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The College Try

List of 10 news stories.

  • The COVID College Choice: How To Pick A College During A Global Pandemic

    Campus closures at colleges and universities across the country are spreading as fast as the novel coronavirus itself. While higher education has previously endured national emergencies (think 9/11/01) and weathered various crises (fires, floods, and flu), the timing and scope of COVID-19 are unprecedented. College admission is certainly not immune to the impact of this disease and it is having very real consequences for enrollment managers and the students whom they hope to attract....
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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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  • 2019 College Admission Influencers

    As the end of December nears, it is that moment when we take stock of the year that was. Time publishes the Person of the Year (you go Greta) and Oxford Dictionary identifies the Word of the Year (in 2019 it is the phrase “climate emergency”...I sense a trend). Meanwhile, there is no shortage of “best of” lists, including top stories, photos, songs, and movies. As we review the year, we ask what changed and who made it happen? There is no debating that 2019 was a rollercoaster of news, scandals, lawsuits, and controversy in college admission, but who were the most influential people in the field?...
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  • The College Admission Year In Review

    Every New Year’s Eve, my father poses a question. It is simply stated, but complex in response: 
    “What was the greatest advancement or change this year?”...
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  • The College Admission ‘Deadline’

    Let us begin with the premise that nobody is getting shot over their college application. Despite what some students may think, when one applies to college is not a matter of life or death. Still, as with many things in life, there are basic expectations and rules to follow....
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  • College Admission Decisions and Sympathetic Joy

    “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” At least that is what Andy Williams’ Christmas album has reminded us each December for decades. No matter what holiday you celebrate, it is hard to deny the cheer in the air this season. Something is exciting about unwrapping that first holiday present with joy—regardless of what is inside—simply because someone was thoughtful enough to share a gift with you. We are in an era when “unboxing videos” (yes it is a thing) and reveal parties are all the rage. Whether it's opening up a new iPhone, disclosing the birth gender of a baby, announcing a new job, or celebrating an engagement, a whole industry has emerged around anticipating surprises and sharing good news....
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