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February 10, 2012

What the Super Bowl Can Tell Us About College Rankings

Today I’m sharing with you a great post from Michelle Kretzschmar, who writes a college blog that focuses on using data to create your own college rankings:  DIYCollegeRankings. I hope you read it and also visit her blog. Football and US News Rankings Like more than 100 million other Americans, I watched the Super Bowl. I always like the part...
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January 4, 2012

Catholic Universities and Yet Another Botched College List

I’ve been writing posts for my college blog recently about the W-R-O-N-G way to assemble a college list. If you missed them, here are my the posts: Another Dreadful College List Applying to the Wrong Universities Assembling a solid list of schools to apply to is critically important, but I’d argue that the vast majority of teenagers do a lousy...
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January 2, 2012

My Most Popular College Blog Posts of 2011

I want to give a big thanks to all of my regular visitors — and the new folks too — who helped to make 2011 the best year ever for The College Solution! I know 2011 was my best year because I use Google Analytics to keep track of how many people visit my college blog. Now that we’re in...
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November 23, 2011

Why I Am Grateful

Since this is the week when we contemplate on what we have to be thankful for, I wanted to express my own thanks. I am grateful to all of you who spend time on my college blog. I appreciate each of my visitors and especially the loyal ones who stop by by regularly. I want to give a special shout...
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March 22, 2011

My College Blog’s New Look!

If you’ve visited my college blog in the past, you probably did a double take today. Yes, The College Solution looks dramatically different. And all I can say to that is THANK GOODNESS! I had grown sick of the old look last year, but it required a lot of work before the launch day for the new site finally arrived....
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January 7, 2011

The College Solution is Back!

After being knocked out for about 30 hours, my college blog is back online! I still am not sure what happened, but the host shut down my site after discovering what it termed “excessive activity.” This activity wasn’t coming from me. Someone might have been trying to break into my blog via WordPress and the host shut the whole thing...
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November 25, 2010

A New Look for The College Solution Is Coming

Before I head into my sister’s kitchen in Pleasanton, CA, to start cooking the Thanksgiving feast and making a terrible mess, I wanted to share some news about my blog. On this day of thanks, I am happy that my college blog has continued to grow in popularity this year.  I want to thank all of you who stop by...
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September 22, 2010

eBook Giveaway: What Do You Want to Know About College?

I’ve been cranking out college blog posts for the past two years. (It makes me tired just thinking about it.) During this time, I’ve been pretty much picking college topics to write about that interest me as a mom and journalist. I hope that the topics that I’ve chosen, including scholarships, college costs,  financial aid, SAT and ACT tests, college...
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August 31, 2010

My First College Blog Video

It took me all afternoon, but I finally figured out how to record a video and post it on YouTube. You have no idea how long it took just to figure out how to insert a title. I’m hoping that I can now get the darn thing on my own college blog. It’s my first video so it’s definitely not...
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June 19, 2010

Top 10 Best College Websites

What are the best college websites in the country? I tried to answer that question earlier this week when I wrote my first college blog post for US News & World Report. In the post, I nominated my own favorite college websites which can be invaluable for finding colleges, researching schools, pinpointing the generosity of individual colleges and learning about...
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