February 27, 2014 by William Frierson
It’s almost time to start talking about this year’s NCAA Tournament — but not for the reasons you think. Turns out, enrollment often goes up once a school makes it into the Elite Eight or the Final Four, and while that’s good for the college or university in question, it’s less good for the matriculating first-year student hoping for individualized attention and a leg up on his or her peers. Continue Reading
July 01, 2013 by William Frierson
From $20,000 to $65,000 a year – that’s the tuition cost for one year of college, says John McDonough, a money expert who helps retirees and parents plan for their families’ futures.
“For the 2012–2013 academic year, the average cost for an in-state public college is $22,261. A moderate budget for a private college averaged $43,289,” says McDonough, CEO of Studemont Group College Funding Solutions. “But for elite schools, we’re talking about three times the cost of your local state school. Either way, your kid’s higher education can easily shoot into six figures after four years.” Continue Reading
February 02, 2012 by William Frierson
Do rankings have too much influence in college admissions?
A top admissions official at a prestigious school in California admitted to inflating the school’s SAT scores in order to help boost its standing in the national rankings. While this may be the most egregious example of a school seeking to game the rankings, it’s hardly the only one. Continue Reading
October 05, 2011 by William Frierson
College hopefuls, beware what you include on your social networking page(s)!
According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2011 survey of college admissions officers*, nearly a quarter (24%) of respondents from the schools surveyed have gone to an applicant’s Facebook or other social networking page to learn more about them, while 20% have Googled them. When Kaplan first began tracking the issue in 2008, only 10% of schools reported checking applicants’ social networking pages. In fact, survey responses indicate the prevalence of social media vetting is likely higher, since several respondents noted that while they had not personally visited an applicant’s page, other colleagues in their office had. Continue Reading
September 28, 2011 by William Frierson
Are you confident that your SAT or ACT score will reflect your potential as a college student? Apparently, most colleges do.
As a recent report from the College Board shows SAT scores are declining among college-bound high school students, Kaplan Test Prep’s 2011 survey of college admissions officers* reports that 94% of college admissions officers are confident in the exam’s ability to measure students’ future success in college. 96% of admissions officers expressed confidence in the ACT’s ability to measure students’ future success in college, although national ACT scores, which were released last month, stayed essentially flat. Continue Reading