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“Students, Parents and Ownership in College Planning” 5.12.15

May is a month when high school Juniors find themselves staring at the seemingly “uphill” portion of the college planning process. Whereas the prospect of “going to college” has been on the radar screen for quite a while, the task of getting there is now approached with a new-found sense of earnestness. The coming months [...]

“Get the Most Out of College Visits: May College Planning Tips” 5.7.15

As the school year winds down, thousands of families are gearing up to start the college search and selection process in earnest. For many, the process includes plans to visit college campuses. The questions that often arise, however, are “When is the best time to visit?” and “What should we expect to accomplish?” The answers [...]

“Closing the Deal!” 4.30.15

The end of April marks the conclusion of a long search and selection journey as you find yourself on the threshold of your new college home. After years of preparation and months of speculation, admission outcomes are finally known and the decision-making is nearly complete. Soon, the enrollment “check is in the mail”—literally. Let the [...]

“BCF Readers’ Forum” 4.23.15

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 [...]

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

You're busy. Save time with these tips for...

You're busy. You work. You have a family. Maybe a garden or some other great project. And you're a student. How do you balance it all? Try our five time management tips.

The Hero's Journey - Crossing the Threshold and...

The hero, armed with the mentor’s gifts, agrees to face the journey. This is the turning point between Act One and Act Two, the crossing from the Ordinary World into the Special World. The hero is wholeheartedly committed and there is no turning back.

Ideas for Playing Would You Ice...

Need ideas for playing Would You Rather...? We have lists of them! This is a great classroom game for energizing students or inspiring conversation. Come on over!

Ice Breaker - Beach Ball Buzz

Have a little beach fun without leaving your classroom. Beach Ball Buzz can be as fun as you choose depending on the questions you write on the ball. Make them related to your topic or completely frivolous and fun.

The College Puzzle

84% 2002 High school Graduates Go to Postsecondary Education, But Only 42% Get A Degree Or Certificate

Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 Megan Lail, Fordham Foundation The National Center for Education Statistics released the fourth study in a series designed to evaluate high school students’ transition to postsecondary education. The primary focus of the report is a nationally representative sample of roughly fifteen thousand students whom researchers surveyed three times: in 2002, read more...

Searing Critique Of AP Expansion And College Board Promotion Policies

Equity and Excellence in the College Board Advanced Placement Program by William Lichten  for Teachers College Record This paper, based on the rate of college acceptance of Advanced Placement (AP) exam papers, concurs with current literature that calls for reforms to restore quality to the program. It makes the case that the program size is read more...

Community College Placement Tests Unfairly Channel Students Into Remediation

This high school graduation season, some 400,000 young Californians will walk across stages and receive their diplomas in ceremonies full of optimism. By the fall, that optimism may be tempered when tens of thousands of them learn that they must repeat math coursework that they successfully completed in high school. Education policymakers intent on changing read more...

Planning a Career in Healthcare? Ten tips for getting headed in the right direction as an undergraduate

by William B. Farquhar and Carolyn E. Quinci 1. Don’t dig a “GPA hole” your first year in college. Work hard from the very beginning, as catching up is a lot harder than keeping up. In our department at the University of Delaware, the average GPA of students accepted into health-related graduate professional programs is 3.5, read more...

Cappex College Insider

21 Scholarships Expiring in June 2015

It’s the end of May – that means that if your high school finals aren’t over yet, they will be within the next few weeks. You’ve definitely earned a break after all your hard work this year. But before you head outside to enjoy the summer sunshine, don’t forget to apply for a few of […]

Why Going to Community College Isn’t Just Like High School

Community college offers plenty of benefits. The costs are far below what you’d pay at a private school, and often in-state public schools as well. They’re close to home, which is great if you don’t want to live on campus. And they give you some more time to figure out what you want to major […]

How to Use Social in Your College Search

Social media is a big part of everyday life. You use it to bond with friends, keep in touch with family, and even learn more about brands or products you like. So why shouldn’t your college search benefit from social media, too? Checking out a university’s website and visiting campus are critical in helping you […]

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