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This week’s column:

You would have hoped that after you go through the college search process and you've identified a number of schools that represent a good fit that you wouldn't have to face another decision until students receive their thin and thick envelopes next spring. Unfortunately, that isn't...

Admission isn't all about scores; look for best fit, not big name Gaining admission to some of the most elite colleges is remarkably more competitive today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. Unfortunately, this increased competitiveness has spurred myths that need to be dispelled. Myth...

From plates to photos, students need lots of items to feel at home Packing for college has become big business. Home furnishings and department stores have handy college packing lists, and some even partner with colleges to create display dorm rooms stocked with their merchandise and...

How do colleges make their admissions decisions? What goes on beyond those closed collegiate doors? While there's a lot we don't know, for the most part, the admissions process is rational. Decisions are based on two basic sets of student qualifications: objective and subjective criteria. Objective...

Countdown to College: By Lee Shulman Bierer Stories abound of students and even teachers sharing inappropriate items on social media. You would think students who are about to apply to colleges and be evaluated by admissions officers would know better. The truth is that obviously the vast...

by Lee Shulman Bierer   Parents just want to help. The natural reaction when you see your child suffering is to try and make it better. How do you help ease the pain of college rejection? The first step is to accept that it’s complicated. It’s complicated by your...

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