College Blog

January 4, 2018

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 […]
December 7, 2017

What’s a Parent to Do?

Applying to college is an anxious time in the lives of students and parents, especially as deadlines draw close. Seniors in particular have a lot on their plates first semester – schoolwork, clubs and teams, college visits, standardized […]
November 24, 2017

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 […]
November 7, 2017

A Tribute

Most of the time, this blog addresses college news and information – and some opinion essays related to higher education. But not this time. This one is a tribute to my friend Daniel Follmer, the Director of College Admissions at the […]
October 18, 2017

Tips from the Admissions Office about Applying to College

Ten years. Ten years of moderating the annual Inside the Admissions Office program in Scarsdale, N.Y. with college admissions deans and directors from across the country. Colleges represented in this year’s program, which is held each Fall, included Binghamton University, […]
October 13, 2017

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

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 […]
August 21, 2017

On the Road with Betsy Woolf: Williams College

The Berkshires are a cultural haven. If I hadn’t already known that on my recent return trip to Williams College in Williamstown, MA, then my experience would have reminded me. I saw three plays in two days, plus […]
August 12, 2017

How to Become a Smarter Thinker for Your College Essays

The Education Life section of the Sunday, August 6, 2017, New York Times carries a sobering story about Why Kids Can’t Write – and it seems that there are different views about how to resolve that problem – […]
August 4, 2017

First Lines: Great Ways to Start a Personal Essay

If I had my druthers (now when was the last time you heard that word?), I’d spend the summer sitting on a covered porch watching the parade of sail boats in the Long Island Sound. They may just […]