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How Should Students Define “Success” When it Comes to the College Search?

For a typical college admissions office, success comes down to a pretty simple equation. Did we enroll enough students, who are paying enough money, to hit our revenue target? Any college or university can answer that question almost as soon as the fall semester kicks in. For college-bound students and families, college admissions success is…

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How Demonstrating Interest in a College can Actually Hurt You

For decades, students on the college hunt have been told to “show the love.”  Show up early for those campus tours.  Respond glowingly to those generic admissions emails.  Do whatever it takes to show the colleges on your list that you like them a whole bloomin’ bunch. Why?   Because putting extra effort into demonstrating interest…

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A Better Way to Shop for Colleges

The Maddening Mirage of College Pricing Shopping for college is like seeing a mirage adrift in a hall of mirrors.  Most of the time, a school’s announced price is totally meaningless, tens of thousands of dollars more than what they ask you to pay.  But “most of the time” doesn’t mean all of the time,…

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