Fast Facts About The PSAT

This fall, most juniors will take the PSAT, a practice standardized test that is very similar to the SAT used in college admissions. Both tests have similar content, format and scoring, and the PSAT is considered good preparation for and helpful in predicting SAT scores. The PSAT includes two components:                   1. Evidence Based Reading and Writing                   ...

Interested in the Military? Consider College ROTC

The Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is offered at hundreds of universities across the country by individual branches of the military: Army, Naval (includes Marine), and Air Force. The emphasis is on learning how to be a leader, specifically how to be an effective military officer. Here are some FAQs about ROTC:What Are Scholarship Options?ROTC programs include both scholarship and non-scholarship ...

College Endowments and the Student Experience

“Which college is better?” This question came up in a recent conversation with a family about two universities, one a large state university and the other a large private university. It is a good question to ask, but a hard one to answer since so much of what makes a college “good” for any individual student is so dependent on that student’s needs and interests. So let’s assume for a ...

Striking the Right Chord: How to Prepare For The Music Audition

While most high school seniors are busy putting the final touches on their applications, those who plan to study music in college (or apply for music scholarships) have the additional commitment of preparing for college music auditions. To get further insight into the audition process, we recently spoke with Ellen Donohue-Saltman, a French hornist, and Jamie Saltman, a conductor and jazz pianist, ...

Decisions, Decisions

On April 1st, the world shifts for high school seniors. April Fool’s Day is generally the final day by which seniors receive their college decisions. Then the tables turn as admissions officers begin their campaign to convince seniors to matriculate at their college next fall. Making the decision about where to attend college is significant. Here are a few considerations for students and families ...

College Costs, Part II: Merit Aid and Best-Value Colleges

The current state of the economy has left many college-bound students and their families more concerned than ever about how they will pay for college. In a previous post on college costs, we discussed financial aid and scholarships. In this article, we examine college options for those who are seeking value, and what it takes to be considered for merit scholarships. Merit Scholarships Merit scholarships ...
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