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“Standardized Testing: March College Planning Tips” 3.2.15

Few college admission requirements generate more angst than standardized testing. When considered along with a student’s academic record, such tests are intended to help admission officers determine whether students can do the work academically in the first year of college. In fact that is their sole purpose. (They should certainly not be confused with intelligence [...]

BCF Readers’ Forum 2.25.15

Periodically, I use this space to respond to questions I have received via email or during programs. My intent in sharing both questions and answers is to provide insight into the college-going process and stimulate conversation that leads to informed decision-making with regard to educational futures. As always, your comments are very much valued. To [...]

“‘Could’ve, Would’ve, Should’ve’—Passing Forward the Lessons Learned” 2.17.15

Thousands of anxious Early Decision and Early Action applicants are now learning the outcome of their applications and while the news brings excitement and relief to many, even more students find themselves holding letters of deferral or denial—and wondering what went wrong. This has been brought home to me in various conversations with students and [...]

“Considering the ‘Gap Year’” 2.11.15

“Do you think it would be okay if I took some time off before going to college?” It’s a question that comes up with surprising frequency as students grapple with their post-high school options. And, while the questioner seems to be seeking validation around the idea, there is often an implied and even deeper concern [...]

Campus Grotto

America's Most Expensive College Dorms

For the 2014-2015 school year, the average cost of room and board is priced at $9,804 for public colleges and $11,188 for private colleges. To no surprise, colleges in California, New York, and the Boston area charge a bit more and top the list of most expensive dorms. The highest-priced dorms can be found in New York, where students get to enjoy the conveniences of living in Manhattan and fabulous skyline views from high-rise dorms. Going to school in New York can be quite an experience for a first-year college student, but one that comes with a hefty price tag. Looking at tuition and fees alone, NYU ranks 57th in highest cost. However, when room and board is factored into college cos...

America's 100 Most Expensive Colleges

No two things are more stressful to a prospective college student than the question of getting accepted and determining if they can actually afford attending the school of their dreams. The cost of college is no joke, and is something we have tried to put a spotlight on since we started ranking expensive colleges back in 2007, as it is a troublesome debt many students will carry for years to come. The list of the 100 most expensive colleges by total cost (tuition + room & board + required fees) are all private and range from $56,000 all the way up to $65,000 per year. This is a significant jump in price from the average private university cost of $42,419 and (obviously) the average c...

College Search for Beginners

The college search process is long and grueling and often leads to some stressful decision making. Deciding on what college to attend can become an overwhelming experience, and for good reason. After all, there are hundreds of them across the country, all great schools for different reasons. Your first step is to take a deep breath and relax. You want to be completely in control and focused as you go on to make this decision. Here we’ll point you to some useful resources and cover some important topics to get you started in the college search process. In the end, it is you that makes the decision of where to attend college. Parents, teachers, counselors, college search books and websites...

Cool Dorm Room Ideas

When you first enter an empty dorm you may notice the room looks quite minimal and you can’t fathom how you and another roommate are going to live in this space for an entire year. Tiny dorm rooms with cinder block walls, florescent lighting, and little to no carpet come off a little institutional looking and are very uninspiring. While many colleges around the nation have made a push to design more luxurious dorms over the past few years, it's your job to transform your dorm room into a more livable space. This is your home away from home while you’re going to school, so you’ll want to add as much comfort and personality to the room as possible. Given the small size of the room, designi...

Continuing Education

What Are Your Personal Intelligences and How Do...

What are your personal intelligences? We're not talking IQ here. We're talking about seven different intelligences that enhance your capacity to learn. What are yours?

Do You Know Your Learning Style?

What's your learning style? Find out with our collection of learning styles inventories.

Tips You Need Before Going Back to School as an...

You've tried everything you can think of, and balancing work, school, and life is still hard. You may finally be ready for a bit of advice. We put all of our tips for adult students in one collection. I dare you to try just one.

Learning Styles Inventory - Are You a Grouper...

When learning something new, do you start with big ideas and general concepts, or do you start at the beginning with a very specific plan? Are you a grouper or a stringer? Find out how you learn best.

The College Puzzle

After Big Surge Community College Completion Goes Flat

By Caralee Adams , Education Week On the heels of President Obama’s proposal to provide free community college tuition, a new report shows that while degree and certificate productivity has increased among community colleges in the past decade, there was a drop in completion last year in most states. Of the 42 state directors of community read more...

Top 10 Sites to Boost Student Productivity

By Jane Hurst As a college student, there is so much going on in your life that sometimes it can be difficult to maintain a good level of productivity. But, there are a number of ways that you can boost your productivity, and get a lot more done. Here are some of the best websites read more...

Indiana Financial Incentive Spurs Increased Course Taking

More Hoosier college students on track to graduate following recent state financial aid reforms Hoosiers are responding to recent state financial aid reforms with double-digit improvements in the percentage of college students taking—and completing—the minimum number of courses needed to graduate on time. A new report released by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education spotlights read more...

Should Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Be Taught At College? Pro et Contra

By Melissa Burns Talk to almost any SEO specialist and you will find out that he doesn’t have any specific education but somehow stumbled upon this job. People from all walks of life become SEO experts: marketers, journalists, mathematicians – it doesn’t matter who you are, as the majority of SEO people are self-taught anyway. read more...

Cappex College Insider

20 Scholarships with March Deadlines

Don’t leave paying for your college tuition to luck! We’ve compiled a list of scholarships with March deadlines so you can find your pot of gold! Be sure to  check each individual scholarship website for specific requirements. 1. EngineerGirl Essay Contest Deadline: March 1      Award: $100 – $500 Must write an original essay on […]

Pros and Cons of Going to the Same College as Your Sibling

Have an older sibling in college and starting your own college search? You may be weighing the pros and cons of going to the same school as your brother or sister. Deciding if a college is a good fit for you always takes a bit of soul searching, but the decision on whether or not […]

How to Choose a College Minor

Choosing a major, your primary field of study, is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions that you must make in college. But what about a minor? A minor is a secondary field of study that requires fewer courses than your major. Even if your college or university does not require you to declare a […]

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