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7 Prestigious Undergrad Scholarships

Yes, it's true that scholarships labeled "prestigious" usually have lengthy applications, require special projects, and are certainly more competitive than most. But if you're eligible for one of these scholarships, it definitely can't hurt to apply. After all, someone has to win. If you're one of the lucky ones selected from hundreds or even thousands [...]

Universities Are Challenged as Demographics Shift

In August, 60 years after the University of Texas admitted its first black student, the school welcomed the first freshman class in which white students were in the minority. White students, who accounted for 51 percent of U.T.’s freshman class in 2009, made up 48 percent in 2010. Black and Hispanic students represented about 5 [...]

Students From Caribbean Med Schools Head for New York, Angering Some Local Programs

Thousands of students from offshore medical schools flock to teaching hospitals in the United States each year to complete the clinical portion of their education. In New York, the number of students performing third- and fourth-year hospital rotations from these offshore programs now almost equals the number of students from the state's own medical schools. [...]

50 Mistakes College Students Make

It’s alright to make some mistakes, as long as you learn from them. College is a time to adapt to your world and adapt your worldview to best serve you. However, there are mistakes that can be irreparable if you don’t watch your step. With that in mind, here is a list of 50 mistakes [...]

9 Ways to Get Back on the Study Track as an Adult Student

If you've been out of the classroom awhile, chances are your study skills are not up to par. But that's not a reflection of your intelligence - even the smartest students struggle as they work their way back into the school groove. If you're an adult student preparing to go back to college, consider these [...]

6 Kinds of Students Shouldn’t Apply to College Early

To all you high school seniors mentally kicking yourselves because you didn't apply early to college and now have to endure months of nail biting, here's some good news: Research suggests you could end up getting more financial aid than those who committed early to college. And 10 years from now, you could very well [...]

More HBCUs Offer Online Degrees

As degree seekers continue to flood the online education market—online headcount is estimated to have grown 18 percent in 2010 alone according to market researcher Eduventures—many historically black colleges and universities are hoping to capitalize on the surge. As of fall 2010, 19 of the 89 HBCUs with four-year undergraduate programs offered full online degrees [...]

Pick From the Federal Student Loan Smorgasbord

If you need to borrow to finance your education, federal student loans should be first on your menu. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education regulate federal student loans, setting maximum interest rates, borrowing limits, and other important loan terms. These loans come in loads of different flavors. Here's a taste of what you might [...]

3 Steps Adults Returning to College Must Take

For students going straight to college after high school, the path toward getting in and paying for school is well defined: take your tests, write your essays, fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and apply for scholarships. But for students who have spent some time away from the world of postsecondary [...]

M.B.A. Hiring Trends Improve in 2010

Though she was employed at an advertising agency, Stephanie Burns wasn't satisfied with her career trajectory and craved a new challenge. She enrolled in the M.B.A. program at National University in San Diego and graduated in 2008. Though she had maintained her full-time job while in school, she was surprised when her firm didn't offer [...]