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Along the road to college admission…

Watch where you’re going! The college application process can have many unfortunate effects, and one happens when students run around madly padding their resumes with yet one more activity, one more shot at leadership, one more service moment.  The problem is not only that this kind of scattershot business does little to enhance their applications, […]

Some Interesting College Application Stats

The Common Application posted an announcement to all college admissions counselors today with some statistics about this year’s application season. Currently, there are 788,241 students who are registered to submit Common Applications – an increase of 15% over last year. Together, they submitted 1,736,287 applications – an increase of 19% — and they expect to […]

College Admissions and Service Work

A recent blog in the New York Times’ Education section (http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/08/activity/), raises interesting questions about the way in which high school students may actually be choosing to do volunteer work (or any other activity, for that matter) purely for college admissions sake.  Indeed, given the emphasis that college applications place on things like community service, […]

Paying for College

Online presentation on Paying for College 1.14.2010 “Financial Aid Experts Reveal Secrets of How to Pay for College” on January 14, 2010 at www.collegeweeklive.com (Access online between 3:00p.m. and 10:00 p.m EST) Though we at College Goals cannot guarantee that students and families will gain the answers to all their college financing questions, we’re suggesting […]

Home for the holidays: expect the unexpected

Today my younger daughter, a college freshman, returns from college for the Christmas break. It is her second return from college far away as she spent the Spring semester of her senior year at a Canadian university. I am therefore forewarned to prepare myself to ‘Expect the unexpected,’ ‘To go with the flow,’ ‘To take […]

Dreams Deferred, Part II

What are student to do when deferred? In my last blog post, I spoke about the reasons why selective colleges may choose to defer a large percentage – in many cases even a majority – of their early applicants.  But the question remained as to what this meant for deferred students who find themselves ecstatic […]

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