Homework: ‘Beyond Getting In’ at The Atlantic

Pardon us while the DrStrangeCollege household focuses on all the bits and pieces of applying to college via Early Action. Yes, I just wrote about the FIVE steps to applying to college, and sometime soon I may write the more detailed version, spelling out 127 steps.

Meanwhile, I would urge you to run, not walk, over to The Atlantic, to read their Special Report on College Admissions,  ‘Beyond Getting In.’

For example, see ten charts about the value of college here.

Read The Atlantic‘s take on the millions of bits written about the rankings:

The bottom line is that college rankings aren’t the monster here.They’re gnats on the back of a monster. After all, if you pay attention to college rankings, you’re already doing something rare. You’re caring enough about college to consult a ranking!
That makes you pretty elite, from the start. Thirty percent of 18-year olds don’t graduate from high school on time. Of those who graduate, half will drop of out of college. Of those who enroll, only nine percent will start at an institution that admits less than half its applicants. Only three percent will attend a school with an admission rate below one-third. The admissions rate at Harvard is six percent.

There is the US News ranking problem. And there is a college crisis. There’s a big difference. Here is the breakdown of 21-year olds in 2009. Sixty percent aren’t in college. Twenty percent didn’t graduate from high school. One percent is going to the kind of schools that make headlines in rankings.

Why is college so expensive? The former President of George Washington University, who nearly tripled tuition during his twenty years there, discusses the costs here and  here.

From The Atlantic.

And what about a nutrition-style fact box for each college? Click on the chart for that post.

More articles have been posted each day; there are nine so far and all of them, at the very least, informative. Most of them thought-provoking. Let me know what you think in comments.

Addendum: Thanks to @ksaedconsult, the Twitter feed for Kimberly Shepherd at KSA Educational Consulting, for calling my attention to the series.

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