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Opinion | Why Applying to College Is So Confusing

Opinion | Why Applying to College Is So Confusing | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Universities disagree on what qualifications make an ideal student.
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‘Read me!’: Students race to craft forceful college essays as deadlines near

‘Read me!’: Students race to craft forceful college essays as deadlines near | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Intense admissions scramble leads some well-off families to hire pricey essay consultants.
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6 College-Planning Tips For High School Sophomores And Their Parents

6 College-Planning Tips For High School Sophomores And Their Parents | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
High school juniors and seniors are well into their college preparation. But college counselor Lisa Micele says it's not too early for sophomores to start planning.
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Will changes in online college applications help students chase the American dream? - The Hechinger Report

Will changes in online college applications help students chase the American dream? - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The Common Application, the online gateway to some 700 American colleges, can seem like an impenetrable wall for many low-income and first-generation students. As January’s admissions deadlines loom, the Common App has made some changes this year that may ease students’ anxieties....
College admissions experts praise the changes, particularly as the Common App faces new competition from The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, an application system created last year to improve access for all students. But the experts emphasize that deeper, systemic problems remain with the college admissions process that are reflected in the Common App.

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College Is the Goal. Will These Three Teenagers Get There?

College Is the Goal. Will These Three Teenagers Get There? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The Times is following three teenagers in Topeka, Kan., as they decide where to apply to college – and even whether college is the right choice for them. ​In a live chat on Tuesday, we talked with the students, their principal and experts about navigating the path to higher education. We’ll rejoin the students in the weeks ahead as they make their choices and hear back from admissions offices. If you’re just joining us, here’s a look at the journey so far:

Senior Year at Topeka High * The Pros and Cons of Delaying College * The Allure of Leaving Kansas * ‘I’m Panicking’ * College Is Not the Only Option * The First in the Family to Go to College * Two Different Paths to College * Is Higher Education the Cure-All? * Imagining Life Away From Home * Mind-sets Are the Barrier * The Pitch for Technical School * One Student’s Calculation * Confronting Debt * Getting Motivated * What Is a College Education Worth? * Missed Deadlines * Chat: Navigating a Path
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‘Stop trying to write my essay’ — and other things high school seniors want to say to their parents

‘Stop trying to write my essay’ — and other things high school seniors want to say to their parents | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Applying for college is stressful enough without intrusive parents.
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College counselor: I’m sick of reading about golden kids getting into Harvard. Here’s the story I want to see.

College counselor: I’m sick of reading about golden kids getting into Harvard. Here’s the story I want to see. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Last month, Brennan Barnard, a college counselor at a private school in New Hampshire, wrote a piece on how the college admissions process for many students had become something akin to The Hunger Games. He wrote: In an ideal world, college preparatory education would encourage students who crave knowledge, seek community engagement, desire connection and […]
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Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids

Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Admissions officers tell their own children that high school is far more than just a pathway to college — it’s a time for maturation, self-discovery, learning and fun.
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Hidden Gold in College Applications

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To diversify campuses, smart admissions offices look closely at candidates.
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We need a simplified, two-tiered admissions process (essay)

We need a simplified, two-tiered admissions process (essay) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"It has been clear for some time that the American college admissions system is fundamentally flawed. Between the Common App’s monopoly over the admissions process and U.S. News & World Report's rankings -- which give institutions points for selectivity and higher test scores -- it has been nearly impossible for individual colleges to change the way they recruit and admit students who are a good fit for their specific programs."

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Recent Reporting on College: A Reading List for High School Students

Recent Reporting on College: A Reading List for High School Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A categorized collection of Times articles and Opinion pieces from the 2014-15 academic year about all aspects of higher education — from getting in, to thinking about why you’re there, to considering how to fix what’s broken. We think you’ll find plenty to discuss.
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The unexpected plot twists in one senior’s college admissions journey

The seventh and final installment in a series about one New Hampshire senior's quest to apply to college. Where she got accepted and where she decided to go.
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How to Survive the College Admissions Madness

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College is a singular opportunity to rummage through and luxuriate in ideas, to realize how very large the world is and to contemplate your desired place in it. And that’s lost in the admissions mania, which sends the message that college is a sanctum to be breached — a border to be crossed — rather than a land to be inhabited and tilled for all that it’s worth.
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Analysis | The disconnect between what colleges say and what students hear

Analysis | The disconnect between what colleges say and what students hear | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Two college admissions expert detail the gap with specific examples.
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A College Application Guide for Gap Year Students

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How, when and where to ask for a year off from college.
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America’s Great Working-Class Colleges

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Dozens of colleges are vaulting thousands of low-income students into the middle class and beyond, and yet are being starved of funding.
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Elite Colleges Announce New Push to Recruit Lower-Income Students

Elite Colleges Announce New Push to Recruit Lower-Income Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Thirty elite colleges have announced the American Talent Initiative, which aims to step up recruiting of students from low- and middle-income families.
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6 Ways Parents Can Help Students With the College Application Process

6 Ways Parents Can Help Students With the College Application Process | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Every admissions officer has a story about the overbearing parent who takes 100 percent control of the college application process. Parents' appropriate role is to offer guidance, support and empathy during a complicated, emotionally taxing, and in some cases disappointing, process.
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New Leader of Common App Alternative Faces Questions, Criticism

New Leader of Common App Alternative Faces Questions, Criticism | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Seven months ago, an elite group of colleges and universities created a new application system intended to help disadvantaged students find their way to higher education. Now the group has hired its first executive director. And she faces a pile of unanswered questions and deepening criticism about the system from the college-advising community.
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College Admissions These Days Are Sending Kids the Wrong Messages

College Admissions These Days Are Sending Kids the Wrong Messages | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"The admissions process today “not only allocates opportunity—by deciding who gets into where—but it also allocates values by determining what matters in preparing for, applying to, and selecting a college,” said Lloyd Thacker, the founder and executive director of the Education Conservancy. It’s “become a formative process during which the signals sent by a host of stakeholders are shaping their attitudes, their values, and behaviors in very troubling ways. Far too many students are learning to do whatever it takes to get ahead—even if that means sacrificing individuality, health, happiness, ethical principles, and behavior.” “Far too many students are learning to do whatever it takes to get ahead—even if that means sacrificing individuality, health, happiness, ethical principles, and behavior.”

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How Can the College Application Process Be Improved?

How Can the College Application Process Be Improved? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To help fix the hyper competitive college application process, a coalition of universities is trying to develop a more equitable process.
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College Admission 2.0: Service Over Self

College Admission 2.0: Service Over Self | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
the success of this recommendation will depend on whether high schools play their part. Success will mean more high schools enabling students to choose from a wide range of community-engagement and service opportunities based on their individual interests and passions. It will mean ensuring that students have time to reflect with each other and adults about what they have learned from these experiences. Perhaps most important, it will mean creating authentic diverse groups or guiding students toward diverse groups that are constructed and facilitated thoughtfully.
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The New College Scorecard: NPR Does Some Math

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There are dozens of ways to slice and dice all the data in the Obama Administration's new college scorecard. Here are three.
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A different college ranking guide

With rising high school seniors  about to jump head-first into their college applications, the following post tells about a new college ranking that looks at different data — and gives different weights to traditional measures — than the famous U.S. News & World Report, with the aim of making it easier for students to see what they are “likely to get into” and where they will have the best chances of graduating. This piece was written by Paul Glastris, editor in chief of the Washington Monthly, and co-author, with Jane Sweetland, of “The Other College Guide: A Roadmap to the Right School for You.”
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University of Florida admits 3,000 students — then tells them it is only for online program

University of Florida admits 3,000 students — then tells them it is only for online program | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The school is trying something new. They just never mentioned it to applicants.
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