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April 3, 2013

11 Ways to Research a College

I’ve been getting questions from parents who are agonizing about where their teenagers should attend college. It’s a tough decision and time is running out to pick the winners. The national deposit day for freshman is May 1. College Choices Here are some of choices facing a family that contacted me yesterday: St. Olaf, Grinnell, Bryn Mawr, Whitworth, Rose Hulman...
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August 20, 2012

Parlyzed by Too Many College Choices

Are you stressed about all your children’s college choices? Plenty of parents are.  And it’s not surprising when you consider that there are roughly 2,700 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.  The littlest ones have less than 100 students while the biggest state school nearly equals the population of Santa Fe, NM. A TED Talk on Choice With the...
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May 25, 2012

College Choices for Affluent Families

A mom emailed me earlier this week and I’ve somehow managed to stretch out the topic of her concern to three posts. If you’re curious, here are the previous ones: Who Is Stressed Out About College? Do You Really Expect Me To Pay That Much for College? Today I’m going to address her chief question: What do you do if...
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January 11, 2012

California Teen Getting Grief for Liking Southern Universities

I received an email yesterday from a mom in Southern California, whose daughter Nicole is getting grief about the Southern universities that she has applied to.  Karen’s email raises a lot of interesting issues including preconceived notions about schools, the tendency of some parent(s) to push kids to attend their alma mater or state schools and a lack of understanding...
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June 12, 2009

Transferring to a Different College

When my daughter’s friends came home from their freshmen year in college, most of them were happy campers. A few of Caitlin’s friends, however, weren’t thrilled with their college choices. It shouldn’t be any surprise that universities don’t always click, but there are plenty of opportunities for college transfers. I  saw this happen with one of Caitlin’s dearest friends who...
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