010
Stop timing the ACT and SAT, Valerie Strauss , June 12, 2010
Do colleges superscore ACT and SAT equally? , Valerie Strauss , June 9, 2010
Many colleges over-enrolled for fall, Valerie Strauss , May 25, 2010
Getting started on 2010-11 college applications, Valerie Strauss , May 18, 2010
Princeton Reviews takes down ad claims , Valerie Strauss , May 16, 2010
Getting real about super-selective colleges, Valerie Strauss , May 13, 2010
How to get the right college roommate , Valerie Strauss , May 10, 2010
Many colleges still accepting applications, Valerie Strauss , May 5, 2010
College choice: Not a one-size-fits-family deal, Valerie Strauss , April 29, 2010
New study: 1 in 3 college students transfer, Valerie Strauss , April 28, 2010
The D.C. area: Obsessed with SAT scores , Valerie Strauss , April 26, 2010
Senior slump: A cautionary tale , Valerie Strauss , April 24, 2010
Is it really harder to get into top colleges? , Valerie Strauss , April 21, 2010
Choosing a college isn't about cachet, rankings, Valerie Strauss , April 14, 2010
How to decide on a college, Valerie Strauss , April 6, 2010
All about need-based aid: Flagel, Part 3, Valerie Strauss , April 5, 2010
The problems with double depositing: Part 2, Valerie Strauss , April 1, 2010
Is it okay to double deposit at colleges? Part 1, Valerie Strauss , April 1, 2010
Broaddus--The limits of proxies in college apps, Valerie Strauss , March 29, 2010
More colleges join $50K-plus a year club, Valerie Strauss , March 29, 2010
Why students get rejected from college, Valerie Strauss , March 26, 2010
When kids cheat on SAT, ACT , Valerie Strauss , March 25, 2010
Parents spending time with kids: Good and bad news, Valerie Strauss , March 25, 2010
One teacher’s cure for senioritis , Valerie Strauss , March 23, 2010
What’s an admissions ‘likely’ letter? , Valerie Strauss , March 22, 2010
College visits: The ‘East Coast’ thing, Valerie Strauss , March 18, 2010
Harvard study: Are weighted AP grades fair? , Valerie Strauss , March 12, 2010
Campus visiting season begins at spring break, Valerie Strauss , March 5, 2010
For seniors, March is most anxious month, Valerie Strauss , March 1, 2010
College application videos: Good or bad idea?, Valerie Strauss , February 25, 2010
Senior to parents: Let kids pick their own college , Valerie Strauss , February 23, 2010
The high school courses students need for college, Valerie Strauss , February 22, 2010
D.C.'s National Merit winners aren't all from D.C., Valerie Strauss , February 22, 2010
The panic over 'missing' application documents, Valerie Strauss , February 21, 2010
Colleges admit freshmen for winter term, Valerie Strauss , February 19, 2010
Senioritis: Minor affliction or serious disease? , Valerie Strauss , February 16, 2010
The college hunt: It's enough to drive a mom crazy, Valerie Strauss , February 15, 2010
Colleges still accepting applications for fall, Valerie Strauss , February 11, 2010
A head start on college applications for fall 2011? , Valerie Strauss , February 10, 2010
Any merit to National Merit program?, Valerie Strauss , February 8, 2010
Saturday’s ACT exam rescheduled in storm areas, Valerie Strauss , February 5, 2010
College visits: real and virtual , Valerie Strauss , February 5, 2010
Finding and using a private higher ed consultant, Valerie Strauss , February 4, 2010
College acceptances, test scores: a plea for privacy, Valerie Strauss , February 3, 2010
Parents' role in college admissions, Valerie Strauss , February 2, 2010
College quotas for high schools?, Valerie Strauss , February 1, 2010
College acceptance on display?, Valerie Strauss , January 29, 2010
AP Courses: How many do colleges want?, Valerie Strauss , January 29, 2010
AP: College admissions directors weigh in, Valerie Strauss , January 29, 2010
7 College admissions myths, Valerie Strauss , January 28, 2010
Top college rankings vs. endowments , Valerie Strauss , January 28, 2010
Warning to high school seniors, Valerie Strauss , January 27, 2010
The college chase: Making a plan , Valerie Strauss , January 27, 2010
College gender gap stabilizing? , Valerie Strauss , January 26, 2010
Admissions season begins. Again., Valerie Strauss , January 24, 2010
'Chasing' college acceptance, Valerie Strauss , January 22, 2010
Broaddus: Reading college applications, Valerie Strauss , January 19, 2010
Good news: College financial aid form gets easier, Valerie Strauss , January 5, 2010
Debating the value of the SAT, ACT , Valerie Strauss , December 7, 2009
A critical look at the SAT and ACT, Valerie Strauss , November 18, 2009
Are college admissions officers being ridiculous?, Valerie Strauss , November 4, 2009
What do college admissions officers really want?, Valerie Strauss , November 3, 2009
30 books to read BEFORE the college interview, Valerie Strauss , October 26, 2009
SPOTLIGHT: The Man Who Takes SAT Tests for a Living, Valerie Strauss , September 9, 2009
 
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