College Credit Without Taking a Course?

Did you know that it is possible for students to get college credit for what they already know by taking a CLEP exam?  The College Level Examination Program, administered by the College Board (the SAT organization) offers students the opportunity to demonstrate...

Rights and Responsibilities in College Admissions

The bumper sticker slogan, “Freedom is not free,” applies to college admissions just as it does to democracy. Students have the freedom to apply to college wherever they want, and colleges are free to accept their application, or not. And just as in...

PURSUING A PASSION BEATS CHECKING ANOTHER BOX

Parents often ask me about the importance of extracurricular activities when it comes to supporting a college, graduate school or job application for their son or daughter. Here’s how I answer that question. First, I make clear that four other components of the...

What I Read Over my Winter Vacation

While many of you were catching up on your pleasure reading over the recent holidays, I took a different route. Call me a martyr, but one of the many higher-ed-related tomes I tackled by the fire on those dark late December nights was Tuition Rising: Why College Costs...

Words to Know

Academic Probation – A student can receive this if they fail to keep up with their school’s academic minimums. Those who are unable to improve their grades after receiving this warning can possibly face dismissal. Beer Pong / Beirut – A drinking game with...