31 March 2015

Class of 2019 Regular Decision Notification Dates

Posted in Class of 2019

Update #3

student-questionsLots of big-name schools post their decisions over the next 48 hours, including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, Rice, University of Pennsylvania and Yale.

Continue reading for the updated list of regular decision notification dates for several popular private and public schools. Good luck, seniors!

25 March 2015

The Problem of Undermatching

Posted in Perspectives

washpostHere's an interesting article from the Washington Post about "undermatching"—when low-income students with the ability to succeed at elite universities never apply or attend one.  Past studies have shown that as many as four in 10 in this pool choose not to attend an elite institution because they didn't apply or decided not to enroll.

Undermatching is a serious social issue impacting long-term economic equality and social mobility, but it's also one that can be avoided with better information and planning.  

Read the article here

 

10 March 2015

East Coast College Tour (Foodie Edition)

Posted in College Tour Planner, Whirlwind Tours

5 Great Colleges for Foodies in 4 Days

campus-foodHey foodie, are you headed to the east coast to check out colleges?  

If so, we've got just the itinerary for you—a mix of schools with great reputations for both academics and food scene, courtesy of The Daily Meal.  

Read on for the itinerary, commentary and tour times. 

08 March 2015

PayScale College ROI Rankings for 2015

Posted in Your College List, College Rankings

payscale college ROI rankings 2015One interesting way to measure the value of a college education is to consider return on investment.  PayScale does this by comparing the salary of graduates (return) to the cost of attendance (investment) at each school it tracks.  

Here's the recently released 2015 rankings.  We'd focus less on the rankings themselves and more on the relative returns by major/career since it will give you a sense for where your interests can lead.  It comes as no surprise that schools strong in technology fare the best.    

05 March 2015

University of California to Freeze Enrollment

Posted in Perspectives

university of california freezes enrollmentUniversity of California President Janet Napolitano indicated earlier this week that the UC system will not expand enrollment of California freshmen and transfers this fall if more funds are not appropriated from the state. Furthermore, enrollment of out-of-state students at UC Berkeley and UCLA will be capped.

Click here for a Los Angeles Times report on the topic.

02 March 2015

Are Prestigious Private Colleges Worth the Cost?

Posted in Perspectives

Applicant, Employer and Expert Perspectives

wsjThis article from the Wall Street Journal explores the "value" of attending a name-brand college from three perspectives: the applicant's, the and the employer's and an admissions expert.  The article also includes a list of "best value" schools courtesy of PayScale that considers return on investment (future reported salaries) in addition to cost.  

Click here to read the article now.

27 February 2015

Top Undergraduate Business Programs

Posted in Your College List

best-bschools-2014best-colleges-business-2015Planning to major in business in college?  Here's an article covering some well-regarded undergraduate business schools for you to consider.  

 

27 February 2015

Should I Major in Business?

Posted in Perspectives

business majorsBusiness and related fields are the most popular undergraduate majors in the country, accounting for approximately 20% of all college students. If you're thinking about it but still aren't sure, continue reading about the pros and cons of an undergraduate business degree and perspective from pundits, courtesy of the New York Times.

 

27 February 2015

More High School Seniors Taking Early Admission to College

Posted in Early Admission, Perspectives

early admission article from the los angeles timesIn this Los Angeles Times article, Carla Rivera writes about the rising number of college applicants taking advantage of early admission programs to remove stress and uncertainty from the admissions process.

The article also looks at early admission from the school perspective, and why/why not schools choose to participate.  

With admission rates falling and the number of early admission programs on the rise, we maintain that every college applicant needs to at least consider the possibility of applying early.  It may not always be appropriate, but when it is, it's a valuable way of maximizing odds and minimizing wasted motion for simply applying 60 days earlier than normal.   

Read the early admission article now

 

24 February 2015

Southern California College Tour (Foodie Edition)

Posted in College Tour Planner, Whirlwind Tours

5 Great Colleges for Foodies in 4 Days

student eating healthyIt's time visit colleges, and as a foodie, you're looking for schools that do more than enlighten your mind—they've also got to stimulate your taste buds.  Where should you go?  

If you're headed to Southern California, we've got just the itinerary for you—a mix of schools with great reputations for both academics and food scene, courtesy of The Daily Meal.  

Read on for the itinerary, commentary and tour times. 

17 February 2015

A Whirlwind Tour of the Best Surf Schools

Posted in College Tour Planner, Whirlwind Tours

7 Great Surf Colleges in 5 Days

A tour of the best surf collegesSpring break is around the corner and you're looking for a great education AND great surf.  Which schools should you visit?  

It's no surprise that eight of Surfer Magazine's top 10 surf colleges are in warmer climates.  And while Hawaii is a little out of reach for a college tour, the good news is that we can get you to seven of these eight schools with a five-day whirlwind tour up the California Coast.

Read on for the itinerary, commentary and tour times. 

12 February 2015

Suggested College Tour Itineraries

college tours mapPreparing your first college tour and not sure where to start?

Here are some suggestions for schools to visit, grouped by region, to get you rolling. Each list includes 5-6 schools that offer a range of sizes, settings and selectivity to help imagine the possibilities.  We also suggest others worth considering and why.  

Cities currently covered include Boston, New York City, Syracuse, Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  

Click on the Continue Reading link below to see our suggestions, or try our College Tour Planner to build your own custom campus tour itinerary.

 

11 February 2015

Getting the Most Out of Your First College Tour

Posted in Perspectives

college tour tipsWith ski week and spring break right around the corner, it's time to plan for college visits.  Here's a list of top tips for making sure you get the most out of the experience.

 

11 February 2015

A Whirlwind Tour of the Ivy League

Posted in Whirlwind Tours

How to see all 8 schools in 5 days

tour ivy league schoolsSpring break is around the corner and you're gunning for an Ivy League education.  Which schools should you visit?  

We say (wink-wink) why choose, when you can see them all? 

We challenged ourselves to come up with an itinerary that would cover all eight schools in the span of a week, and we discovered it's possible to do in as little as five days.  No helicopter required.

Read on for the itinerary, commentary and tour times.  And feel free to slow down the pace and vary the schools while you're at it! 

10 February 2015

Introducing the College Tour Planner

Posted in College Tour Planner, College Kickstart, Product Announcements

College trip planning made easy

introducing the college tour planner

We're pleased to introduce a new tool to the College Kickstart portfolio, the College Tour Planner.  Just in time for spring break, this nifty application makes it easy to put together a college tour in a pinch.  Click on the Continue Reading link below for the scoop.

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