College Admissions

  • Consider Your Learning Style when Picking a College of Online Courses

    Barry Lenson

    People consider many factors when picking colleges or deciding to become online students. What is a college’s reputation, for example? Does it offer a range of interesting and appropriate majors? Is it affordable? Those are important factors to consider. However according to Dr. Robert J. Massa, you should also think about your learning style when picking an institution of higher learning. Dr. Massa, who is vice president for communications at Lafayette College and a former dean of admissions at Johns Hopkins University, laid out these points in “A Key Factor in the College Search: Your Learning Style,” an article that he wrote for The New York Times on Nov. 19, 2012 . . . Consider how you learn best. Dr. Massa asks, “Are you ...

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  • What to Do If You Don’t Get Into the College of Your Choice

    What to Do If You Don’t Get Into the College of Your Choice
    Barry Lenson

    College acceptance letters will be arriving soon. So will college rejection letters. If you’re a student who has been waiting to see how you will fare, you’ll spread out all those letters on your kitchen table, take stock, and see what your options are. Let’s take a look at what could happen, and what you next steps should be. Scenario One: You got into the college that was your top choice. Congratulations, you won the game of college admissions. But before you send in your deposit and put a college sticker on your car, consider going back to campus for an overnight. (Most colleges offer accepted students the option of making overnight visits.) Want to try an online college class before your enroll? Take two free lessons on us ...

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  • “Admission,” the Movie, Hides Truths among its (Very Funny) Plot Twists

    Barry Lenson

    “Admission,” the new film that stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, is cute, perky, and funny – just the way a romantic comedy should be. But the movie also teaches some important lessons about getting into college. The movie casts Tina Fey as Portia, a college admissions officer at Princeton. Paul Rudd plays a private-school teacher named John who just happens to have a student – who knew? – who could be the same boy who Portia put up for adoption years earlier, when she was a student too. Romance happens between Portia and John – who expected that? – and that pretty much drives the plot. There are sub-plots too. Fey is scrapping to get promoted to become the Director of Admissions at Princeton. John has an adopted son and Po ...

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  • 10 Crazy Reasons People Got Rejected from College

    10 Crazy Reasons People Got Rejected from College
    Barry Lenson

    “A young woman wrote that she took a summer course and she meant to say in 'organismic biology' but she wrote 'orgasmic biology' and went on to say it was the best course she'd ever taken. We didn't reject her for that outright, but it makes you look twice.” - An Ivy League admissions officer quoted in “9 Craziest College Rejection Reasons,” a post on The Daily Beast’s education blog. It’s pretty hard to top that story.  But I can come pretty close. Here are 10 other crazy blunders that students have made when applying to college – some of them so ridiculous that they resulted in immediate rejection. Want to get on the road to an affordable degree? Get your free personalized degree plan today! “I am here to take G ...

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  • How Are You Spending Your Time Until Your College Acceptance Letters Arrive?

    Barry Lenson

    All across America, tens of thousands of students are cooling their heels until April, when college acceptance letters will arrive in the mail. If you’re one of them, you already know how it feels. After all those months – years, actually – of intense preparation to get into college, it’s a letdown. Until a few months ago, your plate was very full. You were getting tutored for your SATs, taking AP classes and tests, cranking to keep your GPA up in the stratosphere, filling out applications, writing admissions essays, traveling to visit colleges – and now you are supposed to sit back and cool your heels until colleges let you in. So . . . how are you going to spend your time until those nice and fat big admissions packets sta ...

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