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2010 State of College Admissions

The National Association for College Admission Counseling just release the 2010 edition of the State of College Admissions. This annual report highlights what is happening in the world of admissions. Although everyone seems to dwell on the most selective colleges where admissions is incredibly difficult, the average acceptance rate for 4 year selective colleges last [...]

Smallest College Endowments Perform Best, Study Finds

College endowments returned an average of 12.6 percent in fiscal 2010 — and, unusually, the smallest endowments performed better than the largest ones, according to preliminary data from 80 colleges and universities gathered for the comprehensive Nacubo-Commonfund Study of Endowments to be released in January. Read more...

Tomorrow’s College

Jennifer Black isn't a fan of technology. Until college, she didn't know much about online classes. If the stereotypical online student is a career-minded adult working full time, she's the opposite—a dorm-dwelling, ballet-dancing, sorority-joining 20-year-old who throws herself into campus life here at the University of Central Florida. Yet in the past year, the junior [...]

Playing Catch-up in Foreign Language Education

A widening gap in school foreign language programs could make it harder for companies to compete in an increasingly diverse population and global business environment. These days, "we speak the privileged language of the world," says Marty Abbott, director of education for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). "What if that [...]

A Gap Year for College Graduates

Taking a “gap year”—typically a year off between high school and college—has long been common in other countries and is becoming more so in the United States as well. However, there is another type of gap year, and it is becoming more common among recent college graduates. In my interactions with students, many express an [...]

The New Ivies

Once upon a time, Ivy League schools rested comfortably on their laurels, knowing their prestige gave them elite status among the world’s finest colleges. 30,000 student votes later, it’s clear that times are changing and the benchmarks for evaluating academic excellence and intellectual setting have shifted as well. With that in mind, we’re proud to [...]

What I Wish I’d Known About Applying to College

Every successful college career begins with a successful application. But no matter how nice your handwriting or how profound your essays, the only benchmark for success in the college application game is whether or not you get in. Coulda talked about your community service instead of your school play? Woulda applied to a few more [...]

Curtailing Dropouts at Online Universities

Why do so many students drop out of online classes? Online courses require more discipline by students—and more effort by professors and advisers—than traditional courses, educators say. A study released this month by professors at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., indicates that online students that commonly used retention strategies such as friendly E-mails from [...]

4 Steps to Get Free Money in Your College Savings Account

Debra Randall's son got a year's worth of college textbooks for free. Kevin Makler has already amassed $3,000 in a special college savings account for his 10-year-old twins - without putting in a dime of his own money. Both families collected rebates of 10 cents here, $5 there, from various e-coupons and credit card rebates [...]

Early Action Could Aid in Admission, Report Finds

It is a question on the minds of so many high school seniors at this time of year: How can you raise your chances of getting into your No. 1 college choice? A report released Wednesday by an association of guidance counselors and admissions officers could be worth a look. It provides new evidence for [...]