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In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks

They text their friends all day long. At night, they do research for their term papers on laptops and commune with their parents on Skype. But as they walk the paths of Hamilton College, a poster-perfect liberal arts school in this upstate village, students are still hauling around bulky, old-fashioned textbooks — and loving it. [...]

36 Questions to Ask on a College Visit

One of the best ways to learn more about colleges is to visit their campuses. When you're on a college campus, my advice is to slow down and ask a lot of questions. Ideally, you'll want to talk with more than just the admission staff. Stop a few students during your stay and ask them [...]

Psych Majors Aren’t Happy With Options

Psychology majors might want to put themselves on the couch. Only 26% of psychology majors are "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their career paths, the lowest in a sampling of popular majors included in a Wall Street Journal study. The psychology majors the survey captured had a satisfaction rate 14 percentage points lower than the [...]

The Cheapest Study Abroad Destinations

Europe’s history, Japan’s tradition, and Australia’s Outback often come to mind when one thinks of spending a semester abroad. But these popular destinations are increasingly out of reach for many college students who have had their sights set on studying overseas. Even in an economic downturn, you don’t have to give up the dream of experiencing another country during your college career. Read more...

Put It in Writing

It happened again. Despite my best efforts at prevention, stress has become a relapsing symptom. Atlantic-10 Conference play started, midterm exams are next week and the job search is in full gear. Now, more than ever, sleeping seems like a waste of precious time. Every second is an opportunity to practice a case interview, read [...]

Here Come $60,000-A-Year Colleges

Outraged by $50,000 sticker prices for college? That's so 2009. At least one college has broken the $60,000 barrier this year. And if colleges keep raising tuition the way they have in recent years, several more colleges will cross that psychologically important price line soon. Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, NY, tells parents that its [...]

Admissions Highs and Lows

The percentage of students accepted at many of the nation's top institutions hit new lows, while waiting lists reached new heights, says Barmak Nassirian, executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Mr. Nassirian points to the economic downturn as fueling uncertainty among colleges about how many accepted students would actually [...]

5 Super Useful Websites for the College Years

Have you ever been pinned by a relative, interrogated about your major, and then been slammed with the ever-dreaded question, “What are you going to do with that?” Or maybe you’ve wished you could rant (or rave!) about the social scene on your campus so the future freshmen know what they’re in for? Me too. That’s [...]

Gates gives $35 million to Obama’s community college overhaul

President Obama announced the creation of two new competitive grants for community colleges Tuesday – a part of his continuing efforts to reshape community colleges to meet the changing needs of the American economy. At the first White House Summit on Community Colleges, Mr. Obama said Tuesday that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $35 [...]

Why Colleges Are So ‘Selective’

Why is it so hard to get into college? Private institutions that were famous for admitting anyone who could pay are now "highly selective." Public universities whose mandate was to educate all high school students with a C average now wait-list transfer students with A-minuses. Why is the recession not affecting the college market, the [...]