College Blog

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 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

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 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

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 […]
February 15, 2018

How to Stay Safe Before, During & After a Violent Crisis on Campus or Anywhere Else

The recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School once more evidences how vulnerable our schools and colleges are to violence. The places we once thought of as safe havens for our children are now home to fear and […]
February 12, 2018

On the Road with Betsy Woolf: Furman University

Wow! What a tour. The purpose, we were told, was to experience Furman University through two different tour guides, and we did. The first guide took us – just me and a mother and her son – on […]
January 25, 2018

Pride in the Future

That was a great essay, Nick. I am talking about Nicholas Kristof’s op ed in the New York Times today, Thursday January 25th. Because it addresses exactly what I see in my students: “Doing good is no longer […]
January 23, 2018

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

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 […]