Wednesday Weekly Reader: 5 Stories

Recent news from the college admissions / search / finance front.

1.  Since prospective students are always online and anything they post online is not private… why not turn that into an advantage? See this advice from Scholarship America, via The Scholarship Coach (

Start by thinking of your social sites as more than social. Social networking sites are a communication tool you can use to showcase your talent, your volunteering, your interests, and your work. And yes, you can do this without looking like a big, fat narcissist.

2.  A behind the scenes report on innovation in higher education, from Jefferey Selingo, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Consumers are not the only ones concerned about the education bubble. Well worth reading if college is in your future.

The bottom line is that we’re likely to face a future where students and their families pay a lot more of the cost of a college education out of pocket. Without grants and loans as a safety net, students are probably going to make different choices than they do now (read: less expensive choices). We’re likely headed toward a future where smaller, struggling colleges need to move to new models of doing business, while elite, wealthy colleges continue to support the current model.

3.  Here are 7 Apps to Use on Your College Visits This Summer. Hat tip to @SuzanneShaffer who blogs at Parents Countdown to College Coach.

Many [families] will visit up to 10 colleges, along with checking out the localities, and cities and towns around the institutions. Organizing multiple visits (or even one or two) can be a nightmare! Why not use the technology we have in our homes and pockets to make the task easier?

4. This timeline for high school students provides a year-by-year plan to help students (and their parents) avoid panicking once junior and senior years hit. Our sophomore, Mod Squad Julie, could be thinking about what she wants to study. Our senior, M.S. Pete, has made it past junior year crunch time and is on the home stretch. This via Leanne Italie at CNBC.

From resume building and campus tours to test prep and essay writing, there’s a lot for kids to contend with, and a lot for parents who may not have gone through the process themselves. College admissions officials and paid helpers urge families to stretch the application process over all four years of high school to make it less of a mad dash and more of a marathon. Try this timeline to break down the to-do list.

Augustana College (Illinois)

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5.  Augustana College offers up a College Questions page, including a timeline (one for students and one for parents), a statement on the purpose of the Liberal Arts, and the list of questions you should ask about college. Straightforward format and great list of questions.

One of the best ways to work through these questions is to visit schools you are considering.  A college’s website can tell you a lot about the school’s academic programs, recreational activities, or admissions process, but, in the end, you will be learning (and maybe living) on the college’s campus, not its website.

Enhanced by ZemantaAny of this useful? Please let me know. What have you read?

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