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The College Try

List of 10 news stories.

  • "We Get It:" College Admission Deans Speak Out

    “Embrace uncertainty.” This just might be the official slogan for the spring of 2020, and it has been the unofficial theme for college admission for decades. While the current state of applying to college seems unprecedented—and it is—there has always been one constant, and that is change....
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  • Defer or Defy: Should You Start College This Fall?

    We are living in uncertain times. Much is unknown in the face of this global pandemic—from the most trivial questions like when it will be possible to get a haircut, to the direst concerns about lost jobs or food insecurity. Even what we thought we could control has fallen prey to unpredictability. Many college-bound high school seniors are already wrestling with a significant time of transition as they decide which school to attend, and how they will afford it....
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  • Virtually Possible: Locking Down The College Search In A Global Pandemic

    This is virtually impossible my daughter blurts out from the next room, adding, who thought geometry was important anyway? Actually, I respond with my under-appreciated dad irony, it is virtually possible. Deciding to spare her the lecture on how Euclid and Descartes thought geometry was pretty important, instead, I urge her to set up a virtual meeting with her teacher to work through her confusion with the theorem. This is the new normal for students throughout the country as they settle into pandemic-enforced distance learning. Young people are adapting to online classrooms and virtual meetings while also confronting the disappointment of missed opportunities at school and out in their world....
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  • 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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