Articles written by


FAFSA: It’s Not Too Late

Nationally, FAFSA completion rates are down over 16% compared with this time last year, with just under 19% of current seniors having completed it through the first week of November. While the drops are steeper in lower income schools, schools with higher concentrations of students of color and in rural areas, significant declines show up across all school demographics. Many…

Public Colleges: Lots of Options

Many people mistakenly believe that their in-state public colleges are the only public college option available to their student. In fact, there are many, many public options available, often at the same or lower cost than remaining in state. Typically, for an out of state school to make sense, they need to offer some form of either scholarship or tuition…

Academic Success in College Podcast

In my latest podcast episode, Dr. Alan Shusterman, professor of chemistry at Reed College, shares some insights on how and why students succeed academically in college. As a professor, a parent of two college graduates, and a lifelong student himself, Alan has seen this topic from pretty much every available angle and has some fantastic advice.

Are you a Freshman?

YES YOU ARE! If you’re applying to college as a high school senior, you should apply as an incoming freshman. Regardless of your AP credits, community college attendance (while in high school), IB Diploma or anything else that might have you on a less-than-four-year path through college, apply as a freshman, not a transfer student. Why? Because freshmen get more…