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British Students Find Advantages at U.S. Schools

British Students Find Advantages at U.S. Schools | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
A recently announced charity program is offering British students of less-privileged families the opportunity to attend some of America's top colleges at little or no cost.
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UCAS Advisers' Blog: 15 January deadline: Last minute issues and how to avoid them!

UCAS Advisers' Blog: 15 January deadline: Last minute issues and how to avoid them! | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
"The 15 January deadline is fast approaching. The deadline has probably been seared into your memories by your schools, colleges and advisers so you probably don't need another reminder! Instead I've gathered together the sort of issues that've cause applications to be submitted late in previous years and given some advice on how to prevent them happening to you!"
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On the Joys of Not Getting What You Want

On the Joys of Not Getting What You Want | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
A director of college counseling offers next steps for college applicants who were rejected by their dream school.
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Don't Like the Gender Gap? Women's Colleges Might Just Be the Answer

Don't Like the Gender Gap? Women's Colleges Might Just Be the Answer | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
I wasn't perturbed by comments like "Is that a lesbian college?" or "Ew, you'll never see boys!" or "Why would you go to a women's college?" I knew most of my peers thought I was crazy, but I didn't care.
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An often overlooked college option for students: Women's and Men's Colleges

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Extracurriculars increasingly seen as essential to student success

Extracurriculars increasingly seen as essential to student success | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
"Extracurricular activities are being withdrawn in Ontario schools, as they were in British Columbia’s labour dispute last spring. But educators increasingly see these “extras” as essential to producing an engaged, 21st-century student. And some are already compensating teachers for leading them.

When critical thinking, leadership and interpersonal skills are seen as key to future success, students clearly are missing out on more than basketball practice and high-school musicals."
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Diversions: College Football Top 25 - Ranked By Academic Accomplishment

Diversions: College Football Top 25 - Ranked By Academic Accomplishment | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
The New America Foundation looks at how a team's academic performance measures up to that of the student body...
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Fun diversion---but makes you wonder if sports drive academics or vice-versa.

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Florida May Reduce Tuition for science majors. Humanities majors are out of luck.

Florida May Reduce Tuition for science majors. Humanities majors are out of luck. | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
Governor Rick Scott's task force on higher education suggested that tuition rates be frozen, so that going to school for science would cost less than getting a liberal arts degree.
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The Colleges With The Best Classes

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College classes are important, so we hope most people are in class more than they party. Thus, a great classroom experience should really shape your college selection.
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Kudos to Pepperdine for Recognizing Proactive Applicants

Kudos to Pepperdine for Recognizing Proactive Applicants | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it

I have a student who got an e-mail from Pepperdine this morning. It read:

 

"...Being proactive is an important skill that many students do not develop until college. Thank you for demonstrating your interest and responsibility by completing your Pepperdine application with time to spare. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed."

 

Kudos to Pepperdine for the positive message to proactive high school students!

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Comparing Your Teenager's SAT Scores | The College Solution

Comparing Your Teenager's SAT Scores | The College Solution | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
Here are the latest scores for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests for 2012 so teens can compare their performance.
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Germany top for foreign students

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German universities are increasingly attracting overseas students to courses which are taught entirely in English.
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Old news, but a continuing trend: Dutch universities recruit in UK

Old news, but a continuing trend: Dutch universities recruit in UK | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
A group of Dutch universities is touring schools in England this week with the aim of recruiting students to study in Holland.
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Early application data + insights from International Counselor --- www.internationalcounselor.org

Early application data + insights from International Counselor --- www.internationalcounselor.org | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it

Early Round up: And up they are, especially Boston, Chicago, Harvard etc….but not Darmouth-

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Homeless in College

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I have had homeless students before. In fact, when the recession began to rear its ugly head the number of students in our high school who lived in shelters grew and grew and grew.
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This story somewhat reminded me of this NY Times story from 2004: 

Yes, Some Students Live in the Library (But Not Like This)

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/27/nyregion/yes-some-students-live-in-the-library-but-not-like-this.html

 

 

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If College Admissions Were Like Tetris, Everything Would Fall in Line

If College Admissions Were Like Tetris, Everything Would Fall in Line | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
"When I close my eyes, a game of Tetris appears. The blocks fall flawlessly. Each one perfectly fits into the contour created by the previous blocks. The structure has no lapses.

When I’m actually playing the game, however, the situation is different. The descending block does not always find its place in the structure I construct. It’s usually my fault: I misjudged the situation, failed the plan in advance, or expected something different."
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Great perspective from an international student applying to universities within the Unites States. 

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University of Iowa adds optional question on sexual orientation | Inside Higher Ed

University of Iowa adds optional question on sexual orientation | Inside Higher Ed | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
"The University of Iowa is today announcing the addition of an optional question on sexual orientation, and a transgender choice under gender, as part of an effort to make its undergraduate application one that sends a welcoming signal to all students -- and to gather information about the institution's success at attracting and retaining students who aren't straight."
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Fascinating visualization illustrates the path from college major to career choice.

Fascinating visualization illustrates the path from college major to career choice. | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
Impact of Major on Career Path for 15600 Williams College Alums


"This visualization is work with my students Hayley Brooks '12 and Kaison Tanabe '13...The left side of the circle is broken into 15 parts, each representing a grouping of all majors available at Williams...The right side of the circle is similarly broken into 15 parts, each representing a grouping of possible careers chosen by Williams alums."

- Satyan Devadoss

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via Jon Boeckenstedt

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You Are Not Your SAT Score

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Maimuna Abdi Yussuf, a Somali student at African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, is trying not to "get caught up in the rat race that is the college application process."
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UC's New Clothes | Washington Monthly

UC's New Clothes | Washington Monthly | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it

"The University of California has introduced a logo for the system. The current symbol is based on the institution’s 140-year-old coat of arms. The new one is based on, well, nothing at all except graphic design principles."

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What's in a Name? In This Family, College Is the Accomplishment

What's in a Name? In This Family, College Is the Accomplishment | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
Thanh-Tran Nguyen, a high school senior in Seattle who would be the first in her immediate family to attend a four-year college, "could theoretically be happy anywhere, but thinking like that is both a blessing and a curse."...
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Liberal Arts College Rankings 2012 | Washington Monthly

Liberal Arts College Rankings 2012 | Washington Monthly | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it

If you're going to use rankings to inform your college decision---this is a good one to use.

 

 

>-CA->

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Why You Should Save Your Juniors from School Rankings.

Why You Should Save Your Juniors from School Rankings. | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
"Despite what Andy Williams says, this really isn’t the most wonderful time of the year for high school counselors."
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College Students Answer Reader Questions on Admissions and Campus Life

College Students Answer Reader Questions on Admissions and Campus Life | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
Two college students who wrote for our student-led series "The Envelope, Please" are answering questions about going to college.
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EU Student Cost Debate | New York Times

EU Student Cost Debate | New York Times | >-College Arrow-> | Scoop.it
The presence of Dutch students in Flemish universities, like German students in the Netherlands, raises questions on who benefits from public subsidies.
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December College Checklist for Juniors

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Jeffrey Neill, a director of college counseling, advises college-bound juniors to start making their summer plans now.
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