December 2011

  • Getting into College Made Easy: How to Pick the Best College

    Barry Lenson

    Getting into College Made Easy: How to Pick the Best College Every year, thousands of high school students scour college guides, visit countless college websites, and tour dozens of colleges. Many of them are hoping to find the perfect school. Of course everybody wants to end up at the best college possible. But the fact is, finding the “perfect” college is usually not an achievable goal. And if you have set that as your objective, you could be setting yourself up to feel a lot of unnecessary pressure. Here’s a story that illustrates the point . . .   Jack and his family toured dozens of colleges during his senior hear of high school. One was Bates and another was Colgate. Jack applied to both schools, got accepted ...

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  • Give the Gift of Learning this Holiday Season

    Barry Lenson

    Give the Gift of Learning this Holiday Season If you’re looking for a great holiday present for a student, here’s a suggestion. Why not give the gift of learning? The StraighterLine gift basket is overflowing with great packages. Here are some that can help the student on your list succeed in college and in life . . . Buy one course and get a second one free.  As newspapers have been saying over the last year, StraighterLine’s regular course prices already represent one of the best values in online education today. That’s why you simply cannot miss this two-for-one course bundle.  Give a complete freshman year of college for only $999. That’s not a typo. The student on your list can complete an entire year of colle ...

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  • How Much Does a StraighterLine Course Cost?

    Barry Lenson

    How Much Does a StraighterLine Course Cost? We get a lot of questions about our online college courses. Today, we are going to answer two of the most common . . . Q: How much does a StraighterLine course cost?   Our college courses are very affordable. We have different pricing plans that a student can choose from. The most popular is the College for $99 a Month plan, which is a Monthly Subscription. With the Monthly Subscription, you are billed $99 every 28 days until you complete the online course or courses and cancel the subscription. With the subscription, each online course you add is $39. The number of courses you can add to the subscription is unlimited. For one payment of $399, a student can also purchase a single colleg ...

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  • Universities Still Give Preferential Admissions Status to the Children of Alums

    Barry Lenson

    Universities Still Give Preferential Admissions Status to the Children of Alums “Affirmative action for the rich” hasn’t gone away, according to Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation who writes on education for The New York Times. In a withering blog post, he has the courage to attack colleges’ longstanding tradition of giving special admissions consideration to “legacy applicants” who are the children of alumni. (In other words, if Mommy or Daddy went to Harvard, you are going to enjoy a competitive edge if you apply.) “Rewarding birth rather than merit is un-American and possibly illegal,” Kahlenberg correctly observes. Here are some other points that he makes in h ...

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  • Mariano Rivera to Become President of Harvard

    Barry Lenson

    Mariano Rivera to Become President of Harvard Image source: Cover, The New York Times Magazine, July 4, 2010  Okay, the title of today’s post is a joke. Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in the history of baseball, is actually not going to leave the New York Yankees to take over the top post at Harvard. But the fact is, he could. He could quit the Yankees and take a job as a college president without taking a devastating pay cut. As the president of an American college, he could still live very well and support his family with a jumbo income. So Mariano, get out your tweed jacket and meerschaum pipe, because you are going to earn an income like these as a college president. Ten Highest Paid Private College Presidents, ...

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