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“Find a Good College ‘Fit’ Academically”

How comfortable are you around water? Are you a strong swimmer or do you struggle to keep your head above water? Are you comfortable venturing into the deeper water or do you prefer to wade into shallow water as long as the bottom is visible and the footing is certain? Most people expose themselves to [...]

BCF Readers’ Forum 7.23.15

Periodically, I use this space to respond to questions I have received via email or during programs. My intent in sharing both questions and answers is to provide insight into the college-going process and stimulate conversation that leads to informed decision-making with regard to educational futures. As always, your comments are very much valued. To [...]

“Be True to Your Academic ‘Fingerprint’” 7.14.15

Myth: All colleges and universities are alike. Reality: This country boasts a broad array of more than 3,000 colleges and universities dedicated to providing post-secondary educational opportunities. Although common in mission, their personalities, curricula and institutional cultures vary as greatly as 3,000 sets of fingerprints! Think about what this means for you. While your educational [...]

“Addressing the College Essay Blues: July College Planning Tips” 7.6.15

Having talked with a fair number of rising high school seniors over the last six weeks, I am coming to the conclusion that these days can be the “dog days” of the college application process. This is especially true for those who have identified target schools and are struggling to get their arms around their [...]


Campus Grotto

10 MOOCs that will Prepare you for College

Colleges want students who take initiative in their learning. One way to do this is through MOOCs by making an effort to learn on your own time. Known as massive open online courses , these online courses allow anyone with an Internet connection to pursue an interest in learning. Why should prospective college students take MOOCs? Students preparing to enter college can take these courses to ease the transition to college by getting a taste of college-level coursework. These online courses allow students to dive deeper into a subject they have an interest in and get a head start on their prospective college major. Taking these classes demonstrates interest and shows a passion for...

Hardest Colleges to get into for 2015

Admission rates have hit an all-time low for many schools in 2015, making it very difficult to get accepted to these high-profile universities. Here we examine the updated list of the hardest colleges to get into based on admission statistics for the class of 2019. These are the most up-to-date numbers colleges have initially reported for the class of 2019, as applicants who applied regular admission are notified of acceptance in mid-to-late March. Colleges with the lowest overall Acceptance Rate Recommended Reading College Admission Myths Easiest Colleges to get into How to get into an Ivy League School Stanford - 5.05% Acceptance Rate Many colleg...

College Study Strategies: Organize a Study Group

Dr. Richard Light , a Harvard researcher and Professor of Teaching and Learning at Harvard Graduate School of Education, was sent out on a mission to find the single best predictor of college success. After ten years of research and surveying 1,600 Harvard students, he found a key element to university achievement: the ability of a student to either join or create a study group. We encourage you to incorporate this successful study strategy into your routine: Find or create a study group for your classes. {loadposition contentbox} Assuming you already have a solid study plan in place, it’s time to partner up with classmates for greater benefit. Students typically learn...

America's Most Expensive College Dorms

For the 2014-2015 school year, the average cost of room and board is priced at $9,804 for public colleges and $11,188 for private colleges. To no surprise, colleges in California, New York, and the Boston area charge a bit more and top the list of most expensive dorms. The highest-priced dorms can be found in New York, where students get to enjoy the conveniences of living in Manhattan and fabulous skyline views from high-rise dorms. Going to school in New York can be quite an experience for a first-year college student, but one that comes with a hefty price tag. Looking at tuition and fees alone, NYU ranks 57th in highest cost. However, when room and board is factored into college cos...



Continuing Education

6 Public Speaking Skills You Can Learn Online

How do you improve your public speaking skills online? We share six tips from Udemy.com that will make you a more impressive public speaker.

Do You Know Your Learning Style and How to Use...

What's your learning style? Find out with our collection of learning styles inventories.

Why You Need to Network in School as an Adult...

There's a good chance you will be competing for jobs with the younger students in your class. Knowing how to network in school can give you an edge.

10 Facts About Financial Aid for Non-Traditiona...

Do you know these 10 facts about financial aid for nontraditional students? Money for college is available for everyone.


The College Puzzle

Thoughts on Remaking College In A New Postsecondary Ecology

Published in orgtheory.net Academic chatter often assumes research universities are the prototypical higher ed organization, even though only 23% of students are enrolled in such universities (RU/VH or RU/H). By comparison, more than a third are enrolled in community colleges, and nearly 10% in for-profit institutions. At the level of public attention, focus gets even narrower. A New York Times search gets 310 read more...

Obama Scraps Plan to Rate Colleges

By Larry Gordon : Los Angeles Times Nearly two years ago, President Obama proposed a federal system to rate the nation’s colleges and universities, one that would provide families with an objective and unified tool to compare schools and for taxpayers to determine whether the massive investments in scholarships and other government spending on higher education are read more...

Top 9 Fantastic iPad Apps for ESL Students

By KEITY ADRIAN  When you’re talking about learning a language in the U.S., you’re generally talking about ESL which refers to “English as a second language” or the study or use of English by speakers with different native languages. Learning a new language seems quite tough but lucky for the students of today as technology read more...

The Mid Level Skills Employee Supply Gap

 By Melissa Burns Ask the average person which professions are most in demand and you’re likely to hear answers like “computer programmer” or “data analyst.” While these are certainly growing fields with a high demand for trained workers, they aren’t the professions with the biggest gaps between available jobs and capable applicants. The skilled trades read more...


Cappex College Insider

5 Great Schools for Nursing Majors

Considering the huge demand for nurses, it’s no surprise nursing is one of the most popular majors right now. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the demand for nurses will grow 19 percent from 2012-2022, much faster than the average for other occupations. That explains why the National Center for Education Statistics reports a […]

How to Avoid Freshman Year Roommate Awkwardness

The start of college is just a few weeks away. The prospect of cool classes, new friends, and more independence are all exciting, but there’s one thing most incoming freshmen are worried about – their new roommate. If you’re going to the same school as a friend and chose to live together, great! But most […]

Top Tips for Your Freshman Year of College

Summer is halfway over and college is probably the top thing on your mind. But while you’re planning your first semester classes and getting your dorm essentials ready, let us remind you of a couple other key things you’ll need to remember for your first year. Studying College is about fun. But if you don’t […]

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