Valuable insights from Lynn O’Shaughnessy
a nationally recognized college expert.
June 29, 2015
Thinking Outside the College Box
How do you generate ideas for a college list that doesn’t look like everybody else’s? Students typically end up looking at a fairly narrow lineup of schools, which is not always a smart strategy if you want to find good academic fits, as well as colleges that will be more affordable. Today I want to share the following three helpful...
August 19, 2013
Suggestions for the Mom Stressing About College
I want to thank everybody who offered advice to the single mom, who is anxious about her daughter’s college options. You can read all the comments and the original post here: A Mom Stressing About College Today I thought I’d offer my own suggestions about the options for this teenager, who thinks that she might want to be a teacher....
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...
January 16, 2013
The Latest on College Prices and Selectivity
Do you assume that most teenagers face lousy odds of getting accepted into a good college? Lots of families believe that the admission process is stacked heavily against applicants, but this isn’t true. I largely blame the media’s obsessive coverage of the most elite universities for that misconception. A report from the College Board, Trends in College Pricing 2012, clearly...
June 6, 2012
Comparing the Right Graduation Rates
When I give talks about finding and affording colleges in California, the audiences often gasp when I share grad rates for some extremely popular state schools. Here are some of the four-year grad rates that shock parents: San Jose State University 7.9% Cal State University-Long Beach 12.3% San Francisco State University 14. 2% Cal State University-Fullerton 16.5% Low Grad Rates...
June 5, 2012
Good Luck Graduating in Four Years!
Here is a scary college statistic: According to the federal government, only 36.4% of full-time students graduate from college in four years. Here is a closer look at the latest available stats: Graduating in Four Years Public universities can often be less expensive than private institutions for students who can graduate on time, but most students attending public institutions stay...
May 17, 2012
Financial Aid Practices in the 50 States
When you take into account all the sources of college aid that are available to students in this country, roughly nine percent comes from state governments. Recently that amounted to $9.2 billion. How states dispense this aid varies significantly. While nearly all states are strapped for cash, some are far more generous than others to college students. The requirements for...
February 13, 2012
Getting Ideas for a College List
It’s intimidating when families hear that there are thousands of colleges and universities in this country. It’s equally unnerving when families try to grapple with this question: Where do you find ideas? This week I hope to share some suggestions on web resources that can help you start collecting college candidates. The first one to the plate is College Results...
January 17, 2012
Schools Where You Can Graduate on Time
Time is money and that is especially true when it comes to college. College students usually don’t graduate in four years and that comes as a shock to most parents. Yesterday I devoted my college blog to explaining how families can find the four-year grad rates of any schools — and just as importantly — compare any institution’s grad rate...
November 21, 2011
How Hard Is It To Get Into College?
Do you assume that most teenagers face lousy odds of getting accepted into a good college? Lots of families believe that the admission process is stacked heavily against applicants, but this isn’t true. I largely blame the media’s obsessive coverage of the most elite universities for that misconception. A new report from the College Board, Trends in College Pricing 2011,...