College Admissions: Good News for Smart Students

In terms of long-term success, getting into a prestigious college doesn’t matter much. A study released in 2011 by Alan Krueger of Princeton University and Stacy Dale of Mathematica Policy Research showed that students who are rejected by highly selective...

5 Greatest Predictors of Student Success

According to First Year Experience programs and work with over 6,000 schools and organizations worldwide, the list of the highest predictors of student success (meaning engagement, excellent performance and satisfaction) can be called the “Big Five.” The “Big Five”...

Confessions Of A College Admissions Officer

“Money won’t guarantee you a spot unless you’ve donated tens of millions of dollars. You pretty much need to have your name on a building.” For the past three years, I’ve been an admissions officer at a large university. I get to decide who gets in...

Grades Most Important Factor in College Admissions

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annually surveys member colleges and universities to see what admissions factors figure most prominently into their decisions. This year marked the 10th annual survey, and NACAC celebrated by providing...

6 Important Questions to Ask on a College Visit!

With school vacations around the corner, families are packing up the car for road trips and campus tours. If you have a sophomore or junior in high school, now is the time to visit! Most families will sit obediently in information sessions soaking up what is said, but...