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“Students, Parents and Ownership in College Planning” 5.12.15

May is a month when high school Juniors find themselves staring at the seemingly “uphill” portion of the college planning process. Whereas the prospect of “going to college” has been on the radar screen for quite a while, the task of getting there is now approached with a new-found sense of earnestness. The coming months [...]

“Get the Most Out of College Visits: May College Planning Tips” 5.7.15

As the school year winds down, thousands of families are gearing up to start the college search and selection process in earnest. For many, the process includes plans to visit college campuses. The questions that often arise, however, are “When is the best time to visit?” and “What should we expect to accomplish?” The answers [...]

“Closing the Deal!” 4.30.15

The end of April marks the conclusion of a long search and selection journey as you find yourself on the threshold of your new college home. After years of preparation and months of speculation, admission outcomes are finally known and the decision-making is nearly complete. Soon, the enrollment “check is in the mail”—literally. Let the [...]

“BCF Readers’ Forum” 4.23.15

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 [...]


Campus Grotto

10 MOOCs that will Prepare you for College

Colleges want students who take initiative in their learning. One way to do this is through MOOCs by making an effort to learn on your own time. Known as massive open online courses , these online courses allow anyone with an Internet connection to pursue an interest in learning. Why should prospective college students take MOOCs? Students preparing to enter college can take these courses to ease the transition to college by getting a taste of college-level coursework. These online courses allow students to dive deeper into a subject they have an interest in and get a head start on their prospective college major. Taking these classes demonstrates interest and shows a passion for...

Hardest Colleges to get into for 2015

Admission rates have hit an all-time low for many schools in 2015, making it very difficult to get accepted to these high-profile universities. Here we examine the updated list of the hardest colleges to get into based on admission statistics for the class of 2019. These are the most up-to-date numbers colleges have initially reported for the class of 2019, as applicants who applied regular admission are notified of acceptance in mid-to-late March. Colleges with the lowest overall Acceptance Rate Recommended Reading College Admission Myths Easiest Colleges to get into How to get into an Ivy League School Stanford - 5.05% Acceptance Rate Many colleg...

College Study Strategies: Organize a Study Group

Dr. Richard Light , a Harvard researcher and Professor of Teaching and Learning at Harvard Graduate School of Education, was sent out on a mission to find the single best predictor of college success. After ten years of research and surveying 1,600 Harvard students, he found a key element to university achievement: the ability of a student to either join or create a study group. We encourage you to incorporate this successful study strategy into your routine: Find or create a study group for your classes. {loadposition contentbox} Assuming you already have a solid study plan in place, it’s time to partner up with classmates for greater benefit. Students typically learn...

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...



Continuing Education

Information to Pursue Your GED Credential in...

The information you need to pursue your GED credential in Texas.

Make Your Paper Better By Researching Beyond...

Don't rely on the Internet alone when researching your papers. We put together a list of 10 places you'll find information that will make your paper stand out.

Play This Game to Inspire Creativity

Page two of Be Creative, a game based on Al Beck's Imaginative Symbol-Association, or I S-A (eye-say).

Is Taking a Massive Open Online Course, or...

What are the pros and cons of MOOCs? We culled pros and cons of massive open online courses from Nathan Heller's article for The New Yorker, Laptop U.


The College Puzzle

Planning a Career in Healthcare? Ten tips for getting headed in the right direction as an undergraduate

by William B. Farquhar and Carolyn E. Quinci 1. Don’t dig a “GPA hole” your first year in college. Work hard from the very beginning, as catching up is a lot harder than keeping up. In our department at the University of Delaware, the average GPA of students accepted into health-related graduate professional programs is 3.5, read more...

Federal Financial Aid Application Still Flawed

From Dan Greenstein, Gates Foundation Students today need a postsecondary degree or credential more than ever to succeed in their careers and life. Unfortunately, for too many students the road to college completion is littered with unnecessary burdens and barriers, such as a needlessly complex financial aid process and a lack of clear information. The current read more...

5 Ways to Make Sure You are Ready for College

By Jane Hurst You’ve graduated from high school, and once the summer is over, you will be heading off to college. Are you ready for this huge change in your life? Many young people go to college thinking they are going to have the time of their lives, only to realize that they were completely read more...

Tips for College Educators: How to Hold Students’ Attention?

By Melissa Burns Young students have a lot to think about: tests, friends, lunch, family, and many other things that are getting in the way of the lecture they should be listening to. When you add smartphones and messaging apps on top of everything, the problem with attention deficit in the class seems impossible to read more...


Cappex College Insider

How to Use Social in Your College Search

Social media is a big part of everyday life. You use it to bond with friends, keep in touch with family, and even learn more about brands or products you like. So why shouldn’t your college search benefit from social media, too? Checking out a university’s website and visiting campus are critical in helping you […]

Should I Retake the SAT or ACT?

Have you received your ACT or SAT score recently? If so, you’re probably wondering whether or not to retake it, even if you did well the first time around. The truth is, there’s no magic number of times someone should take the test. But keep in mind that people who test again generally do a […]

5 Ways to Plan for the Perfect Dorm Room Atmosphere

When you think about venturing off to college, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it was starting a life on my own – my own place, my own plans, my own rules (well, for the most part). I was ready to find myself, and discover who I wanted to be professionally. […]

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