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Category: Colleges & Universities

Posted Dec. 13, 2016, 2:24 p.m. by Sarah Shemkus | View Comments
boarding school dorm

Sometimes going to boarding school doesn’t mean leaving home - or, at the least, going far away. Many boarding schools welcome day students and/or allow local students to live on campus. (Some, like the Groton School in Groton, Mass., only occasionally let local students live in the dorms ). So, if you want the advantages of private boarding school, but aren’t sure you want to be far from home, look at what’s offered within an easy commute. Then, decide if you want to stick to the comforts of home or pack up your belongings and move into the dorm. It’s ...

Posted Dec. 8, 2016, 2:32 p.m. by Amy Williams | View Comments
Gap year application tips

Are you thinking about taking a gap year between high school and college? Teachers, parent, and friends may have advised you to apply to college and then ask to defer admission for a year once you are accepted. But, this strategy doesn’t work for everyone. After all, getting into a university is intensely competitive, so there’s no guarantee you will get into the school of your dreams straight out of high school. And some high school graduates may want to take time off to figure out their finances or decide if college is the appropriate next step. Regardless of the ...

Posted Nov. 30, 2016, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Don't shy away from applying for scholarships.

There is great discussion among parents and students about whether or not college scholarship applications are worth it. Students complain about the time involved with seemingly little to show for it. Parents urge, and often nag, their students to apply. Other parents believe it’s simply a waste of time. I happen to be one who believes scholarship applications are indeed worth the time and effort. My daughter attended an expensive private university based on the scholarships she won from outside sources and from the college or university itself. Those scholarships allowed her to attend a school that was financially out ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2016, 8 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
should-your-high-school-resume-be-high-tech

It’s still uncommon for students to use video and other media in college applications and colleges have mixed attitudes toward them. If, however, you want to spice up your high school resume, there are some college-ready platforms that can help. Jobma, for example, offers video services for job applicants and to students for college applications. Other companies will help produce an application video. Students film themselves through a webcam and the companies do the rest, including posting. Some students tape their own videos and put them on YouTube or other social media and send the colleges a link. That, however, ...

Posted Nov. 21, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Consider the traits of student at liberal arts colleges

As you decide where to attend college, one of the choices is whether or not to apply to a liberal arts school – an undergraduate institution that emphasizes the liberal arts and sciences such as art history, literature and mathematics. Although some research universities include a liberal arts department, liberal arts colleges are typically differentiated from technical colleges and research universities. What might make you a good match for a liberal arts college? What attributes do liberal arts students share? Consider these traits as you apply to colleges: 1. You enjoy discussing ideas. If you are excited about attending college ...

Posted Oct. 13, 2016, 9 a.m. by Roberta Cannon | View Comments
8 Tips for Getting Into Arts Management

There is plenty to the arts that is imaginative, but there’s also a side that, while creative, is more nuts and bolts. Somebody has to see that the light bill gets paid. That’s where the arts administrator or manager comes in. People with a degree in arts managment “work behind the scenes to make sure artists keep creating and the public keeps appreciating art of every kind,” according to the College Board website. With expertise or a degree in arts administration, you could help manage a museum, theater, opera house, ballet company, art gallery or other profit-making or nonprofit organization. ...

Posted Oct. 5, 2016, 9 a.m. by Sarah Shemkus | View Comments
3 REASONS TO TAKE ONLINE COURSES NOW (and one warning)

Students are no longer limited by the bricks and mortar walls of their high schools. Almost any academic course you can imagine is available in cyberspace, many of them for college credit. An online course could be just the thing to dazzle college admissions officers, boost a student’s Advanced Placement count or even trim college costs. “More and more students over the years are turning to online courses in the hope of gaining an edge in the highly selective admissions process,” says Brian Taylor, director of The Ivy Coach, a college admissions counseling service in New York City. There are ...

Posted Sept. 19, 2016, 9:27 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
3 Ways to Take Charge of Your College Search

So many of my daughter’s friends chose a college based on all the wrong reasons: a boyfriend was going there; a parent was an alum; it was close to home; it had a prestigious name; the football team was rated; or they simply waited until the last minute and were out of options. Many times, students and parents just let the college decision happen. They automatically assume that once they decide to go to college, they will be able to get in somewhere, even if it’s a local community college. But you should take charge of your college search and ...

Posted Aug. 15, 2016, 9:47 a.m. by Gwyneth Findlay | View Comments
6 Tips To Survive the First 6 Weeks of College

Starting college may feel like going back to school feels every year. It’s in August or September, the month you’ve started classes for most of your life. You’re heading into four months of classes during weekdays – much like every other semester of school you’ve experienced. You’ve spent the last few weeks collecting odds and ends of school supplies and other college essentials, which feels a lot like the annual school supply round-up you’ve done for many years. While these similarities are comforting, the first few weeks at college can be overwhelming, even with college orientation. Here are a few ...

Posted July 25, 2016, 2 p.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
5 Simple Ways to Jumpstart Your College Application This Summer

Whether your summer plans involve flipping burgers or lounging at the shore, we recommend five simple steps that won’t overly-detract from your summer but will give you a leg up in the college admissions process come the frenetically-paced autumn months that loom ahead. 1. Demonstrate interest. Carve out a few moments to show your prospective colleges some love. Trust us, with yield-rate statistics causing admissions officers many restless nights, making schools feel wanted can leave a favorable impression. Whether or not a student showed interest in the form of a campus visit, an email, or time surfing the university website ...

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