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“A Good College Fit is One That Will Meet Your Academic Needs” 6.22.15

Students often enter the college search process with specific academic programs or career interests in mind. And why not? If you know what you want to study in college, the best places are those that will accommodate and support the development of your interests. For example, if you want to pursue chemical engineering, focus on [...]

“BCF Readers’ Forum” 6.17.15

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 [...]

“Thinking College? For Best Results, Focus on Fit!” 6.10.15

Which college is best for you—and why might that be the case? On the surface, these questions may not seem very consequential. When you consider the opportunity that lies before you, however, understanding the importance of the questions—and being able to answer them thoughtfully—can make a big difference in the outcomes of your college planning [...]

“College List Development: June College Planning Tips” 6.2.15

Congratulations rising high school seniors—you are about to officially become college applicants! It won’t be long before you are fully immersed in the application process. If all goes well, a year from now you will have the satisfaction of knowing your college destination. Getting to that point, however, will require careful planning and forethought. And [...]

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

How to Reach Your Goals with a Personal...

A goal like being a better employee or getting a raise is easier to reach when you have a personal development plan customized just for you.

Why It's a Good Idea to Keep Learning at Your Job

Continuous learning is a popular buzz phrase in most corporations. What does continuous learning at work mean for you? A lot. Take control of your professional future by creating a personal development plan.

Time Machine Ice Breaker Perfect for History,...

Were you born way ahead of your time? Maybe too late? When and where would you travel if you could go forward or backward in time?

What's on the Computer-Based 2014 GED Test?

The new 2014 computer-based GED test from GED Testing Service has four parts. Learn what's on the new test and how to prepare for it.

The College Puzzle

New Concepts For College Debt

Once seen as the Great Equalizer, the value of higher education in the era of soaring college debt has come into serious question. In their new book, The Real College Debt Crisis: How Student Borrowing Threatens Financial Well-Being and Erodes the American Dream, authors William Elliott III and Melinda Lewis argue that our current system read more...

A Smartphone or a PC, what is more useful for a student?

By Melissa Burns Nowadays it is difficult to see students with huge backpacks full of books. They were replaced by small smartphones, laptops and computers. Often when entering a college some freshmen may think what will be more useful for them? However, in our dynamic world all is fair in love and war. The benefits read more...

US Ed Backs Down On College Rating System

Higher Ed Accountability Ratings without … rating A U.S. Department of Education accountability system planned for release this summer will not compare colleges or assign scores, but will instead be a data-rich, consumer-facing tool on access, affordability and performance. (Inside Higher Ed, June 25)

An education agenda for 2016: Conservative solutions for expanding opportunity

An education agenda for 2016: Conservative solutions for expanding opportunity June 2015 Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael Q. McShane, John Bailey, Frederick M. Hess, Katharine B. Stevens, Diane Auer Jones, Kevin J. James, and Andrew P. Kelly; edited by Frederick M. Hess and Max Eden Read Online Printable Copy Key points America’s pre-K, K–12, and read more...

Cappex College Insider

How to Make Your Education More Affordable Than Ever

One of the hardest things about getting a degree is finding out things you wish you’d known before you started. That’s particularly true when it comes to figuring out how to pay for the education you need in order to achieve your dreams. Most people simply fill out their FAFSAs and wait for the package […]

Back to Basics: Tips for Finishing up Your College Gen Eds

College students should aim to get their core classes out of the way early. It’s not always possible to know what field you want to enter in those first formative years of college. By taking time to get a sampling of different majors, it’s possible to seek out a degree that resonates with you and […]

7 Great Small Colleges in the Midwest

There are many reasons so many people love the Midwest – the people are friendly, the fall scenery is beautiful, and there are plenty of schools to choose from. With so many higher education institutions available, it’s tough to choose the top few, but we’ve highlighted a few great small colleges in the Midwest. Benedictine […]

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