How to Make Sense of College Rankings

How to Make Sense of College Rankings

Each September, the week the vaunted U.S. News and World Report college rankings come out, you’ll find parents looking over them anxiously. For many universities as well, these rankings are critical, since universities vie for top spots on this widely-publicized evaluation of their quality. For parents and students, the report adds to the complexity of decision-making about college. Here are tips on how to think about college rankings.

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Is College The Best Choice for Everyone?

Is College The Best Choice for Everyone?

The number and percentage of high school students who go on to four-year college have been rising steadily for years. But as the costs of college increase and many college graduates see only middling job prospects, more and more families are asking the question: is college the best choice for everyone?

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Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

The key to making a good college list is to focus on finding colleges that are good fits, rather than chasing after the highest ranked one. Most rankings are arbitrary and don’t reflect an institution’s true educational quality. Focus on finding an authentic balance: of likelihood, cost, earnings, educational program, culture, and other factors.

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Acing the SAT and ACT: What You Need to Know

Acing the SAT and ACT: What You Need to Know

Standardized testing is stressful for many students and parents because it has such high stakes. At many U.S. and international universities, test scores are a major factor in admissions decisions. But taking a standardized test like the SAT or ACT doesn’t have to be stressful and scary.

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Keys to a Great College Admission Essay

Keys to a Great College Admission Essay

This is the time of year when many students are struggling with college admission essays. At most selective universities, a great college admission essay can be the factor that leads a college admissions officer to select your application –  over those of others with similar test scores and GPAs – from the pile.

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