Sewanee does a great job of di...

Nov 2, 2017 by

Liberal Arts colleges can tend to sound the same. Sewanee’s video has fun breaking the mold!

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Be Pragmatic about your Freshm...

Oct 29, 2017 by

Yes, the transition to college can be rocky, but most push through it with time.

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17 Tips before you head off to...

Jun 14, 2017 by

From our friends at #Applerouth, 17 tips that the class of 2021 should do before heading off to college: read more…

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Reasons to Let Colleges Know Y...

Apr 27, 2017 by

Nancy Griesemer outlines 6 great reasons to let colleges know that you won’t be attending their institution. Read more…

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Zeemee: college application fo...

Apr 25, 2017 by

Sandy Clingman writes about how Zeemee is changing how students tell their story on their college application.  Read more…

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Waitlisted in 2017 – You...

Apr 11, 2017 by

Nancy Griesemer writes about how colleges are increasingly using the Waitlist to manage enrollment, and how it is affecting more and more applicants.  Read more…

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Tips for Earning a Strong Acad...

Feb 26, 2017 by

A strong academic record that colleges will notice requires both solid grade point average and strength of curriculum.  Nancy Griesemer outlines some important Tips for Earning Grades that Colleges Will Notice.  Read more….

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Cal State LA leads the nation ...

Jan 26, 2017 by

Why are “working class” colleges like the Cal States are more reliable engines of upward mobility than their Ivy-plus colleagues.  Read more….

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Making the Case for Liberal Ar...

Jan 9, 2017 by

Scott Jaschik from Inside Higher Ed reports that a study finds positive impact graduates’ life experiences, including leadership, civic mindedness and yes, financial success.  Read more…

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Understanding your PSAT Report

Jan 1, 2017 by

Compass Education Group does a solid job of explaining how to read and take advantage of your PSAT results.  Read more…

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ACT vs. SAT Myths

Nov 13, 2016 by

Read an ArborBridge post from Megan Stubbendeck on cracking some ACT and SAT myths.  Read more…

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Fresno State and Cal Poly SLO ...

Sep 11, 2016 by

Firetail, a UK-based strategy consulting firm, has named Fresno State and Cal Poly SLO as part of their “Class of 2030” with the potential to become globally renowned in the next decade or so.  Read more…  

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San Francisco State and CSU No...

Sep 11, 2016 by

Two California State universities have been recognized among the top 25 film schools by Hollywood Reporter.  Read more…

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Why You Should Visit as an Adm...

Apr 18, 2016 by

The reasons for not making one last visit to a campus you’ve been admitted to can pile up: time, cost, you’ve seen it already, etc.  Nancy Griesemer gives you seven huge reasons why you should.  Read more…

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What to do when college pressu...

Mar 18, 2016 by

Whether due to popular majors or tight housing, more and more colleges are resorting to pressuring families to put down a deposit early. Click here for tips from Nancy Griesemer on what you can do.

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State Support for Higher Educa...

Jan 25, 2016 by

A new report shows a slow but steady increase in higher education funding as states recover from the recession. Read more…

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5 Hidden Gems of the UC

Oct 21, 2015 by

If you’re one to avoid the well-trodden path, check these programs out:  Read more…

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Nearly half of new UC students...

Aug 12, 2015 by

The University of California continues to outpace its peers in accessibility.  According to the UC’s Annual Accountability Report close to 50% of the California freshmen will be the first in the family to earn a college degree, about 42% receive Pell Grants, and five campuses (Davis, Riverside, San Diego, Los Angeles and Irvine) each enroll […]

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What colleges are doing to sup...

May 29, 2015 by

Nancy Griesemer writes,”…for families that consider on-time graduation an important, if not financially necessary, element in their college search, some effort should go into reviewing and taking note of published data found using the Common Data Set, College Navigator, or CollegeResults.org. And if the numbers look a little low, ask what the college is doing to improve four-year […]

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Experiences in college vs. bra...

Apr 18, 2015 by

A 2014 Gallup-Purdue study of under 30,000 respondents with a bachelor’s degree or higher concluded that what students do in college and how they experience it is a better indicator of engagement and well-being in the workplace than a college’s brand name or selectivity.  Read more…

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Why small colleges are great f...

Apr 18, 2015 by

Chad Orzel, a professor and department chair of Union College’s Physics and Astronomy department, gives us reasons why science students should consider a small liberal arts college.  Read more…

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Tips for Making the Final Deci...

Apr 13, 2015 by

Lisa Bleich, of College Bound Mentor, shares some tips to help high school seniors and their families with making the final decision.  Read more…

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Scholarships that can help fun...

Apr 4, 2015 by

US News and World Report has a list of scholarships that can help make the hefty price tag at some of the country’s most selective colleges more affordable.  Read more…

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Avoiding Costly FAFSA Mistakes

Feb 12, 2015 by

With financial aid deadlines looming, Nancy Griesemer has timely tips for avoiding FAFSA mistakes.  Read more…

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Tips for Strong SAT Essays

Jan 1, 2015 by

The secret to strong SAT essays, according to Karen Ishii-Berlin, is knowing what the scorers are looking for: length, organization, big words, and of course, answering the prompt.  Read more…

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California State Summer School...

Dec 26, 2014 by

Calling all highly talented high school-aged visual, literary, media and performing artists for a four-week intensive summer arts program!  CSSSA alumni include actors Zac Efron, James Franco, Penelope Garcia, animator Craig McCracken, and singer and actress Katharine McPhee.  The 2015 session theme is Sea of Possibilities and concentrations include dance, film & video, music, animation, […]

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The myth of the perfect test d...

Dec 17, 2014 by

Data driven Jed Applerouth of Applerouth Test Prep in Atlanta, shows us that the only perfect test dates are the ones that work best for the student’s schedule and preparation.  Read more…

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UC applications for 2015 conti...

Dec 13, 2014 by

For the 11th consecutive year, the number of first time freshman applicants broke the previous year’s record.  Read more…

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Top Public University Honors P...

Nov 7, 2014 by

An Honors Program within a public university can give a top student the best of both worlds: an intimate, academically challenging and intellectually stimulating community within a socially vibrant campus.  Nancy Griesemer summarizes the top country’s top programs.  Read more…

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2014 National Merit Qualifying...

Sep 10, 2014 by

How high does a junior’s PSAT scores have to be to qualify to be one of the approximately 16,000 students invited to compete as semifinalists?  It depends on your state.  Read more…

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UC increases out-of-state recr...

Aug 11, 2014 by

Alexei Koseff of the Sacramento Bee reports that the UC campuses have stepped up efforts to recruit international and out-of-state students.  Read more…

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August SAT and ACT checklist f...

Aug 10, 2014 by

Karen Ishii Berlin says “By now, in fact, many juniors have already taken a summer SAT or ACT course and started to think about their long-term test strategy.”  Read more for her August checklist for proactive test prep…

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12 Uncommon Common Application...

Aug 6, 2014 by

While University of Chicago is known for its uncommon application essay prompts, Nancy Griesemer shares 11 more in her Examiner post.  Read more…

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Admissions to the UCs Gets Tou...

Apr 19, 2014 by

From the Los Angeles Times: California students feel UC admission squeeze

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Avoiding FAFSA Mistakes

Feb 12, 2014 by

How to avoid making common FAFSA mistakes that can cost you.  Read more from Nancy Griesemer…

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Colleges with the Largest Endo...

Feb 12, 2014 by

Last year the University of California system endowments rose 7% to $6.4B, 14th highest in the nation.  The University of the Pacific endowments grew 66.8%, one of the highest in the nation.  Read more from Nancy Griesemer…

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12 Essay Tips from College Adm...

Aug 28, 2013 by

You’ve heard these before from your College Admissions consultant, counselor and junior year English teacher: use your voice, answer the prompt, and proofread, proofread, proofread.  Well, you get to hear it from the folks who read your college essays.  Read more from Nancy Griesemer

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San Jose State’s Great B...

Jun 17, 2013 by

San Jose State University’s Animation program is one of the top programs in the country, and a great bargain at $7,300 per year – if you can get in.  Read more…

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Senioritis May Have Serious Co...

May 20, 2013 by

“Symptoms include skipping class, neglected homework, failed tests, and way too many lapses in judgment or integrity.” Read more…

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“Redshirting” in E...

May 20, 2013 by

I hope the University of California system looks into this program started by the University of Colorado at Boulder and is gaining traction with other universities.  Read more…

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