March 1, 2018

Everyone knows students have to compete for admission to selective colleges today.  More high school seniors are applying to more schools, more international students want U.S. educations, yet the number of seats available at top colleges and universities has barely budged. 

But where college we...

January 2, 2018

The internet is filled with college searchers, finders, matchers and comparers.  Just type in a few pieces of statistical data, and your perfect college list emerges!  

But does it?  While websites can provide valuable information, let's remember that statistics alone can't fully represent eit...

July 1, 2017

Americans seem to approach everything with optimism.  Just look at some of our more widespread clichés:

“Reach for the stars.”

“Anything is possible.”

“Follow your dreams.” 

Many colleges – including the most highly selective – are quick to encourage this kind of thinking.  Even with (in some cases) mor...

February 2, 2017

Many seniors have finally sent off the last of their applications, but for underclassmen the flurry of mail is just starting.  They receive fistfuls of glossy brochures showing the same happy and diverse group of clean-cut students on the grass under an autumn sky, extolling the virtues of this or t...

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