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More Students Majoring in Computer Science

According to “Computer Studies Made Cool, on Film and Now on Campus” (front page, June 11), the “Facebook effect” has created a welcome uptick in the number of students majoring in computer science. The article also notes that computer science programs “woefully lag in attracting women and many minorities,” a problem that has plagued the [...]

Tips for Reapplying to Business School

This time of year, many applicants—even highly qualified ones—face the dreaded news that they weren't accepted into the school of their dreams. For those of you wondering if there's a magic solution to reapplication, consider this: With just 5 percent of applicants making it into Stanford Graduate School of Business's Class of 2012, and 12 [...]

Consider 529 Plans for College Savings

Is there anything you can do as a parent if you want to help your children graduate from college without a huge debt burden? Yes—with a bit of planning. One option is a 529 plan (named for Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code that authorized them) which provides tax benefits in order to encourage [...]

Harvard students lobby for university financial disclosure

A group of Harvard students and employees in addition to a state senator and representative testified Friday in front of a State House committee in support of a bill that would require the University to reveal a slew of financial information that includes increased information about investments and administrator salaries. Read more...

For Mixed-Race Students, a Question of How Many Boxes to Check

Multiracial students confess to spending sleepless nights worrying about how best to answer the race question on college applications. Some say they wonder whether their answers will be perceived as gamesmanship or a reflection of reality. Read more...

Undocumented students may receive financial aid

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently expressed his support for the ideals of the California Dream Act, a bill that offers financial aid to undocumented college students. The California Dream Act, like the federal DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act, is meant to extend support to undocumented residents of the United States, particularly [...]

Law Students Can Find Ways to Pay Off Debt

It's a tough time economically. Unemployment remains high, which means states face seemingly never ending shortfalls in revenue. The showdown between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill over how to deal with the massive federal deficit continues. Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives recently set spending limits for the Appropriations subcommittee on labor, [...]

Partnership to Further Global Quest by N.Y.U.

New York University, well on its way to becoming the first truly global university, is starting a new partnership with the University of the People, a unusual nonprofit online school offering free classes to students around the world. With the collaboration, students who show exceptional promise after at least a year of studies with the [...]

Elite Colleges and Economic Diversity

As a graduate of an elite high school and college (Trinity School in Manhattan and the University of Pennsylvania), I have noticed how many of my peers come from similarly privileged backgrounds. Graduates of top programs churn out tomorrow’s leaders, whose children then go on to top schools to become leaders, and the cycle perpetuates. [...]

Summer Do’s and Don’ts for College Applicants

In the coming weeks, thousands of young people will find their daily routines changing as the academic year comes to a close. Some will go to the beach. Many will sleep until noon. Others will jet off to parts unknown for new, exotic adventures. And, at some point in the weeks that follow, most will [...]