College News

February 9, 2017

Inside the Common Application Essay Prompts 2017-2018

On February 6, 2017, the Common Application released its essay prompts for the coming application season – and there are changes afoot! Two prompts have been added, and one, the return of a Topic of Your Choice question, […]
January 19, 2017

For Richer, For Poorer

Do you want to get an idea of who’s studying at your college or alma mater, at least based on income? Well, the New York Times has put together a chart showing the results of a recent study […]
November 23, 2016

How to Apply to the University of California

As the clock ticks down to November 30th, the last day that students can apply to schools within the University of California system, it seems appropriate to reiterate the application questions that are posed and what the UCs […]
November 8, 2016

It Takes a Team to Read Your Application

I first heard about it from one of the panelists in my Inside the Admissions Office program in October. And then I saw the information published in The Daily Pennsylvanian just hours ago. There is a new wave […]
October 24, 2016

Context is Key, Say Inside the Admissions Office Panelists

Once again, the Inside the Admissions program was a resounding success, thanks to the participation of deans and directors from Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Oberlin College, Syracuse University, Swarthmore College, the University of Chicago and the University of […]
August 28, 2016

College Admissions: Getting Tougher on Students

I’m all for making applying to colleges easier for students, who have a lot on their plates in the fall of senior year. School work, of course, and extracurricular activities, coupled with applications and college visits in the […]
July 23, 2016

Debunking the College Myth about English Majors

In early July, Inside Higher Education published an article about the myth of the barista who had been an English major in college. Now, I had never heard of this myth, but it does reflect what a lot […]
July 18, 2016

Changes in College Admissions

Some days, college admissions seems like its same old routine self. Other days, well, “the times they are a changin’.” I came back from vacation to discover these changes in the world of college admissions: * The ACT […]
June 23, 2016

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – University of Delaware

Summer is the time when many families take to the road to visit colleges, and I am no exception. On a very hot – around 93 degrees – day in June, I was on the road, revisiting the […]
June 15, 2016

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – University of Hartford

I keep copious notes of my college visits, and when I looked back at my last visit to the University of Hartford, I was shocked to read that it had been almost ten years! Of course, I’ve kept […]