College News

September 2, 2018

Trends at the Start of Another Year

It’s application season, and to coin a phrase from Peter, Paul and Mary, there are some trends that are “Blowin’ in the Wind”: Colleges are pulling back on requiring SAT Subject Tests. It seems that Caltech, Harvey Mudd […]
May 5, 2018
college admissions and cupcakes

College Admissions is Like a Box of Cupcakes

Last week, I attended the semi-annual conference of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, or IECA, of which I am a professional member. Held in Austin, Texas, it was an opportunity for me to network with my colleagues and […]
May 1, 2018
Rice University

On the Road with Betsy Woolf – Rice University

The most difficult thing for me to decide to do in writing up my return experience at Rice University was deciding which photo to use. Rice is undeniably one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States, […]
April 3, 2018
wait list

Wait List Realities – Don’t Just Hang Around

Receiving news that you’re on the wait list may soften the blow of not getting into a school, but it certainly is not a guarantee that you will get in. Wait list is really that – a waiting […]
March 13, 2018
United Kingdom universities

Studying in the United Kingdom: What’s the Difference?

Just back from the 2018 British Council UK University Tour where I visited eight universities in the southwest and two in and around London. Studying in England and Wales is not the same as studying in the United States. Here are […]
January 23, 2018
Davidson College

On the Road with Betsy Woolf: Davidson College

A man was painting the admissions office, so my information session and tour of Davidson started in the well-appointed Student Union. It had been a long time since my last visit to campus, and I was happy to […]
January 4, 2018
college anxiety

What High Schools Can Do to Lessen Anxiety about Getting into College

Last month, I wrote about what parents can do to help lessen the anxiety about applying to college. This is the portion of a recent article by Leah Shaffer from the Harvard Graduate School of Education that talks about […]
November 24, 2017
character in college admissions

What Do Colleges Want in an Applicant? (Character)

A recent excellent article by Eric Hoover in the Education Life section of the New York Times of Sunday, November 1, 2017, asked the question and the word noted in the parentheses of the headline was Everything. I […]
October 13, 2017
women and STEM

Are Women Making Progress in STEM?

When I started to do some research for this blog, I came across a lot of articles about the dearth of women studying in STEM fields in college. There is, of course, the cultural stereotype that women can’t […]
September 29, 2017
Boston colleges and universities

On the Road with Betsy Woolf: By Land and By Sea

Massachusetts is lovely in September, especially when the thermometer reaches into the high 80s! That was the unusual weather earlier this month on a trip to Boston to attend the annual convention of the National Association for College […]