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  • by John Hain for Pixabay

    Character Counts In College Admission

    It has been said that character is who one is, or what one does when nobody is watching. When it comes to college admission, everyone seems to be watching and according to a recent survey, character counts. This week, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Character Collaborative released a research brief entitled Character and the Admission Process, which includes results from a survey of trends in college admission....
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  • Image by John Iglar from Pixabay

    College Admission Fake News

    It is impossible to get into college. At least this was the impression of the high school junior sitting in my school counseling office talking about admission. He had heard about declining acceptance rates and increased application numbers and was ready to give up before he even began....
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  • The Lighter Side of College Admission Predictions

    The start of a new decade offers the chance to guess what our world will be like in ten years. In a recent piece, I shared thoughts from college admission leaders about their predictions for the future of applying to college... [Now] I offer a lighter take, one that is more aligned with how people outside the profession look at college admission and what might be coming....
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  • 2020 Vision in College Admission

    In January of 1990—the year I turned sixteen—as a new decade began, my brothers, some friends, and I made predictions of what our lives would be like in 30 years. The twist was that we could only predict for each other, not ourselves. When cleaning out our parents’ home recently, we discovered our prophecies written on a faded legal pad, and as this year begins we reviewed them to check on our progress....
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  • A Decade of Change in College Admission

    As we welcome in the New Year, we are also closing out a decade—one that has seen many shifts in college admission. While news stories in the past ten years have often focused on rising application numbers and shrinking acceptance rates, the reality is that this is only part of the story. We have seen unsustainable growth in tuition and debt, colleges shuttering their gates, lawsuits, scandals, and investigations, but also increased numbers of test-optional schools, strong professional leadership and a focus on character in admission. It would be difficult to identify all the changes in the process of applying to college, but to be sure, a student applying in 2020 is having a vastly different experience than those from 2010 or even 2015....
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