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January 26, 2012

The Colleges Where PhD’s Get Their Start

What schools produce the most undergraduates who end up heading off to graduate school? The subject came up yesterday because a friend of mine was telling me about a brilliant teenager who wants to eventually get a PhD in physics. The student lives in California, but the mom wants him to apply to schools in the Midwest where she grew...
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May 10, 2010

How I Paid $0 for My Son's Summer Program

Are you looking for summer programs for high school students? I was recently hunting for a high school summer program for my son Ben. I paid for an online physics summer school program at Stanford that cost about $500, but I ended up going elsewhere and cut the price down to $0! Before I explain how, I want to state...
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July 30, 2009

Getting the Most Out of A College Tour

How do you get the most out of a college tour? Here’s how:  talk with professors. As I mentioned in my last post, this is what my son has been doing this week as we tour liberal arts colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Since Ben is interested in physics and a possible 3-2 engineering program, he made appointments to talk...
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July 25, 2009

College Blog Weekend Round Up

I was surprised this week to see such heavy traffic on the college blog post that I wrote for on the the college degrees that generate that highest paying and lowest paying jobs for new college graduates. I guess it’s only natural that people are curious about what college degrees are the most lucrative. Engineering degrees dominate the list. New...
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