5 College Myths Exposed: Highlights from the StraighterLine Blog

Barry Lenson

5 College Myths Exposed: Highlights from the StraighterLine Blog

So much “common knowledge” about college is dead wrong. Let’s look at some commonplace myths that we’ve busted in the last year . . .

Busted Myth of the Week: You Have to Take the SAT and ACT to Get Into College (October 14, 2010)

Do you have to take the SAT or the ACT before you can get into college? No, you don’t. A growing number of colleges and universities are “SAT and ACT optional,” meaning that they will consider applicants who have not taken either test. [Read more]

Busted Myth of the Week: It’s Best to Attend an Elite College (October 21, 2010)

You’ve probably heard that if you want to succeed, you have to attend the most prestigious college that you can. If possible, a college with a name that everyone will know when you say it. That’s bunk. [Read more]

Busted Myth of the Week: You’re Going to Graduate Deep in Debt (October 28, 2010)

You’re probably heard that if you go to college, you’re going to graduate deep in debt. Well, it doesn’t have to happen to you. [Read more]

Busted Myth of the Week: An Ivy League Degree Guarantees You a Great Job (November 04, 2010)

There’s a common belief that graduates of Ivy League schools get first choice of plum jobs. But the good news is, it’s not true. [Read more]

Busted Myth of the Week: Required College Courses Are a Big Waste of Time (November 19, 2010)

There’s a common misconception that required curricular courses waste your money and time. Not so. Here’s what Colin S. Diver, President of Reed College, has to say about them. [Read more]


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