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A Crazy SAT Stunt

Baylor University wants to claw its way up the college rankings ladder in the worst way. The university’s student newspaper, The Lariat, caught the school red handed. In an article last week, the newspaper reported that the university had essentially bribed its incoming freshman to retake the SAT. Now this is awfully peculiar. After all, […]

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The College Essay Word Count

Today I wanted to pass along some advice about college essays from Bruce Hammond, a former high school counselor and the co-author of numerous Fiske Guides, including one on writing college essays. I read his advice this week on a list serve for members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. There has been […]

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A Touchy Feely SAT Test

At the convention of the National Association for College Admission Counseling last week, the SAT generated a lot of angst. Big surprise. What I found amusing, however, was the discussion about developing a different test. At a crowded conference session, experts seemed to be kicking around the idea of a personality test. An executive at […]

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The SAT Test Under Seige

More bad news for the dreaded SAT test. The number of colleges and universities making the SAT or ACT optional continues to grow. In a new survey from, more than 775 colleges no longer require most students to submit scores from either standardized test. What’s more, a high-powered panel led by William R. Fitzsimmons, […]

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You Have What On Your Facebook???

Do you know what’s on your teenager’s MySpace or Facebook? You might not care, but plenty of colleges might. A story in today’s Wall Street Journal reports that some colleges are skulking around on the MySpace and Facebook pages of their applicants. In a survey of 500 top colleges, 10% of admission officers acknowledged that […]

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College by the Numbers

I thought I’d pass along today some of the statistics from the The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual almanac, which was released this week. Unfortunately, you have to be a subscriber so you can’t take a look yourself. In no particular order, here goes: Graduation rate at four-year colleges & universities: 56.4% (Women 59.2%) (Men […]

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