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Finding the Best Prices on College Textbooks

Textbook prices continue to skyrocket; 14 percent in the past year alone. Today's average college student is forced to spend more than $1,000 per year on textbooks. Our friends at CampusGrotto used to run a great annual list of the best places to find cheap textbooks. Since they have stopped running this list we figured [...]

Sizing Up Colleges: Big vs. Small

As you begin your search for that perfect college, one of the first key decisions you need to make—and one that will help narrow your list—is size of the school. Luckily, American colleges offer an endless menu of options, from tiny colleges with less than 1,000 students to large state universities with more than 35,000 students. [...]

Are You Really Ready for the October LSAT?

It's four weeks away. I've been getting calls from people who aren't happy with their practice scores. The big question: Is there still time to bring my score up 5 points, or should I study three more months and take the LSAT in December? To answer this question, I called on three LSAT experts. Here's [...]

More of the Best and Brightest Heading to Community College

Kira Cassels applied to 11 colleges and got in to every one. The kitchen of her Laurel home came to resemble a high school guidance office, the breakfast table buried beneath brochures and financial aid forms from destinations such as the University of Virginia and Franklin & Marshall College. Over two arduous weeks last spring, [...]

The Job Guarantee

A small college in Michigan has taken the remarkable step of guaranteeing that its students will get jobs if they finish school. And not just any jobs, good jobs. According to a piece by Daniel de Vise at the Washington Post: Albion College… may be the first institution of its sort to guarantee students “meaningful [...]

Best Colleges 2011

This year, Harvard University regained sole possession of the top spot in U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges 2011 rankings of national universities. Last year, Harvard and Princeton University tied for first, but Princeton fell to second in the 2011 rankings of these large, research-oriented institutions. Williams College can once again boast that it's the [...]

How to Land College Internships

In today’s job market, having a college internship (or three) under your belt can be a big help when you're trying to land a full-time job after graduation. Job boards are brimming with unpaid internships, with companies doing everything they can to cut costs. But don’t scoff at an opportunity just because it doesn’t come with a paycheck. College internships are often the only [...]

How safe are college campuses?

Every time there is a sensational murder on or around a college campus, school security becomes a hot issue, as it is today in the wake of the murder of a University of Virginia student and the arrest of her former boyfriend, also a student. Parents of college students start to worry about the safety [...]

Promises Aren’t Enough: Business Schools Need to Do a Better Job Teaching Students Values

It is a sign of the times that hundreds of Harvard Business School's 2009 and 2010 graduates took "The MBA Oath." These students promised to "serve the greater good," act ethically, and refrain from pursuing greed at others' expense. We are inspired that students who will soon be in positions of leadership vow to reject [...]

For-Profit Colleges Change Higher Education’s Landscape

At a time when American public higher education is cutting budgets, laying off people, and turning away students, the rise of for-profit universities has been meteoric. Enrollment in the country's nearly 3,000 career colleges has grown far faster than in the rest of higher education—by an average of 9 percent per year over the past [...]