22 May What ‘academic fit’ really means

One of the most popular buzzwords of college admissions is “fit.” Admissions counselors, tour guides and professors talk about how important it is to find a “fit” in your college search process. You hear about schools representing a good fit for you “academically,” “socially,” “emotionally”...

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30 Apr Don’t apply to the same colleges as everyone else

The build-up was big, but boy, did he deliver. Robert Franek, Senior Vice President/Publisher at Princeton Review and author of “The Best 376 Colleges” and “The Best Value Colleges,” was recently a guest speaker at Myers Park High School in Charlotte. (Full disclosure: I sit...

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05 Apr How to make the final college decision

“You’ve got mail!” In early April, students are hearing from colleges on a moment to moment basis. Since most applicants choose to find out about their admissions’ status (accepted, rejected or wait-listed) online, the anxious anticipation of the “fat envelopes” has dissipated dramatically. So now that...

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10 Aug What does “Fit” really mean?

It’s the buzzword you keep hearing. It’s the question you keep asking – “Is this college a good fit?” But what does “fit” really mean? I break the fit concept into three major areas: social, academic and financial. (academic and social fit will be covered next...

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02 Mar Parents have several roles on campus visits

It's almost time for spring break season. For many high school juniors that will mean loading up the minivan and heading out to visit college campuses. Many families believe in empowering their high school students during the college admissions process. However, the campus visit planning, often...

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28 Jul Service academies are selective, tough and free

The Air Force Academy is ranked highly on some lists of top-performing colleges, including U.S. News & World Report's “America's Best Colleges 2009” rankings. We all recognize that college has gotten expensive, but an undergraduate college experience that costs $403,000 per student? That, according to the...

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